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Editorial Reviews

"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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Foul mouth; Good Heart. smart, funny,, insightful

As a post middle-aged white guy of comparatively gentle upbringing , it took me to just a little bit to get past all the vulgarity to appreciate how well Kevin Hart conveys where he came from and where he's coming from. He shares all and bares all his own mistakes and self-defeating behaviors and attitudes, hard Lessons Learned and the value of sheer determination and persistence. We see Kevin Hart grow up and grow in the course of this book, which he narrates in admirable fashion himself.
hHeartfelt, heart written , t heart spoken, it's a pleasure to share his bumpy ride to the top of his game. Hart is smarter law enough to learn from his mistakes and hopes that we might as well. A worthwhile listen and wise word among the obscenities.

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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!!!

96 of 106 people found this review helpful

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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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Not enough Substance

I thought this book was very entertaining but I was hoping for a little more substance. still worth the listen

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Fantastic life lessons but for adult audiences

Overall it is a great story with numerous life lessons on hard work, perseverance, sacrifice. Be warned that Kevin Hart is colorfully expressive with his choice of words.

Also be warned that I listened to this at the gym and almost dropped a dumbbell on my head from laughing so hard. So please be safe when listening to this audiobook because I would have sued the author for comic endangerment if that dumbbell had crushed my forehead. Great book and a great reading performance.

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Perfectly OK

I didn't find this book life-changing, and it wasn't the best book I've heard. The tangents were a little hard to follow at first, but otherwise it was entertaining. Not bad, not great. Easy listen.

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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.

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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.

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Strong start

Being a fan of Kevin Hart’s stand up and movies, I was definitely excited about this one. The book started off strong with hilarious, endearing and sometimes bittersweet childhood and coming of age stories that incorporated life lessons. But, those stories were brief compared to the remainder of the book which recounted what seemed like drawn-out details about his adulthood and start of his career. Overall, worth the listen but can seem long winded with the 98ish chapters!

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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👌

53 of 70 people found this review helpful

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  • Della dunsin
  • 06-14-17

Epic

I could not stop listening to this book. Amazing book filled with some nuggets of wisdom.

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  • Jordan Adewunmi
  • 06-09-17

Basically an 11hr standup

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-17

What a great read

I really loved this book, there were some fun, some hard, and emotional stories that he spoke about. Very motivational, this guy deserves every bit of success he's had and will have.

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  • Cameron McQuade
  • 06-22-17

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!

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  • Miss H Greenham
  • 10-16-17

Half and half

The first half was excellent. Punchy, interesting and brilliantly performed as well as being extremely funny. The second half felt difficult to digest. It read in repeated patterns like.. "I did this, and then this and I learnt that we should all do this" which if you're looking to read this book in an advisory capacity will work well. I just wanted to be entertained. Perhaps the clue was in the title!

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  • Sonny
  • 06-07-17

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

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  • Ariana Conlon
  • 12-12-17

highly recommended<br />

It's a brilliant audio book. it's like an 11 hour stand up! I wish he had another book out already.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-17

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.

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  • Strawberryskullcrusher
  • 06-10-17

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.

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  • Blane judkins
  • 04-24-18

I love this guy

I feel like I know this guy on a more personal level. keep it up Kevin.

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  • Stacey
  • 06-11-17

29 year old female photographer

Kevin, I follow you on snapchat. You talk a lot and I have always envied your energy. But your book actually highlighted to me that envy is useless, I need to stop sitting around and waiting for things, I need to go get them, discomfort means change and stay humble as well as don't blame. The last 5 chapters were very meaningful to me and I will refer to them when I am struggling (which is often at the moment). Congratulations on your book, any praise you get is well early, you aren't as silly as you come across.

Thank you

Stace

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  • Steve Shannon
  • 07-11-17

The perfect balance of wisdom and wit.

Of course this book was always going to be entertaining but more importantly to me was the insight to the mindset that got this man over every hurdle and past every set back from humble beginnings to incredible success.
The only drawback old this book is that it had to end. I pity the next author who's work I read because this is a tough act to follow.

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  • StarchyMcCarbs103
  • 06-26-17

Fantastic

Insightful look into Kevin Hart's life, hilarious but also filled with depth and many life lessons.

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  • Alex
  • 09-18-17

Kevin Hart is too good

kevin hart needs to narrate every book, ever! couldn't stop listening to it in every waking moment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-17

11 hours never went by so fast!

Blasted through this in the car over the last few days. You can't call yourself a fan of comedy without hearing this book.

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  • Linda reads
  • 09-12-17

The Profane becomes the Profound

Thanks for sharing so honestly Kevin Hart. Your name is a reflection of who you are.

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  • jess
  • 09-10-17

Dang it! This is GOOD!!

I wanted funny but wow! I got funny life lessons and so much wisdom! Nice work Kev

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-18

Funny and heartfelt

Kevin Hart delivers. Insightful, interesting and engaging.

15 words are required for this review to count...so I'll use Audibles demand for more words to point out how insanely stupid that is.

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  • Vinny
  • 04-16-18

Great read

Even if your not a fan of his work still a very interesting story. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • ramaraosanni
  • 03-27-18

Work of genius

Has a rocky start but probably the most interesting funny and engaging audiobook ever. Strongly recommending.