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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Hysterical!!!!

Excellent choice for Narrator. Gotta love Sam Jackson. A bunch of us just listened to this at the office. We have never laughed so hard. Planning on buying a copy of the book for our two sets of friends who just became parents in the past week. They'll get it now. ;0)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Now I know what all the fuss is about!

Several people had recommended the book, and well, you can't beat the price, so I had to download it, sync to my iPhone and play it through the home theater speakers with my wife... we were both laughing hard, and crying at the same time since it's the same old story with our daughter!!!

If you have a preschooler, and don't mind occasional swearing, you must listen to this!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Shea
  • Decatur, GA, United States
  • 06-14-11

Every parents wish...

Perfection!!! No one else could read it better than Samuel L Jackson. I wish I could play this for my 4 year old every night. For now, I will read my own edited version of the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 06-14-11

brilliant

truly the perfect narrator for this modern day bedtime story; better than peas and carrots or peanut butter and jelly

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • Euless, TX, United States
  • 06-15-11

Hilarious!

I've heard that humor comes from a place of truth. The closer it is to the truth, the funnier it is. This is hilarious! It accurately reflects the pains of putting a child down to bed who isn't sleepy. Mr. Jackson's rendition of a parent's desperation at bedtime left me giggling throughout.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Great children's book, or the Greatest?

This. Is. Hilarious. Mr. Mansbach nailed it right on the head with this book. I bought it and I don't even have kids, it's that good.

26 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 06-14-11

Pulp Fiction meets Daddy Dearest

Adam, you are absolutely brilliant! This book is proof positive that it's not what you say but how you say it... I love how Samuel L. Jackson starts off like as loving father and then goes all "Pulp Fiction" on the child! He is the perfect narrator for this perfect book - I ordered 2 copies!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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The Emperor's New Clothes

Samuel L. Jackson liked it. It has lots of great reviews. You get to hear the F word in almost every sentence, what could be funnier. I wish they would charge more for it, so only us cool people could enjoy it. Maybe Adam could write another masterpiece in which he says fart in every sentence, that would be soooo cool. I raised two kids and I said all seven of the words you could not say on TV. I said them a lot. I most have been a great dad.

By the way did you see the Emperor's New Clothes, weren't they cool!!

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 07-24-11

Hilarious

My kids are 13, and I still struggle to get them to go the f**k to sleep. This is a book only Samuel L. Jackson could have read; and I'm so glad he did.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 06-16-11

Sleep

Great storytelling from Samuel L. Jackson. He is putting me to sleep. Go the F--k to Sleep!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful