Samuel L. Jackson reads 'Go the F––k to Sleep'


Image Credit: Courtesy of Akashic Books

The literary sensation Go the F–k to Sleep takes aim at horrible annoying children, sort of like how Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle took aim at horrible heartless plutocrats. Now, actor/Marvel mascot/general man-about-town Samuel L. Jackson has recorded a complete audiobook version of Adam Mansbach’s book, which is currently downloadable for free at Jackson prefaces his reading by explaining that, when he was reading stories to his daughter in her early years, he actually would tell her, “Go the f–k to sleep.” (Of course he did.) Jackson’s slow-burn parental exasperation — simultaneously tender, badass, and helpless — is truly ear candy. Dear Hollywood: When you try turning Go the F–k to Sleep into a sitcom and/or a film franchise, we might take you seriously if Jackson comes along for the ride.

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  • flapdragon

    I laughed myself silly just READING this thing several weeks ago, so I’m not sure I can handle the awesomeness of hearing it spoken by Jackson. My head might explode. For real.

  • Eyesofmarsarerovers

    Samuel L. Jackson rocks!

  • crispy

    Listen to the sample… “Hellll naw, you can’t go to the bathroom!” Ahahahaha!

  • Jelana

    Samual L. Jackson — that man OWNS the f word. Hilarious!

  • kat

    gaaaah I downloaded and instaleld the Audible Download Manager thing but it keeps trying to tell me it’s not installed. MUST HEAR SLJ DROP F-BOMBS!

    • kat

      Oh whew. I got it now.

  • Sue

    This made my day!! Now, I must buy the book… :)

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  • Tammy

    This is terrible. Who would read this to their children?!?! Who would speak like that to their children?!?! It makes me so sad that their are parents out there like this Samuel Jackson.

    • lulu

      It’s not a children’s book, Tammy.

    • mel

      it’s not meant for children. Its an adult book. no one should speak to their children that way. The book is supposed to be a reflection of what is going on in the minds of parents when their children will not go to sleep. I laughed so hard when i read it, because the anger and frustration of putting your kid to sleep is something we all feel.

    • Tyler Durdern

      It is not for kids, and based on your level of intellect, I fear for yours if you have them.

    • shannon

      please be joking please be joking please be joking…

    • Ana170

      Relax, Samuel Jackson has a great relationship with his daughter. And the author wrote the book after a particularly trying time with his daughter. He doesn’t actually talk to her like that.

    • ikagirl

      Hope you are joking, if not….go back and read the article. And the comments.

    • A Fan

      Lighten the f*ck up!! SLJ kills me…LOL

  • Jason in MI

    What a convoluted way to download a sound file. I need to get a half score of other applications before I can play the thing through iTunes? I guess if I want to hear SLJ swear I’ll just watch one of his movies.

  • ikagirl

    Just downloaded and listened. This is hysterical! Samuel L. Jackson is the man!

  • Kaiulani

    This is so f**king funny!! SLJ is perfect for this.

  • Jujubee

    I saw this book a few weeks ago and was crying I was laughing so hard! As a mom of 4 little ones, there have been WAY too many times that I can relate to feeling like this. If you are having trouble with the audio download, you can find it on YouTube along with the visual of the pages too. Oh it’s just magical. :) LOVE.

  • Sarah

    Am I the only one having a God awful time trying to download the file?! Seriously, one of the worst user experiences with a program!

  • Kelly

    for those of you having download issues, you can also get it for free on ibooks.

  • joy

    Freaking hilarious!!!

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