When Mac was just 16 years old, he lost his beloved mother to breast cancer. While he grew up, she was a tough but loving teacher of life lessons and "Mac-isms" that would carry him through many hardships. These lessons gave him an inner strength that led him to choose hope over despair, and to follow his dream of becoming a comedian.
Mac recounts his slow rise to stardom, from doing stand-up at a church dinner at age eight, to performing in amateur open-mike nights to make ends meet, to eventually entertaining huge audiences on stage and in film and television. He also shares the secrets to life, and to comedy, that he learned along the way.
©2003 Bernie Mac and Pablo F. Fenjves; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"An uplifting and humorous rags-to-riches story, told with heart." (Publishers Weekly)
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"The Mac Man Lives"
Within my top 5
Big Nigga, I thought it was funny he really called him that.
When he came up with the saying "I aint scared of you MF's"
Nothing like hearing his voice, tell his story
Great book, makes me sad that he is gone. RIP Mac Man
"Sad & Happy Story, But Very Well Missed Bernie,RIP"
Yes of cause,His Voice U can`t beat that !
How his mom past away & He took it like a Man, For a young kid.
When he met comedian Red Fox
Maybe You Never Cry Again
"Holds Your Attention"
Due to mistakes (a few stumbles and mumbles throughout), it is clear that Bernie Mac is not a professional narrator but that is a part of the charm of listening. This is a real person telling their life story.
There are very few laughs in this book but if you are interested in learning about the man behind the laughs--his struggles, tragedies and successes--you will find this worthwhile.
"Man I Miss THE MACK MAN"
Great book and I'm sad that Bernie is gone. We love you Bernie. Peace and love.
"Beautiful story, beautifully read"
Excellent read! Bernie Mac was a very talented actor and comedian, one of my favorites of all time. It was sad to hear how rough his early life was. His strength and perseverance was unparalleled.
"Bern-ie Bern-ie Bern-ie"
dislike Bernie Mac sitting in the room with you just talking I mean doesn't feel like you're reading off the page at all so Lively funny heart touching emotional
Started slow but once it got going I couldn't put it down. Bernie is honest, real, and down to earth as a comedian I appreciated his trills and tribulations and he truly gave me hope that I can be successful in this field. A great read for any fan of Bernie Mac
"Love to Bernie Mac"
My Soul miss listening to Bernie he was always real in the messages of his comedy.
"Funny and Sad Story"
I enjoyed this audible of Bernie Mac. He was quite funny and animated. There were certain parts of his story that caused me to cry. Bernie Mac will be remembered as one of the most funniest comedians during my time.
"Moving, Sad, Funny and Inspirational"
Bernie Mac is a great storyteller as well as a great comedian. What determination, drive and stamina. I felt bad that such a talented comedian from such an early age, had such a long hard journey reaching his goal, and then died at 50. At least he reached his dream, and always believed in himself. It kept me engaged until the end.
Emotional story, so many different levels of experiences as he takes you along with him through his past. I loved it R>I>P Mac Man :-)
"Started Very Well..."
I loved this book to start with. A great story about his childhood. Really interesting. If it had stayed this way it would have been a 5 star book.
However about half way through it felt like the book needed serious editing. There were too many details about little things - what they ate for dinner, grievances with employers and landlords, tributes to those that have supported him, lots of name dropping and repetition. Little interesting story and more about how much he earned, where he worked, the hours he worked and so forth.
I expected there to be more comedy in this book and there was almost none, which was a shame.
"It's going right back on"
The only bad thing that I can say is that I wish it was longer. What a joy to hear. I have been a fan from the Kings of comedy to house party 3. It was wonderful to get to know more about him and his up bringing. It's a most listen and as the title says "it's going right back on"
I wanted to know a little bit about this talented comedian who died too young. Loved the story- lots of wise advice which is of course wrapped in funny :)
"Comedy Genius takes you through every emotion!"
Straight from the horses mouth! Every sigh, pause and chuckle had an impact. Fantasic story telling. It felt like you were listening to a friend on the telephone. Perfection!
Bernie of course! His wife is a strong lady also!
Stand up and films are great but this book allows the listener to know the real Man behind the Comedy
I dont want to spoil it for other listeners but it is a roller coster ride of emotions.
Perfection! Never gave up on his dream and he wasn't afraid not to conform!
R.I.P Bernie Mac after listening to this I feel like I know you and you seem like a great man!
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