Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up From Rock Bottom

Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up From Rock Bottom

Marti MacGibbon / Dec 09, 2019

Never Give in to Fear Laughing All the Way Up From Rock Bottom Never Give in to Fear Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom the enhanced edition of this darkly funny dramatic memoir describes an emerging standup comic s drug fueled descent into the underworl

  • Title: Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up From Rock Bottom
  • Author: Marti MacGibbon
  • ISBN: 9780986006708
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Never Give in to Fear Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, the enhanced edition of this darkly funny, dramatic memoir, describes an emerging standup comic s drug fueled descent into the underworld, escape from human traffickers, homelessness, and ultimate redemption With brutal honesty, humor, and clarity, the author vividly describes her experiences as she rides heNever Give in to Fear Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, the enhanced edition of this darkly funny, dramatic memoir, describes an emerging standup comic s drug fueled descent into the underworld, escape from human traffickers, homelessness, and ultimate redemption With brutal honesty, humor, and clarity, the author vividly describes her experiences as she rides her downward spiral a near miss with a notorious serial killer, a series of tragically hilarious misadventures in the California drug world, and a terrifying account of imprisonment at the hands of Japanese organized crime, to name a few This revised and re edited version contains three additional chapters that introduce readers to quirky characters, insights into standup comedy, resilience and recovery, and deliver an inspiring message about healing, hope, and courage to change.

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        Despite a scheduled appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, emerging standup comic Marti MacGibbon became entangled in the San Francisco drug scene and descended into the underworld She was trafficked from San Francisco to Tokyo and sold to Japanese organized crime figures, but survived against long odds and escaped with the help of a Hong Kong smuggler After returning to the U.S Marti realized she had to survive the surviving Like all addicts, she tried using dope and alcohol to cope, and her addiction spiraled out of control She was under the bridge homeless for a year or so, but during that time she met her true love After years of addiction and some hilarious misadventures, she recovered, learning to give, and to receive, love and forgiveness Her critically acclaimed memoir, Never Give in to Fear Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, tells her story in an upbeat and insightful style.Today Marti MacGibbon, ACRPS, CADC II, I CADC, is an author, certified addiction treatment specialist, standup comic, and inspirational motivational speaker who inspires, entertains, and moves listeners to overcome fears, create possibilities, and make real changes in their lives and the lives of others Marti is a member of the National Speakers Association She is also a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors CAADAC , and the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse ICAADA Marti lives in Indianapolis and the San Francisco Bay Area, alternately.Never Give in to Fear is a darkly funny cautionary tale a story of hope and redemption, conquering fear, and how love prevails It chronicles her struggle with, and recovery from, addiction The fast paced memoir is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always genuine She never tries to win over the reader, but takes full responsibility for all of her wrong choices It is a powerful comeback story, and the e book is now an bestselling title, having topped the Autobiographies and Memoirs list, and the Autobiographies and Memoirs of Women list on.


    251 Comments

    1. I read this book completely on whim. It was one of the free Kindle eBooks being offered on 's site recently. Normally, I probably wouldn't have read/bought a book like this unless it came highly recommended from people that have similar reading tastes as I do. However, since it was free, there was no real risk involved, so I figured that I might as well read it. I'm not very familiar with Marti MacGibbon. I've only read blurbs about her here and there. Usually when I'm not familiar with the pers [...]


    2. This is one of those books that grabs you and drags you screaming to the end following a roller coaster you can't believe is real knowing that it must be because of the honest way the story is told. Marti is telling you her story and you have to listen.


    3. Never give in to being ordinary!What a stunning debut by an all-round talented individual.The synopsis: a young and beautiful Marti MacGibbon is set to make it big on the LA comedy circuit, indeed already has an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson lined up and ready to thrust her into comedy gold with the likes of Barr, Belushi and Pryor - but the exact same qualities that make a candidate for genius see her exploring the `other' side of life, namely the narcotic underworld and a d [...]


    4. I just finished this book and yes I have tried pot, I was never addicted to drugs or cigarettes or alcohol. With that being said I have had many friends who were and are using. That is their choice. I think Marti wrote an amazing book that I could not put down. She was raw, funny, sad, poignant, insightful and took us all on her journey. I didn't need for her to get any more detailed than she did because I could already visualize it. I have this method, I will read the last chapter sometimes if [...]


    5. I recommend this book as an entertaining and inspiring experience. The author takes you on an extended trip through the underworld of drug culture with a focus on some of its underclass (and sometimes comical) denizens. I found her comedic style to be a pleasant relief from the drudgery of self-righteous and often boring accounts of recovering druggies. In addition to sometimes humorous, sometimes scary (and sometimes both at the same time) story content, the author, Marti, knows how to write we [...]


    6. I won this book through First Reads. Overall the book was pretty fast paced, but it was so much of the same. Marti was an addict over and over and over and over again. She escaped being another victim of some serial killers, still an addict. She escaped the sex trade in Japan, still an addict. She escaped natural disasters, still an addict. I am happy that she was finally able to pull herself out of the hole that she was in and make a good life for herself, but I feel terrible for her daughter. [...]


    7. I have a soft spot in my heart for addiction literature, and Marti MacGibbon's memoir runs the gamut--from poignant to hilarious to outrageous to unbelievable to suspenseful to affirming. As she explains in the epilogue, she purposely avoids glamorizing the effects and sensations of her drug use (her drug of choice being meth) and she firmly believes that as long as a person is still alive, no matter how bad things have gotten, there is still hope. At 300+ pages, MacGibbon's book is a quick and [...]


    8. I downloaded this book for free on my Kindle expectations whatsoeverI just finished the book including the epilogue and am really glad I had the chance to read it and would gladly pay the price of the book if there was one it was that good. I've never tried drugs but have a morbid curiosity about that lifestyle. I now have a profound respect for anyone who overcomes it. I learned quite a bit about not just the drug culture itself but the different cultures that can be intertwined in it. Marti is [...]


    9. Marti MacGibbon is a beautiful woman who loses herself to a life of drugs , she is trafficked to Tokyo , and made into a sex slave. She endures rape , beating , homelessness , and seperation from her daughter. She uses drugs to block out all her pain, after years of being an addict , she fights her fears and becomes the brilliant person that was hiding behind the drugs.This is an excellent memoir, I was shocked by everything this one human being went through, but yet she finally saw the light an [...]


    10. Marti MacGibbon's memoir is a very compelling account of her descent into despair and drug addiction. It is an insightful look at how an addict is sucked into the cycle of dependency and how difficult it is to overcome the hold that that drugs can make on a person's life. The story also relates how she ultimately triumphs over the addiction by channeling her own tenacity and with the love and support of family and friends.Thank you First Reads and PR/PR Public Relations for the gift of this boo [...]


    11. I thought the drug abuse would never end, and just too much but, in the end it was inspiring and I appreciated the authors honesty in telling her story and overcoming things that caused her life to be so chaotic.


    12. I think that it was very well written, and the author took great care not to glamorize the world of the addict. She told the story straight to the point which is that no matter how much "fun" it is to engage in drug use, it can spiral out of control pretty darn quickly.


    13. This true story was a real page turner. It's amazing that this woman survived at all, not to mention live to write about it!!!!


    14. Oh my god, what a fantastic thrill ride of a book. It made me look at my own life in a completely new way while taking me on an unbelievable journey of despair and redemption. This is a must read!!



    15. Never give in to being ordinary!What a stunning debut by an all-round talented individual.The synopsis: a young and beautiful Marti MacGibbon is set to make it big on the LA comedy circuit, indeed already has an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson lined up and ready to thrust her into comedy gold with the likes of Barr, Belushi and Pryor - but the exact same qualities that make a candidate for genius see her exploring the `other' side of life, namely the narcotic underworld and a d [...]


    16. I just finished this book and found it to be quite the page-turner! I wasn't expecting it to be as gripping as it actually was -- sometimes a memoir can drag and get heavy-handed with reflection but this one kept me reading well into the night.Marti MacGibbon has had SO many misadventures. She had a blossoming career in comedy when her life went a bit off-track with drugs. She was held against her will in Japan and forced to be an escort, she performed odd, menial jobs to support her drug habit, [...]


    17. Not sure where all the good reviews came from. Because the author seemed to revel in her addiction and her life as a self-described dope fiend. Unfortunately the addiction covers about 90 % of the book, and her way back to life in recovery, a very small percentage after that. She freely admits to shoplifting but says she has her integrity and won't steal from a friend. she talks openly about the human trafficking for sex (and I agree that was beyond horrendous) but she was hooking long before th [...]


    18. I received this as a free book to read. I wasn't sure what to expect before starting it. If this had been a book of fiction, I would have thought that there was so much happening to the main character that it was unbelievable. This was the compelling story of the life of an addict. It depicts how a persons life can become fully centered on the next high. Through the course of Marti's story of addiction, she deals with homelessness, incarceration, and being sold as a human sex slave. Although thi [...]


    19. I got this book for free from Members Giveaway. This book was okay and definitely not one of my favorite memoirs. In a nutshell, the book takes the reader through Marti's young life when she moved to California, started using drugs and how she got through it. I was not too keen on the writing. There was too much bad language and I'm not the type that would normally complain, but literally it was too much in this book. The writing was very basic, more like she was having a conversation with the i [...]


    20. This is a very honest and humorous account of a woman's struggle and eventual recovery from drug addiction. Marti is very funny and I couldn't believe some of the things I found myself laughing about. That's what kept me reading. I usually have a hard time finishing a book but this one was very easy to read on. I gets a bit repetitive in the middle, but I believe it's also very true to the process. Recovery doesn't always happen in a single big swoop, one can experience numerous false starts and [...]


    21. Bookbub led me to this book. Faced with a 10-hour plane ride, I hoped this would see me through. It did, but not with a lot of enthusiasm. I think if I had been a "drug fiend" (Marti MacGibbon's lifestyle), I might have had a greater appreciation for the book. Instead I found myself a) angry that she had multiple opportunities and support groups for getting out of her drug-laced world and b) dissatisfied with her limited description of what could be called her "epiphany" into the real world. I f [...]


    22. This is a typical I was a drug addict and now I'm clean type of self-help memoir. The cover describes it as having a "raw, honest, casual, funny voice." It was raw and casual. I found myself questioning the honest part, but then I don't have the mind of a drug addict so I'll give "honesty" the benefit of the doubt. There is nothing funny or humorous in this tale of stupidity, brutality, and mental illness. There is redemption, finally, in the love of those who never give up on someone caught in [...]


    23. Never Give In To Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom (Kindle Edition) I enjoyed this book far more than I'd expected to. It became a page-turner for me, and I could not get enough of its bizarre scenarios that just kept coming. Been in a few odd situations myself in my life, so I could relate, but Marti's just take the cake and more! Wow. From drug addiction to being sold into slavery, being a stand up comic, domestic violence, homelessness, there is all kinds of wild stuff going on i [...]


    24. I won this book on and as reading it, it reminded me of the book Lit by Mary Karr in a way. The differences I saw were Marti was not looking for people to feel bad for her and her addiction, she was addicted to meth, and she was not getting all these good breaks. She was on a horrible path and was even homeless for awhile during her addiction. It did take me awhile to read because there were a ton of names and people, plus the book would mention something which would lead to a side story. All i [...]


    25. I received this book from as a promo. I enjoyed reading the memoir but I really didn't feel like I got the full effects of what the author was feeling. I think she could have been more descriptive in telling how doing the drugs made her feel, physically. According to the book jacket she is now a counselor - I would have liked to have heard more about that part of her journey. Her journey to sobriety and wellness. Plus what happened to Christopher?


    26. Based on the reviews and ratings, I had high hopes for a very insightful and well written memoir. It was neither insightful nor well written, nor was it worth the high ratings and I was extremely disappointed. The fact that the author lived this way as a drug addict for several years and was strong enough to turn her life around and get clean is terrific. But there are much better books available about living with and overcoming addiction. Don't waste your time with this one.


    27. wowwhat an awesome story she shared! I could relate to her experience so often through her story. Her thoughts and feelings mirrored my own very often. I believe this testimony could touch and make a difference for many has me!


    28. I really liked this book throughout most of it, but it did get a bit preachy at the end. I'm not an addict nor did I start reading it because I know of one, so it didn't strike a chord with me like it seemed to intend.


    29. I got depressed with reading page after page of stories about getting high. Many of the other reviews had a lot of good things to say about the book. This book just wasn't for me although I did finish it.


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