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Publisher's Summary

If you can count on one thing from "Madea" Mabel Simmons, star of the smash hits Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion, it's that she's got something to say. For as long as people can remember, Madea has been in the neighborhood - she's the beloved, hilarious, sharp-witted, pistol-packing grandmother who's watching out and speaking her mind.

Now Madea is telling her own story, dishing her memoirs and hard-won, hilarious wisdom in her own inimitable voice (with a little help from her friend Tyler Perry). Madea covers every topic you want to hear her on, from the art of flirting, to love and marriage (sometimes two very separate topics), and raising kids (including the full story on the bag o' belts). She also opines on beauty tips (featuring her indispensable advice on the miraculous benefits of Vasoline), the healthy choice of a deep-fried diet, and the Bible (including her favorite Bible story, as you have definitely never heard it before) - and pretty much everything else.

Madea has lived quite a life, and she has some stories to tell. And they're all here. As she's fond of saying, "Sometimes life is hard, and you have to laugh your way through it."

©2006 Tyler Perry Inc.; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Inimitable." (Ebony)
"Wicked." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Hilarious." (The New York Times Book Review)

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STELLAR!

As MOST GOOD things do, it went all too FAST! I know I'll enjoy this one again soon. Tyler has hit this one clear out the park!
#MyNonFictionAddiction

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Some hilarious advice and some brilliant advice

I admit it was a slow start for me personally. It began with a lot of useful couples advice, but nothing super funny. But by chapter 4 it began being hilarious! She had some stupid(but hilarious) advice. On top of that, there was a ton of brilliant advice with brilliant metaphors. 5/5 from me! (Not only funny, but eye opening)

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Madea

I really like the Madea movies and was surprised to see that there was an audiobook based on the character. Over all I think listening to this audiobook and hearing it acted out is far better than reading the actual book. However, it does get a little wordy and some of the running jokes are over done and over used throughout the book. It is worth listening too, but I wish I had gotten the audiobook from my library instead of paying for it.

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Meh

I love Madea and have seen all of the movies and stage productions but this was just boring. Maybe because I have seen all the pictures so no disrespect to Tyler Perry but just meh.

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Had me rolling!!!!!

I loved this book! It had great wisdom while cracking me up! Made a gives you a lot to think about! I would definitely recommend this book if you want some old school life lessons mixed with great comedy!

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Hilarious!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Madea tells the truth. She tells it like it is.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings?

I can't pick just one. Tyler Perry has a talent.

Which character – as performed by Tyler Perry – was your favorite?

Duh - Madea :)

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

Yes.

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makes you laugh

loved the book. you will laugh and agree with mama D threw the whole book.

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MADEA!!!!!!!! TYLER MY FAVORITE ACTOR!!!!

What did you love best about Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings?

The fact that Madea shared her story of being a mother. lol

What other book might you compare Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings to and why?

NONE. ONE OF A KIND.

Which scene was your favorite?

Chapter 10.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. Its too funny.

Any additional comments?

I love Tyler. Write a next book.

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You are funny

Hello Tyler, Thank you for your humor. I saw you on Td Jakes. I heard you say one day you were going to get rid of madea one day. Do you enjoy doing the character? Or is it difficult for you to do the character?

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hilarious

this book had me in tears. i loved it... Tyler Perry did it again. lol laughed out loud while I was listening at our
work. people thought I was crazy