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Publisher's Summary

"Lange’s entertaining book makes it clear that, no matter how wild and risky his lifestyle may be, he takes comedy more seriously than anything else." (Publishers Weekly

When Artie Lange's first book, the number-one New York Times best seller, Too Fat to Fish, hit the top of the charts, audiences learned what Howard Stern listeners already knew: that Artie is one of the funniest people alive. He is also an artist haunted by his fair share of demons, which overtook him in the years that followed. After a suicide attempt, a two-year struggle with depression, and years of chronic opiate addiction, Artie entered recovery and built himself back up, chronicling his struggle in brave detail in his next book and second New York Times best seller, Crash and Burn

In his hilarious third book, the two-time best-selling author, comedian, actor, and radio icon explains the philosophy that has kept his existence boredom-free since the age of 13 - the love of risk. An avid sports better and frequent card player, Lange believes that the true gambler gets high not from winning, but from the chaotic unknown of betting itself. He recounts some of his favorite moments, many of which haven't involved money at all. In this candid and entertaining memoir, he looks back at the times he's wagered the intangible and priceless things in life: his health, his career, and his relationships. The stories found in Wanna Bet? paint a portrait of a man who would just as quickly bet tens of thousands of dollars on a coin toss as he would a well-thought-out NBA or NFL wager. 

Along for the ride are colorful characters from Artie's life who live by the same creed, from a cast of childhood friends to peers like comedian and known gambler Norm McDonald. The book is a tour of a subculture where bookies and mobsters, athletes and celebrities ride the gambling roller coaster for the love of the rush. Through it all, somehow Artie has come out ahead, though he does take a few moments to imagine his life if things hadn't quite gone his way. Unrepentant and unrestrained, the book is Lange at his finest.

Cover design by Rob Grom

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The sounds like Artie

I thought it was a great audiobook. Especially the guy who read the book Really sounded like Artie Lange. Great book

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who needs Artie (to read)

Great book! The narrator did a dead on Artie! Highly recommend! Artie at his best talking about his worst.

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I first want to say this narrator is incredible! I don't know if he just naturally sounds like Artie or not...but his accents and inflections on words are really spot on. I had to remind myself several times, that it wasn't Artie speaking. Well done!

I liked what Artie had to say in this one overall....but wasn't my favorite. Some chapters were incredibly enthralling...his ability to tell a story has not waned from his Stern days. A couple of those stories were hilarious, btw! Other chapters he seemed to go on rants or even off topic altogether and just lost me for awhile.

Artie if you're reading this, I love you, BRO! *Wink *Wink! I am grateful for all the laughs, memories you provided from your time on Stern and continue to provide now. I hope to see a standup routine some day, but you never seem to travel off the upper East coast much these days. Get and stay healthy, and I wish you continued success.

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Oliver Wyman an alias? LOL

Great book! Funny as hell and the narrator is an oral doppelganger for Artie. Oliver Wyman killed it, he really has Artie down pat. Artie's fearless honesty is a breath of fresh air, he's not afraid to piss anyone off. Especially when it comes to stories which knock famous people off of their pedestals and remind us that they too are less than perfect. it's dark but not depressing, the humor must outweigh the darkness.

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I’m betting this ones a WINNER!

Another great book from Artie Lang!!! Like his 2 previous books, Wanna Bet is filled with candor; humor and great antidotes. Artie’s portrayal of his addiction brings to light the seriousness of the opioid epidemic and provides a cautionary tale to everyone.

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another great book by a great story teller

what a great listen. Gotta keep 'em coming Artie, cant wait for the next one.

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Another great Artie book

Artie Lang is a talented well versed author who can fuck up anything. The best part is he likes to tell you about it. I have read (listened) to all of his books so far with the stories getting worse as they went but always making you think what the fuck was he thinking. Good read lots of laughs and lots of heart ache.

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A quest inside the mind of Artie Lange

Wow, this book was quite a dive into the back alley, underbelly, dark side, and drive of this comedic genius. His openness and self analysis translates into a so much kick in the gut humor you won’t be able to put the book down. There are no safe spaces this is a snowflake free zone, enjoy.

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My least favorite of Artie's trilogy of books.

Not his strongest work in literature. However, if you like to gamble and hear about crazy gambling stories, this book is for you.

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Arties life is compelling. And I wouldn’t want to be him for 5 seconds. These stories are cautionary tales. He won’t be around much longer. After you read his books you’ll know why.