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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Smith Narrator: Kevin Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 twenty-four with the release of Clerks, runs his own production company, wrote a bestselling 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—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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Kevin Smith is nicer than he lets on, thinner than he thinks, and smarter than almost anyone in the room. He has today’s world - and tomorrow’s – running for cover. Mitch Albom
  • I suspect @ThatKevinSmith is what all gods and demons aspire to be. Neil Gaiman via Twitter
  • Kevin Smith is a force of nature: He makes movies, he writes books and stuff, he talks and then he talks some more. Maybe he’s less of a force of nature and more of a spreading cloud of secondhand weed smoke that is slowly infiltrating every medium available to us. Kevin Smith is the haze that binds us all. Marc Maron
  • I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith. Tim Burton
  • “Offering up an amazingly fun and loose performance that often boasts the spontaneity of a podcast, Smith takes listeners through his life story with good-natured—if occasionally brutal—honesty…Listeners are likely to feel that instead of listening to an audiobook, they’re engaged in a conversation—albeit one-sided—with Kevin Smith.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “No one other than Smith could deliver this audiobook and do it justice. It’s one of the funniest, and most poignant, books of the year…His voice is commanding yet pleasing…and his intelligence shines through the occasional vulgarity. Smith may be one of the most engaging speakers of his generation—it’s impossible to turn this off…This is an audiobook you’ll listen to more than once.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh Resler | 2/18/2014

    " I'm a big Smith fanboy so my opinion is a bit "askiewed" but I loved the book. Story of how the man became the man and things that happened along the way. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Buck Swindle | 2/16/2014

    " Honestly, 3-3.5 stars but that isn't the point. This is Kevin Smith. My tubby brother from another mother. I actually liked Mall Rats and didn't barf when I saw Jersey Girl. (Thank George Carlin for that one). There is a little of Kevin in all of us. Not the bodily fluid part, the every-man part. This book is his tale of how and average guy followed his dreams and with some luck got to do some really cool shit with some great people and didn't seem to lose his humility along the way. I didn't learn anything earth shattering but I laughed and in the big scheme of things, isn't that all that really matters? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dennis | 1/24/2014

    " Love this - very much in the style of his Smodcasts - better yet I got a signed copy when I was recently in Smith's hometown of Red bank NJ, so this one will be a keeper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Derek Oberg | 1/17/2014

    " I love Kevin Smith. I can listen to him/read his words forever. This book is a very up-to-date version of stuff that's been going on recently. He blazes through Clerks-Jersey Girl and talks mostly about Cop Out, Red State and the infamous "too fat to fly" incident. He talks a lot about his early experiences with Miramax and the arc he took with the Weinstein's over the years, to the ultimate implosion of the relationship around the time of Red State's release. For someone who's already a fan (and already knows the level of profanity to expect) this book is great. Probably not one that's going to garner him a new audience, but it doesn't feel like that's what he's trying for here anyway. "

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