Delve into this book to find out the most disturbing details and loveable insights about your favorite Stern Show Mess, Artie Lange. He will make you think long and hard about your own life and the lives of those around you through his colorful anecdotes. Artie, Gary and Jim do a great job; Bob is hard to listen to but it will make you chuckle a little.
I can't tell you how good this book was to listen to, coming from Artie himself. It came from his heart as he read it as only Artie knew where to put emphasis where it was needed. The minute Gary takes over, the audio begins it's decent into the depths of the uninteresting. Despite this obvious warning not to continue listening, I ignored the signs and set a course to collide head on with Bob "hooked on phonics" Levy. Needless to say, I didn't want to lose my hunger for the rest of this book and I had to stop listening to it almost immediately after Gary ended his chapters. In order for me to stay hooked on this book, I had to actually go out and pick up a book. Something Bob Levy should have done when he was 5 years old instead waiting until he was 32.... Outside of that, Artie's story is horrifically enticing and so riveting to hear, that every page has you on the edge of your seat, waiting to hear for the next tragic event that takes place in Artie's life. His life mimics events of such legendary comics Sam Kinison, Leny Bruce and John Belushi all rolled into one. Through the up's and down's, through sober times and addicted times, Artie's story is sad and unique. I really sympathized with Artie and I applaud the strength he's found to make it this far in life. It was worth the money I paid just to hear Artie tell his story in the first 6 chapters. It really came from his soul. I still rate it a 4 outta 5 just because that's how good the first 6 chapters are! I doubt I or anyone else can say the same for the rest of the audio book. Let's face it, "Beetlejuice" could have done a much better job than Levy. By the way, I never made it to Jim Florentine so I have no idea how good or bad he was. If Artie ever finds it in his heart to go back and finish the audio version of his book, I'd buy it again just to hear him tell it in his own words. As a matter of fact, I'd pay double. Rest in Peace Artie Lange. Your Pop is damm proud of ya!
One thing missing here is anything about creating/writing comedy. The entertainment comes from the extremes Artie gets into with drug/alcohol abuse and the situations he gets into. Substance abuse is the main theme. He claims his movie 'Dirty Work' was funny-even though it went straight to video.
I was expecting to HATE this due to Artie's only reading half of the book. It took some time to adjust, but I enjoyed the second half almost as much as the first.(But, no doubt it would have been better if Artie read all of it. I can't blame him though, I was too lazy to read any of it!)
I am about through with this and haven't laughed once. Not shocking, not funny, and impossible to have any empathy for the man. I had not heard of him or seen any of his movies or comedy and I surely won't look for them now. I doubt I'll finish it. A waste of a credit.
I was interested in this book because of the interviews I'd heard Artie Lange do on NPR. He's a good story teller and very funny. In this tell-all book he doesn't disappoint on that level. He even admits things about his life that he says he's never told before and seems to be trying to make amends to people he has hurt in his past. The only major disappointment is that he doesn't read the entire book himself, which I already knew was the case since he explained that in a recent interview. You just have to let that go because it's typical Artie Lange demonstrating that he doesn't have much self discipline. The other readers, he explains at the point he gives up this task, are not the best readers and I found them a little distracting at first. However, once I got into the spirit of their narrations, I was able to enjoy the remainder of the book amost as much as the first part.
What a major disappointment this self-indulgent, pious, poorly written rant is! Lange, a really funny guy, manages to crap on everyone and get away with it. Here he skewers big stars for being selfish and ungenerous (e.g., Tom Cruise, Kelly Preston - all probably true) while he is the most selfish of all. The manner in which he manages to treat his co-workers and most of all his mother and sister proves that it takes more than talent to make a real person. This genuinely talented comedian has a lot to learn. Anyone who hears him daily on the Stern show knows he's far from conquering his demons. This book doesn't take him even an inch closer.