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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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Good overall

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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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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Artie tells a good story

it's amazing that Artie is still alive and still has any money. this guy will never learn and will most likely die of an overdose before 2019 ends

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Classic Artie

Great stories, lots of laughs plus interesting insight into addiction.
Narrator sounds a lot like Artie.

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it was ok.

it was decent, it was more about stand up comedy and gambling. I liked Too Fat to Fish and Crash and Burn way better. But this is worth a read or a listen if your an artie fan.

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The ultimate story teller

Artie Lange is the ultimate story teller. This is a book you'll love reading or listening to. How is this guy still alive? On second thought, wouldn't it be good to find out his drug issue is just a PR campaign?

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artie just gets me sad

while I love artie and I am his biggest fan. this book just left me filling sad for the guy. it's almost as if he doesnt see himself. I understand wanting to rip down the walls you built of your life but artie just doesnt seem to have the part of your brain that says dont do that

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A funny but cautionary tell.

This the 3rd of Artie Lange’s books. And by far the funnest and easiest to listen too. Don’t get me wrong the first 2 books were great! And you really should read and or listen to them first. But this one just hit the mark. It’s also a great cautionary tell of addiction and the mind set of those who struggle with addiction.

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