• Trejo

  • My Life of Crime, Redemption and Hollywood
  • By: Danny Trejo
  • Narrated by: Danny Trejo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On screen, Danny Trejo is the most recognisable anti-hero in Hollywood - killed at least a hundred times, he steals every scene he's in. But off screen, he is so much more. The ultimate hard-knock lifer, and a true man of the world, he has all the stories, and all the scars.

Raised in an abusive home, Danny struggled from an early age with heroin addiction and doing time in some of the country's most notorious state prison, including Folsom and San Quentin - where he met Charles Manson - before starring in modern classics and cult hits alike, such as Heat, Breaking Bad, From Dusk till Dawn, Sons of Anarchy, Desperado, Machete and scores more. Now, Danny takes us through the peaks and valleys of his life, including meeting one of the world's most infamous serial killers and working with icons like Charles Bronson and Robert De Niro.

In raw detail, Danny recounts how he managed the horrors of incarceration, rebuilt his life and drew inspiration from the adrenaline-fueled robbing heists of his past for the film roles that forged his legend.

Redemptive, poignant and raw, Trejo is a portrait of a magnificent life and an unforgettable journey through tragedy, pain and, finally, success. Told with cowboy appeal, gritty rebel wisdom and total honesty, these are outlaw stories from the frontiers: the frontiers of prison, of Hollywood and of life.

Includes an exclusive bonus track with Donal Logue sharing his favourite stories about his friendship with Danny and writing the book together.

©2021 Danny Trejo (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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Best book of 2021.

The right way to read this book it to have it read to you by Danny Trejo himself. Danny’s story is fascinating, disturbing, and uplifting. Danny describes his less than ideal past in sufficient detail for the reader to really understand his background without attempting to glamorise or romanticise it. Danny does an amazing job of helping the reader to find compassion for those people most of us don’t think twice about; the addicts, prisoners, and criminals. Humans. Danny is unflinching in his recount of his own unsavoury past behaviours, attitudes and actions. His insight and ability to share these vulnerabilities in an open and raw manner speaks to his change in character and heart, and to his personal growth. Danny’s story is one I recommend to everyone, and the further your own experiences are from
Danny’s, the more you will benefit. Danny Trejo makes me want to be a better person. And what better legacy is there than that?

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  • MR GP HAYNES
  • 11-15-21

Trejo - by Danny Trejo

One of the best autobiography’s I’ve ever read . Danny lived a crazy life of hard drugs, crime and violence to the point where he possibly faced the gas chamber,.He turned his life around by getting into acting and going tee-total , and spending his life in between jobs , persuading addicts to get off the streets and into rehab .
Some incredible tales from prison to the film sets and great anecdotes , right up until the present day , brilliantly narrated by Danny as he absorbs you into his life’s story.
Must read

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  • k pius
  • 11-23-21

Meh...

I expected more from this book. Danny can barely read. The book is very repetitive and disjointed also way, waaay too long. Shame...

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  • J W.
  • 11-08-21

Legend.

I've really loved Danny's films for years. I was given this book as a gift by a friend. I absolutely loved it. The word legend is thrown around a lot these days but I think Danny is the absolute definition of that word. Such a great story and so well read. I just wanna go and watch more of his films now.

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  • Paul Preston
  • 10-16-21

Powerful and humbling

A not holds bard account of his life makes you shocked amazed but most of all humble that he is on this earth and helping so many

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  • David M. Hartnell
  • 03-08-22

What a life !!!

I'd seen Danny on so many talk shows I was really looking forward to this, but the narration by Danny made it a hard listen - sorry

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  • Ms. A. Mayers
  • 03-05-22

Draws you in

Really good, so much more to him & there is alot to learn about karma

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  • B. Craig
  • 02-13-22

Fantastic

I loved listening to Danny Trejo. His voice and the way he speaks made me listen intently.
He describes events with such emotion you feel you are right there in that moment. and on a few occasions I even laughed out loud.
very sad when it was finished.. now go listen to this .

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  • Dylan P.
  • 05-19-22

Fantastic

Absolutely amazing book! it's a crazy life he has led! and a real journey. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Macstiv
  • 05-09-22

engaging and inspirational

I knew a few things about DT but to hear his first hand account of his life's struggles, achievements and how his faith guided him through was inspirational. I am not a religious person by any means but at times his tale is very moving.

He has helped so many people in his life and deserves all the accolades he receives.

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  • Pensive Scarlet
  • 05-05-22

Poor Narration

I thought this would be an interesting read, I usually shy away from books narrated by the author but since this author is an actor I thought I would give it a go. unfortunately it is not possible to listen, the performance is too stilted.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-21

An excellent book,

was impossible to wait to hear the next chapter.
totally amazed by the journey taken an the accomplishments achieved

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  • Anabel Pandiella
  • 05-22-22

Amazing and powerful story

This is an incredibly powerful story and with Trejo himself telling you it’s as though you are right there. There were times where I was laughing out loud, gasping in shock and shedding tears. I’ve always loved Trejo as an actor but I didn’t know anything about his life. This is one of the best audio books I’ve listened to.

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  • Jessica
  • 03-15-22

incredible!!!

I enjoyed this book so much! what an incredible life Danny had. such a wonderful man. please do yourself a favour and pick this book! worth every cent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

What a story

The best story I have heard from an Audiobook.
How he survived his life let alone become one of the most well known faces in Hollywood is a nothing short of incredible.

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  • Ant
  • 02-15-22

Powerful!

What a gritty, authentic and powerful story filled with hope for all. Danny’s life wasn’t easy but through adversity and Gods grace he made a difference to so many that would have been looked past. Love his story and the powerful lessons we can all learn from his extraordinary life. A great book.

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  • Shane Smith
  • 02-10-22

Danny is THE MAN

loved this one! easy listening and great stories- hard to put down. what a life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-22

Wow 👏

Loved this story! how you can change your life and stay on the right path.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-22

Incredible book!

Such an incredible story - made all the more colourful by Danny’s own narration. I was truly inspired, surprised and entertained by this book, I loved every second and didn’t want it to end. Highly recommend!

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  • Bailey
  • 01-15-22

Super Powered!

Danny Trejo is everything you imagine and a million times more. what a life? I am not religious in any way and usually can't handle people going on about their faith but Danny is the epitome of a good person, religious or otherwise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-22

A truly great read.

My love for reading came late in life. I put that down to not having access to books like this. Books that are real, that tell real life stories of overcoming adversity, that show that real people are capable of accomplishing things beyond what they can dream. That represent people who are usually drawn in negative light being super heroes. That shows the plight, humanity and triumph of societies outcasts. I love the strong messages of sobriety and the true uglyness of drug and alcohol abuse this book shows on top of many other social issues.