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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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    Clifton Houston, TX, USA 03-25-13
    Clifton Houston, TX, USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Gotta Love Kevin Smith"

    I saw Clerks in the art house movie theater, after finishing up a shift at the video store, where I worked as a clerk. I've been a huge fan ever since. After following all his movies, and thousands of hours of podcasts over the years, there was no way I would miss this book.

    Anyone who knows anything Kevin, knows he's a chatty mother F-er. There's not much in this tale that I hadn't head in one form or another from him. But it doesn't matter, just listening to him relating his life story and the lessons derived from it is heartening and inspiring.

    Loaded with profanity, filth, self deprecation, pot-holes, and enlightening metaphors. Be prepared for a hard R rating, but you probably already know that

    One note on the performance, I absolutely love how even while reading his own memories, Kevin still manages the occasional meandering side story and parenthetical commentary.

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    Colleen 03-23-13
    Colleen 03-23-13 Member Since 2001

    Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!

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    "As always, wonderful. First time, inspiring!"

    If you are looking for something to motivate or inspire yourself into action, this book is it. He is the best of all motivational speakers because he isn't full of himself or one of those inhumane type A robots. Kevin is as real as possible and how he relates his childhood to his future ambitions is just impressive. What do you have to lose?

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    sarah Calgary, AB, Canada 03-17-13
    sarah Calgary, AB, Canada 03-17-13
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    "Laugh out loud funny, fatman tells GREAT stories"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Kevin Smith narratoring his own stuff is hysterical. I'm sure he would be funny in my head but no where near as funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories, Kevin is blunt and honest about being in Hollywood and trying to make it. He makes no bones about his mistakes or his successes and gives credit where credit is due.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story about Bruce Willis is laugh out loud, fall down funny. I will never look at Willis the same again.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys Kevin Smith or if you like anything Hollywood related.

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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA 03-07-13
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA 03-07-13
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was an interesting read giving you an indepth perspective and some real life advice from someone that is not trying to be "a teacher"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters, so I guess Kevin Smith. But when he mimicked his wife I laughed every time.


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    I always love how real Kevin Smith is. He recognizes that he's just a regular guy. He might be rich and recognizable, but he's still just a dude.


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

    Look for where the puck is going to be. And, Bruce Willis is a dick


    Any additional comments?

    Love Kevin Smith! (hated clerks)

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    Rob New York, NY 03-04-13
    Rob New York, NY 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"

    One of the best audiobooks I've come across. Kevin Smith is a great reader, a wise life advisor, and an inspiration. He makes me feel like I can do anything. I went into this thinking it was going to annoy the hell out of me, but came away super excited to have given it a try.

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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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    "Loved it"
    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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