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Go the F--k to Sleep Audiobook

Go the F--k to Sleep

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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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    Anthony Matawan, NJ, United States 11-01-11
    Anthony Matawan, NJ, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Too funny"

    This was hilarious, especially if you can relate. Samuel L Jackson was perfect for this!

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    Matthew M Gamble 11-01-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "More Like an SNL Skit than an Audiobook"

    Jackson is good; however, it feels like he's reading Will Farrell's lines from an abandoned SNL skit from ten years ago.

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    EDotGirl Ellicott City, MD 21043 10-30-11
    EDotGirl Ellicott City, MD 21043 10-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "LOL"

    I don't have kids, but I have 2 nieces and a nephew, one of whom will just NOT stay in bed :) I had my sister listen to this and she loved it. I wouldn't necessarily play it FOR your kids (unless they are adult and have kids themselves :), but very cute!

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    PhilEll72 United States 10-30-11
    PhilEll72 United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2010

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    "If you are having one of those nights with the kid"

    Listen to this book if you are having one of those nights with the kids. Don't get mad. Don't loose your temper, just give this a listen and laugh a little while. Then when you get back to the kids, it will all be in proper perspective.

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    Amy Kentucky 10-30-11
    Amy Kentucky 10-30-11 Member Since 2010

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    "F--king Hilarious!"

    THE BOOK: Lord..... How many times have I said (still say!) that to my kid? (well, GO TO SLEEP!!! anyway)

    THE NARRATION: Mr. Jackson is brilliant. No other way to describe it. Perfect reading.

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    Jeffrey United States 10-26-11
    Jeffrey United States 10-26-11
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    "Guilty fun, dn't miss it!"

    A university librarian gave me this book and at first I thought it must be a joke. But after reading a few pages I was thrown back into my motherhood memory: the late night sqwalings, the bleary-eyed mornings, and the worst part, feeling certain that I must be the only person who ever felt like such a bad parent for wanting a minute of quiet. This book was funny and desperate and human and honest. Sometimes the words, "Would you just shut the f--k up, already?" need to be said. Hooray for honest, loving, human feelings.
    Read it. It wont change you but it will enertain you, and thats not half bad.

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    William 10-25-11
    William 10-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A terrific release for the overwhelmed parent"

    This book will ring true for pretty much every parent who has been subjected to a cranky tired child who has been into the Halloween candy. This is a good way to process the frustration of sleep deprivation that follows the blessed arrival of a child into a home. This is NOT the story to read to that cherub, not matter how annoying he/she is.

    It is great fun to play this for other parents.

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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10-22-11
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10-22-11 Member Since 2016

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "Hilarious"

    It seems that this book rose to best-seller status thanks to a viral online campaign which 'leaked' pdf images all over the internet prior to the book's release. But however it got to the top spot, I'd say it deserved the praise. One big caveat: if you're easily offended by profanity, I'd say you'd best stay away. Otherwise, this book about an exhausted parent reading a bedtime story to a child who will not go the f**k to sleep, and evidently has been refusing to go the f**k to sleep for a good while now, is hilarious. I'm not a parent, but I've done my share of babysitting and au pairing in my time, and boy, could I relate. This version narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, may lack the illustrations (which I hear are very lovely), but Jackson's reading of this six-minute little tale is just priceless.

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    Sammy 10-21-11
    Sammy 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "It is funny heh"

    I've been there, haven't said that out loud but I certainly did in my mind.

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    Lindsey 10-20-11
    Lindsey 10-20-11

    I love reading a variety of genres and authors - audiobooks are my new best friend as I knit or travel.

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    "Oh, so true."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have many friends who are parents, and I think we've all been at this point with a child. Or three.


    What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    His preface was hilarious. And really, given the title of the book, there's no one else who could have read this as an audiobook.


    Did Go the F--k to Sleep inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to make sure my child gets tuckered out by some sort of physical activity every day so we're less likely to have a


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