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Editor 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

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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Epic

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

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Basically an 11hr standup

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

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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!

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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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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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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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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

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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Great listen.

this book was a lot of fun to listen too..kevin tells a great story... very interesting..and some good life lessons..really enjoyed it...

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  • Sam Clear
  • 13-07-17

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!!!

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  • John Marshall
  • 31-08-17

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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  • Adam C.
  • 11-08-17

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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  • Marlana Crews
  • 12-07-17

I never give anything 5 stars but in this case...

I have never been so upset about finishing a book because I simply did not want it to end. truly a must read! I could relate to this book on so many levels and I think the advice he gives and the lessons he shares definitely gives you something to think about. Not to mention he's one the best comedians amongst us so listening to his book (or reading it as books are traditionally intended for) was just like seeing him in concert for his stand up shows. I never thought a comedian would be able to give me so much insight on parenting, relationships, life goals and so much more. I think he could help bring positivity out of the most negative person if they read it with an open mind. I'd recommend listening to it on audible so you don't have to use your Kevin Hart voice in your head lol. This man had me dying laughing while driving, at work, doing house chores and everything else. I finished this 11 hour book in like 5 days and probably would've took much longer if I had to actually read it... that is all 😊

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  • Gillian
  • 07-06-17

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
  • 27-07-17

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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  • Katie
  • 12-12-17

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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  • Terrance
  • 19-10-17

very entertaining

this book can only be read by K. Hart. without his style it would not be as entertaining as it was. k. Hart, a true entertainer. Also, on a side note, did he really do a reading of William Shakespeare's greatest hits? I mean really, did he? Is it funny? because if it is, I am go get that. But if it ain't I may still get it to hear how horrible it was and laugh at it anyway. Either way, it was interesting to see at the end of the book, he read and performed other stuff. Kudos Kevin, keep bringing it.

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  • ninamdot
  • 06-06-17

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.

69 of 88 people found this review helpful

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  • Veruka
  • 08-06-17

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👌

56 of 73 people found this review helpful