Narrator performance: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
It takes a real master to write a memoir that shows you the totality of someone’s soul: the good, the bad, the ugly. Will Smith opened his heart, his mind and his past to us and packaged it in such an entertaining way. You are learning about philosophy, spirituality, discipline, love, parenting and business without feeling preached to. His recounting is raw and honest. His failings are presented as learnings. His ego is totally out of control and yet he laughs about it with us.
His love and devotion to his family is beautiful and yet he presents them honestly so we can see how they shaped him and his drive. You feel bad for his friends and family when he is in overdrive mode and yet his tidal force brought them all such prosperity. But what I loved most is how he shows us that money and success does not always equal happiness. His journey to find happiness and untie the epic knot of his psyche to find happiness was beautiful and enlightening.
So why 4.5 stars? I wanted more. I’m not sure that’s fair to ask for, but while he talked about his movie career, he only hit a few projects in depth. I wanted more about some of my favorites.
Still another fabulous celebrity memoir read by the subject. If you liked Matthew McConaughey‘s memoir last year, you will enjoy this one as well. What’s your favorite celebrity memoir?