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Will Smith

16 Hours 16 Minutes

Penguin Audio

November 2021

Audio Book Summary

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

Will Smith’s transformation from a West Philadelphia kid to one of the biggest rap stars of his era, and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, is an epic tale—but it’s only half the story.
Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over. 
This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one person mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.

*This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of music credits.

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  • Denise J.

    Well, where do I begin? This book was absolutely amazing! I was sad at times, cried a little, annoyed, pissed, and laughed a lot. I would laugh the hardest whenever He would imitate his bodyguard Charlie. When he imitated Arnold Schwarzenegger, that was another phone funny moment, among others. I'm glad I decided to listen to this book rather than read it. Hearing will smith talk about his life experiences and challenges, you could actually feel what he was feeling. Amazing work!

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  • Anonymous

    This book is inspiring and transparent, as I listened I could file my mind expand and grow with love, truth, purpose and a realization that I have all I need within my reach. Faith that God will give you hearts purpose!

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  • Emillie S.

    I loved this book! Any time I had to stop listening to it, I found myself craving it. It was very entertaining, inspirational, and funny! I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. Will Smith is a great narrator! His impressions make the book! I highly recommend!

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  • Priya Bates

    This book was especially insightful given "Slapgate" at the Oscar's. The theme of feeling like a coward came up again and again. Feeling like he had failed the women in his life. Will Smith is hard working, disciplined, ambitious, and incredibly intelligent. I loved that he gave the reader a glimpse inside his thinking -the good, the bad and the ugly. He also allowed us to see both sides. The trauma of an an abusive father yet the love for a man who was there doing his best to raise a family. The tragedy of growing up with gangs and drug dealers, but a code of respect and support when needed. I've heard some say that he's full of himself.. but you could also say the same for Musk or Bezos. He has mastered his craft. I loved every minute.

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  • Shoshana G.

    Amazing read. Loved Will’s energy - the music breaks!

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  • Anonymous

    Great book, full of emotions and reality.

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  • Ra K.

    Will Smith's words and narration are impeccable. Thoroughly enjoying this audiobook. A ton of gems about self improvement, development and perseverance!

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  • Anonymous

    Introspective and beautiful family story from a Black Man's perspective.

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  • J K.

    One of the greatest ebooks ever….

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  • Prit S.

    Amazing listen, even after he slapped Chris Rock

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