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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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    jeffery LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 07-02-12
    jeffery LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 07-02-12
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    "get the abridged version"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Speed it up...there's tons of filler


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

    The anecdotes are interesting, but this dude really loves his own voice. Too much repetition and filler.


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    matthew plymouth, in, United States 06-17-12
    matthew plymouth, in, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Like a less-rambling Smodcast"
    Any additional comments?

    Pretty easy - take Smodcast, make it a book, sprinkle in some Jay and Bob Get Old, and you have Tough Sh*t. Great book, great writing, and great reading, especially given Kevin's non-sequiturs throughout the reading.

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    Dattokar Elyria,Oh United States 06-17-12
    Dattokar Elyria,Oh United States 06-17-12
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    "Kevin Smith More then to fat to Fly"
    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is the second best i have ever listened to, It not only is heartfelt but insightful. Its a honest and unassuming book. Stories from a man that grew up poor made it to Hollywood and came back a person not a celebrity completely full of himself. Great story telling .


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    Listening to Kevin through out the book was amazing and give the book a great person feel like hes in the room just telling you about his life.


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

    yes i have listened to it twice so far and look forward to listen to it again


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    Emily Peterborough, ON, Canada 06-11-12
    Emily Peterborough, ON, Canada 06-11-12
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    "Funny Fat F**k!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Kevin Smith is a born story teller. How could he not be? He makes a living off of entertaining people through film, and has now transcended into what I believe to be his true path in life: shooting the shit with his buddies to entertain the less witty and funny folk. Kevin adds so much with his inflections and off-print jokes and references that it's like I'm listening to one of his podcasts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kevin!


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

    Kevin adds so much in terms of appropriate inflections and character voices that, even though the content is genuinely funny, he adds an entirely new element that would not be possible simply through black and white.


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

    I've laughed so often in this book! Kevin Smith has got a big bucket of win on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to so many of Kevin Smith's podcasts and heard many stories of his time working with different actors or directors, his struggles and his successes, but they were always referenced randomly through the podcast or in Q&A. Because of this I've never really got a full grasp and concise understanding of what exactly he was talking about. In this book, Kevin lays out everything he wants his audience to know in a structured and comprehensible style and now I feel I know the story of Kevin Smith,

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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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    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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