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I Am the New Black | [Tracy Morgan]

I Am the New Black

With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows - from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his 20-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way, he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.
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Publisher's Summary

Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party - any party, anytime, anywhere - getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own?

The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50-cent soda.

With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows - from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his 20-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way, he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.

©2009 Tracy Morgan; (P)2009 Random House

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    Billy Denville, NJ USA 01-09-10
    Billy Denville, NJ USA 01-09-10 Member Since 2010

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    "I cant believe it was THIS dull"

    I love Tracy Morgan. I find him to be REALLY funny and I have been a fan of his for a while. Which is why I was so disappointed with this book. Its really boring and not funny. It more like an acceptance speech than a book. He keeps thanking all of the people in his life that he admires. Over and Over again.
    I would have loved to hear more stories, especially how he became a comedian...
    I actually couldnt wait for it to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Regina-Audible USA 11-23-09
    Regina-Audible USA 11-23-09 Member Since 2008

    Audible editor and data evangelist. Lover of fiction, classics, celebrity memoirs, and quirky teen novels.

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    "painful"

    Before listening to this book, I was a big Tracey Morgan fan. The book was not just disappointing, his performance was flat out embarrassing. He mispronounced words, stuttered, lost his train of thought and went off into unnecessary tangents. I'm not even sure if he was reading from his book or just trying to retell bits and pieces from it. He jumped from one part of his life to the next then back again. There was no connecting flow and it was hard to follow. He had a rough life, I get it, but he wasn't able to retell his story in a manner that the listener was able to connect with. His stories fell flat, he came off as unintelligent and the humor I loved from SNL was noticeably missing in his performance.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Milwaukee, WI, USA 11-10-09
    Cathy Milwaukee, WI, USA 11-10-09
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    "It's really Tracy..."

    Listening to this book is not for everybody. It's like you have a slightly "off", kinda goofy dude following you around and just talking in your ear about his life and...WHATEVER. He does go off topic all the time, he launches into song, he mis-pronounces words ("Those plans never came into 'fluition'), he starts talking about the day he found out his dad was diagnosed with AIDS and all of a sudden starts talking about what a "tender-roni" his girlfriend is! It's unlike any audio book I've listened to before, and it definitely may irritate people. But to me, the idea of T.M yapping in my ear is entertaining, no matter what he's yapping about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela United States 11-08-09
    Pamela United States 11-08-09 Member Since 2004

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "Not easy, but real"

    This is not an easy listen - - it's hard because of where he comes from and who he is. We're meeting a man at a time of change who is obviously still thinking through his hard life. Not everyone's cup of tea and NOT a comedy book. I would recommend for people who have had really easy lives and challenge you to walk a mile in these shoes. I think only then, can you appreciate this hard life and the humor that springs from pain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Arroyo Seco, NM, USA 11-06-09
    Daniel Arroyo Seco, NM, USA 11-06-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Rambling, shocking and almost coherent."

    Tracy sounds like a drunken uncle recalling his life. The audio book is conversational and jumps all over the place, I can only hope that the print edition has punctuation, because this version is lacking. Morgan is a genuinely emotional person and is moved to tears when talking about the loss of friends and family to AIDS and violence. The only time he lightens up is when he talks about selling crack and sleeping with $5 crack whores. Not funny, not a memoir but an interesting conversation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Castro Valley, CA, USA 11-03-09
    Brian Castro Valley, CA, USA 11-03-09
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    "Not Good"

    Listening to him on the audiobook, I can't imagine that he is actually reading from a book. It sounds like he just sat in front of a microphone and started talking about anything that popped into his head. Not one time did it make me laugh. In fact, it just made me think a whole lot less of him as a person.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey GRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS, United States 04-09-12
    Jeffrey GRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS, United States 04-09-12
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    Would you listen to I Am the New Black again? Why?

    It feels like a 4 hour Tracy Morgan stand up special.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am the New Black?

    His stories of shutting down the pool.


    Have you listened to any of Tracy Morgan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You don't have to listen to it all in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rey carnegie, PA, United States 10-30-10
    rey carnegie, PA, United States 10-30-10
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    "cmon man."

    It was like listening to your boys on the block some of the dialog was interesting and some wasnt but out of respect you kinda act like its interesting

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    Tracy Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-16-10
    Tracy Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-16-10
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    "Tragic"

    I find Tracy Morgan hilarous, but what he delivered here is not an audiobook. It's Tracy Morgan talking for over four hours. Rambling actually. He has an amazing story to tell, but he fails to follow the narrative and it was disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Buren Westfield, IN, USA 10-27-09
    Buren Westfield, IN, USA 10-27-09
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    "Insipid"

    Awful book. Mr. Morgan reveals himself as a shallow and fairly pathetic person. He insists on sharing the same observations about his life and people in his life over and over. His attempts at atonement are laughable. Do not buy this book thinking it is a comedy...it is decidedly not.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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