Audio Book Review: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes
Narrator: Tiffany Haddish
Genre: Humor/ Memoir
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback


Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.
None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.


This is a funny book and to hear it read by Tiffany is like listening to her stand up. This book isn't all comedy though, there are serious parts to this book as well. Stories of abuse, neglect and everything that has made Tiffany who she is but the main thing I loved about this book is how upbeat Tiffany is.  Her life was hard but she found a way to turn her pain into triumph. She learned from each success story and each failure.  She doesn't look back on the past in pity she uses it to press forward and succeed.

Some of this book is raw and raunch, but thats Tiffany.  I'm glad that the editors didn't try to change who she is and squash her personality.  As raunchy as some parts are there is also brutal honesty that makes you want to cringe.  This is a no holds barred type of book.  The book is broken down into sections, so its not a fluid flow of story, more like a collection of different stories regarding different topics but it works.

I didn't know much about Tiffany before reading this book.  I saw her on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and was laughing so hard I knew I had to grab this book.  When I found out she read the audio version I made it a point to get that one.  No one can narrate a memoir like the author especially when she's a comedian.

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