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.
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©2011 Adam Mansbach. Cover Illustration © 2011 Ricardo Cortes. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"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)
Yes, Mr Jackson's interpretation and palpable frustration enhance the text.
Must read for any frustrated parent looking to laugh at the futility of it all.
Yes. Fall down on the floor funny.
Samuel L. Jackson's narration
Pulp Fiction + a children's story = hilarious
Snakes on a Plane for parents
Studying to be a Mechanical Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Really fun, unless your easily offended, in which case I say grow up or F--k off because I don't really care for the sorts of opinions that demote this brilliant book because it uses dirty language.
But seriously this is a really good and fun story to listen to.
And the fact that it was narrated Samuel L Jackson made it all the more richer.
Parents will secretly smile or may even openly accept the courageous and funny insight this tale has to offer. If you are easily offended and you have read this review this far -- STOP and pick another title -- there are over 90,000 other titles to enjoy.
If you are still reading, regardless if you are single or married, have kids or not -- YOU WERE ONCE A KID YOURSELF and if you don't think that you at least once in your life caused this sentiment, regardless if this vulgar or not, in your parent's mind -- you truly are deluded. It doesn't matter if you were the Valedictorian or the kid from the other side of the tracks, you have either been the parent or the kid in this story and if you can't laugh at yourself, do you deserve to be able to laugh at anything? A welcome and refreshing casual quick break from the regimented expectations of society and authors.
Samuel L. Jackson does a supreme job of delivering this story. Cadence, enunciation, inflection, and pitch all play in his performance to make this short story seem more than a prose and more like a heartfelt, compassionate, poem of struggled/tried love.
This had to have been read by the one and only Samuel L. Jackson. I don't know if he was born to read this, or if it was made for him to read.
What's not to love? My two daughters have babies, now. I plan to share this with them. One day, they'll look back on their sleepless nights and remember this reading.
If you are not averse to hearing children addressed on this manner then you will find this story delightful. Samuel Jackson is an awesome reader.
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