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Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good | [Kevin Smith]

Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.
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Publisher's Summary

Profane, honest, and totally real advice from comedian and director Kevin Smith - one of America's most original voices....

Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was 24 with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

As Kevin's millions of Twitter followers and millions of podcast listeners know, he's the first one to admit his flaws and the last one to care about them. In early 2011, he began using his platform to answer big questions from fans - like "What should I do with my life?"- and he discovered that he had a lot to say. Tough Sh-t distills his four decades of breaking all the rules down to direct and brutally honest advice, including:

  • Why he has accepted Ferris Bueller as his personal savior, and what the Tenets of Buellerism can teach about hiding in plain sight and lip-syncing in the face of danger
  • Why it's really fun to eat but not so fun to be fat
  • What to do about people who don't like your policies ( for starters, tell them to pucker up and smooch your big ol' butt)
  • What Kevin's idol Wayne Gretzky can teach us about creativity and direction

For anyone who's out of a job, out of luck, or just out of sugary snack foods, Tough Sh*t is an unabashedly honest guide to getting the most out of doing the least.

©2012 Kevin Smith (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Dominic Peluso Garden Ctiy Park, NY United States 06-05-12
    Dominic Peluso Garden Ctiy Park, NY United States 06-05-12
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    "Very funny ! A must for smith fans !"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high , can see myself listening to it again !


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it's true !


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    I guess because it's his life , him telling it makes it better !


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    Mick the Gee 05-30-12
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    "A must listen for any Kevin Smith fan!"

    If you are a fan of Kevin Smith or always wanted to know what makes this guy tick. Then Tough Sh-t is the audio-book for you. Kevin is one of the best story tellers of our generation and brings to life moments from his life in a very humorous way that are a joy to listen to.It is also a bonus to hear Kevin read the book himself. So do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this audio-book today!.

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    BG Ruyle Hong Kong, China 05-29-12
    BG Ruyle Hong Kong, China 05-29-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Guilty Pleasure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! Read by Kevin Smith?!? Who ELSE could do a better job? No need for someone who can properly pronounce German words, or who can blow out on a "wh" then round their vowels as they describe, ...erm, a novel way to apply makeup that hasn't quite made it into the "How to Keep Your Man Interested" section of Cosmo.

    Gimme Kev.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The raw honesty...and the look shared by the other guy on the plane. I saw that heavy-set man pleading with his eyes as clearly as if I'd been there.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, so it's THE BEST!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Jay's mom shot up during pregnancy, and he *nailed* 10 times the lines he should have by all rights. Kudos.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the hell out of this book, but as a high school Film teacher in Hong Kong, will recommend it to no one except my husband--who heard it first anyway--...Oh, and my teenage daughter (who will appreciate it in 10 years).

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    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 05-28-12
    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Straight up Kevin Smith"

    If you love Kevin Smith you'll love this. If you hate him why are you bothering with a review at all. He wrote the book, he narrates the book. It feels a lot like he's just talking to you and comes off effortlessly.

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    marvin 05-25-12
    marvin 05-25-12
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    "If you liked his movies you'll love his book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This was a inspirational book that's let you see into the life of the indie Colonel Sanders.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin Smith he is what the book is about


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Smith – was your favorite?

    Kevin Smith


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

    Yes


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    Michael A. Roberts Akron, OH 05-24-12
    Michael A. Roberts Akron, OH 05-24-12

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    "awesomesauce!"
    Would you listen to Tough Sh-t again? Why?

    i would. listening to kevin talk is like sitting with an old friend you haven't seen in a while and having them regale you with hilarious stories.


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    Amazon Customer HILLSBORO, OR, United States 05-21-12
    Amazon Customer HILLSBORO, OR, United States 05-21-12

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    "Loved the "advice", read by the author"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - if they were a fan of Kevin Smith


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tough S--t?

    Learning how Kevin Smith became a fan of movies


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Smith – was your favorite?

    Kevin Smith - but hearing him imitate is wife was funny too


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Tough S--t?

    Believe in myself


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book

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    jason United States 05-16-12
    jason United States 05-16-12
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    "Smith knocked it out of the park."
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lafter, though provoking, and tears. Great book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tough Sh-t?

    Kevin's little aside comments when narrating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Him on stage


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

    His dad went out screaming


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    Ms. Lettie New York, USA 05-15-12
    Ms. Lettie New York, USA 05-15-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    I think one of the things I enjoyed the most was having Kevin Smith "read" the book himself. Nothing better than getting it from the author themselves! I also like getting a kind of inside perspective on the film industry. It's fascinating to hear his take on the many experiences he's had throughout his career.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy Kevin's way with words and his sense of humor as it colors the many stories he has to share in this particular book.


    What does Kevin Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again, the listener gets to hear it in his own words. Reading the book I would just be attempting to imagine it in his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The parts of the audiobook that feature his wife Jennifer and his daughter Harley make me tear up without fail. I love that he's such a family man.


    Any additional comments?

    For those not terribly familiar with Kevin just be aware that the man has a tendency to cuss. So if you have an issue with that, this book may not be for you, but if you can get passed that it is definitely worth a listen.

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    Amazon Customer 05-15-12 Member Since 2003

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    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Touching. Funny. Lewd.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tough Sh-t?

    Follow Kevin though highs(wink) and lows in this reflection on his life and future. He is, as always, brutally honest and the constant purveyor of real world optimism. The entire book is filled with memorable moments, literally, that's what it is. Much like his talks, interviews, Q&As and podcasts this is a collection of Kevin doing what he does best, telling great stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kevin's joy and satisfaction at having an idol, Tarantino, appreciate his work.


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

    I love hearing Kevin talk about his relationships with people, particularly his wife. He has a fairly unique perspective and does an admirable job of guiding you into his way of looking at the world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are offended by language, sexual descriptions, or drug use then you clearly don't know who Kevin Smith is, otherwise you wouldn't be looking at this book. Kevin does not only use everything listed above, he wallows in it. So don't say you were shocked, don't complain and don't preach. Give it a listen if you are curious or if you like Kevin Smith's work, otherwise you'd likely be happier spending your dough elsewhere.

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