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“An insightful memoir that uncovers unique stories about matters of the heart.” (Essence)

The inspiring New York Times best seller from Common - the Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Golden Globe-winning musician, actor, and activist - explores how love and mindfulness can build communities and allow you to take better control of your life through actions and words. 

Common believes that the phrase “let love have the last word” is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. Love is the most powerful force on the planet, and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you experience life. 

Touching on God, self-love, partners, children, family, and community, Common explores the core tenets of love to help us understand what it means to receive and, most important, to give love. He moves from the personal - writing about his daughter, to whom he wants to be a better father - to the universal, where he observes that our society has become fractured under issues of race and politics. He knows there's no quick remedy for all of the hurt in the world, but love - for yourself and for others - is where the healing begins. 

In his first public reveal, Common also shares a deeply personal experience of childhood molestation that he is now confronting...and forgiving. 

Courageous, insightful, brave, and characteristically authentic, Let Love Have the Last Word shares Common’s own unique and personal stories of the people and experiences that have led to a greater understanding of love and all it has to offer. It is a powerful call to action for a new generation of open hearts and minds, one that is sure to resonate for years to come.

©2019 Simon & Schuster (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Heartfelt and Beautifully Done

I haven’t read many memoirs, so I was a little skeptical at first. However, Common’s memoir was beautifully told and his narration was the cherry on top.

His anecdotes and observations touched a nerve, and I looked forward to each day when I could listen and take in his story.

I gift books often, and this one has been added to the list!

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Good message

Great message and definitely had some gems. Especially with me being a father of a daughter who is battling the very same issues with my 11 year old. As I said it was overall a good book, but the delivery had me kind of confused at times. It was like he was drifting off on side thoughts and the stories were never finished which caused me to be lost in the message he was trying to give at certain points

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Growth. Challenge. Love. Fulfillment.

Common is a preeminent artist & man of courage. His journey from Can I Borrow a Dollar (circa 1992) to present day has been a beautiful journey into manhood in its truest sense. Let Love Have the Last Word is a journey towards love, raw courage, trials & triumphs.

It’s a must read for everyone seeking to find beauty in the struggle. Common’s artistic voyage gives us insight on how LOVE is the ultimate win. Read it, share it & live it. Love should always have the last word.

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So Insightful!

A call to action for all of us to be love, show love and let love!

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A New Look @ "LOVE"

I really enjoyed this book, I especially enjoyed how transparent Rashid is. His Stories showed me another side of him, a deeper more personal side. He took some genuine risks by discussing his relationship with his daughter, some trauma early on and the push for mental health and seeking the resources to be mentally ok. His readings voice is like an old friend sharing their stories. All I can say is... I enjoyed it..

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Deep

After seeing Common on Ted Table Talk, I was drawn to this book. Not much of a reader, I opted to listen to it. And I think listening to Common actually makes this book even better. Such a great and powerful, deep interpretation of “Love”.

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So Raw!

Wow! He explored the intricacies of love in a very raw way. The act of loving and being loved... the vastness of it! I definitely recommend!

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LOVE

Common is courageous, transparent, and vulnerable in his journey/exploration of family love, romantic love, self love, and spiritual love. He addresses past traumas, therapy and his journey to healing - challenging his audience to do the same. His narration adds a level of intensity/passion, reinforcing his message of love and giving his listeners all the feels.

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Love, Love, Love Rules The Day

I love Common's voice and have for some years now. It was great hearing him give life to his words of love wisdom. Being a better father, son, public speaker and lover were not always easy for him...and he's still growing, as we all are. Great advice to anyone who is in a space of growth and healing. Loved that he disclosed that he sees a therapist regularly. Our brothers need to hear this. Get your mental health checked and often. Great listen. Do not hesitate to buy this book! One love...

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Awesome Read

This book was great! Very laid back just as you would think Common was. I would definitely recommend this readings/listen.

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  • 09-22-19

Sweet read

Nice book to listen to...more of a one time read didn’t really learn anything but it was nice to hear about commons Love Quest and the different types of love he has experienced..

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  • Ellen-Gayle
  • 03-02-21

Common is the very representation of UNcommon!

He showed up, shared and spread love like only he can. Thank you sir for being here. Thank you for doing the work and representing the positive results of us ALL doing the same for ourselves and others around us.

I see you King. I aim to meet and thank you in person one day, God willing 🙏 ❤ 💖

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  • Bo
  • 02-18-21

Perfect reflection for this time - Pandemic 2020

I enjoyed listening to this book. It was such a joy to hear a man be so vulnerable, to share so much of himself, with such strength. I valued the opening affirmations to each chapter, and the music too.

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  • Ryan Beard
  • 01-23-21

MIND OPENING

A lot of the things he spoke about within this book was relatable to myself.
As a hip hop fan I wanted to check this book anyways but as a person aged 22 learning life I am glad I did.

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  • Karolina
  • 10-13-20

The inner truth

The boldness and truth that has been spoke really surprised me.. Not many people can speak about the faith that openly and I give common all the Respect for that. God bless you in abundance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-20

Cherish De,Costa

Love, love, loved this!! Such raw authenticity, I could relate to so much things common expressed. It also made me look at the way I view love and want to evolve into a better person and express love and light in all that I do, regardless of the odds.

All I can so is this book came to me at the right time. Thank you

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  • kamara b barnett
  • 08-19-20

Magic!

Always had an abundant respect for Common as was the first Rapper to make me aware and love conscious Hip Hop. Had the honour of meeting him 3 years ago, and having listened to this Audiobook the respect never waivers.
it is a very open honest and thought provoking look into one of the most private people in the industry and some of the topics really resonated with me on a personal level. I loved the fact that he challenges the stigma of counselling as the black community (being from a black household myself) can sometimes think negatively about therapy. But this breaks down the barriers and shows the unequivocally positive outcomes it can have, whilst not forcing it upon you. Common has one of those voices you can really engage with and I found it hard to out this down. One of my best Purchases on Audible. Thank you!

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  • Ms. S. Hall
  • 07-06-20

I loved this book

commons voice is amazing. he tells his story with honesty. I enjoyed the blend of music with the spoken word.

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  • Bajan queen
  • 05-21-20

Exceptionally Brilliant!

Common connects us to love in a beautiful way, not just a memoir but a mans perspective on an evolving relationship with love!! Just awesome..

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  • Thali Lotus
  • 05-11-20

Beautiful Narrative and Real

Commons perspective is invaluable and demonstrates how love is the universe in us. Perfection absolutely