Go the F--k to Sleep

  • by Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
  • 0 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.
"I was anxious to do the audio read of this book because my agent has twins and he gave me the book and I read it and I fell out laughing. And I remember all those times when I did read to my daughter when she was that age and everybody tells you that reading stories will put kids to sleep, but it never works. It didn't in my house. Actually if I picked her up and made up a story it worked a lot better. But I did say 'Go the F--k to Sleep' to her a lot, and I think at some point she would look at me when I would come into her room, and she would look at me and say 'Go the F--k to Sleep, Daddy!'. And I would say 'Yeah, go the f--k to sleep'." - Samuel L Jackson

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What the Critics Say

"Total genius." (Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, father of two)
"I wish this book had been around during my daughter's overly protracted sleep rituals! 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)
"A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud - hilarious!" (David Byrne, musician, father of one)

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What did you like most about Go the F--k to Sleep?

I encapsulated exactly what I've always wanted to say to my daughter when want's she asks me to do my Barbie voice at 2am.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Go the F--k to Sleep?

Samuel L. Jackson's performance - sublime.


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

It's menacing, you can tell he's channeling all his anger and frustration from years of sleepless nights.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I've not sure if 'moved' is the right word, but if this could be used as a parenting aid, it would no doubt bring tears of joy to millions of parents.


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- Oliver

F--king loved it

Laugh out loud funny, even though I've not got kids....

Listen with headphones though, certainly not work safe...

And Samuel L Jackson is pure genius. It's like Jules from Pulp Fiction having a hard time with the kids...
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- CA Weir

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-06-2011
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd