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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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    Catherine Dallas, TX 11-16-13
    Catherine Dallas, TX 11-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a normal girl, looking for a job and trying to finish a Masters. It's a lot harder than you think. The job hunt especially!

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

    I love this book. I'm a very big fan of Kevin Smith and am super upset that his other books are not available on Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, like any of Smith's books is a look into his life which is so interesting and with him reading it it's like he's telling to all of these stories personally. Plus, he's hilarious which is the best part of any of his books!

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    AliceOfelia Yuba City, CA, United States 11-14-13
    AliceOfelia Yuba City, CA, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to Tough Sh-t the most enjoyable?

    Author / Narrator's witty humor and insight to lifes interesting quandries. K.S. provides a very down to earth perspective to his life, that easily translates to anyone, regardless of life choices.


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

    Tough Sh-t is a very unique biography.. and while K.S.'s others are good too... this one will leave you wanting to 'Do' to Go Forth and conquer... If it doesn't then you may want to read it again, or re-assess what your goals are, and then read it again!


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

    First, there are added commentaries and 'Kevin Only' dialogues that are not in the printed version at all. Most pleasant surprise!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, actually. Kevin speaks to me on many very inspirational levels, personal and professionally. And while some of his humor may be viewed as crass, his depth of insight for the person is profound!


    Any additional comments?

    just Advisory, for anyone not already familiar or prepared for Kevins humor.... it is funny... sometimes 'wrong', many times, crass and can be construed as verbally offensive of sorts, but in more cases than not, insightful.

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    Michael Berwyn, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Michael Berwyn, PA, United States 08-07-13
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    "Profane honesty, not funny at all"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Smith and/or Kevin Smith?

    Probably not. But it depends on the content. He's a great narrator, at least of his own story.


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

    Unless you're a fan, it's really not that interesting, let alone funny. It's about sperm (mildly funny), fat and lazy people (too repetitive), pop culture, indie films, movie making, smoking weed and sex.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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    T. Yee Los Angeles, CA 08-07-13
    T. Yee Los Angeles, CA 08-07-13
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    "Kevin Smith, call me!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is not your typical audiobook. It's more like listening to your most entertaining friend share their perspective and experience over several awesome conversations (OK, it's not a conversation, but it almost feels like it -- he doesn't sound like he's reading a book, though!). This is the only audiobook where I would mute my GPS navigation so I wouldn't miss anything he said. Kevin notes off the bat that his goal is to give audiobook listeners a little something different since it is, after all, a distinct experience from reading. He throws in some asides that aren't in the book, and tells you when there's something on the page that we as audio listeners can't see (like a picture), and gives some context for us to understand what it is, why it's there, etc. I'm waiting for the sequel!


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

    I read (as opposed to listend to) Sarah Silverman's Bedwetter... and this has some similarities. Tough Sh-t is funnier.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Smith – was your favorite?

    I was not a Kevin Smith fan before this and had only cursory knowledge of his career in showbiz, but the title jumped out and the audio sample sold me. The Bruce Willis story had me laughing out loud (not an easy feat).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His whole take on life moves me, even though he's vulgar and outrageous and I wouldn't repeat most of the things he says (at least not with the same words).


    Any additional comments?

    Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey Sherwod Park, AB, Canada 08-07-13
    Kelsey Sherwod Park, AB, Canada 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kevin Smith knows how to write!"
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Inspirational and lots of ass talk.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tough Sh-t?

    Finally got to hear some of Bruce Willis shenanigans.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am a Kevin Smith podcast listener. I thought I knew all of his life stories. This book had some new misadventures of Kevin Smith. He is an excellent narrator who throws in some verbal side notes which are not in the written book.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book for any Kevin Smith fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-08-13
    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    How much he loves his wife.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Keven smith. it was about him.


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    He does not just read a book he tells you his story his way.


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

    Follow your dreams.


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    Simple Music Guy NV, United States 06-28-13
    Simple Music Guy NV, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thank you Kevin Smith"

    The words from Kevin Smith's mouth are that of a pessimist, but the actions he takes in life are that of a dreamer...

    What a great narration of Kevin Smith's book, read for you by the only person who can deliver it in that specific style, Kevin Smith!

    Thank you for giving us such an optimistic gift disguised under pessimistic wrapping paper. (opens gift) Holy sh-t, the glass is half full... And there's more than one!

    It's okay to have big dreams, or be big for that matter. You know, Mr. Smith, it's time to start being a little more easy on yourself. We like you more when you don't care what we think.

    -Jacob Aaron Miller

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    Henry BOTHELL, WA, United States 06-21-13
    Henry BOTHELL, WA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was entertaining to learn about the director of Clerks.


    Did Tough Sh-t inspire you to do anything?

    Started listening to his podcasts


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    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 04-19-13
    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I just love listing to this man talk"

    I only like to of Kevin Smith's movies but I could listen to him talk for hours... so I did. I love the way he thinks, I like his casual style, I just like him.

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    Taylor Cambridge, ON, Canada 04-19-13
    Taylor Cambridge, ON, Canada 04-19-13
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    "The best audiobook I've ever come across."
    What did you love best about Tough Sh-t?

    From the first few seconds I could tell that this book was going to be something special. He's a very inspiring guy.


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