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Publisher's Summary

A darkly humorous and inspiring first-person account of the larger-than-life exploits and ultimate redemption of an Irish gangster-turned-actor-turned-sober-storyteller—written in collaboration with the creators of Silicon Valley.

Richie Stephens is an actor who often plays hardened gangsters and criminals. This is easy for him because he was a drug trafficker, kidnapper, drug addict, alcoholic, and all-around criminal himself. His life twisted and turned in harrowing self-destructive adventures that took him from his native Ireland to San Francisco, Australia, and finally, Los Angeles, coalescing into a classic tale of a man trying to run from his problems by moving to new and more exotic locations—a hard and painful realization that comes at a point in which he’s about to take his own life. The only reason there is a story to tell is because he did not. Instead, he found help, and in doing so, found himself. More than that, he found that help comes in different forms, and oftentimes it just takes the right thought to hit at the right time for it all to make sense.

The Gangster’s Guide to Sobriety chronicles Richie’s descent into the abyss of crime and dependency and how his personal understanding of freedom allowed him to become the functioning positive force he is today. Richie’s story is sprawling and epic, but the key to the book is the same key to his recovery: the 12 Steps. With his own flair and original understanding of life and the world, he followed the 12 Steps to find the clarity he needed to save his own life and evolve into a positive force for others. As Richie says, “Hopefully if people see that someone as f--ked up as me could change their life, then there is hope for anyone.”

The Gangster’s Guide to Sobriety is gripping in its honesty and openness. Even at its darkest moments, there is a keen understanding of the absurd nature of life as the author comes to grips with his failings and his faith, while also entering a place of self-acceptance. This is a story of redemption and the power of the human spirit and how sometimes you have to turn to something greater than yourself.

©2022 Richie Stephens with John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (P)2022 Audible, Inc.

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Relatable, Charming, Inspiring

I love that Richie narrated it himself. So many wild stories! He is a brilliant storyteller and his message was full of heart and hope.

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Very entertaining

The best part was hearing it straight from the author.
Fantastic! Inspiring and entertaining. You will enjoy it.

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Just War Stories

Not much depth here. Lots of war stories and trying to connect them and somehow fit them into a linear step process and experience. If you like sitting around thinking about how cool using was, then maybe this could be for you - otherwise falls flat and is just entertainment. Hit a meeting for the recovery aspect.

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A very entertaining quick read (listen)

Well read/performed and an interesting presentation to break the story up along the 12 steps. Give it a try

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Funny, eye opening and inspiring

Richie’s story has many funny anecdotes about Ireland especially all the characters and impressions. The depths his addiction brought him to and for him to come back turn his life around is inspiring and very uplifting. To see how humble and aware he is through it all makes for an amazing story.

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Amazing story

Highly entertaining book. Keeping you interested in what’s to come next for the character until the very last word. Heartfelt and sweet, funny and relatable. Absolutely amazing.

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  • 06-28-22

Awesome listen

Such a crazy but inspiring story, i could relate to some of it and it just shows the world that it doesnt matter where you are in life you always have time to turn it around.....
Thankyou for sharing xoxo

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  • 05-25-22

Life changing

There is hope and thank you for giving the push I need.
I actually only got the book because I saw the word gangster but it’s blew my mind.
Listen to it in one sitting and immediately started it again

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  • 06-08-22

Thoroughly engaging!

This is a well told and colourful story of chaos and recovery. Very inspiring, encouraging and entertaining.

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  • Rhys
  • 08-18-22

a sensational story from start to finish

Richie brings his tails to life in such a real way it's impossible not to be moved by them. from the lowest Lows to the highest highs everything seems like it was told by a genuine human being with real life experience. To hear how bad it can get and then end up with such a happy ending really makes the book worthwhile. I really appreciate this book and would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-22

Excellent

This book is really well narrated by the author, I highly recommend this book to anyone I enjoyed it so much thanks,