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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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    Ryan 12-13-16
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    "If you're at Kevin Smith van you will absolutely love this book, if not it depends on your sensibilities."

    I really enjoyed this book, it being told by Kevin himself who is an amazing storyteller really adds to the immersion. It is however a crass book so if you're easily offended or even offended by any of his movies it might not be for you. However if you have a thick skin
    even if you're not a fan of his movies this book my turn you around on him.

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    Kuba Ryszkiewicz 12-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it"

    beautiful book. nice read and good listen. loved the stories the humor and honesty. Kevin Smith rulles

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    chris 12-04-16
    chris 12-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What I needed to hear."

    I can never get enough Kevin Smith, the man is a genius. He spouts truth about life and how one should live. Dont be afraid to be ones self, live creatively encourage others to do there best. This totally helps me with my writers block.

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    Jen B. 12-02-16
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    "Crass and profane, but still inspiring"

    I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Smith and captures his personality and humor, so I recommend that over the print version. My first and biggest impression of this book: wow, this guy is crass. Lewd and crass. Like a sleazy high school boy. If you can look beyond the constant sleazy sex, sexual fluid, and sexual organ references, and excessive profanity, the book does have some worthwhile, uplifting messages: namely, if you believe in your dream and follow that dream, you can make it a reality.

    On the basis of motivation and inspiration, my best friend bought this for me and insisted I read it. I’m neutral on Smith and his work – I really liked Clerks, and I recall enjoying Chasing Amy, but I haven’t seen all his films and I’m okay with that – I’m not into stoner flicks. This book would certainly be more enjoyable for a fan of Smith’s work. There is a lot of name-dropping of movies, actors, directors, and others in the movie biz, and since I don’t take much interest in that world, a lot of it was lost on me. Smith sums up his life and work, sharing humorous anecdotes. He actually did make me laugh out loud a few times, which I appreciate. It’s not a long book, so I suppose it was worth the listen (or the read).

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    Allen Manning 11-03-16
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    "Kevin reading his own book feels like bonus features"

    An honest, inspiring and funny book. Kevin Smith reading his own book was great, because he would occasionally add additional thoughts and comments as he read.

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    Jeremy G. Wlochal 10-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Kevin Smith is amazing!"

    Wow this guy is funny. great listen. good history about where he came from, how he got where he is while still never forgetting where he came from.

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    Claude 10-16-16
    Claude 10-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "inspirational numbskullery"

    Kevin Smith, you either love him or hate him. He has never been one to NOT laud his successes AND failures to anyone who will listen. That however, is simply a character flaw that I'd wager at least 80% of Americans suffer from. The difference being, Kevin Smiths successes and failures are actually interesting.

    Smith narrates his own sort of autobiography in this title, while lending nuggets of wisdom and hope to the read/listener to reach for their goals, consequences be damned and be proud of not only the result, but the effort.

    The story itself, gives a unique introspective view into the rise of Smiths star, through his own eyes. His mannerisms and style, and obvious feeling is put into this production in a way that makes you feel that you are literally having a (very fun) one sided conversation with the ever self important (and rightfully so), Kevin Smith. Like him or hate him, this autobiography is worth the read/listen, as despite what you may not like about Smith, he worked his ass off to get where he is, and he delights in recanting the tale to whoever will listen, and does so with a wit to match the unlikely story of his success.

    Here's to Kevin Smith - a hero for the nerd class that does things his own way and never asks forgiveness for doing so.

    -L

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    Ernest Anderson Philadelphia 10-08-16
    Ernest Anderson Philadelphia 10-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Looking at the life of a monumental human being"

    Great book but everything in it is also in his Q&A's though not a waste

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    Kaylie pugh 10-04-16
    Kaylie pugh 10-04-16
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    "Amazing book!"

    I love Kevin and his humor, this kept me laughing and fully engaged the while time

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    "Exactly what is should be."

    If you listen to his podcasts and like his movies you will love it.
    PS - The amount of love he has for his wife is inspiring.

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