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Go the F--k to Sleep Audiobook

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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    Daina Wichita, KS, United States 08-28-11
    Daina Wichita, KS, United States 08-28-11
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    "Go the F@ck to Sleep"

    Love this book. We have a grandson now and we are truly enjoying watching his parents go through this like like we did.

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    Rhett HOUSTON, TX, United States 08-24-11
    Rhett HOUSTON, TX, United States 08-24-11
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    "This is why I don't have kids."

    Hi-lar-ious. And, good for the environment! Just when we start thinking that maybe it's time to have a baby...someone always comes along to remind us why we don't want one. Thanks Adam and Ricardo!

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    Rivkeleh 08-23-11
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    "Cute but 4 minutes too long."

    The first two verses are hysterical, and the introduction and narration by Samuel L. Jackson are priceless. It loses its punch after that, and it was only love for hearing the narration that kept me through to the end.

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    JM Camas, WA, United States 08-22-11
    JM Camas, WA, United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "What the F?"

    I can't believe someone actually thinks it's okay and funny to swear at kids. Even at our worst, we need to model our best. Go in the bathroom and scream into a towel or another bedroom and scream into your pillow. Kids have enough trouble developing good self esteem and self worth. They don't need parents slinging epithets at them. PS The poetry was quite good if you leave out the F word.

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    Nina 08-18-11
    Nina 08-18-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Hysterical!"

    This is a perfect quick listen for any parent. It is nice to know you are not the only one who has to say, "go the f--k to sleep!"

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    Mark Tooele, Ut, United States 08-16-11
    Mark Tooele, Ut, United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2015
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    "bore yourself to sleep"

    I thought this was boring and just repetitive! I know that a children's books are great for kids, but whats the point of having a children's book that just says F--k a lot and makes it so you can't read the simple book to a child.

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    Neal Lowell, AR, United States 08-10-11
    Neal Lowell, AR, United States 08-10-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Samuel L Jackson is Perfect for the Role"

    This book is exactly how parents of young children feel when their kids don't go to sleep. Samuel L. Jackson is the perfect voice for this book. While we can't listen on general speakers with our son in the room to this book, it is such a funny book that it was worth it.

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    Thomas D. Rumbaugh Tampa, Fl 08-09-11
    Thomas D. Rumbaugh Tampa, Fl 08-09-11 Listener Since 2005

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    "F-king redundant"

    Well Narrated, by the perfect person for this book, but after a few sentences, I was pretty bored. t's was like hearing someone say over and over "I'm frustrated, I'm frustrated, I'm frustrated, and on and on..

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    Jessica Gladstone, OR, United States 08-08-11
    Jessica Gladstone, OR, United States 08-08-11
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    "Just what I was thinking!!"

    So many nights I wanted to scream and cry because of the chore that bedtime became! This author sums it up nice and sweet and Samuel Jackson perfectly speaks the words! I love you baby, but go the f*** to sleep!

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    Linda Norton, MA, United States 08-05-11
    Linda Norton, MA, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Glad someone wrote this book"

    however, it was a good three minutes too long....Funny concept - I got it the first 7 times. BUT - check out the illustrated version - there's genius in those pages!

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