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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dito Montiel Narrator: Jason Collins Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455185139
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Orlandito “Dito” Montiel grew up wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple mescaline and Old English, sneaking into Times Square whore houses, and at times getting near much graver trouble. Entering adulthood in the eighties, he escapes into the underground and punk cultures of Manhattan.

This is the story of a young man’s hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and the loyalties that bind him to the flawed and desperate “Saints” that have guided his life: Bob Semen, Frank the dog walker, Jimmy Mullen, Cherry Vanilla, Allen Ginsberg, and all the junkies and insaniacs like Santos Antonios who said, “Now, Dito, remember, in life you gotta be crazy.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Dito Montiel] howls A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints at a moon that is inside all of us.”

    Brad Gooch, New York Times bestselling author

  • "Montiel tells his entertaining, sad tales with a combination of affection, glee, and nostalgia. He's managed to escape the dismal fate of many of his childhood cohorts, while still cherishing and embracing their humanity."

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jason Collins manages this directionless assortment of stories magnificently. He holds to a slight Brooklyn accent for Montiel but doesn’t overdo it. Flawlessly, he transitions to other characters with their own vocal quirks and delivers the more emotional moments in a somber and reminiscent tone that enhances Montiel’s words.”

    AudioFile

  • “The writing is rich and brave and Collins’ narration captures all the ironic humor of his prose. Mature YAs will love this.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Chandler | 2/18/2014

    " A beautiful memoir about recognizing our teachers, our hearts home, our Saints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Verna | 2/8/2014

    " I read this book because of seeing the movie. I liked the movie very much, but the book is quite different. For one thing, the movie is drawn from a very small part of the novel. I liked certain aspects of the book, but at times had a hard time understanding the language and what the author was trying to say. I guess you have to grow up in that kind of environment and know the culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 1/27/2014

    " oh new york, new york. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/24/2013

    " The author was really annoying, there was no structure at all to the book, and after a while, it seems he forgot that he was writing about his "saints" and instead just starting writing random stories from his youth. Seems like he thought he was awesome as a kid, whereas most of us probably thought he was annoying and wished he would go away. It scares me that he's writing another book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/24/2013

    " I read the book after seeing the movie and was a bit disappointed. I think I liked the story of the movie better, as well as the fact that it was a continuous story. However, there were parts of the book that were absolutely superb and that make it worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 11/17/2013

    " B; Okay, interesting life, will have to check out the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arjun Nijhawan | 11/9/2013

    " Read this book! The story literally grabs you and makes you step in the shoes of Dito. The story overall, is grabbing, read it before watching the movie, nuff said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 11/7/2013

    " Much more significant if you grew up in a NYC bourough or want to understand what it is like - the audio of the book is also excellent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Feeley | 10/27/2013

    " after reading about ditto's lifestyle can kind of understand how scattered brained this book is.with that said i really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaimi | 9/16/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, particularly the casual narrative style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette | 5/27/2013

    " Rough and tumble memoir about a kid runnin' the streets of Astoria, Queens and eventually singin' some songs, taking a few pix and becoming a friend of Bruce Weber and Allen Ginsberg. Only in New York? Yeah, really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jose | 5/18/2013

    " It's basically about people who do nothing but party and fall ass backwards into money. And moral turpitude. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faith | 5/7/2013

    " It was ok -- I didn't hate it, but I don't really feel like I learned anything from it or was impacted by it in any way. He says outright that he's going for a disjointed, unedited feel with the book, and he certainly achieved that. It was like reading a stranger's moderately interesting blog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soapykitty | 4/14/2013

    " 3/4 stars.Great story but I started to get the charecters confused with each other,and I felt that the author rambled a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph Anne | 4/12/2013

    " Perhaps not perfectly written/structured, but I loved the humanity of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 3/26/2012

    " Interesting, but nothing at all like the movie -- which isn't a bad thing, but don't pick this up expecting the feel of the movie (or the storyline). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 3/2/2012

    " Dito Montiel wrote a memoir that recalls his rock and roll start in the streets of New York. I found myself looking forward to finding out what kind of misadventure Dito would get into with every chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/20/2012

    " I read this book several times. I even read it once while I was on vacation in New York...stayed in Queens, and visited many of the areas mentioned in the book. That was a blast! Also, the movie is wonderful!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 5/26/2011

    " Mind blowing? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/12/2011

    " I liked it. Not necessarily the greatest writer in the world, but by the end, you know what's important to him, and you agree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa Wilkinson | 2/4/2011

    " Reminiscent of the beats, and very enjoyable. The story of the author's upbringing in Queens back in the 80's, when Astoria was still a rough-and-tumble narrative. Robert Downey Jr. stars in the film version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/9/2011

    " Dito Montiel wrote a memoir that recalls his rock and roll start in the streets of New York. I found myself looking forward to finding out what kind of misadventure Dito would get into with every chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette | 10/5/2010

    " Rough and tumble memoir about a kid runnin' the streets of Astoria, Queens and eventually singin' some songs, taking a few pix and becoming a friend of Bruce Weber and Allen Ginsberg. Only in New York? Yeah, really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 2/21/2010

    " after reading about ditto's lifestyle can kind of understand how scattered brained this book is.with that said i really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whisky | 12/7/2009

    " self indulgent and kind of bragging but good. the movie is better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/9/2009

    " I read the book after seeing the movie and was a bit disappointed. I think I liked the story of the movie better, as well as the fact that it was a continuous story. However, there were parts of the book that were absolutely superb and that make it worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faith | 3/16/2009

    " It was ok -- I didn't hate it, but I don't really feel like I learned anything from it or was impacted by it in any way. He says outright that he's going for a disjointed, unedited feel with the book, and he certainly achieved that. It was like reading a stranger's moderately interesting blog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/17/2009

    " B; Okay, interesting life, will have to check out the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 9/22/2008

    " oh new york, new york. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 9/21/2008

    " Much more significant if you grew up in a NYC bourough or want to understand what it is like - the audio of the book is also excellent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/12/2008

    " I read this book several times. I even read it once while I was on vacation in New York...stayed in Queens, and visited many of the areas mentioned in the book. That was a blast! Also, the movie is wonderful!! "

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About the Author

Dito Montiel grew up a punk rock skinhead boxer in Astoria, Queens, was a model for Gianni Versace, signed the first one-million-dollar record deal ever for an underground band with Gutterboy, got KO’d in the Golden Gloves, and has appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, Details, and numerous other magazines as a writer, musician, and New York personality.

About the Narrator

Jason Collins has been seen on numerous stages in the Northwest, including the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. He is the recipient of three prestigious Footlight Awards.