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:
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
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.
Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!
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?
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.
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.
The story about Bruce Willis is laugh out loud, fall down funny. I will never look at Willis the same again.
I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys Kevin Smith or if you like anything Hollywood related.
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"
There are no characters, so I guess Kevin Smith. But when he mimicked his wife I laughed every time.
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.
Look for where the puck is going to be. And, Bruce Willis is a dick
Love Kevin Smith! (hated clerks)
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.
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.
I love Smith's anecdotes.
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.
Smith's concept of art and how he pursues and has pursued it over the course of his career.
I love funny Bios. Very high.
His Timing and unscripted asides are priceless. There is something to be said for recording a book High.
The Southwest Airways and Bruce Willis chapters ALONE are worth the price.
I love that he read it himself - even went off script a bit.
Haring how much he loves his family
Telling his ex-icon to shut up!
Never work with Bruce
this is a great story - inspiring in a real life way!
I haven't read the print version of this book, but Kevin Smith doing Kevin Smith is entertainment at its best.
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.
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.
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."
**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.
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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