Crash and Burn

  • by Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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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- Hilary

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.

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- Jay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio