Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Written by:
Danny Trejo , Donal Logue
Narrated by:
Donal Logue , Danny Trejo

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2021
13 hours 19 minutes
In this “celebration of a life fully lived” (Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us), discover the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo’s journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss—it’s “enough to make you believe in the possibility of a Hollywood ending” (The New York Times Book Review).

On screen, Danny Trejo the actor is a baddie who has been killed at least a hundred times. He’s been shot, stabbed, hanged, chopped up, squished by an elevator, and once, was even melted into a bloody goo. Off screen, he’s a hero beloved by recovery communities and obsessed fans alike. But the real Danny Trejo is much more complicated than the legend.

Raised in an abusive home, Danny struggled with heroin addiction and stints in some of the country’s most notorious state prisons—including San Quentin and Folsom—from an early age, before starring in such modern classics as Heat, From Dusk till Dawn, and Machete. Now, in this funny, painful, and suspenseful memoir, Danny takes us through the incredible ups and downs of his life, including meeting one of the world’s most notorious serial killers in prison and working with legends like Charles Bronson and Robert De Niro.

An honest, unflinching, and “inspirational study in the definition of character” (Kevin Smith, director and actor), Trejo reveals how he managed the horrors of prison, rebuilt himself after finding sobriety and spirituality in solitary confinement, and draws inspiration from the adrenaline-fueled robbing heists of his past for the film roles that made him a household name. He also shares the painful contradictions in his personal life. Although he speaks everywhere from prison yards to NPR about his past to inspire countless others on their own road to recovery and redemption, he struggles to help his children with their personal battles with addiction, and to build relationships that last.

Redemptive and painful, poignant and real, Trejo is a portrait of a magnificent life and an unforgettable and exceptional journey that proves “though we may fall down at some point in our lives, it’s what we do when we stand back up that really counts” (Robert Rodriguez, filmmaker and producer).
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Felice D.

Danny Trejo is an American treasure. What a powerful life story of redemption and purpose! Trejo is humble and perpetually grateful. As a drug counselor myself, I especially related to Trejo’s take on getting sober, his insights into his family life, and how he embodies living to be of service to others. I loved hearing Trejo’s life story in his own voice. A fantastic book that I didn’t want to end. Now I need to watch more of his films.

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love it. you've come a long way Danny! I love the way you help people. keep up the good work via la Raza

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Terri Z.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book, and though Danny isn’t a professional narrator, it was a different dimension to hear it in his voice. I love this man, and wish him nothing but happiness. His journey was amazing, I feel like he was always meant for bigger things regardless of where he started. A different world than most of us know, and fascinating.

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Ethel Wong H.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book! I didn’t know who Danny Trejo was before I read his book. Usually I don’t watch the kind of movies he is in. Now I want to see all his movies.

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Vincent L.

Trejo's story is the craziest thing. Loved it.

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An inspiring story of redemption and hope.

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Terry D.

Enjoyed Danny's book.I can truly relate to his struggles with relationships And to the power of the 12 steps to transform a life.Such a powerful story which explains very well a 180 degree change.Well worth the read!!

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Esteban R.

Hooked from the first story.

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