I Ain't Scared of You

Version: Abridged
Author: Bernie Mac
Narrator: Bernie Mac
Genres: Comedy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: October 2001
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Whether he is heir to Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx as his publicists claim may be debatable, but Mac is unquestionably a funny man. He has strong opinions and fires in every direction, revealing nuggets of humanity that make this debut volume, for the most part, a worthwhile read. While Mac has starred in a handful of television shows and movies (most notably Spike Lee's The Original Kings of Comedy), his name remains obscured particularly among white audiences by figures like Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker and the Wayans brothers. Here Mac tackles such well-worn topics as professional athletes, sex, religion, marriage, child-rearing and (of course) flatulence, but his most poignant material stems from his inner-city childhood. He writes of sharing not only bathwater with his siblings but cereal milk, poured from bowl to bowl. He laments the erosion of communal structures, the disappearance of the strong maternal figure, for example ("Your grandmama, now what 34?"). Co-written by journalist Dawsey (Living to Tell About It: Black Men in America Speak Their Piece), this book skillfully captures the rhythm and color of street vernacular. But the structure is loose and jumpy, fattened up with verbal chest puffing and relentless swearing. There are some perhaps overly confessional moments (e.g., physical fights with his wife), but Mac shows on more than one occasion that he can reach deep into the pockets of human distress and bring forth a smile. "That's what inspires my humor," he writes. "I don't want nobody to cry." B & w photos. (Oct.)Forecast: Mac's audience is primarily urban, working class and minority, and white kids struggling to be hip. They will know Mac from Spike Lee's movie and from Mac's 1995 HBO variety show, Midnight Mac. Mac will make appearances in New York, L.A. and his hometown, Chicago.

Reviews (22)

It was OK

Written by T. Abrams on September 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was interesting. It had some really, laugh out loud moments, not many but some. I would recommend it because you get an idea of who Bernie Mac really is.

Not the Bernie Mac Show

Written by Rick White on January 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very funny , frequent use of the N word and MF word , not for children at all. Otherwise a funny honest view from a good/great comedian read by the man himself, the quality is good and clear and a pleasure to listen to for a mature audience.

I ain't scared of you

Written by Anonymous from Earlysville, VA on September 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Raunchy, raunchy, gross, had to fast forward thru some -- laughed at other parts. But there was so many M...F...'s that it got to be annoying, but he addresses that at the end. It's a cultural difference. You get a bit of insight into another world. He is doing something right, his daughter turned out amazing!

I couldn't listen to it

Written by Sanjay Singhal on March 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I didn't really have an opinion of Bernie Mac until I listened to this CD. Now I don't like him. If it had been stand-up, then maybe it would've been ok. But I don't need to hear about his childhood.


Written by MA AT on October 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent. Amusing throughout but some very funny spots too. Due to what might be considered excessive profanity, I would not share it with those under the age of 18. Otherwise, it was really enjoyable.

I ain't scared of you

Written by Anonymous on October 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I didn't finish it. Not my style. I prefer Cosby.


Written by Superman from Yonkers, NY on September 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5


Enjoyed this book...

Written by Anonymous on August 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Enjoyed listening to this. Don't listen with kids around, plenty of bad language. Many funny parts and also liked hearing how Bernie struggled to make his way to being a comedian. It gave me a view of Bernie in a new light, and I was glad that I checked this out.

book before Fame

Written by Mike Jenkins on June 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Clearly the book was released prior to Bernie Mac hitting it big.

I Aint Scared of You

Written by Anonymous on May 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This could have had potential, but I was absolutely not interested in reading the "f" word several times in each sentence.

Author Details

Author Details

Mac, Bernie

Bernie Mac is the star and cocreator of "The Bernie Mac Show." He has appeared in Russell Simmons's "Def Comedy Jam, " "HBO's Midnight Mac, The Original Kings of Comedy, Mo' Money, Moesha, Ocean's Eleven, Head of State, " and the upcoming "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Mr. 3000." He divides his time between Los Angeles and his hometown of Chicago.