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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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    McSwonder 02-25-13
    McSwonder 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great and Artistic Retrospective"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Smith gives a few asides and comments that are not in the print edition. He also gives a little insight into the audio recording process.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Smith's anecdotes.


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    He's Kevin Smith. He talks for a living, and he is awesome at it. I love the way he uses his voice and wouldn't have it any other way.


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

    Smith's concept of art and how he pursues and has pursued it over the course of his career.


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    Kevin Jersey City, NJ 02-20-13
    Kevin Jersey City, NJ 02-20-13 Member Since 2014

    Nerd.

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

    I love funny Bios. Very high.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ummm..., Kevin?


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

    His Timing and unscripted asides are priceless. There is something to be said for recording a book High.


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

    Uncontrollable laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    The Southwest Airways and Bruce Willis chapters ALONE are worth the price.

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    Elisabeth Benicia, CA, United States 02-12-13
    Elisabeth Benicia, CA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    I love that he read it himself - even went off script a bit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Haring how much he loves his family


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Telling his ex-icon to shut up!


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

    Never work with Bruce


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great story - inspiring in a real life way!

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    Sheri 02-03-13
    Sheri 02-03-13
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    "Love This Sh*t!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of this book, but Kevin Smith doing Kevin Smith is entertainment at its best.


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

    This book is comparable to anything George Carlin wrote or recorded. The influence George Carlin had on Kevin Smith shows. Two politically-incorrect comedic powerhouses.


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

    Kevin Smith brings his larger-than-life (no pun intended) personality into reading this book. Every time he imitated Bruce Willis' voice I had to rewind because I had laughed through the following 3-5 minutes of the book.


    What did you learn from Tough Sh-t that you would use in your daily life?

    This book is filled with life lessons delivered in a way that makes you want to listen. My favorite quote is from his sister, "You don't have to WANT to be a filmmaker, just BE a filmmaker."


    Any additional comments?

    **Highly recommend** I am not what you would consider to be Kevin's "target audience". I am on my 3rd listen of this book. It still cracks me up and I find something different each time I listen.

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    Adult Reader in Calgary Calgary, Canada 01-20-13
    Adult Reader in Calgary Calgary, Canada 01-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Books like this make me love Audible"

    Kevin Smith is especially good as narrator because he talks and tells stories for a living. This book is fantastic and I've already re-listened to it and will do again. It's funny, raunchy (warning!), and has interesting stories throughout. Surprisingly it's also actually pretty inspiring. Smith includes an ode to the game of Hockey and to Wayne Gretzky that should earn him honorary Canadian citizenship. The audio version is especially good because of his performance and the bonus of a few audio-only asides thrown in.

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    Amazon Customer ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 01-06-13
    Amazon Customer ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Feels like a close friend..."
    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    The feel of talking to a good friend or an older brother. His back story is very relatable and gives advice that is sensible and real


    What did you like best about this story?

    Despite his some may call crude comedy, he is a pretty humble man.


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

    Most definitely. Spent all day listening at home


    Any additional comments?

    Hoping he writes another book. This is must read for any person who is familiar with Kevin Smith as well as avid fans

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    michael ELMWOOD PARK, NJ, United States 01-03-13
    michael ELMWOOD PARK, NJ, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    The fact the kevin smith narrated it was awesome. he has such a way witrh words and telling stories that it really made the book enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    AWESOME

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    James 01-03-13
    James 01-03-13
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    "Kevin is high-larious"
    Would you listen to Tough Sh-t again? Why?

    Truly a funny and sincere insight into one of the 21st century's most forward thinking people


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    Toni COLUMBUS, OH, United States 12-14-12
    Toni COLUMBUS, OH, United States 12-14-12
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    "It's like listening to his podcast."
    Would you listen to Tough Sh-t again? Why?

    Yes! Kevin Smith is an inspiration to me. As a fat comic book nerd that seeks to write comics and his own novel, there's something about a regular Joe turned nerd icon like Kevin Smith that draws me to his live and his story.


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    mike 11-21-12
    mike 11-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Kevin Smith speaking some of his wittiest tales"

    If you've ever seen An Evening With Kevin Smith, attended any of his public appearances, listened to his podcats or seen any of his movies then you know how he speaks and what his story telling is like. This is pretty much the same thing. And, if you're a fan like me, then you know that this means this book is golden.

    Smith details his rise to fame from convenience store clerk to media darling, media devil and back again. It's not all fun and games either. There are poignant moments aplenty, and they aren't just for shock value. In true storyteller style Smith returns to these moments to underscore the lessons he learned in life and pass these nuggets of wisdom forward.

    True Smith fans (Smithsonians?) will have heard one or two of these stories before (like the first intimate moment he shared with his now-wife). But even if the stories are familiar, they are told with more backstory here. And, lets not forget that when you hear a story from Smith, read by Smith, it's like reminiscing with a friend; even if the story is familiar, it's still fun.

    And it's not always about Smith either, he's not afraid to dish dirt on some famous names. My favorite reveals were how sweet George Carlin could be (that one made my wife cry), and how much of a jerk Bruce Willis could be.

    Of course Smith can be a little crass at times but if you don't mind that kind of thing (I certainly don't), then pick it up. if that's something that ruins things for you, you might want to read about a different indie filmmaker.

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