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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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    Joshua 02-06-15
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    "that's beautiful man."

    really enjoyed this and the fact that it was read by my favourite podcaster .

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    Myo 01-28-15
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    "Most Entertaining Read I've Ever Had"

    It was like Kevin Smith himself sat in my room with me(baked might I add) and told me one long bedtime story based on his life and the tough lawn bombs that come with it. What can I say, I laughed, I cried, and I pondered life. Check this pop culture riddled story out, you won't regret it.

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    Kindle Customer Rock Hill, SC USA 01-22-15
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    "I'm going to always be a kevin smith fan"

    Kevin Smith is my hero and makes me want to be him. even though I'm a chick.

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    Travis Tackett 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "listen if you like kevin smith just like smodcast"

    best audio book i have listened too in a long time thanks to the legendary kevin smith.

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    Michael SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 01-13-15
    Michael SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 01-13-15
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    "Great book and even better audiobook"

    If you are a fan of Kevin Smith this audio book is a must buy. Great performance from him as always.

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    John 01-01-15
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    "life affirming"

    when I first listened to this book, I was absolutely in love with it. months later, stress and life has gotten me pretty down. I listened to this book again and it kept me from hitting my absolute low. his words inspire you to realize you're self worth and find what you love and make a career out of it. Kevin Smith is the father I never had. truly an inspiration and a hero.

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    Kyle Lee Berthoud, Colorado 12-31-14
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    "Motivating"

    I've read this multiple times. Always inspires me to do something, create something, and never take you can't do it as an answer. Instead of asking why do something, ask why not.

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    Heather 07-02-14
    Heather 07-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, uncensored hilarity.


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

    I can't think of any, but if you have listened to any of Smith's Q&A's, you'll know pretty much what to expect from this book. He's honest, he's vulgar, and he tells his story in a way that only he could.


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

    Smith is a dynamic storyteller, and he does a great job reading his own material. I suspect I would have heard a lot of it in his "voice" had I read a hardcopy, but this was just great.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this selection. It think it offers more to aspiring writers/film makers, but it was still a terrific listen for me. I've been a fan of his for years and years, so I knew what to expect. This might be a little too vulgar for those that aren't familiar with his stuff, though.

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    Angela Gerring 05-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious!"

    Disclaimer: I am a Kevin Smith fan (probably a casual fan - not die hard) and love Clerks, Mallrats, and my favorite of all - Dogma. This book reminds me why I love Kevin Smith so much - for someone so successful, he remains completely humble, down to earth, self-depricating, and humble.

    I really did not know what to expect with this book - I have read/listened to several other actors with their books, and usually, especially when they read their own work, are dry, boring, and sound like they are reading it for the first time. Kevin Smith did not read this book. He did not narrate the book. He instead speaks to the listener. It is kind of like listening to a Podcast - if I didn't know any better, I would not have known that he was actually reading a book. He even goes off script from time to time to add a few more touches of color commentary - the result is perfection.

    It is supposed to be a life guide - I am not sure I leraned much other than to believe in yourself, becasue if a fat lazy slob like Kevin Smith can succeed, than so can you! That being said, it is a very charming and wonderful story of his life. The guilty teen girl who reads people magazine inside of me loved the chapter on Cop Out (which, honestly, did not know was a Kevin Smith film until now) and about what horrible person Bruce Willis is. His honesty is refreshing and told in a clever way.

    And of course, he managed to be so sweet with the chapter on his wife, and brought a tear to my eye when his daughter read an essay she wrote. Kevin Smith is a great man, and hope he returns to film soon!

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    Phil Loudon, TN, United States 04-08-14
    Phil Loudon, TN, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Vulgar But Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends on the friend's sensibilities.


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

    Talking about Bruce Willis. That was enlightening.


    Any additional comments?

    If I was Kevin's father-in-law I'd punch him in the mouth each time he crossed my threshold for talking about my daughter like that.

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