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By the tender age of five, Bernie Mac had found his calling: making others laugh. Since then, he has become one of the greatest comedians of our time. Now, this amazing comic delves deep down inside to retell the poignant story of his childhood and the people who helped shape him into the comedian, and the strong and self-reliant man, he is today.

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.

Critic Reviews

"An uplifting and humorous rags-to-riches story, told with heart." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Eddie G
  • Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • 03-20-13

Sad & Happy Story, But Very Well Missed Bernie,RIP

Would you consider the audio edition of Maybe You Never Cry Again to be better than the print version?

Yes of cause,His Voice U can`t beat that !

What was one of the most memorable moments of Maybe You Never Cry Again?

How his mom past away & He took it like a Man, For a young kid.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he met comedian Red Fox

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Maybe You Never Cry Again

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  • shopper
  • GROSSE POINTE, MI, United States
  • 01-15-13

Holds Your Attention

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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The Mac Man Lives

Where does Maybe You Never Cry Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Within my top 5

Who was your favorite character and why?

Big Nigga, I thought it was funny he really called him that.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he came up with the saying "I aint scared of you MF's"

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

Nothing like hearing his voice, tell his story

Any additional comments?

Great book, makes me sad that he is gone. RIP Mac Man

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LOVED IT! Bernie Mac was superb in his reading.

Bernie delivered with a superb performance and at one point I cried. I Miss Him😢.

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RIP Mac Man

Kind of dry to listen too. There was no mention of how he came to be part of Kings of Comedy. Unless I doozed off on that part. I doozed off a lot while listening to this book.

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Great book, from one of the greatest

A story of someone that wouldn't quit. It's a story of many hardships but a determinedness to be who he always wanted to be. Definetly not a book with comedic antidotes but a story of heart, will and the ability to let nothing hold you back from what you truly want. If your a Bernie Mac fan it is a must read for you. If your not a fan it is still a story of triumph. A must read. I highly recommend this book

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Amazing book

He did an amazing job narrating this book... Listen to it all in one day

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The Mac Man

Very honest, funny and revealing into the man known as Bernie Mac. R.I.P Mac Man

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AWESOME!!!

I listened to this entire book straight through. I could not stop. I LOVE BERNIE MAC! This book is so honest and filled with so many lessons and it's really funny too. I truly enjoyed every chapter! R.I.P. Mac Man

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Don’t hesitate, download it! Must listen.

Thank you for your warm elegant original memoir. Loved ever second. Miss you, Bernie Mac!

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  • Nicollette
  • 09-14-12

Deep...

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 :-)

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  • Mr F Barnes
  • 08-04-18

inspirational

An education for kids that think that they may have had it bad growing up.
I'd recommend this for those who want to know the drivers for Bernie. It's fundamental and just gives you a nudge to better yourself. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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  • Pervinder Daklow
  • 08-09-17

loved it loved every bit of it. A1++ God Bless

I have never read a book so addictive, the joys the tears. Bernie Mac also doing the reading himself bought it all to life. What a struggle what a life what a man. I salute you Bernie Mac for doing what you did. God Bless your soul good sir I'm sure your keeping all in stitches in heaven. 5 Star +

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  • Bernice
  • 04-21-17

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.

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  • Steve Parke
  • 11-23-15

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"

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  • Marian
  • 08-02-15

Real

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 :)

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  • GIWI
  • 05-18-14

Comedy Genius takes you through every emotion!

What made the experience of listening to Maybe You Never Cry Again the most enjoyable?

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!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bernie of course! His wife is a strong lady also!

Have you listened to any of Bernie Mac’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Stand up and films are great but this book allows the listener to know the real Man behind the Comedy

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

I dont want to spoil it for other listeners but it is a roller coster ride of emotions.

Any additional comments?

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!