I have not seen the movie, but I just finished the book and I thought it was fantastic. Not really what I expected, though. I've read reviews where the book is called a "guys' book" and I kind of understand why they say that, it's raw and brutal and angry, but I don't believe that those traits are exclusive to men. In some ways it reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 and The Road and American Psycho. I want someone I know to have read it so I can discuss it with them, but so far I haven't found anyone.
I found the narration of the audiobook was grating and had difficulty not comparing it to the movie. The story and characters are different enough to justify reading the book if you liked the movie, but skip the audiobook.
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!
No, it was a bit too vulgar and anarchistic for me.
I've read some, and it's one of his better ones. Survivor is my personal favorite of his though.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
15 years ago, I saw the movie. So, apparently, did every other slightly or mildly disaffected young man-boy in the country. I remember when even at BYU students were forming fight clubs after the movie. No project mayhem. BYU is far too neat for that (Cougars don't cut corners), but plenty of virgins banging on each other. It was a little bit absurd. OK. It was a lot bit absurd. Anyway, I didn't want to read the book until I had spent enough time away from Fincher's tight, sweaty adaption (and BYU) so that there would be a chance the book would stand on its own. So it wouldn't just be a re-cap of the movie. Impossible. There are only those who read the book after the movie and those who read the book before the movie, and those who read it before aren't talking.
Yes. Literal the only book I have re-read multiple times. I go back to it once or twice a year. I understand that this book has a stigma of being "worse than the movie", but I consider both an amazing work of art.
The Kite Runner. IMO, a book is only as good as the emotional response one might have to it. The only other book I could compare was The Kite Runner.
The Narrator and Tyler. Jim is amazing.He has the perfect voice an intonation for all of the characters throughout the story. It's done so well, that I have sought out books read by him, regardless of the content, just because I know he is reading it.
Obviously the Narrator. What is so amazing about his nameless-ness is that you can see yourself as him throughout the story.
My favorite book of all time.
At a later time.
The insane, thrilling plot paints a picture just as vivid (though in different ways) as the film.
This is my first Jim Colby listen, and I was blown away! He really catches the narrator's demeanor and emotions. Though I have yet to experience any of his other performances, I feel it safe to say that his voice was made for this book.
Though one can note the similarities between the book and the film, as a whole they are far different. You're missing out if you haven't experienced the original work.