Okay, so I'd have to say I wasn't crazy about this book when I first listened to it, but strangely it has stuck with me. The premiss of the story is unique - its not everyday that you read about a nursery rhyme that kills people. The characters are not your usual bunch of folks. It's not a typical story, its not very predictable, and it has some pretty weird visuals. I probably wouldn't listen to it again. However that being said I think it would be a fun book for book club.
The story, everything. Totally not worth reading or listening to. No depth, or interest.
Just an author filling pages. I have read some many excellent books, this one is the
worst. The narrator was excellent.
Richard North Patterson-Fall From Grace
Richard Poe was excellent
I would not publish the book, have him write something more interesting and believable.
It was entertaining and well-written with some interesting plot twists. Much lighter and less meaty than others I have read (Choke, Fight Club, Survivor) and I liked all those more but I tend to prefer dark, twisted books (especially from someone like Palahniuk who is a master of that style). I wasn't bored and the writing and narration were pretty good, so I enjoyed it despite a ridiculous premise.
I grew up with books....not television.
This a great book told through imagery that could only come from Palahniuk. This supernatural laced story is less about the Good vs. Evil and more about how the main characters react to the events unfolding around them. The story flows very well even through the many "rants" about humans and the state of the world. If you are sensitive to the "meat" industry and how humans treat the animals that are destined for our meals....this book will strike some chords that may be difficult to listen to. Palahniuk shines an unforgiving light on the ever consuming attitudes of humankind and makes you think about how you live your life as well as entertain you with a great story.
As I mentioned before, this story is told using a lot of internalized imagery - not with the typical "it was a dark and stormy night" format. It's artistic, original and well, a little strange, but it's the good kind of strange much like "Fight Club" was.
I would definitely recommend this to the more cerebral reader!
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
First, let me say that Richard Poe's narration of the book is superb. He does an excellent job bringing across the rage and pain and frustration Mr. Streator feels, and since this is his story, it brings the story to life.
This is my first Chuck Palahniuk story (other than Fight Club which I've only experienced as a movie thus far) so I didn't really know what to expect. It turns out to be a supernatural thriller. The story is tightly written, though it was a little hard to follow at first. However, it all soon becomes clear and I for one was glad that I stuck it out and listened to the whole book. It is an excellent story regarding death, magic, anger, fear, and even love. I understand Mr. Palahniuk wrote it while trying to decide how to deal with his father's murderer. This book contains a lot of pain and anger as a result of that.
This may have been my first Chuck Palahniuk story, but it will not be the last.
Only if I was mad at them.
Extremely well written, poetic even; but requires a strong stomach. Perverted and perverse. Read at your own risk...
Nothing. He is just not my type.
No, nor will I, now that I know what kinda of writer he is. If he eve changes geners, maybe.
Shudder. Only at Halloween.
I stumbled into this book through careless reviewing on my part. I kept reading because he is so good; hoping for a return to rationality and a thoughtful resolution. But, of course that was not what he had in mind. Well, fool me once. . .
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
Love him or hate him, Palahniuk???s books seem to have a common theme. In them, modern culture is cast as something of a terminal malady, a cancer rapidly consuming both the Earth and the original human spirit. For his characters, the only release is through some form of anarchic lashing out.
In Fight Club, it was young men rediscovering their smothered masculinity through basement brawls and acts of civil destruction. Here, the story revolves around a supernatural device, a lullaby hidden in an obscure children???s book that has the power, when read, or even thought, to kill. The book???s oddball protagonists (including two characters dealing, in their own strange ways, with having accidentally killed their own families with the lullaby, and a hilariously obnoxious young vegan nudist) set off on a quest to destroy, through trickery or mayhem, every last copy of the book, but, this being Palahniuk, much consideration is also given to the idea of simply using the lullaby to put modern society out of its misery.
The key to reading Chuck P is to accept that his books are wildly implausible and over-the-top, both in terms of how his characters act and his own reduction of the world. What Palahniuk does do, though, is shove the reader off balance, bombarding them with betcha-didn???t-know-this factoids and a bleakly humorous treatment of dark subject matter. These quotable little nuggets of twisted insight and wit are really what you get for the price of admittance, even more so than the story itself.
Compared to Fight Club, I did find this book a bit chaotic. What plot there is is thin and makes a lot of swift turns, which had me checking my audiobook a few times to see if I???d accidentally missed some piece of information (nope). It may test the patience of non-devotees. But, on the other hand, the chaos are part of the experience and it???s not a long read. All in all, I enjoyed it. Palahniuk is his own institution (in both senses of the word) and a good break from tamer, blander novels.
This was an interesting book. I was uncertain whether it was a satire or the wanderings of someone who is losing their mind. While I probably would not read another book by this author, I must admit that it was a change of pace for me. From that perspective, I would recommend it as a choice. The characters were odd, the situations they found themselves in bordered on insanity and impossiblity just enough to draw me back to listen. I thought the author did a nice job of creating a story that kept one's interest even though it was the kind of "sick" interest one might have when driving past an accident on the highway.
Unexpected Romance Horror
Stephen King Books?
The nonchalant normalcy of the voice describing a horrific event of scene.
The The female realestate agent/witch (for me). There was a man equally memorable and then 2 more characters just as memorable, but not having as much space as the primary couple.
Listen to this. I totally didn't expect what I got from the description OR from the first chapter even! Loved it and pleasantly surprised!!!
Lullaby is a book about a man who discovers that a particular children's poem has the ability to kill those who hear it, and his quest to rid the world of this cursed chant..... Now, if you think this is actually going to be a story about a man, a deadly poem, and some adventures, then you do NOT know Chuck Palahniuk.
Lullaby is a wild ride that deviates violently from any coherent story line. Often nothing makes sense and nothing is meant to. It is an adrenaline pumped chaotic journey that happens to include an original story along the way.
So be warned... this is not your Dickens or Ken Follet here. If your expecting that, then your going to be shocked. Chuck Palahniuk's writing is crazy and intense. It's an experience all it's own.
I highly recommend this book for pure excitement and originality. Plus the narration fits the story perfectly.