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. (Posted on 3/2/2018)
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.
Heartfelt, heart written , 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. (Posted on 1/22/2018)
I've known of Kevin Hart's work from his comedy specials. I remember Laugh at My Pain being gut-busting hilarious. Who would think most of the material from his comic routines were actually true?
For starters, the writing in 'I Can't Make This Up' is impeccable, feels like conversation with Kevin Hart, himself. There were several instances throughout the early reading that I felt myself wishing that I could reach through a time portal and give that kid a hug. I soon found myself simultaneously laughing and feeling sorry for Kevin Hart. Then feeling a wave disappointment at the realization that he too, comedy's latest golden child, is human.
I applaud his level of honesty and often felt conflicted at laughing at the stuff that I was laughing at. This book showed me that his coping skills are almost incredulous. In my humble opinion, the only thing bested by his gift of self-motivation is his resilience. I love how he chose to pull readers into his circle, his process, and his thought process. Likewise, I find it courageous and at times, unsettling that he chose to disclose his entire truth, including the ugly parts.
But aside from the hilarity and all the reflections of his journey, this is a motivational book for any aspirant feeling stagnant or frustrated. Very few are willing to tap one's shoulder and whisper advice. Here, Kevin Hart is presenting a blueprint. One showing how sacrifices, his own and those made for him, eventually lead to unimaginable spoils.
But 'I Can't Make This Up' definitely goes to show that everything happens for a reason, and there is a bountiful blessing waiting when we stay the course. (Posted on 1/15/2018)