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Read by John McEnroe and Patty Smyth.

He is one of the most controversial sportsmen in history and a legend of Open Era tennis. But after reaching the top of his game - what came next? A decade after his international number-one best seller Serious, John McEnroe is back and ready to talk.

Now the undisputed elder statesman of tennis, McEnroe has won over his critics as a matchless commentator and analyst at Wimbledon and other Grand Slam tournaments - with outspoken views on the modern game and its top players. He has continued to compete on the court, winning the ATP Champions Tour a record six times, and has travelled the globe to play in charity events.

More surprising have been the calls from TV producers, inviting John to riff on his famous hot temper in cult shows such as 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm. And then there is his longstanding passion for American contemporary art.

In But Seriously John McEnroe confronts his demons and reveals his struggle to reinvent himself from ex-champion to father, broadcaster and author. The result is a richly personal account, blending anecdote and reflection in an inspirational reevaluation of what it means to be - and stay - successful.

©2016 John McEnroe (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Interesting,but seriously?

Anything about John McEnroe would be interesting so if you like tennis and McEnroe in particular it's a must.Sorry John but I think a more professional narrator would have done a better job and maybe Johns lack of modesty would have helped but Johns humility when talking about Patty and his dad is commendable.

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Perfect!

Humility mixed with perfection and very, very funny. You kinda can't help liking this guy.

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  • D. V. Cole
  • 04-12-18

Good but loud

But seriously is an interesting and insightful autobiography which documents John McEnroe’s later career. He comes over as a single minded individual who cares deeply for his family and I’m glad he has evidently found happiness with his wife Patti and their 6 children.

But his voice is very loud and very monotonous..and his delivery becomes rather wearing after a while.

However I admire John McEnroe tremendously, his playing and the way he has rebooted his career several times so I continued listening right to the end.

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  • cs07
  • 02-04-18

great book.

loved the book but john wasnt great at reading it. an good insight into his life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-21

A great read

It is a good book for both tennis and John McEnroe fans who like TV.

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  • larry gold
  • 08-20-21

u can not be Serious

if u are a fan of Johnny Mac, this is gold-dust. a great listen, made so much better as its actually him. found out lots of interesting stuff, and he dont shy away from his past its all here. he is in this book as he was on the court, honest and himself

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  • Marielle Gonzaga
  • 09-09-20

Legend

Fantastic book brilliantly read by McEnroe and Patty Smyth. A must read or listen for any fan.

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  • Paul
  • 11-29-18

A good listen

Always good to have the writer narrating a good listen for any tennis/sports fan

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  • Mal
  • 07-21-22

serious and funny ! and great insight in to tennis

serious and funny and amazing insight into John s career in tennis and media and don't forget his wife patty ! some of John's stories just make you smile and some realise even though a superstar of his sport a human being !

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  • Tennis2Be (Charity)
  • 01-28-22

Definitely "NOT a brat"

McEnroe's is unabashed, un-ashamed and straight talking in this book. There are many surprise revelations. His love of family and music shines through. Credit to Patty, his better half, without whom, his life would of been very different. Most poignantly, something that few are aware of - McEnroe deemed himself an outsider, hence his affirmation of equality and his passion to help others. A great read, that goes beyond tennis and takes you into his personal life, loves, struggles with no holding back.
#definitelynotabrat

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  • Craig
  • 07-24-18

One long name-dropping session

If you’re interested in listening to John McEnroe drop one famous name after another so that you have no doubt that he’s really connected - listen to this.

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  • ChrisR
  • 01-24-18

Unmissable. A great listen. Do not miss it.

Unmissable. A great listen. Very enjoyable even if you are not a tennis fan. Read very well by John.

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  • 07-06-21

waste of money

After reading Tatum O'Neil's book, I was interested in what was John's side of the story.
Self indulgent commentary boring bla bla...

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  • Looshbaby
  • 02-07-19

Brilliant

A great Insight into the super brat. Revealing honest and transparent, the man behind the tennis tantrums seems to be a great guy.

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  • Mad cow
  • 01-16-19

Good listening

Interested and fun and understanding why ppl get cross with been asked for selfie are selfish
But how else do u ask
Meeting the hero of tennis
But maybe not at dinner with family but that is maybe the only chance.
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Well read was very interesting