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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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    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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    Martin Germantown, WI, United States 10-20-11
    Martin Germantown, WI, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Won't talk like this to my kid, but I can relate"

    I'm not usually a poetry reader (or listener), but I thought I'd give this a try for a little ear candy. Samuel Jackson was the perfect reader, getting just the right note of exasperation in his voice as the evening progresses. However, if you're not a big fan of profanity you might want to skip this. It isn't exactly over the top but it is a bit much for my taste. Still, it was a pretty funny poem with an excellent narrator. And all parents have lived through this kind of evening at some point or another!

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    Amazon Customer 10-20-11 Member Since 2014

    I love a good cozy mystery or paranormal book. Some of my favorites are Dresden Files, Stephanie Plum, the Hollows, & Hannah Swenson series.

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    If you want a good laugh this is the book. It summarizes how just about every parent has felt at one point or another. Samuel L. Jackson is the ONLY person who could have done this book justice. If you're at all familiar with his work you can guess why. Think "Pulp Fiction" meets bedtime story. However, this is obviously NOT a book for your kids to hear... unless you live in a home where the F word is used freely and happily by all. When your kids are driving you nuts & you just want them to lay down, fall asleep & give you some peace for a while just pop in your headphones, poor a glass of wine, & enjoy. :)

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    Edward DUmont, NJ, United States 10-18-11
    Edward DUmont, NJ, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2015

    Listens for a living.

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    "come on, you know you're thinking it..."

    Jackson's delivery takes this from novelty to must listen. Jackson starts soft, even warm, and let's the Pulp Fiction sneak up on you. Hilarious.

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    Root Dorn 10-16-11
    Root Dorn 10-16-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Yeah, I don't think so."

    Laughed my butt off but I won't be reading this to my kids. Makes me laugh everytime I play it.

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    Taufiq East Brunswick, NJ, United States 10-14-11
    Taufiq East Brunswick, NJ, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    An amazingly well done book. Samuel L. Jackson was superb and the content was very funny.

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    Vanessa Port St Lucie, FL, United States 10-14-11
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    "Title says it all"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I haven't read the book, but Jackson is perfect for this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could relate to it.


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

    His voice.


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    Victoria 10-07-11
    Victoria 10-07-11
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    I loved this story when I first saw the book, but hearing it read by Samuel L Jackson takes it to a new level of hilarity!

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    Sandeep NEW YORK, NY, United States 10-03-11
    Sandeep NEW YORK, NY, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Best audiobook ever!!!"
    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?

    No, but I would love to listen to more work from him! Hope he does many more audibooks!


    Any additional comments?

    This is byfar the best audiobook ever!

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    Arlis San Diego, CA 09-29-11
    Arlis San Diego, CA 09-29-11

    GRI, SME, CDPE, Broker

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    "Really F****ing Funny!"

    Excellent little ditty ... and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson narrates it is icing on the cake! Every parent (every honest one, that is) feels this way at one time or another with their children. Bravo, Adam! Bravo, Samuel!

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