An alpaca farmer in Oregon.
I'm pretty sure that Chuck Palahniuk is not an acquired taste. You'll know within the first couple of pages of any of his books or stories whether you like his work or hate it. I'm in the former category. If you are easily offended, stay away from his writing. Like his other books, this one starts out with a premis so unsettling and bizarre (death induced by an ancient nursery rhyme) that it's hard to imagine how he might sustain it. But somehow he does - and with style.
I have listened to Lullaby ATLEAST 10 times now. This one will not get old. My favorite CP reading hands down.
All around I loved this story. Very witty. In the second chapter his rant about quiet-ophobics is so damn beautiful, hilarious, and on point. It is a story that is always moving only taking time to nitpick at the abstract details of the story. There is no fluff in this book in my humble opinion. The voice actor is brilliant in this too. He paces very well through the book and nails every nuance of CP's writing. I am thoroughly impressed.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a damn kooky story told in a way that is perfect for the book. You don't feel like you are listening, you are there with him.
The novel does well to engage the stress caused by excessive verbal and social noise. It also reveals the corrupting power available to the protagonists when they learn that the have the key to the power of life and death. Despite the weighty topic, there were laugh out loud moments of hilarity. The story is one of severity, levity, and ultimately this thing called life.
Dead Baby Poem.
The story was fine for the wacky road trip ride that it was. A little more closure would have been nice, but nobody expects that from a Palahnuik book.
He didn't understand that this story was gonzo and supposed to be funny. This book should have been read by a comedian. Poe was too serious and spoke way too slowly.
The main lady who continually sells Haunted House over and over again to maximize her commissions.
If you listen to this book on 2X speed, it will be more that way the narration should have been.
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!!!
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
Magic is alive
I thought the characters were well developed and even though it was a scary idea most show their internal character. The antaganist is a great person to hate
When the hero must keep counting to ten to make sure he does not act with the power that he wants to control
be careful what you read, words are powerful
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.
Coffee and a Book Chick
Someone will download this audiobook because of my freakish exuberance and will think I've gone crazy. SO BE IT.
Guys, it is completely ridiculous. It is hauntingly weird. It is fantastic. But, this is not for everyone.
This was AWESOME for me. Finally, people, I have come across an audiobook that I don't "just enjoy" but that I LOVE. And I loved both this crazy, crazy story and the narrator. Everything fell into place, and oh my, was I hooked.
Carl is a lonely widower in his forties. As a reporter, he starts writing an article for the newspaper he works at about the sad topic of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. A curious link to a poem, either sung or spoken, to children before they go to bed is uncovered and is the only common event for all of the deaths he's researching. The only problem is that it's not an innocent poem at all; in fact, it's actually a tribal death chant.
Carl and a real estate agent named Helen, her secretary Mona, and Mona's boyfriend known as Oyster, go on a quest to pull all of the books that have this lullaby in it and rip the pages from the books. It's their way to save the world, and for Carl especially, a way to overcome the death of his own wife and daughter. As Carl goes through the process to find each and every single copy, he has to stop himself from using this on people he doesn't like. He knows he needs help when he's beginning to wildly wield it on not just enemies, but on random, innocent people. He certainly didn't realize that along this insane path, he might actually come to terms with the horrible things in life, and maybe, just maybe, fall in love.
I'll go over my thoughts on the narrator in just a bit, but let's just say Poe is *AWESOME* (said in a sing-songy voice) for this story. I couldn't stop listening to it and I got pretty ticked off when I had to pause it.
At the heart of this story is just a lonely man who has an inordinate amount of pain and suffering in his life that he's experienced, as are the people he teams up with to track the whereabouts of the poem in every part of the country. But, it's not just what's at the heart of this that makes it so unique, it's the entire story, the peculiar method of storytelling, the characters that could be loyal or maybe not. Lullaby is certainly not for the faint of heart in several scenes, but it certainly is memorable. What a sad story wrapped up in creativity.
This is my very first time with a Chuck Palahniuk story and it will absolutely not be my last. I have this sneaking suspicion that his books might be even more fantastic in audio; I can assure you this one certainly is. It is odd, unique, filthy, ridiculous, hilarious, and heart-wrenching. And it is WEIRD. If you are a fan of straight-forward stories that don't have creatively uncomfortable and odd ways of telling the story (with a dash of crudeness), then this may not be for you. However, if you want to try something a little different and don't mind a little bit of contemptibility in some of the characters' actions and events, than oh my, pick this one!
Audio Notes: As I've already gushed, Richard Poe ROCKED. This was like some fantastic stage play come to life for audio only. His voice is smooth and he easily voiced the emotions so effectively that in the earlier spots when there was a considerable amount of heartbreak and sadness over his personal losses, my heart felt the character's pain. Richard Poe's breathing, his enunciation for certain feelings, was just PERFECT. I am a brand-new fan of his. Look at me! I'm downloading all of the audiobooks he's narrated!
You know what I wish? I wish that Audible.com has the ability to "favorite" a narrator, so that way when a new audio comes out that they narrate, you'd get an alert letting you know. Isn't that a great idea? Do they do this already? If they don't, this is my idea!
This is NOT a book I would recommend to a friend. It was full of dark imagery and pessimism. I thought the premise was a good one, but it got so mired in the baseness of humans that it seemed very didactic, like a comment on the human condition or something. The author's style of writing wasn't my favorite, either. Palahniuk's use of indirect quotes was annoying, and he was so busy pointing out their weaknesses that I never cared about the characters until maybe the VERY end, and then it was too late.
I'm not sure what my next listen will be. I've been thinking about Her Fearful Symmetry, so maybe that one.
The performance was good. Poe read well and I liked his emotional portrayal of the main character, but the material he had to work with couldn't be saved.
NO! Please no! Not another paranormal movie/TV show where it is so plot driven and the main characters are so annoying that you hope one of the monsters get them, or in this case you hope they sing the song to each other!
I really wanted to like this book, but it didn't work for me at all! Good idea, but not what I was looking for...
although the story was all right, I didn't really care for this story. It was cynical and lacked.... something. For some, this book will be worth the time I wasted on it. I hope someone will like it.