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Go the F--k to Sleep | [Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)]

Go the F--k to Sleep

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - If you are at all familiar with the behavior of small children, you know that it is often torture to try to get them to sleep at night. Samuel L. Jackson names our pain with a parental performance that is as relatable and funny as it is profane. Against the backdrop of a subtle, tinkly lullaby tune, Jackson evolves from soothing to exasperated to defeated, all in a span of 6 hilarious minutes. —David

Publisher's Summary

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep.

Go the F--k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest verses perfectly capture the familiar - and unspoken - tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, he opens up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations and laugh at their absurdity.

Beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny, Go the F**k to Sleep is a book for parents new, old, and expectant. Due to its explicit language, you probably should not play it for your children.

Feel free to share the link to this page with tired parents and other people who could use a good swear and a laugh.

©2011 Adam Mansbach. Cover Illustration © 2011 Ricardo Cortes. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Total genius." (Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, father of two)

"A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud - hilarious!" (David Byrne, musician, father of one)

"Finally, someone tells it like it really is. This is no-guilt funny and a godsend!" (Cristina Garcia, author of The Lady Matador's Hotel, mother of one)

"The viral phenomenon comes to audio in this clever adaptation of Mansbach's "children's book for adults." NOT a family-friendly listen, this audio will have you giggling and looking around to see if anyone else heard what just came through the speakers. Samuel L. Jackson, known for his foul-mouthed onscreen characters to begin with, is a perfect choice for such a lovingly irreverent audiobook. The desperation in his voice rises as the child, who is the object of the parental pleading, refuses to cooperate. By the end, both seasoned and expectant parents will be alternating between laughing and cringing at the exasperation in Jackson's tongue-in-cheek narration. The production begins with a casual introduction from Jackson, which appears to act as an apology for what's to come, as if Jackson (and author, producers, etc.) wants to assure the listener not to worry—despite everything, we DO love our children very much. Even when they refuse to go the f--k to sleep." (AudioFile)

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    Joy Gaiser 06-24-14
    Joy Gaiser 06-24-14

    butterfly guru!

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    "Don't bother!"
    Would you try another book from Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) and/or Samuel L. Jackson?

    No- I hated everything about it. I loved my kids, and I thought it was just going to be funny, but it was offensive.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was free.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Watson 06-19-14
    Dawn Watson 06-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "True thoughts of parents"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Helping raise my granddaughter and bedtime being an on going battle, this story sit right at home.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dad's pains of putting the little girl to sleep were so honest.


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud at the honesty of the father's feelings.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for children but perfect for sleep deprived parents or grandparents!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thriller Fan 06-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Go The F**k To Sleep"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Definitely! Funny little bedtime story for adults who have ever had children. Or anyone who loves Samuel L. Jackson's voice!


    What other book might you compare Go the F--k to Sleep to and why?

    It's one of a kind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book (story).


    Who was the most memorable character of Go the F--k to Sleep and why?

    The parent, obviously.


    Any additional comments?

    Love love love this! Even if you don't have children, this little gem is worth a listen. Samuel L. Jackson as narrator.... need I say more?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Korie K 03-23-14
    Korie K 03-23-14

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    "Listen to this F--king book already!"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Yes. I plan to buy the hard copy, too. Just to have around when I have kids.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Go the F--k to Sleep?

    The first time he says "Go the f--k to sleep"


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Houston tx. United States 03-15-14
    Sarah Houston tx. United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2014

    I love to read. I love all genres but romance in particular. The hotter and steamy and sexier book is the more I want to read it.

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    "Get this fu@&ing book"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Samuel L Jackson.


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to him read any books but I love his voice and I think he's hilarious in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is hilarious for anyone that has children that won't go to sleep yes it's not one for your children but it's every feeling you have when they won't go to sleep

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melvin 03-11-14
    melvin 03-11-14 Member Since 2013

    secret :>

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    "Rated: F for F--ckng-awesome!"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    yep! I can even remember the exact words of S.J!


    Any additional comments?

    its a great starter for audiobook listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Collin 01-23-14
    Collin 01-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Go dafuck asleep


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have like a little more plot to the story past the father be pissed off about not going to sleep.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to sound genuinely pissed off at his kid.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Samuel Jackson is what makes this audio book worth getting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John United States 02-20-13
    John United States 02-20-13

    Oregon John

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    "A sucker born every day."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    You cant make a pig into a prince.


    Has Go the F--k to Sleep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No content. Didn't make any difference.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I wasted my money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 10-21-12
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 10-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thankfully short and cheap"
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    Just an iambic tetrameter of predictably placed F bombs in mediocre content.
    I definately over-expected on this one.
    Thankfully short and cheap.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brian United States 09-10-12
    brian United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    Why is it that I could not get this movie out of my head: Snakes on a Plane? Except the magic S.L. Jackson line was used one time there! I am no prude by any measure -- I spend a small fortune in raucous comedy clubs. But this poem just got tiresome and as such it lost its humor value as it wore on. Sorry. It was neither cute nor funny. This is the only time on audible.com that I felt a tad ripped off even for the modest price.


    What could Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    probably saved it for u-tube


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes and not nearly as enjoyable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment but not to the point of suicide.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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