The Last Black Unicorn

Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Best Spoken Word Grammy Award nominee! 

From stand-up comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish comes The Last Black Unicorn, a hilarious, edgy, and heart-wrenching collection of autobiographical essays that will leave you laughing through tears. 

Tiffany Haddish grew up in one of the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles. Her mother wound up with a debilitating brain injury after surviving a car accident. Tiffany never fit in anywhere: not in the households she rotated through in the foster care system and certainly not at the nearly all white high school she had to ride the bus an hour to attend. As an illiterate ninth grader, Tiffany did everything she could to survive. After a multitude of jobs, she finally realized that she had talent in an area she never would have suspected: comedy. Tiffany faced the 'routine' hindrances of climbing the entertainment business ladder - but had the added obstacles of sex, race, and class in her way. But she got there. She's humble, grateful, down to earth, and funny as hell. She still cleans the toilet the way she was shown by a foster mom who worked as a maid, and she still rolls her joints the way one of her foster dads taught her. 

Tiffany can't avoid being funny: It's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter. 

©2017 Tiffany Haddish (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Breakthrough: Tiffany Haddish


There’s a story Tiffany Haddish has told on a few different talk shows: She was living in her car, down on her luck, when comedian Kevin Hart gave her money to get a hotel room and make a list of what she wanted to accomplish. She later told Stephen Colbert that she accomplished pretty much everything on that list, and will pay back the people who helped her get where she is. It was simple advice, but the concept of writing a list to call things into existence is a common method of goal-setting. It’s the kind of concrete, achievable idea that Shonda Rimes outlines—and the story makes its way into Haddish’s memoir.

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Sad it ended

This book was amazingly raw. I loved it and I love Tiffany even more.
I NEVER revisit an audiobook but as soon as I’m done telling you how amazing this book was I’m going to restart it all over again.

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Interesting...

I saw her first on The Daily Show, and I thought she was hilarious. I copped this book think it'd be funny too. But, honestly it wasn't. It was actually very sad. Her story is quite moving and she is rather candid and revelatory of her flaws, which was what made this book worthwhile to me. Tiffany had no problem airing out her demons for the world to see. This whole thang was like a vicarious heart to heart and I totally dig it.

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Good read but a bit confusing.

This was a really good book. I could really relate. The story did jump around alot, so I found myself lost at times. You would think that this would be a funny story because she is a comedian. Couldn't be further from the truth. The story was painful, joyous and real. I'm glad she was able to tell her story. Good read.

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A must read!

This book will make you see that anything is possible no matter where you started in life while it makes you crack up the entire time. It’s The FASTEST AUDIBLE I have ever listened to. I kept making excuses to get on the car and drive so I could listen to more!!!!

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The last black unicorn indeed!

I loved this book. I particularly enjoyed listening to Tiffany's voice as she narrated the story. And hearing about her experiences makes me admire her even more. Yes, she's a talented comic but most of all she's a super strong woman for having the fortitude to deal with her traumatic childhood & Adult experiences rather allowing these bad memories to envelope her and drown her. I wish her continued success, joy and happiness in all of her endeavors. This book has many life lessons & will revitalize your life!

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Raw

Most memorable and favorite character was Roscoe. Tiffany has definitely done what others would never do or admit to doing. I love that she's 100% transparent and unapologetic about it. I wish more people were like her...living their truth whether good or bad.

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Grow 🌹 Roses Out Of The Poop

Those are the last six words of this unique memoir, and they truly encapsulate the author’s indomitable spirit in the face of the many potentially soul-crushing misfortunes that have afflicted her since her inauspicious birth. Holy Moses, starting from the most difficult and traumatic childhood imaginable, she managed to raise herself up and out of one horrendous situation after another with almost no assistance or nurturing whatsoever to become a truly self-made woman. Wow. I recommend this book to most mature, unshockable listeners (this book is RAW in every sense that prose can be raw), with only one caveat apart from its often R-rated (bordering on X-rated) language and subject matter. While Haddish thanks “the men who edited” in her Acknowledgments at the end, the book would have benefited greatly from one serious, professional editor, and probably even a coauthor or ghostwriter. Haddish pulls no punches about the fact that she was functionally illiterate until high school, and in the same way in which she refuses to delegate even her grocery shopping or dry cleaning to an assistant, she clearly insisted on writing her own story. That’s the book’s strength, in a way, but also a drawback for those listeners expecting a more structured narrative and more polished prose.

The song “The Last Black Unicorn,” which Haddish also wrote herself and sings at the end of the recording, is one of the most moving postscripts to any autobiography I’ve ever heard. That song, along with Haddish’s inimitable stage presence and vocal talent generally, is reason enough to spend a credit on this excruciatingly honest and touching memoir.

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Unapologetically Real

Couldn't stop listening!!! Tiffany is really amazing for sharing her life with us. I was able to connect with her through out this book and hope that any one who reads this is inspired by her courage ,tanacity and DGAF attitude as much as I was.

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<br /><br />My Favorite

I love love the book. Tiffany didn't hold back. Thank you, because we all been there.

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I almost peed!

I loved every minute of this book. Tiffany Haddish is hilarious. Although her story is sometimes tragic, she's able to put a comedic spin on it. She makes you realize that no matter where you come from or how bad you life may be you can still rise.

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  • Safiya
  • 12-20-17

Amazing!!

This was just fantastic from start to finish! I laughed so much. Even through hard times she made you smile and laugh. Brilliant listen, will be buying the hard copy.

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  • Madeson
  • 12-09-17

Lots of laughs

"Grow roses out of the poop."

Lots of laughs and fun listening to Haddish narrate her book. She's managed to add humour to the dark moments in her life.

Haddish is a great entertainer.

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  • Lisa-Marie
  • 03-04-18

The Beautiful Unicorn

Loved It. Funny AF. I felt it was honest and real. Tiffany likes one of the girls.

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  • M. J. Bond
  • 01-10-20

In one word... Honest, in two 'she ready'

I love Tiffany, she's a natural entertainer who will tell you exactly how it is but make you laugh while doing it.
Her story might be tragic in many parts, but she owns it all. It's her story and she knows how to tell it. I recommend the audio book over the written one, she is an entertainer and listening to her adds to the story in so many ways. She talks to you like you were sitting in her house having drinks and trading stories, she let's you know when things are going to get real too.
Every fibre of my being wants her to continue succeeding, after hearing her story you will too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-18

Eyyyy!!

This was my first choice when I said I was going to pick up a book and start reading again. It had so much relatable stories then the humour throughout just made even more of a great read. Thank You Tiffany Haddish for sharing youre life its been inspiring.

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  • miss kindle
  • 03-02-18

Wonderful!!

Truly enjoyed her story from beginning to end, will be recommending this book to others.👍🏽

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  • Tee
  • 03-02-18

Loved it!!!

Tiffany’s story is so inspiring. I found myself laughing out loud on the bus, crying at the sad parts and just physically reacting. What an amazing storyteller she is.

Absolutely loved this book and Tiffany Haddish!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-20

the best autobiography I have read <br />

loved this story so glad for the happy end
a brilliant person with the most sincere honesty and kindness towards all even the no good characters in her life.

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  • Gneus
  • 07-02-20

Funny and sad

I really enjoyed the book. Tiffany is very funny and has such an engaging and brutally honest way of sharing her life.

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  • Izz
  • 06-23-20

funny and resilient

I actually don't know her stand-ups but I was curious to hear her story.
It is a story of resilience, but true resilience, the one when you keep your head down and keep going because you are not aware of other options.
A rich story of personal growth and of course super funny.

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  • Sarah
  • 08-31-19

Mind blowing book that will make you smile!

Mind blowing honest book full of bizarre stories told raw. The book is about taking all the shit that came your way and turning them into gold. I guarantee it will make one smile and lol at times. First time I actually enjoyed an autobiography. The Audible version is read by herself and is all worth every minute to be enjoyed. I recommend the book for all the women and men who hv struggles and insecurities, which is probably all of us.

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  • Dee
  • 02-21-19

Brilliant!

Absolutely brilliant! THIS BOOK IS SO REAL!! Laughed heaps and related to the painful moments aswell, just loved it! Needs more stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-19

The Last Black Unicorn

Thank you . You are an inspirstion and a reminder to be yourself in all aspects of Life Man this shiiitt was Funny . this definitely was a funny book and also real x Thank you for sharing you .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-19

Absolutely Hilarious!

Tiffany’s performance is the best thing about this audiobook. Her voices and exclamations are absolutely hilarious! I rarely laugh out loud but I couldn’t control it certain parts of the book. (Bertha and Rosco stories made me lmao)
Her stories are insightful and very very entertaining.
I would definitely recommend getting this audiobook.
Disclaimer: don’t listen on public transport. You will not be able to contain the random bursts of laughter and people *will* stare at you xD (no regrets though)

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  • Skye
  • 07-13-18

The most awesome book I have read in years.

Get it. You won't regret it. So many belly laughs, but also a heart warming story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-20

SHE READY!!!!!!!

Tiffany really opens up on her past in this book and teaches you that anything is possible!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-20

couldn't put it down

loved the honesty from start to finish! funny and heart warming with some truly heart breaking moments, but i couldn't put it down! highly recommend

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  • Mel
  • 05-21-20

Hilarious

The narration is perfect. I laughed, I cried. I listened to the whole thing today while my kid was at school. 10/10 would recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

#SHEREADY #MAKES ME WANNA BE BETTER

I've been stuck in a Tiffany Haddish rabbit hole on YouTube for the last 12hrs,
What a banging lady!!
You've got a lifetime fan with me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-20

A great listen

An amazing, hilarious and sometimes sad exploration of the author's life with her unique humour.