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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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    Sonsky New York, NY 06-24-11
    Sonsky New York, NY 06-24-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Pure Trash"

    Don't waste your time. If this is funny, shoot me. I was grossed out, offended!!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    F. Swanson 06-21-11
    F. Swanson 06-21-11

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    "Not Funny"

    Profanity may be funny to some, and if it is by all means read it the price is right!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Shillington, PA, United States 06-17-11
    Michael Shillington, PA, United States 06-17-11
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    "First time audible buyer - Promotion Failed."

    This was my first time getting an audible.com audiobook. I figured I'll try it out with this free promotion and see how it was. As a professional sound engineer, the audio quality of this recording is absolutely despicable. Even the enhanced format sounds absolutely dreadful. Audible needs to hire better engineers, and release better sounding products. Me like many others, will probably never give up even a dime after hearing this garbage. Promotion Failed.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Raeford, NC, United States 06-16-11
    Deborah Raeford, NC, United States 06-16-11
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    "Cute, but DONT DOWNLOAD!!!!!"

    This is really funny to anyone who has ever had small children. However, it will only play on iTunes, which has always messed up my computer. It continues to create weird folders, with letters and numbers, that you can't delete - just like a virus - until your computer slows to a crawl. Now, I have to wax the thing again. This is funny, but it was NOT worth it!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-14-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-14-11 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "funny enough for a one-liner - but six minutes?"

    Thanks for the free download, but for me the joke wore thin after two repititions of the refrain. Perhaps I haven't had to read enough children's bed time stories yet to get the hilarity .

    7 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Carson City, NV, United States 06-15-11
    Jack Carson City, NV, United States 06-15-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Rate it a Zero"

    Disgusting. How many times can you hear F...K in 6 minutes? This so called humorous book has absolutely no saving grace and was a total waste of time. Just forget this one, it is coarse and rude.

    5 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Grants Pass, OR, United States 06-16-11
    Cynthia Grants Pass, OR, United States 06-16-11
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    "Heard Much About This Book But Highly Disappointed"

    Congratulations Mr. Mansbach on bringing your readers and listeners down to your level which is somewhere between mire and feculence. My father would have never given any thought to using foul language in the presence of his children. He worked three jobs to raise us and saw we had a good education at Catholic school. This short story is just more one bit of positive proof that the scales of decency are tipping toward amorality in America. Mr Jackson, if you think this book is funny you need some time spent on Sundays back in your church. "For what hath a man if he gains the world but loses his soul?" I'd gladly give up unlimited hours to be able to read to my little girl. I'd relish all her imaginative excuses to stay up with the grown ups. I only wish I could turn off my TV to spend even just one more minute enveloping very memory of her and her angelic face and never complain about how tired I was. But I can't do that as she died when she was 9 years old and left me with only sparse and fleeting dreams of days long ago lost.

    3 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    James Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-16-11
    James Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-16-11
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    "This read could not be more ignorant!"

    Rotten book. It is like a child wrote it...a child that just learned the F-word. It makes no sense and it is not funny. I thought it would be funny...Nope. Anyway, it was free. So, I can't say I was cheated. I will, however, never get those 6 minutes back again.

    2 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    K oakville, ON, Canada 06-19-11
    K oakville, ON, Canada 06-19-11
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    "No access"

    I set up my account, downloaded the admhelper and got no further than that. It didn't run anything.

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    J. North Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-17-11
    J. North Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-17-11
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    "WTF?"

    I'm sure that this would be hilarious if Amazon wasn't so incredibly difficult to deal with. I downloaded it, I followed the directions, they keep telling me I can't play it. Yay ... thanks so much.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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