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Crash and Burn Audiobook

Crash and Burn

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Publisher's Summary

At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall-and he did it with a pocketful of heroin. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him - from his cohosts on The Howard Stern Show to celebrity guests and even his longtime friends.

Then came his legendary meltdown on-air, with 6 million people listening, after which Lange pulled himself together enough to go to a buddy's bachelor party in Amsterdam. He never made the party, but instead used the trip as an opportunity to hole up in his hotel room with a prostitute and do drugs.

By turns dark and harrowing, hilarious and poignant, and always drop-dead honest, Crash and Burn is a blow-by-blow account of Lange's years of addiction, a suicide attempt (which he relates in terrifying detail), hitting rock bottom, stints in rehab, and painful relapses. With the help and support of friends and family, Lange manages to recover and get his life and career back on track. And despite his slip-ups, backslides, and permanent losses, Artie Lange forges on.

From drugs to sports to falling in love, Lange tells all in Crash and Burn, the story of his life that is as shocking as it is funny, ever tempered by his characteristic humor, self-awareness, and inimitable way with words.

©2013 Arthur Lange, Jr. (P)2013 Tantor

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    Hilary Connecticut 11-07-13
    Hilary Connecticut 11-07-13 Member Since 2017

    avoiding road rage one book at a time...

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    "[Narrator Fail] Comic Genius+Depression+Drugs=Mess"

    About the narrator: For me, Too Fat to Fish in audio format was epic until Artie quit and allowed others to finish narrating his book. With Crash and Burn, Artie didn't even bother and contracted a hired gun. His choice of a narrator is puzzling - Artie's foul mouth, talk of prostitutes and drugs of epic proportions sound completely unnatural coming from Sean Runnette's mouth. A large percentage of Artie's charm is his delivery. NO ONE can tell an Artie story like Artie! So, the listener definitely loses here. Artie, for the love of GOD - read your own books - you are FANTASTIC at it!

    Hard to be critical of a phoenix attempting to rise from the ashes, but this book stumbled and fell on its face (however, not nearly as many times as Artie has).

    With or without drugs, Artie is a selfish guy. He is admittedly greedy, self-absorbed and was until recently (I think he is sober?) on a path of destruction that should have taken his life. The people that stood by him for the 5+ years he discusses in this book should be up for sainthood. I'm not making light of drug addiction or the gravity of clinical depression. Both are serious, combined are deadly, but this book goes into tremendous repetitive detail. About halfway through the book, it became annoyingly predictable: noncommittal attempts at sobriety, fists full of lies and plunges back into the abyss. It gets impossible to root for Artie when you hear the wake of chaos he lays down for everyone who ever loved him and the gigantic pity parties he attended in his own honor.

    I feel like this book was prematurely written and with the passage of time, more years of sobriety and more perspective, Artie could have edited this into something more meaningful. It is his story, so at the end of the day, he gets to tell it when and how he wants. I just expected more from this brilliantly gifted, whip-smart man. I do hope he is on the road to recovery he says he is on.

    Some reviewer was critical of Howard firing Artie... and I find that insulting and ridiculous. First, I adored Artie on the Stern Show and was heart-broken when he left. Howard built his show from the ground up and has been successful for 35+ years. He is fiercely loyal to his employees (he kept Jackie for all those years!). I can't imagine what it was like for Howard to watch Artie black-out during shows, fall asleep, speak incoherently, snore on air and treat his precious job so cavalierly. Artie says in his book many times Howard gave him a million chances - Artie screwed himself out of the show and he owns it. Howard runs a business and delivers a great product; his first priority are his fans. Artie disrespected the show, the fans and Howard. He deserved to lose his job.





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    Jay KATY, TX, United States 01-31-14
    Jay KATY, TX, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Life of an addict"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the friend follows the Howard Stern show or is fan of Artie.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Runnette?

    No, this was a hard assignment for Sean Runnette. The Author is a radio personality with an outstanding voice for Radio.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How functioning addicts live and the great lengths they take to feed their addiction.<br/>


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    Dillon77 06-28-14
    Dillon77 06-28-14
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    "Raw and Honest..."
    What made the experience of listening to Crash and Burn the most enjoyable?

    As a long time fan of Artie and the Howard Stern show, I felt there was so much that was going on with Artie that I wish I knew. This book exposed so much of what was going on "off the air" that I had it hard to stop listening. This book made so much make sense for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The brutal honesty and "nothing held back" attitude that Artie has. Fans of Artie already know how great he tells a story. When it comes to a serious topic that this book covers, Artie did an excellent job of keeping it as lighthearted as possible in a way that only he can.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Artie recounted his relationship with Adrienne and when he got 100% honest about the suicide attempt.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm always pulling for Artie.

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    Louis M. Gliatta 06-22-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"

    I loved "TooFat to Fish", but this is awful and the narrator sucks. Can't make it past chapter 2. Constant rambling about his ripped pants.

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    TOM 05-23-17
    TOM 05-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Artie Unleashes"

    A great book with an inside look as to what was happening in Artie's life. Wish Artie would have down the voice for the book. Found it hard to listen to someone else tell Artie stories.

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    Jedperks 04-10-17
    Jedperks 04-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Story's of a junkie"

    I was 3/4 done with hearing all his junkie stories and how drugs ruined his life and then the sorry SOB gets busted with Heroin and blow. That made me lose a tremendous amount of respect for him. But then a miracle happens and the police drop his charges. Which that ONLY happens when you rat out your dealer... No respect!

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    Tom 04-06-17
    Tom 04-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Artie Fans Enjoy"

    Artie comes "clean" about his darkest days. If your a Stern Fan and want to pick up where Artie dropped off, this is a tell all story of pain, hardship and love. A must listen/read if you're a true Artie fan.

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    Karly Sorenson PENSACOLA, FL, US 04-06-17
    Karly Sorenson PENSACOLA, FL, US 04-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Story, interesting. Narrating...not."

    Scar Tissue by Anthony Kedis material? Hardly. But still an interesting read. Some chapters read like a free app, tons of "ads". By that I mean he goes onnnnn and onnnnn about celebs, their current ventures, etc. If he did receive kickbacks for plugs, he'd no doubt top Gates on Forbes list.

    The narrating wasn't the narrator's fault it seemed (at times) a bit "forced"? I don't think he and this book were paired right. Occasionally I got the same feeling as when I heard my mom attempting to sing Money to Blow!?
    All in all, I'm not compelled to get Lange's 1st book. I'm good. Thanks.

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    David Driscoll 03-21-17
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    "loved every minute of it."

    What a journey as Artie reveals his path of destruction and life as an addict. I really hope Art stays clean and gets to enjoy the rest of his life.

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    Jason Cabanas 03-18-17
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    "Another great Book"

    I have the same issue with this book as the other, just wish Artie would of read for the audio book

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