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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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  • Cathy
  • Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • 11-10-09

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.

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  • Daniel
  • Arroyo Seco, NM, USA
  • 11-06-09

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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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 7 people found this review helpful

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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 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Tracy Morgan is as real as they come

Love this brother's story and his ability to keep 100 throughout. Much respect to the guy

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bam

thanks tray bag, this really helped a brother out, hope to see you do a live show soon

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Great audiobook for fans!

Tracy Morgan speaks from the heart in this autobiography. Great performance.
I'm a big fan so to listen to him speak candidly about his life was cool. Growing up in Brooklyn, his family, obstacles in his life, stand-up, SNL and his tv/movie career were all interesting to me. The origins of where his came up with his characters was great.
I was hoping for more crazy funny stories but since this was an adaptation of his book maybe they were omitted for time/content.
Worth the listen!!!

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this has heart

What did you love best about I Am the New Black?

i love that it's a raw and honest book about how he feels and sees himself. i love his words of wisdom don't cheat yourself treat yourself.

What did you like best about this story?

i like that it was real.

What about Tracy Morgan’s performance did you like?

his honesty

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  • Jeffrey
  • GRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS, United States
  • 04-09-12

Tracy being Tracy

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.