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Maybe You Never Cry Again

Narrated by: Bernie Mac
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
5 out of 5 stars (383 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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Great Book!!!

This book not only grabs the attention but KEEPS IT!!! GREAT BOOK! O LOVED IT

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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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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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Lessons to Laugh

Bernie Mac told his story the only way he knew how, with raunchy raw Grit!

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The Mac Daddy

I loved his honesty & admiration for the women in his life journey. It was heartfelt! "Keep doing what your doing" was true, It worked.

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Great Storytelling

This book is full of life lessons you can consider if you're talented and want to be successful. I'm so inspired.

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Who ya wit?!

I loved it. It was great to hear the other side of the story in his life and career. His honesty in trials and successes was funny and sad. I like him a little more for sharing this.

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I am extremely awed by this book. amazing story,

I loved the narration and I cried at the end. A lot of good take aways.

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Double H bomb!!

Hilarious and heartwarming are the two h words that describe how I felt listening to Bernie Mac tell his story. OMG, I was completely enthralled from beginning to end. My favorite moments include, but are not limited to, his experiences with both his mother and grandmother. Great read!

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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!