Man Up!

  • by Ross Mathews, Gwyneth Paltrow (foreword), Chelsea Handler (afterword)
  • Narrated by Ross Mathews
  • 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: Working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn't happen to people like Ross. But guess what. It totally did.
Now, with his first book, Ross takes us inside his journey as a super-fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small-town life and big-city adventures. From learning to swear like a hardened trucker to that time in high school when had to face down the most frightening opponent of all (his girlfriend's lady bits), Ross holds nothing back.
Oh, then there's his surprisingly shady past involving the cutest pair of plus-sized women's pajama bottoms, deliciously dangerous pot butter, and embezzled sandwiches. And, of course, how he's managed to turn an obsession with pop-culture into one-on-one interactions with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, Michelle Kwan, and countless more without ever having a single restraining order issued against him.
Infused with Ross's trademark humor, unique voice, and total honesty, Man Up! is a mission statement for anyone who doesn't fit the mold. His hasn't been the most traditional way to build a career in Hollywood, but Ross has somehow managed to make his mark without ever compromising who he is. He is as serious about this as he is about Golden Girls trivia: You don't need to change who you are to achieve your dreams (although there's nothing wrong with a makeover every now and then). You just need to Man Up!

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Seriously funny!

I'm a big Ross Mathew's fan, so I had huge expectations for this book. To be honest, in the beginning I thought it would be funnier than it actually was, however, you kinda get into another dimension and it seems you're living his life along with him. He's THAT good telling his story. I usually listen to audio books on my way to work and back, which means about 45 minutes of listening a day. In spite of that, I somehow managed to listen to this book in two days. That's right: TWO days!!! I couldn't get enough of it. Every free second I had I used to listen to the book - even while taking showers. When I realised I was getting to the end of the book I couldn't believe it. I looked at the app in my phone and checked, and checked again, and checked again. I wasn't even done with it yet, but I felt a hole inside because I knew I only had 30 more minutes of Ross.

If you like Ross, you don't even have to be a big fan, you're going to LOVE this book. The way he tells it is just beautiful and his story is truly lovely. My favorite part was definetely the one he talks about his Mom and about being gay. What an exquisite way to write about such a delicate topic. Plus, this is definetely a book to be heard!!!!! Ross is the best!

Buy the book. You won't regret it!!!!
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- Ludimila

Laugh out loud fun!

What did you love best about Man Up!?

Definitely the narration/performance by Ross Matthews. I listened to the entire book on a flight yesterday and I'm sure my fellow passengers were wondering what I was listening to - such a fun time!


What did you like best about this story?

Hearing about his great childhood. What a strong foundation for him


Which character – as performed by Ross Mathews – was your favorite?

Loved his stories about meeting Madonna and other celebs. He also performed the book in his great signature voice and rapid-fire speaking style - really funny and full of pep


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Loved it and look forward to more books/stories by Ross.


Any additional comments?

It would have been nice if Gwyneth and Chelsea would have read their parts themselves, but Ross did a fine job with their portions.

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- Stephanie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio