Kevin Hart Shines in His Memoir, “I Can’t Make This Up”

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If your typical day is like mine, you spend a considerable amount of time in the car. Whether it’s getting to work and back, running errands, shuttling kids to activities, or visiting family and friends, you are behind the wheel a good part of the day.

I find myself flipping from music to talk shows to news, anything to distract me from the boredom of sitting in a traffic jam. Fortunately, there is another option: listening to an audiobook on Audible. When I want to catch up on a novel I’ve missed or discover a new author, I can search through Audible’s vast selection of titles and come up with the perfect choice for the moment.

These days, I often find myself needing to tune out what is happening in the world. I yearn for a selection that will take me away. Something that will make me laugh.

And laugh I did, all the way through Kevin Hart’s funny and heartfelt new memoir, “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons.”

Kevin Hart Shines in His Memoir,

If you are familiar with Kevin Hart, you know he is an accomplished actor and stand up comedian, as well as a successful businessman. His meteoric rise to fame is all the more admirable because of his humble beginnings in North Philadelphia.

North Philadelphia both then and now is a tough neighborhood besieged by drugs and violence, and Kevin Hart’s family was not immune to the temptations on the street. As he describes, he was born an accident to a father who became a drug addict and was in and out of jail. His older brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother, although well meaning, was strict to the point of being abusive, beating him with whatever she could get her hands on, whether it was a frying pan, a belt, or even one of Kevin’s toys.

Now how can all the above be funny? Kevin Hart turns tragedy into comedy, and listening to him narrate the book is like attending one of his stand-up concerts. His delivery is what makes this audiobook superior to the written version, in my opinion. You feel like you have a front row seat to his comic genius.

Not that the written version is any less funny. Publisher’s Weekly gave it a starred review. “[An] emotion-filled memoir full of grit and humor…Inspiring and thoroughly entertaining, Hart’s memoir brings his readers into his hilarious universe of stories and philosophy.”

In addition to all his other talents, the man can write. And what makes this particular memoir stand out for me is not just the funny stuff, but also the life lessons Kevin Hart shares from the bumps in the road. He is introspective, humble, down-to-earth and philosophical. He could have succumbed to the drugs and crime in his neighborhood. He could have grown up angry and rebellious.

But that is not the way he is wired. He chose to find meaning from the life lessons at every turn that helped him forge a way out of the poverty and violence and into a career that has made him adored by millions of fans.

Although this was not written as a self-help book, Kevin Hart’s memoir is truly motivational as well as funny as hell. His message is that we all have challenges that can be overcome through determination, and using laughter as a coping mechanism never hurt anyone.



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25 Thoughts on “Kevin Hart Shines in His Memoir, “I Can’t Make This Up”

  1. I have to admit I really like Kevin Hart, but had no idea he had brought out a memoir! I am definitely going to have to try and hunt it down and give it a read.

  2. Thank you for this!! I love this guy.

  3. Kevin Hart is such a cool guy and hysterically funny. I can imagine hearing him read it with his comic timing would be more of a treat than reading it. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • hbludman on August 25, 2017 at 7:59 am said:

      So funny. And he ad libs during part of it, which makes it even funnier.

  4. I have never heard of him but I need to check him out. I do like laughing.

  5. I am an Audible fan. I don’t have this one, but I am listening to Shantaram and next up is Alan Cumming’s memoir.

  6. This is perfect timing! I’ve been wanting to try it and I have a long road trip coming up on Saturday. Win-win thanks!

  7. Laughter is definitely the best medicine, and I’m not surprised this is an inspiring memoir. Because he’s the one reading it, this seems like the perfect book to listen to rather than read.

  8. ‘I Can’t Make This Up’ sounds really funny. I have not tried Audible yet, to be honest.

  9. Ruth I. on August 25, 2017 at 6:34 am said:

    I’ve never heard of him but based on this post, I really should listen to I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. I need a good laugh too.

  10. I bet this is a great read! I love Kevin Hart. I think he has a great sense of humor.

  11. Love getting book recommendations because I prefer reading (listening while I drive really) to almost anything on TV and we actually cancelled cable a year ago.

  12. He is so funny and insanely smart! I would totally read his memoir!

  13. That sounds really interesting! I do love reading and listening to audiobooks too. I’ll definitely check that out!

  14. Nikki G - on August 25, 2017 at 11:21 pm said:

    I Love Kevin Hart. We have followed him for years, been to many comedy shows. I haven’t read his memoir yet, but I am sure it is remarkable just like everything else he does.

    • hbludman on August 28, 2017 at 8:27 am said:

      I wish I had known about him in the early years. I would have loved to see his gigs in Philly!

  15. Heather on August 26, 2017 at 2:01 am said:

    I love Audible! I use it to nab books whenever we go on road trips. Need to get the Kevin Hart book for my next long drive.

  16. Oh I just love Kevin Hart. He is so funny. I can’t wait to check this one out. Though I never have time for audio books. My kids are always in the car with me and they do not want to listen to what I like, lol.

  17. Rebecca Swenor on August 28, 2017 at 9:59 am said:

    This book by Kevin Hart sounds like a great read. It is so important to have laughter in our life when there is negative things happening or that has happened. Laughter can really be a form of therapy for us all. Thanks for sharing this awesome book.

  18. Blair villanueva on August 28, 2017 at 11:50 pm said:

    I never heard about this author. However I find his cover to be interesting, okay pets truly is eye catchy, so I would check his book 🙂

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