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Crank

Written by: Ellen Hopkins
Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
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Publisher's Summary

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high-school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she meets a boy who introduces her to crank. At first she finds it freeing, but soon Kristina's personality disappears inside the drug. What began as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul, and her life.
©2004 Ellen Hopkins (P)2008 HighBridge Company

What the critics say

"Hopkins writes in free-verse poems that paint painfully sharp images...detailing how powerful the "monster" can be. The poems are masterpieces of word, shape, and pacing, compelling readers on to the next chapter in Kristina's spiraling world." ( School LIbrary Journal)

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A phenominal perspective

This book and the series is one of my personal favorites because this is the best written narrative that intensely described the struggles for the problems depicted and the feelings that accompany them for those who may not understand. Even though the major struggle was around harsher drugs, the feelings and thought process were perfectly depicted for the many self destructive and curiosity struggles we face. For anyone who wishes to understand someone they see struggling, this book helps put you in the mindset and definitely helps you empathise rather than judge. The voice acting was a perfect choice as well!
Very impressed, very touched, and at the top of my recommend list!! #Audible1

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I really loved this book when I read it so I thought I would give the audio version a try and I couldn’t stand the narrator. It was like she was learning to read her first book out loud. I love the book and the writing is fantastic but the narration is terrible. Make you sure you listen to the sample before using a credit on it.

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Always a good read!

I have already read this book 3x and really wanted to again but I have no time to read - so this audio book was amazing to satisfy my need to read one of my favourite books. Time for the next one :)

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amazing!!

I loved the story the narrative and how she used her voice to pursue character.

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Loved the readers many voices

I finished this book quick! I couldn’t put it away. I was intrigued by her desires.

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  • Cindy Brown
  • 2008-10-21

Good just not for kids

This duo was well written and eye opening. I listened to it because my 14 year old read "Crank." I do not think that these books are for that age group. I highly recommend that you listen to these books prior to allowing your kids read them. In my opinion these books are for older teens 17 and up. Nothing against these books as I said they are very good just a little too much info for kids under 17, especially "Glass."

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  • Amanda Glasscock
  • 2016-11-07

horrible narrator

sucked! narrator ruined the book. I couldn't get passed the forest few minutes. I wished we had the choice to return the book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-17

the voice

i couldn't listen to her way of speaking. hurt my ears. wrong frequency for me

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  • Madison
  • 2012-06-29

Amazing! :)

Would you consider the audio edition of Crank to be better than the print version?

No, because I haven't read the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crank?

When she gets raped and when she finds out Brendan is the father to her baby.

What does Laura Flanagan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice compliments the character she's portraying.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me laugh or cry, but there was a moment or two where my jaw dropped.

Any additional comments?

Overall this was a very good book, and I enjoyed it.

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  • +*+*Tanya M.+*+*
  • 2019-10-25

I couldn't stop reading!!!!

This is an amazing story !! I am a recovering addict & I just read my life. This is the real deal y'all. Read it! Especially if you know someone sick in addiction

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  • Paul Thompson
  • 2020-02-29

Great book - not so great reader

Really disliked the reader of this book. Understand what they were going for. But when she used the voice to impersonate a man - it made me cringe.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2019-11-07

The story wasn’t what I thought

I didn’t like the way the story was written. The way the characters talked wasn’t what I liked, I can’t listen to a book when the character refers to themselves in the third person.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-16

it was so real, it was my story

I'm a recovering "crank" addict. the realness and the pictures painted put me right back there again. but not in a lustful way...in a way that allowed me to look at the horrible journey with clear eyes. beautiful deep dark words to make me think all over again. beautiful monologue. thank you

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  • Gray
  • 2014-02-05

Disappointing

I'd heard nothing about this book or the author prior to investing a credit, but the title and synopsis sounded intriguing. Now having wasted 4+ hrs. listening to it, I can report without hesitation that there is nothing worthy of intrigue here. The writing is bizarre, particularly the initial chapters, consisting of nonsensical metaphors, mixed metaphors, and similes, as if the "assignment" was to construct a work of fiction with "X" number of literary devices contained within, regardless of the appropriateness of said devices. Then add to this confusing word salad the cadence, which is strangely poetical in nature, rather than literary. Two- and three-word sentences abound, and the choppiness is both distracting and obnoxious.

Regarding the plot, who cares? The main character, a teenaged girl, is never fully developed and to wit, I was never able to truly empathize with her. Her friends, especially "Buddy"/"Adam", are more caricatures of humans rather than fully human, as are her parents, siblings and everyone else in the cast. My basic rule of thumb is, if I don't "buy" the characters, I'm certainly not going to buy anything that happens to them. And I didn't.

I actually made it all the way to the end, but only because it's approx. 4 hrs. in length. If it had lasted any longer, I'd have shelved it permanently following the concluding sentence of Chap. 1. I hoped, of course, that it would get better. It doesn't. If you're in the market for a novel that depicts teenaged experimentation with street drugs that grabs your attention, this is not that book. This is, unfortunately, amateurish shlock that will only succeed in boring you to tears and wasting your credit.

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  • Javier Ramirez
  • 2021-05-30

The reader was cringe

I couldn’t listen to more than 10 minutes with that reader I’ve read this story before and i couldn’t put it down it was so good but this reader killed it for me

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