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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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    G. Sanders 05-14-12
    G. Sanders 05-14-12 Member Since 2009

    Avid reader!

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    "Bedtime will never be the same!!!"
    Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    The Bedtime Story. When you have had a little too much of the kids this short story is just what you need to release your frustrations.This is a very short audio but Samuel L. Jackson is pitch perfect and delivers the "f" word like few can.


    Any additional comments?

    Never for children!!!

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    Christina United States 05-10-12
    Christina United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about Go the F--k to Sleep? What did you like least?

    I liked that I could relate to it. I have felt like that before when my kids were little and wouldn't go to sleep. I thought the story would be funnier though.


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

    I didn't really have one.


    Do you think Go the F--k to Sleep needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


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    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 05-09-12
    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining"

    This was just a real quick laugh. Those with children and none virgin ears will appreciate this.

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    Mark Bosse Ft. Mitchell, KY, United States 05-09-12
    Mark Bosse Ft. Mitchell, KY, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Gets old quick"

    The title caught my eye, and the preview captured my interest, however after listening, all enjoyment can be gained through the preview. For such a short book, it gets old quick. It's one joke being told multiple ways multiple times, and I found myself as it went thinking okay yeah I get it already. Funny concept, but I wouldn't spend the small price again.

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    Monica newark, NJ, United States 05-08-12
    Monica newark, NJ, United States 05-08-12
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    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    this book is great and Samuel did it justice when i listen to it, it reminds me of the nightly routine i have with my two year old.,amazing story for parents who lives in the real world


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    Interested 05-08-12
    Interested 05-08-12 Member Since 2008

    Savy

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    What would have made Go the F--k to Sleep better?

    I had 2 babies and the words Go the F--K to sleep never, never entered my mind. My second baby woke and screamed every 2 hrs for the first year and I was pretty darned tired but I never even thought to think let alone speak those words. That is my only complaint really. It's a baby! For me, I cringed every time I heard Sam say them. I may be too sensitive where babies are concerned but I feel the author could have chosen a different expression. It was too much for me and I did not enjoy it. At the same time I could very well understand the frustration. That is real! Sorry, I just could not get past cussing at a baby even if the words were not actually said aloud.


    What could Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Express the same sentiments in a different way. Letting go of the word F--K.


    Which character ??? as performed by Samuel L. Jackson ??? was your favorite?

    All really. Sam did a good performance. It was the writing I hated.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO!


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    Kevin Flemming Woburn, MA USA 05-07-12
    Kevin Flemming Woburn, MA USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I laughed so hard!"
    What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    I think every parent has been through the feelings expressed in this book. We just don't like to admit it in public. Samuel L. Jackson does a spectacular job of presenting the entire range of emotions that a poor overworked, underrested, but loving parent goes through.


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    Janet Dunsmore 05-07-12
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Samuel L. Jackson


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

    His voice. It was just like reliving raising my sons. Mind you I thought of saying what he was saying. I omitted a word or two.


    Any additional comments?

    Funniest & truest book ever

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    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 05-04-12
    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 05-04-12

    I Luv Audible!!

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    "Awesome Book made for Adults"

    This book is good!! Narrated by Samuel L Jackson it speaks true to how many of us as parents feel when we have to read sleepy time stories every night to our kids. I laughed continuously.!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sasha 05-01-12
    Sasha 05-01-12
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    ""Great Books for us frustrated Parents""

    The Author Adam Mansbach never a better thing than to write this book, Samuel L Jackson did a great job with the narration even though it is not recommended to play this book for the kids it is a great way for us parents to get a good laugh...lol there are times when I wish I could tell my 2 Yr old to "Go The F*ck to Sleep" Great Book for a great laugh.

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