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I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

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"In I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, Kevin Hart shares his memoir in a way only he can, showcasing the charisma, personality, and talent that made him one of the most popular entertainers in the planet. This is a true rags to riches story – but it’s more than that: it’s also a blueprint for how to become your best self, and a demonstration of how perspective can triumph even the most challenging circumstances. I’ve had the pleasure of reading this twice (work perks!) – once in print, and then in audio – and while both left an indelible imprint, listening was a completely immersive and exceedingly powerful experience. Committing 150% to every moment – from the epic, ad-libbed pre-introduction down to the chapter headings – Kevin takes us on a highly personal, no-holds-barred journey filled with heartbreak, inspiration and hilarity. Add continuous "off-script" asides and anecdotes, and you’ve got one of the must-listen audiobooks of the year – or any year, for that matter." -- Jess, Audible Editor

"While I was thrilled to learn that Kevin Hart would be narrating his own memoir, it wasn’t until I had the privilege of attending a recording session that I became out-of-my-mind ecstatic. There are rare instances in which a performance not only transcends the words on the page, but actually defines how the story should be told — and experienced. This is one of them. With great skill, good-natured humor and disarming honesty, Mr. Hart shares all the ups, downs, and arounds of his life (so far), accompanied by some lessons he’s learned along the way. And the result is irresistible from start to finish. Even if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t yet joined the Kevin Hart fan club, you’ll love this listen. Period." -- Reid, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.

The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way).

But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the listener on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he's overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.

And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.

He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.

"Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter," he says. "So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?"

©2017 Kevin Hart (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Sam Clear 07-13-17
    Sam Clear 07-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To"

    I am so glad that I listened to this book!

    I have been an audible subscriber since 2011 and I generally stay in the personal development/self help categories, but I am a Kevin Hart fan and figured this would be a hilarious experience. It was, and you will laugh from beginning to end with this book. What I was not expecting was to receive so many practical lessons and success principles that were on par with the best books in the personal development industry. Most people don't know the process that Mr. Hart went through to get to the top. Like he states in the book he's an overnight success 16 years in the making! You will definitely want to listen to this book multiple times. I highly recommend it. Not only is it entertaining but you WILL be motivated to step your game up in whatever arena you have chosen to play in. GET THIS AUDIOBOOK!!!

    48 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 06-07-17
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 06-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny AND Oddly Inspiring...!"

    So sue me. He had me when he put a puppy on his head!
    I love memoirs but am really not into the celebrity stuff, couldn't get into "Yes, Please". But this was much different, certainly much funnier. It's a leisurely stroll through a life where there were choices to be made, desperate situations to be lived through. From a dad who B&Es to steal money AND cook grits, to a tiny mom who'll whup you with a belt for setting all the clocks in the home two hours ahead (There are good reasons for the whole clock thing), to a loving brother who won't fight your battles for you but will teach you how not to be bullied or be a bully, to a girlfriend/wife who is absolutely positive you're cheating (and you most likely are...) Hart's family is most memorable.
    And through it all is his stand-up narration/delivery, complete with laughter, perfectly timed hems and haws, and rabbit hole-like digressions galore. It all made me smile, laugh, or spew coffee from my mouth every now and then. Can't help it, the guy knows how to deliver a laugh (By the way, it's pretty interesting when he's barely learning the actual art and craft of comedy).
    Inspiring the way he learns to listen to his gut, the way he puts together bands of struggling people, the way he gets himself out of financial ruin... several times. And a few times, the memoir was downright touching as it's actually written with love.
    Not what I expected (expected a lot of shallowness, actually) but definitely enjoyed!

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    Nikki 07-27-17
    Nikki 07-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hidden Gem"

    Under Kevin's comedic humor were life lessons to be learned for everyone in all walks of life. I loved it and have nothing but utmost respect for him as a man and a comedy legend. This is truly a rare find for me in a book.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    ninamdot 06-06-17
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    "First Audiobook Listener"

    As this is my first time being a listener of an audiobook, I say in confidence that this book was a good decision. There is nothing like listening to someones personal stories that include failure, triumph and life lessons. I Can't Make This Up is funny and as a listener I feel special as you get a little bit MORE from Kevin narrating.

    65 of 82 people found this review helpful
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    Linda S. 08-31-17
    Linda S. 08-31-17
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    "Not for me."

    Just not my style. I've seen him on TV and enjoyed his humor. Expected humor, what I heard was foul language with numerous references to drugs.

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    Fyre Hawk 08-30-17
    Fyre Hawk 08-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting, but distracting"

    I liked the story of his life, no doubt. But the cussing and raunchy nature had a tendency to get in the way of any serious message Kevin was trying to convey. It had its funny moments, but overall I didn't really get anything from it because it was really hard to take anything he said seriously...like anything.

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    Veruka 06-08-17
    Veruka 06-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I ❤️ Hart"
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    Clever and made me smile. Mr. Hart talks a bit fast, watch a stand up clip on YouTube with your eyes closed if you like that you will like this. Oh and for those that don't speak fluent French and don't like sailors this is probably not your book. But if you like Kevin and want some background on him this book is funny and informative👌

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    elnoramarie 06-08-17
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    "Seriously Funny"

    In typical Kevin Hart fashion, he tells his real life stories in a way that makes the listener draw a lessons from them while still cracking up.

    I made the mistake of listening to a significant portion of this book while driving ...let's just say that I must've looked like an idiot to other drivers for laughing so hard with no one else in the car.

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    mick7 07-12-17
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    "Funny, yet amazingly inspirational!!!"

    I went into listening this time thinking I was going to just laugh. Found myself hooked on the story itself. Kevin Hart's story is not a new one, but it is powerful and inspiring. His drive and determination and unfailing attitude was what got me on the story. I found myself while knowing his outcome… Rooting for him to succeed the whole way through.

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    LaTrisha v. 06-13-17
    LaTrisha v. 06-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I ❤️ this book a little too much!!!"

    I loved the performance, the story telling and the humor of Kevin (my favorite comedian) Hart! I will read it again to laugh and cry a lil... thank Mr. Hart!

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  • Jordan Adewunmi
    6/9/17
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    "Basically an 11hr standup"

    Amazing book, amazing performance by Kevin Hart himself, was just like watching an 11hr standup show.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Della dunsin
    6/14/17
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    "Kevin Hart you are a Legend"

    I loved every single chapter . I don't Read books I listern to books . I love books that are narrated by the authors. The words come alive .

    Kevin you literally have me writing notes making sure I can refer back to the life lessons.

    Some people have a gift of strategically delivering a message. You will not be disappointed about this book especially if you are on a personal journey of self development.

    If Kevin can make it there is no reason in the world why I can't .

    This book is worthy of a New York Times Best seller honour ,It's funny but packed full of life Gems / life lessons. Kevin will affirm what is already within in you. That you can do anything you just have to plant the seed and be persistent.

    Kevin Hart, this is the best Audio book I have listened to especially when it comes to the personal development Genre.

    "Every experience you have is a gift created to teach you a lesson" Kevin Hart

    Go Fourth and Prosper

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    "A.m.a.z.i.n.g."

    Definitely deserves 5 stars across the board, the little jokes he has added onto the chapter titles, the way he tells the stories, it's amazing! I laughed out loud in public and work so many times, worth every penny!

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  • Amazon Customer
    6/10/17
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    "Delightful."

    This book is very well done. So entertaing and endearing. Kevin Hart is a shining light. Wonderful book. I'm actually going to buy the hard copies for gifts for friends. Love it. You won't regret this purchase.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    6/10/17
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    "Lol or Lal? It's definitely Lal"

    Laugh and learn, most definitely. This is halirious and helpful, haliriously helpful!

    Typical Kevin Hart humour in the form of a self help book. He teaches a lot but the most prominent thing is resilience. If you don't know what your are doing with your life. Listen to this, you must.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher A.
    6/10/17
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    "Best autobiography by a mile"

    I purchased this audiobook as a big fan and of Kevin Harts working but feeling a bit let down by his recent stand up. Very creatively narrated and gives a good insight into the man behind the legend whilst dropping tips for success in a very simple way. Would definitely recommend it! I'm buying the book too keep

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sonny
    6/7/17
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    "The best audiobook I have ready!"
    What did you like most about I Can't Make This Up?

    I love his delivery! The whole audiobook keeps you engaged from start to finish. Have been following Kevin Hart from start to finish and always rooting for him, so glad to see he has released a book about his life but was even more glad to know it is him throughout the whole audiobook


    What other book might you compare I Can't Make This Up to, and why?

    I am a Digital Marketing Executive by career and listen to A LOT of business and marketing audiobooks, the only person I can compare to this book is Gary Vaynerchuk #AskGaryVee


    What about Kevin Hart’s performance did you like?

    I loved how honest he was! He says things that we are scared to admit but makes it seem so normal.


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

    When he talks about performance that it starts of slow and it builds up, I am a music producer and DJ when I was younger and knew the exact feeling but once your deep in the performance it just flows.


    Any additional comments?

    Was waiting for this audiobook for ages! So happy that it lived up to expectations

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wales
    6/6/17
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    "Its really Kevin Hart!"

    This is the first audio book I have purchased, I love Kevin's films and I was delighted to discover he actually narrated the book.
    His optimism and good cheer shine through. Great book!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cameron McQuade
    6/22/17
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    "Surprisingly inspirational"

    I feel like this audiobook had everything it was very funny (as expected) and moving in places and eye opening with inspirational deep meanings throughout also got me through my night shifts with ease!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/12/17
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    "Funny! Inspirational! And Motivational all at the same time."

    Kevin tells his life story and how he became the mega-superstar he is today.

    His career took about 15 years, despite people thinking he was an overnight success

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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