But Seriously

  • by John McEnroe
  • Narrated by John McEnroe
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John McEnroe's long-awaited follow-up to his best seller.
He is one of the most controversial and beloved athletes in history, a tennis legend and a volcanic, mesmerizing presence. But after reaching the top of his game - what came next? Fifteen years after his international number-one best seller You Cannot Be Serious, John McEnroe is back and ready to talk.
Now the undisputed elder statesman of tennis, McEnroe has won over his critics as a brilliant commentator at the US Open, Wimbledon, and other Grand Slam tournaments - with outspoken views on the modern game, its top players, and the world of 21st-century sport and celebrity. Who are the game's winners and losers? What's it like playing guitar onstage with the Rolling Stones, hitting balls with today's greats, confronting his former on-court nemeses, getting scammed by an international art dealer, and raising a big family while balancing McEnroe-size expectations?
In But Seriously, John McEnroe confronts his demons and reveals his struggle to reinvent himself from champion and tennis legend to father, broadcaster, and author. The result is a richly personal account, blending anecdote and reflection with razor sharp and brutally honest opinions, all in McEnroe's signature style. This is the sports book of the year: wildly entertaining, very funny, surprisingly touching, and 100 percent McEnroe.


What the Critics Say

"An autobiography that's as gloriously colorful as [John McEnroe] is." (San Diego Union-Tribune)


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Seriously, This Is Worth Reading

Listening to this book was a fascinating trip into John McEnroe's egocentric but absolutely entitled view of the world as one of the most successful tennis players of our generation. Having read autobiographies of rock stars and actors, I was a little surprised by how many really famous people McEnroe considers his close friends. However he is still a father of six grown children, trying hard to be loving, and firm while sharing many of the same problems facing other parents (who aren't multimillionaires!). While I found the book a little hard to listen to, since I had been used to only listening to John McEnroe when he was broadcasting during exciting tennis matches. I found his story to be be incredibly compelling. And after I finished listening to "But Seriously", I bought a hard copy of his earlier book, You Cannot Be Serious to refresh my memory of his early life, marriage to Tatum O' Neal and his extraordinary tennis career. I'm not sure if his earlier book is on Audible but I'd recommend reading them both!
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- Arthur Glauberman


Couldn't get through this narcissistic look at a social incompetent's life after fame. The performance by John is bad but his wife's is insufferable. I love John on the court. He's my professional athlete hero but this is disappointing and just bad. I'd rather listen to the windshield wipers. Sorry John.
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- Randell T. Buchanan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio