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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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    "So funny!!!"
    Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    When I need a good laugh, I listen to this. It is short and a nice break from a stressful situation.


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    Florida Mom 10-02-12
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    "Putting It In Perspective!"

    When I need a little reality - sanity, and adult confirmation that I'm not the only one pulling my hair out to be a good parent, I slip my ear buds on and smile through this 6 mnute book and ALWAYS finish with a big smile and relaxed. Samuel L Jackson is a perfect reader for this one :O) I'll hold onto it for many years.

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    Adam Schuster Orlando, FL USA 09-30-12
    Adam Schuster Orlando, FL USA 09-30-12 Listener Since 2003
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    "Snakes go to sleep"

    Samuel L. Jackson does more than justice to the source material. Just a great, amusing listen.

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    Evelyn Memphis, Tennessee, United States 09-26-12
    Evelyn Memphis, Tennessee, United States 09-26-12
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    "Great story"

    It was a great listen. Realistic and hilarious at the same time! Samuel was the perfect pick for this book.

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    suzanne Honduras 09-11-12
    suzanne Honduras 09-11-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Funny as Hell despite the Swearing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Samuel L Jackson brings a different reality to my mind! I enjoyed listening to another as I pretty much beeped through m,y mind while reading!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    not all that memorable except for the swearing ..sorry!


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

    HE curses better than I would...lol.


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    TSB 09-10-12
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    "WOW!"

    You just have to listen to understand...it's out of the norm and very enjoyable. Good listening.

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    Denni Randolph, NJ, United States 09-03-12
    Denni Randolph, NJ, United States 09-03-12
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    "A perfect adult bedtime story"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    I loved the humor & it was right-on point about the "joys" of putting kids to bed


    What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    His soothing voice & inflection


    Who was the most memorable character of Go the F--k to Sleep and why?

    The narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    I read this to a co-worker, the father of 2 young children- he laughed so hard in recognition. The next day he down-loaded his own copy

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    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 08-31-12
    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2011

    I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.

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    What is all the fuss about? Everyone talks about this like it's the greatest thing ever. I was unimpressed and felt it was a HUGE waste of $5.00...go to the bookstore and you can read it it 1 minute.

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    Judelon Ingram 08-28-12

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    "The hard copy should win a Caldecott!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone whoa) doesn't mind the languageb) has ever kept company with a small child.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The combination of the simple rhyme pattern and Samuel Jackson's reading made me laugh myself nearly incontinent.


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't before, but I'll be looking for him now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course--it's 6 minutes well spent.


    Any additional comments?

    I played this little ditty for my husband while we dined at a Japanese Restaurant. Hand to God, the restaurant Muzak suddenly switched from regional Japanese music to Brahm's Lullaby, which continued to play throughout the audiobook. Just a coincidence--or has this book become a hit on the sushi circuit? Either way, Brahms made it even funnier.

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    angelrbb Burleson, TX 08-23-12
    angelrbb Burleson, TX 08-23-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm a big fan of horror, sci-fi, dystopian, and post apocalyptic novels.

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    "Classic Sam Jackson"

    If you enjoy Samuel L. Jackson's ironic and hilarious use of the F word in movies, then you will definitely enjoy this book.

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