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.
This must have been the fastest I have ever gone through an audiobook. It's brilliantly composed and it is refreshingly rich. I consider this to be an incredibly constructed philosophical thought experiment, particularly concerned with Nietzsche's concept of 'constructive nihilism'
The movie is great - but this is even better. The movie followed the book quite closely but they messed up the ending. I prefer the book's ending.
I am sure that Fight Club is deep and poignant on many levels but I just do not enjoy these kinds of stories. Nihilistic, destructive, obscene. Palahniuk's forte but not my fave.
If you liked the movie, you'll like (or love) the book. I have felt Fight Club was one of my favorite movies since I first saw it, so the book was of course familiar in many ways, but different in many others, enough to make it interesting and worth reading. Without any major spoilers, I was surprised (pleased) at the book's ending, let's just leave it at that. I'd recommend it to any of my friends, definitely. Lots of great ideas, and very well written, besides.
It's hard to pinpoint a single thing I liked best about Fight Club. The socio-political statements and observations, the examination of the human condition and the perception of self, it's a masterpiece in my opinion. Even from a literary standpoint, the characters and the story are well developed, interesting, there is depth to every aspect of the book. Everything down to the prose is masterful. One of the best books written in and about the modern epoch. Struck and resonated with me on every level. One of few books I plan to invest time in revisiting.
Jim Colby nailed the tone of the book, in my opinion. He made me feel the emotions of the characters, both at their best and their worst. My one negative note is that he doesn't do the best job of giving distinct voices to each character, so it's hard to follow dialog in some places. This is partly a shortcoming of the format of audiobooks, but some performers do a better job at this than others. Overall, I give him a big, big thumbs-up though. I would be more likely to pick a future book knowing Jim Colby put it to voice.
How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?
When you wake up in a different place at a different time, can you wake up as a different person?
Losing all hope is freedom
Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.
Works great even on blood stains.
[i cheated here]
If you don't like Fight Club, you're probably one of 'them.' Honestly, this book was a critical part of my formative years and helped shape the person I see myself as today.