• Wanna Bet?

  • A Degenerate Gambler's Guide to Living on the Edge
  • By: Artie Lange
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)

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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.

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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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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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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 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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narrator was not good.

narrator tried too hard to sound like the author. the story was meh. wish I had gotten another book instead.

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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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amazing!


really great bunch of stories, and I really enjoyed how he brought it around with some decent lessons to be learned from his insane
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Not my fave

I like titles on luck, risk, and betting. But I like it a little more high-level, not the sort of thing I would hear with a self-aggrandizing froth of spit on a barstool. I see why this guy was popular, yeah, he is like anybody's warm, fast-talking brother in law (who screws around on your sister). He's deeply flawed and he doesn't hide it. Good luck to him. Degenerate gambling like grinding substance abuse like endless hooker-employment show a face of endless tediousness (and soon, disgust) after awhile, for some of us anyway. Maybe this is living a lot of guys' dreams -- if so, they are radically lowlife, petty and repetitive dreams.

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Amazing Book

Amazing great book, you'll love every second of it. The honesty and innocence and real feel heart and soul really shines through and it felt perfectly throughout the book.

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funny book I loved it.

it was a funny book. not better then 2 fat to fish but good. it was enjoyable