Written By: Will Smith

Narrated By: Will Smith

Date: November 2021

Duration: 16 hours 16 minutes

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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • 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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • 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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Shoshana G.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Great book, full of emotions and reality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent read, many thoughts

  • Anonymous

    helpful and inspiring

  • Deborah W.

    I really enjoyed listening to you on audiobooks. Your story was amazing. I was hanging on every single word as you were talking. The book gave me an insight as to who you really are. I do have one question at the very end you mentioned that you were dissatisfied . What was you dissatisfied with? The audiobook cut off at that point and I am curious to find out. Will there be a sequel coming out? If so please believe that I will definitely be looking out for it. Thanks for being so honest throughout this book. Your Fan Deborah Williams

  • Irene R.

    LOVED IT. loved the vulnerability thank u will

  • 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.

  • Kathy C.

    The narration was a but rough at the outset, but so pleased he leaned in and worked it out. No one else could have done him justice. You'll laugh out loud, then find yourself amazed at some of the gems of hard earned wisdom he passes on. Highly recommended!

  • Vanessa M.

    This book was more than I anticipated. It was raw, honest, and so insightful. It taught me life lessons through Will’s experiences. (What else could I expect, honestly?) It gives you such a deeper more profound insight on who he is as a person and how his (brilliant) mind works. I’d recommend this over and over. His narration was so entertaining and he even had background music in some stories to set the mood/ambiance. Great book. Great narrating. I’m an even bigger fan of his now.

  • Chana J.

    Magnificent Read!!! Waaay more honesty and insight than I'm use to from autobiographies. Love Love Love that he narrated his own story. This was my first audiobook because I like to flip pages and I don't want the narrator's inflections or translation, but by him reading it himself it was like a bedtime story that doesn't put you to sleep. Not sure if alot of authors narrate their own work but if not, they definitely should.

  • PrincessPoint

    I enjoyed hearing Will narrate his experiences. Loved it from beginning to end.

  • Amy H.

    Will has lived an incredible life, and he is a fantastic story teller. The book is exciting and vulnerable, funny and painful, embarrassing and BOSS. My favorite aspect is how Will shares the wisdom he’s gained over the years, pointing to real examples of his own personal growth. He’s not just a superstar. He’s a person. I think this is a gift to the listener (or reader). Also, I wish Will would start reading more audiobooks (as another one of his career paths) because he does great voice impressions. I love his friend Charlie Mack’s voice the best :-)

  • Melinda C.

    I was disappointed when I realized I was finished with this audiobook

  • Mathew J.

    Brick by brinck

  • Anonymous

    AMAZING!!! Best audio book I have ever bought. Funny, Sad, Inspiring, Loving- this audio book has it all. So much wisdom. Just finished listening to it and will be probably listen to it again next week! Thank you Mr. Smith for sharing your story!

  • Lakiesha J.

    This started as an autobiography about him but it morphed into a self help to look into myself and view my flawed and obscure view of the world and the relationships I've built over time. It's so beautiful to see the human side of a celebrity. We hold them in such high regard. I'm currently chasing my dreams and this almost gave me the Blueprint of the pitfalls to avoid. His viewpoint shed so much light on how he saw others and how they feel. Just listen with an open heart. No judgemental views. I'm going to listen again and take notes. Thank you, Willard. I no longer feel alone in my world of thoughts and inner struggles.

  • Jessica W.

    This book was perfect! Loved every second of it

  • Michelle R.

    Absolutely BRILLIANT - Do not miss it!

  • Deb D.

    Amazing book!

  • Aaron Linden

    Will! was one of the the best Book I loved! I will listen to this book again, soooo Good!!!

  • Marilyne L.

    Wow. I knew I loved Will Smith, but this is beyond what I expected. What a great book. And the fact that Will is the narrator and that you listen some music is just magical. I loved every minute of it.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t get any better !

  • Brenda S.

    Awesome book really enjoyed it

  • Cassidy M.

    One of the best books I’ve ever read!! Will Smith is living Black history!! The audio book is the only way to go for this one.

  • Judy W.

    What a read “listen”. I believe I felt every emotion on this one. Even some tears, some lessons and some out laid laughter. What a beautiful narration. One of the best I’ve listened to.

  • DaShay M.

    I absolutely loved this book and audio. It was more than I expected. The shirt stories were everything. I loved getting to know him in this way. This makes me love Will Smith even more!

  • Julie K.

    I really enjoyed this read. It was over 400 pages and it took over a week to read but I understand why. Will talks about every life event and lesson that has shaped him to be the man he is today. I admire the way he wasn’t afraid to get real and talk about the hard things and his struggles. There were many chapters where he talked about topics and life events that I never knew happened, which is probably due to the fact that i’m gen Z. He rose to fame with a group of friends, and they’re still with him today. Will drew people into his orbit like the sun. And like a star that burns too long, there were times when he imploded. I admit that there were moments when I rolled my eyes and thought “I could see that coming a chapter ago what the hell dude.” However, that wasn’t more often than he made me smile. His success as an actor, musician, and writer is undeniable, but his struggles to be a good husband, father, son, and friend are what most readers will remember about this book. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version. Will had me laughing, bobbing my head to his jams, and wiping my eyes a few times too. His grandmother’s quotes alone make this a worthy read.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing that U are who U became...

  • Jim J.

    I don’t really like reviews for books, but this book explore my whole childhood in a nut shell. Thanks will smith for sharing your life story. It’s a true eye awaking experience and made me laugh so hard. Keep up the work Will Smith.

  • Traci C.

    Excellent! Well written, entertaining, eye-opening and well read. Excellent!

  • Anonymous

    Whaaat! I never listened to an audio book before so I don't know how other authors create their productions, but this was amazing! in true Will Smith fashion, he set the bar HIGH. the stories grabbed my attention from the very beginning to the absolute last second. I shed tears, laughed and took notes on things that I could apply to my life. I will be telling everyone to listen to this book! Congratulations and thanks for sharing, Will!

  • Laura Kammerer

    Absolutely fantastic!!!

  • Luchi

    a great listen

  • Susan P.

    Very authentic and self aware through living. It’s amazing to me that he saw and took the good from his father in spite of all his faults.

  • Empress Lulu

    This book was great. It brings out all of your emotions from sadness to laughter that tears are rolling down your cheeks. I also love self narrated books since I feel they give the true emotions and meaning to what they are explaining.

  • Jessica F.

    What a great book! Loved having Will Smith read it, it's like you were there, living it with him.

  • Rebecca H.

    Listening to this book made me hate will smith

  • Lea B

    I absolutely enjoyed this book!!! I recommend it. There are so many nuggets of wisdom wrapped comedy and sheer delight!

  • Jess B.

    Very insightful and thought provoking read. Very well done.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw that the narrator was Will himself Inhave to hear it, and I absolutely love it!!!

  • Caroline B.

    Raw, brave, inspired.

  • Argo R.

    A fantastic book! Listening to Will Smith narrate hisown life is amazing. Thank you!

  • Rikki B.

    One of the best audio books and narrating I’ve listed too!!!

  • Anonymous

    Great read. Inspiring.

  • Anonymous

    DAMN GOOD BOOK

  • Alex C.

    Just WOW! Always knew Will Smith but never KNEW Will Smith. This book gave amazing insight on his upbringing, ultimate success and how even a global superstar has issues and problems just like the rest of us. I am going to start it over and listen to it again right now!

  • Clarissa H.

    The music and background effects livened this up. Even without it, this was a great read and listen. You will laugh, cry, learn, sometimes at the same time. This left me wanting more.

  • Allison D.

    The best audiobook I’ve ever heard. Brilliant writing and great audio additions.

  • Dan C.

    Even though I didn’t follow Will Smith in tv or the movies I did know who he was more through interviews and respected his outlook on life. This book is well written, has many life lessons, entertaining and just makes you feel good inside. Thank you Will.

  • Anonymous

    Great book. It's always nice to hear that people who didn't have the easy path through life are able to beat the odds and reach the top of the world through their hard work and determination. I have so much respect for what Will Smith has accomplished. His story is inspiring and the stories he shared are entertaining and impactful.

  • Zilola K.

    Awesome! Loved every minute of it! A whole new experience of audio book too! Thank you, Will!

  • Alfreeka W.

    This was an excellent listen. I loved his creativity with invoking music and clips from important and significant moments of his career throughout the read. Will Smith aka The Fresh Prince teters between arrogance and enlightenment throughout his life. I know somewhere in there hurt cause him to be guarded but fame and accomplishment really did hurt him in some ways. But.. he is still one of the goats. Still successful in my eyes and I hope he continues on his life of discovery. Very good listen. I was sad when it ended.

  • Anonymous

    Loved it and learned from Wilon so many levels... "The Smile" has had me thinking for days...

  • Patricia Drewnowska

    really great book kindly highly recommend nothing like having the author read it to you

  • Maritsy C.

    10/10 Must Read, GREAT ending

  • Kiera F.

    Great book, deeply inspiring, I loved it. Truly!

  • Latoya L.

    What's true WILL remain! This book was everything and I mean everything and In WILL Smith fashion. He gave us a birds eye view into his life. He was very transparent. It goes to show money, and fame ain't everything, and that everyone has faults. It's a must read, so ho grab this book! #Book48of2021 #Bookworm #whatsnext

  • Ana R.

    I love this book. the stories shared are very inspiring and authentic. Will doesn't just talk about successes but also about the challenges and difficulties he encountered. The narration couldn't be better. "reading" this book was a great experience!

  • J Linc

    Great book. You could feel the emotions behind his passions and defeats. He's human!!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome book!

  • Enola S.

    Inspirational for each step he took. When we don’t have it all together, but the outside says we do, we have to look deeper to change what we can’t stand that the universe can change in us. God was with him every step of the way.

  • David L.

    I'm a big fan of Will and this book does not disappoint

  • Janice H.

    Excellent. Well written throughout. I had no idea about half of the experiences. Extra enjoyable because he narrated it of course.

  • Cassandra D.

    Wil This book was was a testament of a young man life who was taught structure of being. By parents in a teaching roll of life. This book made me appreciate a black unit of trust struggle happiness and endurance. I laughter cried contipated anticipated chapters before reaching them Daddy o taught strength from what hex was taught mom mom education and GiGi love of God to build the phenomenal Man Will Smth. I truly enjoy this audible Book and has told everyone who will listen. This MUST BECOME A MOVIE. With tears in my eyes love in my heart Mr Smith knows what life love and family is show your children pride strength endurance you will bring forth women and men by example.

  • Tika T.

    I loved this!

  • Alexis R.

    INCREDIBLE!!! i freaking loved this book. it was authentic entertaining. MUST READ

  • Anonymous

    Wow, loved this book.

  • Lori M.

    Amazing book, made me laugh, made me cry, made me happy. This book is joy, pure joy. Thank you Will!

  • Antwan

    Only one word really…. Incredible..!!!!!!!!

  • Jody B.

    I was anchored down to go on a lifelong ride with Will Smith's depiction of his life story. I read the reviews, listening to the interviews on Good Morning America and Jimmy Fallon. I should've known the book wasn't a tell-all indeed but just some inserts of his life from the reaction or lack of reaction that was given by Jimmy Fallon and to say TJ Holmes of Good Morning America made me think that the book was a life-changing experience. The only thing life-changing was my time (just my opinion). When Will Smith asked Jimmy Fallon did he read the book Jimmy Fallon said that he listen to the book on audiobooks and Jimmy Fallon changed the subject. Now I know why Jimmy Fallon changed the subject because if one is to tell a story about one's life the story shouldn’t be addressed as to paint a picture of a prince in white clothing riding away in the sunset but one of a real person. After listening to the book all that I could hold on to was Will Smith exploring jumping from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon and that was even cut. This book was nothing like reading James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, or Ralph Ellison. I think the book would’ve been better if he wrote in the third person. Will Smith didn’t even tell the full story about his first movie “Six Degrees six degrees of Separation” where he played the fake son of The Actor Sidney Poitier him being a very wise speaker which helped him cultivate his way into a Suburban upper-class white family that believed him and gave him full access to their home and life until they caught him in bed having sex with their son (Now that was shocking). Undoubtedly Will Smith has a successful Rap Music career and I have watched and enjoyed many of his movies my favorite is Seven Pounds. Not to continue to ravel on I am ending and giving this book a three out of five. I guess this is what you get for $15 dollars.

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