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Crazy: A Novel [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

William Peter Blatty , Stephen Hoye

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Book Description

Nov. 9 2010
"It's okay to love me, Joey. But don't be in love with me."

New York, 1941. Joey El Bueno is just a smart-aleck kid, confounding the nuns and bullies at St. Stephen's School on East 28th Street, when he first meets Jane Bent, a freckle-faced girl with red pigtails and yellow smiley-face barrettes, who seems to know him better than he knows himself. A magical afternoon at the movies, watching Carey Grant in Gunga Din, is the beginning of a puzzling friendship that soon leaves Joey baffled and bewildered.

Jane is like nobody he has ever met. She comes and goes at will, nobody else seems to have heard of her, and is it true that she once levitated six feet off the ground at the refreshment counter of the old Superior movie house on Third Avenue? Joey, an avid reader of pulp magazines and comic books, is no stranger to amazing stories, but Jane is a bewitching enigma that keeps him guessing for the rest of his life—until, finally, it all makes sense.

Rich with the warmth of a bygone era, Crazy captures both the giddy craziness of youth and the sublime possibilities of existence.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (Nov. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400168686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400168682
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g

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Review

"Crazy is terrific! A wonderful novel: funny, touching and SO full of love!" ---Julie Andrews

About the Author

William Peter Blatty is best known for his mega-bestselling novel The Exorcist.

Stephen Hoye has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. He has recorded many other notable titles, such as Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong and The Google Story by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed.

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I've yet to see Blatty fail! May 12 2013
By Carlos Bender - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This being one of the more complex works from the master of horror(it bring quite the opposite in fact), I write this review with torn heart. The majority of the book was "filler" type writing, and, sure, became admittedly droll at times, especially since 90% of the sentences dragged on past previous belief of possible length. There are some exciting, or well should I say, eventful passages throughout that make you think and are indeed deserving of remark, and every scene involving Jane was wonderful, and at the closing of the novel, because utterly magnificent.

This bring me to the portion of the book that tears my heart. I tell you this, based on the final few chapters alone, this novel could easily achieve a masterful "5 star" rating. Only because of the long and mostly boring scenes elsewhere does it just undershoot it. In the closing chapters, there is a deeply concerning event that brings about a second in the final chapter or two. This second event ties up everything and even brought a welling tear to my eye.

In closing, I recommend this book strongly to anyone looking for a leisurely and reflective read. The underlying message being love and (when looking for it), the awe-inspiring and never failing power and love of God.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wistful And Whimsical, But Slight, With Nary A Demon In Sight May 27 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
William Peter Blatty eschews all things horrifying for his latest novella "Crazy," a return to the lighter, more comedic tone employed in his earlier works. A slight book, both in theme and in size, "Crazy" is just what it proclaims--an insane and, at times meandering, stream of consciousness rant through the boyhood memories of a dying Hollywood screenwriter. "Crazy" is certainly an interesting diversion and is not without its pleasures--but, for me, the tale is a bit lightweight to generate much enthusiasm. Even though the entire novel is spent within the mind of the protagonist, I still felt somewhat disconnected from him as a "real" character. And for all the intriguing mysteries introduced within the pages of "Crazy", the solutions end up being far less compelling than the telling.

Joey El Bueno is like any other neighborhood kid in New York City circa 1941. Fascinated by amusement parks, comics, movies and pulp fiction--Joey bonds with a young classmate, Jane Bent, over multiple viewings of "Gunga Din." Jane is a mysterious, wise, powerful and other-worldly presence. She speaks in a lingo riddled with anachronisms, jumbling the past with things that have yet to happen. The mystery that Jane presents may never be solved--but has Joey alternately questioning his sanity and looking for supernatural explanations. Jane remains, in one fashion or another, with Joey all his life--but he never fully understands her significance until the end is near.

Wistful and nostalgic, filled with offbeat humor, "Crazy" is a dizzying and maddening romp through time. Blatty employs a narrative device that creates extremely long and convoluted run-on sentences. Like an excited child, the words start flowing and the resolution of one sentence may take half a page and lose track of the original idea. While, initially, I was intrigued by this conceit--it ended up being a bit trying. I actually think this is the primary reason I felt an emotional distance from the character of Joey--and he's really the only character that is developed beyond superficial levels.

As a pop culture enthusiast, I really enjoyed the fast and furious references to films, actors, and comics. But as the story is set in the forties, I'm afraid many of these references will be lost to younger readers--and, without the mental picture they help to create, "Crazy" would lose a lot of its charm. Joey's foray into Hollywood, though brief, is also a crack-up! Ultimately, though, its premise is a bit thin. Still, I think some will appreciate this gentle story. I was certainly happy enough to spend a couple of hours with "Crazy"--it's so short, you can digest it in one sitting if you're so inclined--but I don't know that I'll be passing it along as a "must read" to any of my friends. KGHarris, 5/13.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wistful And Whimsical, But Slight, With Nary A Demon In Sight Nov. 9 2010
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
William Peter Blatty eschews all things horrifying for his latest novella "Crazy," a return to the lighter, more comedic tone employed in his earlier works. A slight book, both in theme and in size, "Crazy" is just what it proclaims--an insane and, at times meandering, stream of consciousness rant through the boyhood memories of a dying Hollywood screenwriter. "Crazy" is certainly an interesting diversion and is not without its pleasures--but, for me, the tale is a bit lightweight to generate much enthusiasm. Even though the entire novel is spent within the mind of the protagonist, I still felt somewhat disconnected from him as a "real" character. And for all the intriguing mysteries introduced within the pages of "Crazy", the solutions end up being far less compelling than the telling.

Joey El Bueno is like any other neighborhood kid in New York City circa 1941. Fascinated by amusement parks, comics, movies and pulp fiction--Joey bonds with a young classmate, Jane Bent, over multiple viewings of "Gunga Din." Jane is a mysterious, wise, powerful and other-worldly presence. She speaks in a lingo riddled with anachronisms, jumbling the past with things that have yet to happen. The mystery that Jane presents may never be solved--but has Joey alternately questioning his sanity and looking for supernatural explanations. Jane remains, in one fashion or another, with Joey all his life--but he never fully understands her significance until the end is near.

Wistful and nostalgic, filled with offbeat humor, "Crazy" is a dizzying and maddening romp through time. Blatty employs a narrative device that creates extremely long and convoluted run-on sentences. Like an excited child, the words start flowing and the resolution of one sentence may take half a page and lose track of the original idea. While, initially, I was intrigued by this conceit--it ended up being a bit trying. I actually think this is the primary reason I felt an emotional distance from the character of Joey--and he's really the only character that is developed beyond superficial levels.

As a pop culture enthusiast, I really enjoyed the fast and furious references to films, actors, and comics. But as the story is set in the forties, I'm afraid many of these references will be lost to younger readers--and, without the mental picture they help to create, "Crazy" would lose a lot of its charm. Joey's foray into Hollywood, though brief, is also a crack-up! Ultimately, though, its premise is a bit thin. Still, I think some will appreciate this gentle story. I was certainly happy enough to spend a couple of hours with "Crazy"--it's so short, you can digest it in one sitting if you're so inclined--but I don't know that I'll be passing it along as a "must read" to any of my friends. KGHarris, 11/10.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as The Ninth Configuration March 20 2011
By D. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Utterly delightful, genuinely funny, and entirely sincere, earnest and nostalgic; some, might say, to a fault. Like Theodore Sturgeon, Blatty has never been one to hide his intentions; he's didactic and proud of it, dammit!

Ever since The Exorcist, his theological thriller-mystery-comedies have been about the exploration of his Christian/Catholic faith. Whether he's examining the problem of evil, the nature of altruistic sacrifice, or, as in Crazy, the joys of being a good, moral person, Blatty is using his fiction as a way to understand his faith, or his hope as he might say.

Crazy is really a companion piece to his autobiographical book I'll Tell Them I Remember You, the story about how his own mother shaped in him, and proved to him through miraculous means, his belief in God. You might say that his childhood was, indeed, crazy, and so it is not much a stretch to extrapolate that he is, in fact, the basis for Joey El Bueno, the main character here.

It's odd to me that Blatty recently said that Dimiter was his most personally-important work; knowing what I know about him, and of his fiction, I'd rank Crazy and The Ninth Configuration as more important and more Blatty-esque. Both of these novels are funny and poignant, and while The Ninth Configuration is more philosophical in nature, Crazy is more personal and introspective.

William Peter Blatty is getting old, and I'll be honest, I think about his passing. If this book is any indication, he does too! That makes me sad. I'm really going to miss him when's gone. In this day and age when so many people seem so cynical and skeptical about faith and religion, and when so many religious people act like heartless bastards, it's nice to know that there is someone like Blatty out there. To me he feels like a kindred spirit, a man and author I greatly admire. I guess I should just be thankful that his books even exist.
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to my expectations. March 16 2014
By Melissa Burke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm not entirely sure how to go about reviewing this book seeing as (to me) it wasn't a great read.
The one good thing I can say about it is that the plot was very interesting.

The problem though is that the story wasn't written very well. I could barely follow what I was reading. Every time I reached a run-on sentence (which was a lot) I had to skim it just to get to the next sentence, therefore missing out on a lot of the book.

Another thing is that it wasn't very memorable - I finished it about half an hour ago and I already forget most of what happened. This was happening while reading as well. I found myself going back and re-reading things to see if I could understand what was happening. (I couldn't.) This may be due to the fact that I had to skip so many parts because I was getting lost halfway through all of the extremely long sentences.

None of the characters were really written in a lot of detail. I couldn't get myself to relate to any of them and none of them felt real to me. I'm used to reading a book and falling in love with at least one of the characters (for instance, Sirius Black and Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter) but that didn't happen to any extent with the characters here.

The only reason I read the whole thing is because it's a short book, and I thought maybe at some point it would get better and I'd stop feeling so lost. Overall it just feels like if the story was edited more (and I mean quite a bit more) it would have been pretty good.

While I didn't absolutely hate it, I still wouldn't recommend it.
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