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Tough Sh-t Audiobook

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

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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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    Kim Skovde, Sweden 12-16-13
    Kim Skovde, Sweden 12-16-13

    Hi! I´m a feminist-nerd-artist-batman-geek from Sweden. English is not my native language, which might appear in my book reviews.

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    "Life is sometimes made of sh*t..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    He gives us personal anecdotes during the actual reading.


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

    His wife? :)


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

    U will laugh and cry, and you will probably have to turn down the volume a bit, in the company of children. haha.


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    Cora Keegan 12-10-13
    Cora Keegan 12-10-13 Member Since 2013

    I am inspired by the beautiful women, girls, and men who I’ve met over the years that lack the self-esteem to recognize their own beauty.

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    "Mr. Smith takes his ego for a walk"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Smith and/or Kevin Smith?

    No


    What could Kevin Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    burn the first draft


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not much more than a man with huge Ego and big sense of entitlement, whining about how he is true indie film maker and an ad for his Podcasts. His constant references to his influences, really is a list of who he badly tries to imitate. From George Carlin to Quentin Tarantino, it is more ape like imitation that original thought. It is good that he is against haters of the gay community and champions the rights of the overweight while he slams anyone who has a 9 to 5 job as not being as smart as him. This loud mouth is your worst nightmare to be stuck beside at an airport bar, as he whines about his former boss at Mirimax pictures being a sell out. He thinks he is Bugs Bunny, but the truth is more like Foghorn Leghorn.

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    Nick Greer, SC, United States 11-18-13
    Nick Greer, SC, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lots of gems here"
    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    Kevin Smith reading it


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

    The beginning noting what we all once were.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter about George Carlin.


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

    Talking about his dad's death.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a Kevin Smith fan (which I am), this is a must read/listen...actually the listening is almost better because it's Kevin Smith reading it. If you are not a Kevin Smith fan, I still encourage you to check this out because it has some real gems in it...both in making you laugh out loud as well as really giving you some things to think about. If you have no idea who Kevin Smith is, I still recommend it, however be forewarned that there is a lot of dirty language, I mean, look at the title for Pete's sake.

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    Catherine 11-16-13
    Catherine 11-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Love to learn, cook, bake, garden and always love a great book.

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    "Classic"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this book. I'm a very big fan of Kevin Smith and am super upset that his other books are not available on Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, like any of Smith's books is a look into his life which is so interesting and with him reading it it's like he's telling to all of these stories personally. Plus, he's hilarious which is the best part of any of his books!

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    AliceOfelia Yuba City, CA, United States 11-14-13
    AliceOfelia Yuba City, CA, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic READ / LISTEN"
    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    Author / Narrator's witty humor and insight to lifes interesting quandries. K.S. provides a very down to earth perspective to his life, that easily translates to anyone, regardless of life choices.


    What other book might you compare Tough Sh-t to and why?

    Tough Sh-t is a very unique biography.. and while K.S.'s others are good too... this one will leave you wanting to 'Do' to Go Forth and conquer... If it doesn't then you may want to read it again, or re-assess what your goals are, and then read it again!


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

    First, there are added commentaries and 'Kevin Only' dialogues that are not in the printed version at all. Most pleasant surprise!


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

    Many, actually. Kevin speaks to me on many very inspirational levels, personal and professionally. And while some of his humor may be viewed as crass, his depth of insight for the person is profound!


    Any additional comments?

    just Advisory, for anyone not already familiar or prepared for Kevins humor.... it is funny... sometimes 'wrong', many times, crass and can be construed as verbally offensive of sorts, but in more cases than not, insightful.

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    Michael Berwyn, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Michael Berwyn, PA, United States 08-07-13
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    "Profane honesty, not funny at all"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Smith and/or Kevin Smith?

    Probably not. But it depends on the content. He's a great narrator, at least of his own story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Unless you're a fan, it's really not that interesting, let alone funny. It's about sperm (mildly funny), fat and lazy people (too repetitive), pop culture, indie films, movie making, smoking weed and sex.


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

    No.


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    Kelsey 08-07-13
    Kelsey 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kevin Smith knows how to write!"
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Inspirational and lots of ass talk.


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

    Finally got to hear some of Bruce Willis shenanigans.


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

    I am a Kevin Smith podcast listener. I thought I knew all of his life stories. This book had some new misadventures of Kevin Smith. He is an excellent narrator who throws in some verbal side notes which are not in the written book.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book for any Kevin Smith fan.

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    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-08-13
    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    How much he loves his wife.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Keven smith. it was about him.


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    He does not just read a book he tells you his story his way.


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

    Follow your dreams.


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    Simple Music Guy 06-28-13
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    "Thank you Kevin Smith"

    The words from Kevin Smith's mouth are that of a pessimist, but the actions he takes in life are that of a dreamer...

    What a great narration of Kevin Smith's book, read for you by the only person who can deliver it in that specific style, Kevin Smith!

    Thank you for giving us such an optimistic gift disguised under pessimistic wrapping paper. (opens gift) Holy sh-t, the glass is half full... And there's more than one!

    It's okay to have big dreams, or be big for that matter. You know, Mr. Smith, it's time to start being a little more easy on yourself. We like you more when you don't care what we think.

    -Jacob Aaron Miller

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    Henry 06-21-13
    Henry 06-21-13
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    "Funny Sh-t"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was entertaining to learn about the director of Clerks.


    Did Tough Sh-t inspire you to do anything?

    Started listening to his podcasts


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