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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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  • LYDIA
  • saint louis
  • 03-11-13

Love it!!!

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

This is a funny book to listen to while driving or cleanting the house lol

Who was your favorite character and why?

Madea is always funny and even in a book on tape very entertaining.

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

This was the first Tyler Perrry I have listened to on audio book but I am a huge Tyler Perrry Fan

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

This is a book you will want to listen to in one sitting.

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  • Rosina
  • Bayside, NY, United States
  • 02-13-13

great stuff

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

yes i would recommend this book.....................madea was very honest when stating her points and when you really think about everything she said,its reality.

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Tyler Perry is incredible!

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

That Tyler perry narrated it in Madeas' voice.

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

When Madea talks about her childhood. It had me in stitches. I had to hold my sides to stop hurting from laughing so hard.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene in the book is when Madea talks about beauty tips, and that vaseline is the major solution to everything!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh till I was sore. It is a great pick me up for when you need a good heartfelt laugh.

Any additional comments?

Tyler Perry needs to write another Madea book on the current state of our country. Madea will give everyone her honest opinion in the only way that Madea does. :)

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  • Lisa
  • Oxford, ms, United States
  • 11-12-12

Laughed til it hurt!

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

The comical readings in the first person by Madea herself!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Madea. She is a tough, proud woman who believes in ""speaking your mind, or lose it"

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

No, I have just seen his plays and movies

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. My girlfriends call this book my "therapy". No matter how bad the day is going, this always makes me laugh.

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  • RushL
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • 09-12-12

AMAZING!!!!

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

I recommend this book to any and everyone who is willing to accept some good advice and who's willing to kick their inhibitions to the curb.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tyler Perry is a brilliant writer and an even better narrator.

What about Tyler Perry’s performance did you like?

His code-switching between Madea and himself (the deep, rich, sexy voice) was absolute genius.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed soooooo hard

Any additional comments?

Anyone with a sense of humor, relationship problems or who is having a bad day needs to listen to this book. Let me take this opportunity to beg Mr. Tyler Perry to narrate another 100 books.

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Enjoy Madea

What made the experience of listening to Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings the most enjoyable?

Its a true to character narrative, it carries depth as to the persona while providing pearls of wisdom for these trying time. I bought vaseline!

What did you like best about this story?

I laughed through the whole thing.

Which scene was your favorite?

To many to mention.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed hard

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  • Maria
  • SOUTHGATE, MI, United States
  • 06-26-12

Hilarious

If your a Madea fan you will love listening to this book. It has you laughing from beginning to end.

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In need of your Grandmamas wisdom???

If you could sum up Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings in three words, what would they be?

Rules to Remember. All simple wisdom but sometimes life can get in the way of your memory.

What does Tyler Perry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Simple, the voice of Madea. Madea's voice is half of the entertainment value.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Other than the frequent, "Oh my God, did she just say that?". I laughed a good deal with this audiobook.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly recommend this book during your normal traffic filled commute. It will make the time fly.

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tyler Perry at its best

Where does Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very high on the list of books with useful advice

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

Tyler Perry revealing the origins of the name Madea

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

NO

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laughed a lot while driving

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Funny funny funny

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

I love this character and Tyler Perry is so authentic that I forget it is him in character. Madea is funny!

What did you like best about this story?

I love the simple wisdom in Madea's approach to life and the underlying good of the message. Be responsible for yourself and don't take any $hit from idiots.

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

Yes - just as good.

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

yes I did,

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