Will Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 best seller 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.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 16 minutes|
|Author||Will Smith, Mark Manson|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 09, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Memoirs (Books)
#1 in Actor & Entertainer Biographies
#1 in Biographies of Celebrities & Entertainment Professionals
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This book amounts to look behind the curtain of what made this icon who he is, warts and all. While it is incredibly insightful and well written - those of us who liked having him up on a pedestal for being superhuman will realize that he is imperfect like us all.
What you get in this book is life experiences from Will wrapped around singular ideas like "fear", "Power" and "Hope" and he uses those themes and stories to teach us lessons about life. This book left me with a new understanding of Will and myself - in my opinion, that's all a great biographical works should do.
By Bookworm on November 9, 2021
The book starts with a prologue about an important lesson Smith learned from his dad as he was laying bricks to build a wall with his brother. Then the first chapter deals with Smith's childhood, as he recalls his early years being defined by a sense of fear. He describes his parents and how they met, and how they became a family of six, with his older half-sister Pam and his twin siblings Harry and Ellen. There are heartbreaking stories of domestic violence that the kids witnessed, and Smith was deeply affected by these incidents.
Over the next few chapters Smith describes his life as he grew up. He touches on his vivid imagination, his love of performing and making people laugh, being introduced to hip-hop by his older cousin Paul, meeting DJ Jazzy Jeff, and going on tour with other hip-hop acts. The next few chapters cover other major events in Smith's life: winning the first Grammy for a rap artist, getting his heart broken by his girlfriend, his popularity fading after his lackluster third album, going broke, hitting rock bottom, meeting Quincy Jones, and starting the Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV show. Smith goes on to describe his success on TV, and transition to his goal of becoming a movie star. He covers his first marriage, the birth of his first son Trey, getting divorced, and falling in love with Jada Pinkett. Over the rest of the book, Smith describes many other experiences he had, and his attempts at balancing a successful acting career with his growing family, after the birth of Jaden and Willow.
Overall I enjoyed reading this book. Smith's conversational tone and storytelling ability make this book more of a page turner than other memoirs I've read. I learned so much about his family, and the experiences that shaped his personality. The pictures at the end were nice addition as well, and many of them have funny captions that highlight Smith's sense of humor.
As far as Mr Smith being the biggest movie star in the world - really? There are names that come to mind - Bogart, Bergman, Crow, Olivier, Hepburn, Poitier, Streep, Dench, Hopkins, and maybe Maggie Smith but Will Smith? The arrogance of the man floors me.
While I appreciate people who have some confidence in themselves I just mainly wanted to put up a sign in front of Will Smith with one word on it - RESPECT. That one word didn't appear until near then of the book and Mr Smith wasn't the one using it.
I guess it's good Will Smith told his truth but it felt to me as if he was bragging about doing it, and he really has little to brag about from my perspective. Arrogant, a poor listener and generally disrespectful of everyone on the planet but himself. I liked him before I read the book.
Right now Will Smith is showing up everywhere so it feels a little like he is desperate to make himself visible, like maybe he is trying to keep himself in the public eye because he's afraid he's not as big a star as he wants to be.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2021