If you liked the movie for all the right reasons, then you'll love this book. It is satirical, dark, funny, and brilliant. The movie and book have some big differences, but they both stand alone as greats works of art. If you are truly a member of Project Mayhem- you will love it and become hooked on Palahniuk. The performance by the actor is excellent.
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
This audiobook was awesome.
Great book. Great narrator. The themes and issues raised are even more relevant today than when it was written. Read this one then see the movie.
I was surprised and disappointed to discover that this novel just isn't that good. Despite a good narrator, large chunks of this book are boring. Usually, if a movie is based on a novel, and you like the movie, then the novel will add layers of enjoyment to the film. With Fight Club, though, the quality of the movie just ruins this mediocre novel. If you loved the movie, just watch it again and leave this book on the shelf.
Hoping to get a bit deeper than the movie could delve I got the book, it was a bit of a let down as its roughly the same experience as the movie. The movie might even be a bit more enjoyable if you can believe it.
I have not read the print version. I wouldn't have purchased this version except my son was adamant that I would like it. Let me say this: he knows me! It was excellent.
The story brought me into it from the very first chapter. It was captivating.
Lol. I Audible because I travel LOTS for work. I can't read when I'm driving.
Every character in the book is memorable. There are 3 main characters.
If you saw the movie, don't worry. I feel the book enhances the movie, going beyond what they could do on the big screen. Even though I knew "the twist", it's still hard to see it coming. Many say this book is an attack on commercialism, but for me I found it to be a brilliant insight into a truely deranged mind!
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The problem I had with the book may be personal. It may have to do with knowing the ending in advance. The ending makes everything else make sense and is a satisfying twist. I thought that it would be interesting to listen to how the psychology of each character unfolds knowing in advance how it turns out, and that was the case for the first couple of hours. But as things got weirder -- and they do get weird, which is actually a good thing -- I started wishing that I was mystified as to why, but I already knew why.
In addition to knowing the ending in advance, which is clearly not the author's fault, I also had some issues with the writing style. I think Palahniuk could have made things more interesting by creating a wider array of characters and by incorporating more dialogue between them rather than inundating us with the narrator's internal monologue. Again, it wore on me over time after enjoying it for the first hour or two.
Jim Colby took the internal monologue to heart and performed it well as such. This was more than just reading prose, it was acting out the stream of consciousness of the narrator, and that was well done.
That's not the problem -- the problem was not having enough characters, and not having any of the minor characters fleshed out in the manner one expects and enjoys in a literary novel.
The best part of this novel is the liberal use of metaphors, metaphors that are explored on a grand scale. Fight Club itself, of course, is the most obvious, but hardly alone -- the support groups, the narrator's job as a recall assessor, his insomnia. That they all lead to the unexpected twist is well done, whether you know it advance from having seen the movie or after you reach it upon reading the book. But I think it's fair to say that when the metaphors overwhelm the reality they are symbolizing, you might have gone too far and done a disservice to your story. That is the case here.
I would try Jim Colby again. I only bought Fight Club on audio in the hopes that it would make more sense if I heard rather than attempted to read it. I've tried other Palahniuk books and he is one difficult author to read.
I don't think I would change anything. If I did it wouldn't be a Palahniuk book.
I think Colby brings a nitty gritty nature to the characters and story that is lost when simply reading the book.
It is a movie. Though I have never seen the movie, it was totally obvious that Tyler and the other man were the same person. Sorry, spolier alert.
I love a good book...
...is you don't talk about Fight Club. Well, the book was very helpful in understanding the details of the mental illness that is present in the story. The movie left a lot to be desired in this realm. This is a well written story that helps one better understand the mind of a dissociative client.