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The Last Black Unicorn

Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

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.

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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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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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The Beautiful Unicorn

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

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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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Wonderful!!

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

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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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Amazingly inspiring!

Love everything about this beautiful real being of light!! You are truly blessed Tiff!! Xxxxc

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I love her even more

This book was absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Much better as an audio because you can hear her expressions and tone. Love her even more and appreciate her being so open and transparent about her life and experiences.

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Hilarious Read

Loved the fact that she read tlher book as she brought it to life and made it so enjoyable!

Thank you for being so real, so honest and funny! You are truly an amazing woman! xx

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An Incredible book

This book has truly made me really admire Tiffany. She has had a tough life but as she rightly said, she is blessed. I have learnt a lot about myself in some aspects of Tiffany's story. Her story is inspirational. This book brought out so many different emotions for me at times, but over all it really made me laugh.

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  • HerHighness
  • 08-12-17

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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  • The2ndhorseman
  • 24-12-17

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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  • gertrudys leal
  • 11-12-17

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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  • Monique B
  • 20-02-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-17

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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  • Tameka Riley
  • 08-12-17

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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  • Heather K (Dentist in my Spare Time)
  • 30-04-19

No...

Tiffany Haddish is a funny person and a funny comedian, but this book was vastly disappointing.

I listened to the audiobook, and I really expected a killer narration. Every single other audiobook autobiography of an actor/comedian that I've ever listened to was flawlessly narrated. I mean, it's their own words and they're actors, right? Well, not here. Tiffany's narration was so odd. Really choppy, really strangely read, like she had trouble with her own words. It honestly sounded like bad acting.

Tiffany's life has been a very interesting journey, and she has suffered and has overcame huge obstacles. I've seen her comedy before, and I've really loved her on stage, however, she comes across in her book as just... mean.

I can't believe I have to say this in 2018, but imitating and mocking a handicapped person is not funny, and in audiobook form, it's excruciating to listen to.

She is horrible to fat people and Jews, and it made me like her a whole hell of a lot less.

The overall layout of the book also leaves much to be desired. The format is scattered and there wasn't any cohesion.

While this book had funny moments and made me respect Tiffany's journey, it tarnished my impression of her as a person.

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  • Nise
  • 10-12-17

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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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 21-02-18

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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  • Kenya
  • 08-12-17

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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