Lots of funny
The optimism brought to the table by Kevin
He is a master wordsmith and brings all the emotion necessary to tell his story.
I will take chances with the future and chase whimsies.
George Carlin's Brain Droppings
it was all funny
I strongly recommend this audio book
I love how frank and candid he is, he's real, honest and a true human f'n being! I like the way he reads it, the way his sense of humor is similar to my own.
Go where the "puck" is going to be.
His podcasting website is incredible and I suggest Hollywood Babble On and his show with Scott Mosier. Even though those aren't books, the shows are similar to this audio book recording, except sometimes with an audience.
Narrated by the man himself, this book is definitely a must listen for any Kevin Smith fan. And although it's available in text form, the book is best absorbed via Audiobook. The fact that Kevin Smith narrates this alone is enough to hold that opinion. But the way he does it, like he's talking to you in his always funny, passionate and emotional style combined with his little "not in the book" moments gives you the feeling that you are there with him in his living room and he's telling you all these stories personally.
The material itself is, as is usually the case with Kevin Smith, pure gold. I listened to this book in one sitting, and will probably listen to it again sometime. From his early childhood, to his heroes, to a passionate final few chapters about his family, this book is a great way to get to know the man behind (and silently in front of) the camera.
A couple of things you should keep in mind: first, I have been a huge Kevin Smith fan for years. I own and have watched all of his movies numerous times (except maybe Jersey Girl). I have some of his Q&A shows on DVD and watch those once in a while, and I have the Clerks cartoon. I also listen to his SModCast network of podcasts. So read the above review with that in mind. Second, if you are also a fan like me, you'll love this but a lot of material will be stuff you've probably already heard elsewhere in the View Askew/SModCo universe.
Great overall read and a wonderful alternate view on life. Definitely some things that one can take away and an enjoyable listen at the same time!
Its a very good listen. But it does seem very name droppy. I didnt know half the people that were spoke about but apart from that it was a very enjoyable listen.
The no holds bard approach.
The initial introduction.
Had a few laughs during the listen
I love Kevin Smith, Clerks, Chasing Amy, and my favorite, Dogma. Okay, I didn't care for Zack and Miri Make a Porno. But that is me. Point is if you like Kevin Smith, his movies and his humor than you'll like this book a lot. And even tell your friends about, like I did.
If you want to get into the movie biz or screenplay writing, then this is required reading/hearing.
Tough Sh*t is Smith in the raw standing before you. Stomach that. And he gets pretty raw with language and stories about his life. -- This is not for the kids to hear -- But in the end you walk away knowing more about who he is, why he is the way he is, how the movie industry works/or doesn't work, and most all why Kevin Smith is a really cool guy.
The fact that he came from very little--very little--he hasn't forgotten his roots, he achieved his goals in his 20's and much more by 40, well, there is a lot to learn from a guy like this. And even if you are like me and didn't care for the Porno movie, Smith shows us that The American Dream is still alive. You just have to be willing to go for it.
yes, it's always great to hear kev telling his own tales.
kevin discussing his reaction to the BS dealt to him by southwest airlines
what a JERK bruce willis really is!
if you're a fan of kevin smith you'll love this
I love Kevin Smith's sense of humor.
I loved all the behind the scenes stories.... especially the one about Bruce Willis. I too had always thought Bruce was great as David in Moonlighting and had somehow transposed his fun, witty and adorable persona onto Bruce Willis for some reason. Finding out that Bruce is squirrel turd really killed one of my self inflicted livable lies similar to that of the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy, that Bruce really was David Addison and not just some douche acting like a fun, witty adorable cool guy.
The hockey thing all makes sense now. I didn't know before. Also I like that of course Kevin Smith would work in quirky love story even here. Bravo
Haven't listened to other books, but I thought that "An Evening with Kevin Smith" was far better for stories and such.
The knowledge that he got high before reading it.