my first book by the author-omg, the concept is mind blowing. I love the way this guy thinks! (not sure what that says about me -Lol). the narration was spot on! loved it!
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...
I loved this book and finished it so fast simply because I couldn't stop listening. The way Chuck balances realism and the normal world with just a dash of magic and fantasy is perfect. Lullaby is another thoughtful Palahniuk book riddled with questions you'll be begging for the answers to!
Why do I do this to myself? I love the concept of the books that Chuck writes but when I actually get to the point of reading them, they either are beyond grotesque or just plain ludicrous. I have a very strong stomach but some of stories are just beyond gross. This book actually is not grotesque and barely ludicrous. It could have ended way before it did and that was my main complaint. I guess that is why I keep reading his works. There has got to be a happy medium met one time, to the point where I can enjoy his creativeness.
Feels like classic Palahniuk to me, with an absolutely brilliant read by Richard Poe (Sutree, anyone??).
It's got some good ole out their bizarre; it's got a character that I could see B Pitt nailing with a cool insanity; it's got some very interesting themes that wouldn't quite take their leave of me for some several days; I mentioned a character, but should have mentioned a bunch of great characters; it's goot a whole lot of dark, and in a typical (and by that I'm implying nothing but all good things ;) CP fashion, it's got scenarios created with all these great ingredients that are so damn funny and twisted, that I often experience a slight phase of guilt for each and every additional astonishingly cathartic absurdity treated as the everyday norm that never fails to break me out of myself and somehow always reach one of two conclusions: a. We are so screwed. Or b. Wow. We could be a whole lot more screwed.
Anyway, well enjoyed material and precision executed narration by Mr Poe.
Iow, give it a shot, unless you're very literal minded or closed to creative jaunts into madness, that is. Most likely, I think you'll enjoy the time spent looking into Chucks world. I know you will enjoy hearing an expertly told story. And if I'm wrong on either count... Well, why are you listening to me in the first place? Silly.
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!
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.