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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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    Andrea Herndon, VA United States 06-16-11
    Andrea Herndon, VA United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2012

    I love a good narrator. I like all kinds of books and I am always looking for my next great listen.

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    "thought i was the only one"

    Now i have never said these words to my child... i have thought them oh so many times!

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    Erica Germantown, WI, United States 06-15-11
    Erica Germantown, WI, United States 06-15-11
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    "Seriously Funny!"

    What parent hasn't wanted to throw a few F bombs in to get their kids to sleep?!? Hilarious!

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    Eric VERONA, WI, United States 06-15-11
    Eric VERONA, WI, United States 06-15-11
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    "AWESOME!!!"

    The only thing better would be an ebook with Samuel L. Jackson narrating. Or if the book had a scene with Snakes in it... :)

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    Jenn Encinitas, CA, United States 06-15-11
    Jenn Encinitas, CA, United States 06-15-11
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    "Hysterical and soo true"

    Great book, although not one I would read to my child. Samuel L has just the right voice and the perfect attitude to narrate the book. Think Mary had a Little Lamb meets Pulp Fiction!

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    Amazon Customer WA, USA 06-15-11
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    "Perfect story, Perfect Narration!"

    As a mother of twins, I can relate to EVERY word of this and SLJ's narration was perfect--the desperation in his voice is absolutely priceless!

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    Pat Chicago, IL United States 06-15-11
    Pat Chicago, IL United States 06-15-11 Member Since 2004

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    "Get This!"

    This is F**king awesome! I am sending to my adult children as a gift. Really, 15 words are not needed, this is so funny!

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-15-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-15-11 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "One regret"

    This was really funny but I did have one regret: I just wish it was longer. Samuel Jackson does a great job with the narration.

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    "SLJ perfect for this narration."

    Short, but sweet as f@&k. SLJ perfect narrator for this book. Now I don't think I'll be playing this anytime soon for my kids, but my wife will definatly get a kick out of it.

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    M san antonio, TX, United States 06-15-11
    M san antonio, TX, United States 06-15-11
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    "so very awesome."

    NSFW, NSFK, yet so very awesome. Sam Jackson is wonderful, reads it the way I heard it in my head.

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    "I'm outraged! (maybe that's not the right word)"

    I got this book for my children, so they would have something new to listen to, and you wouldn't believe how shocked I was went a string of profanity came gushing out into their bedroom . .. I'm kidding! It's a marvelous parody that I've been sharing with my friends and parents.

    Now, if the title didn't give it away, this is not a book for children and there is just a little (read: a lot) of profanity. So, if you're still locked in the past century where profanity not directed at you is somehow offensive, I recommend you not pick this up. Otherwise, grab this and get ready to laugh. Samuel L. Jackson really is the perfect narrator for this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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