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!
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