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Too Fat to Fish Audiobook

Too Fat to Fish

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Publisher's Summary

When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show's move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep pace with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually keeps things interesting.

A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, as a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for: sports and comedy. Tragically, Artie Lange Sr. never saw the truth in that prediction. He became a quadriplegic in an accident when Artie was 18 and died soon after. But as with every trial in his life, from his drug addiction to his obesity, to his fights with his mother, Artie mines the humor, pathos, and humanity in these events and turns them into comedy classics.

True fans of the Stern Show will find Artie gold in these pages: hilarious tales that couldn't have happened to anyone else. There are stories from his days driving a Jersey cab, working as a longshoreman in Port Newark, and navigating the dark circuit of stand-up comedy. There are outrageous episodes from the frenzied heights of his coked-up days at MADtv, surprisingly moving stories from his childhood, and an account of his recent U.S.O. tour that is equally stirring and irreverent. But also in this volume are stories Artie's never told before, including some that he deemed too revealing for radio.

Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he's got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

©2008 Artie Lang; (P)2008 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A very funny man." (David Letterman)
"A comedy treasure....One of the funniest guys there is....The pride of New Jersey." (Jimmy Kimmel)

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    Sean Walsh 01-20-16
    Sean Walsh 01-20-16
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    "never thought I would get audible"

    but this bookcompletely changed that for thank god, I enjoyed this so much and the narrators were beyond amazing..

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    Rona 09-06-15
    Rona 09-06-15
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    "Bravo Artie!"

    Entertaining to say the least. Great stories. Big laughs. Left me wanting more... I highly recommend to any fan of both Artie Lange and The Howard Stern Show.

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    Bradley 09-03-15
    Bradley 09-03-15
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    "ARTIE LANGE IS AMAZING & SO TRUTHFUL IN THIS BOOK"
    If you could sum up Too Fat to Fish in three words, what would they be?

    Perseverance, love &, determination


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    THEYRE ALL GREAT I REALLY CANT JUST PICK ONE probably the pig character in babe watch I had to looked that up on YouTube because it sounded hilarious


    What about Artie Lange’s performance did you like?

    He was so truthful, just like he is in Real life, also undoubtably on the Howard Stern show. He really makes it clear that struggles whatever it might be drugs, career, family. He puts it all on the table really interesting, he's brutally honesty & I look up to it, even though he has major ups and downs I'd say a lot of downs but more UPS BECAUSE he wouldn't be where he is if it was all downS... He truly inspires me because I do also related to his drug abuse problems and it show me that through determination and hard work those battles can be won. Even one has demons that they must persevere through. I truly enjoyed the whole book even though he talks about his fathers death a lot (Which i understand cause family is very thing to him and that played a huge roll in his life to pick up where he father left off_ to be the strong "man of the house") but I obviously cant knock him for that. The only reason I bring that up is cause i wanted to listen to HIS stories and life more than the depressing stories about his fathers problems. But his family is what made him, him so that's why he brings them up! but he does tell the story about his father and how he died at least three or four times in the book that was a little too much but thats what impacted his life so much, which brought him all these interesting issues he strugggled with his whole life. Which IS why he mentions it a lot. So overall its an amazing book and i recommended to anybody who is interested in the person who struggles a real person with the real stories with real live with Real struggles a real down to earth person overcoming obstacles in life to become successful all while knocking on deaths door (According to figures in his life). Great job Artie your the man! My friends recently met him @ a bar in nyc and i wish i could have met him as well. Hopefully some day cause we have a lot in common. THANKS!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he mentions his big break /Meaning his paycheck and completely removes him mom of all the stress of bill/ debt. Buys her new house, car,whatever she wanted that's truly a sons dream to do to a mother and that particularly moved me. Additionally he helped his sister, which was very gracious of him because they stuck by him through ups and downs just like a family should do. Blood is thicker than water.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book through audible credits and honestly I would buy this book if I didn't have the free credits to download this book it was that good! I am a huge Artie Lange fan and I think that this book is amazing. So is crash and burn/ I love Artie Lange and everything he has to offer he's a truthful man and that what makes him so lovable cause its life and its relatable!

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    Tad 06-01-15
    Tad 06-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    This is simply amazing in all aspects, my dad loved it as well, it will be on repeat.

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    Duke 05-22-15
    Duke 05-22-15
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    "Great book!"

    Loved it Artie is fucked up! More than I thought
    can't wait for the next book

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    Johno 04-13-15
    Johno 04-13-15
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    "Loved it"


    I loved noticing how God has sovereignly kept this brother alive. I so hope it's because you are destined to come to know Him personally and find forgiveness, that's why you have been given so many exceptional chances... Chapter 9 is extremely poignant when you awake from suicide attempt to find a woman proclaiming Gods word to you...

    I don't know why I'm writing this as though Artie will read it lol, but I have such hope for his soul!


    Amazing book. Not as good is his 2nd crash and burn. Really a must listen if you enjoyed this.

    My only complaint is that artie did not read the Audio all himself and it changed, really would have been so much better all him.. But after reading crash and burn I realise he didn't have much free time during the recording due to other bad habits!

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-13 Member Since 2016

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Constant Train Wrecking"
    If you could sum up Too Fat to Fish in three words, what would they be?

    Constant. Train. Wreck.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Artie is my favorite character. It's an autobiography.


    What about Artie Lange’s performance did you like?

    I wish that he would have finished reading the entire book himself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    his dad's death


    Any additional comments?

    I got through it pretty quickly. I needed some popular culture after listening to Einstein's biography.

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    Selena 09-09-13
    Selena 09-09-13
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    "LOL funny"
    Would you listen to Too Fat to Fish again? Why?

    Yes, each story gets better and better when you listen to it again.


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

    The stories of his father can make anyone cry. The stories of his drug induced shenanigans can make you laugh til you cry.


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    James DOWNINGTOWN, PA, United States 05-02-12
    James DOWNINGTOWN, PA, United States 05-02-12
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Seems a bit exagerrated


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I enjoyed all the stories, but most were told on the Stern show


    Was Too Fat to Fish worth the listening time?

    Only if you dont know the stories from the Stern Show


    Any additional comments?

    I Love Artie Lange!!!

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    alvin United States 01-02-12
    alvin United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "fascinating"
    Would you listen to Too Fat to Fish again? Why?

    i was really surpised how close artie was to his dad


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    artie of course


    What about Artie Lange’s performance did you like?

    how he told his story


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

    some parts funny and some parts very sad


    Any additional comments?

    i will recommend this book to others

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