Narrator: Nick Podehl
Published by Harper Collins on February 4th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General
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Do Right, Fear Nothing.
Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with the wrong crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.
But one day, Sam sees these friends harassing an eccentric schoolmate named Jennifer. Finding the courage to face the bullies down, Sam loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.
Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons, the devil, and death. And here’s the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies—prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.
With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.
“The adrenaline-charged action will keep you totally immersed.” —RT Book Reviews
Why Did I Listen To Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan?
I essentially bought Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan forever ago on Audible because it was on sale and because it was narrated by one of my favorites – Nick Podehl. I decided to finally listen to it because after not really loving one audiobook, I wanted to go back to a narrator that I knew I could depend on — Nick Podehl. I sort of figure with my long commute, I need audiobooks that will keep me awake and keep my attention. Crazy Dangerous certainly met my needs even though it probably is not even close to the best book I’ve ever listened to.
What’s The Story Here?
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan opens up on such a weird note. It begins with this girl Jennifer having this dream or vision involving demons. It’s odd. Then we transition to the point of view of Sam Hopkins. Sam is a Preacher’s Kid and he doesn’t love that reputation. To ditch his reputation as a Preacher’s Kid, he falls in with a bad crowd. I mean, it isn’t exactly what happens, but that’s the gist. So, when the members of that bad crowd bully Jennifer, the girl from the beginning, for being weird, Sam stands up to them and gets on their bad side. When someone ends up dead, Sam is a suspect due to his association with the kids from the wrong side of the tracks. Jennifer’s visions come into play too. And well, ultimately the book ends up being a race against time with this mantra of “do right, fear nothing” pulsing throughout the book.
How’s The Writing?
Honestly? I thought it was kind of cheesy. All of the coincidences just played out in a way where I was like, are you even serious right now. All roads in this book lead to God. Which, I guess I knew before listening. However, I um, have different beliefs and so it was just awkward to listen to people talk about demons like they were real and lol, for the group of bad kids to have no nuance beyond being bad kids.
Who Would I Recommend Crazy Dangerous To?
- People who enjoy Christian fiction – there’s nothing wrong with that, no judgment here, it just is not entirely my kind of thing
How’s The Narration?
Well, if anyone could get me to listen to a book in this genre, it’s Nick Podehl. He does bring a certain flair and drama to Crazy Dangerous that’s interesting. I found myself quite compelled while listening to this book and it’s all due to Podehl. Even the bits where I was cringing. The one complaint I have is that he mispronounces Onondaga (I pronounce it On-on-dog-uh and he pronounced it differently). As someone who lives in Upstate New York, a small part of me cringes when various towns and counties are pronounced wrong.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Essentially this is my thought – coincidences happen and idk, just there was a whole lot to process with this book.
Other reviews of Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan:
A Garden Of Books – “I loved this story!”
Bassgiraffe – “You’ll find yourself pulled into the story”
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