I like Chuck's work, especially the way he peppers the story with oddball factoids, but this is far from his best offering. It's an interesting premise, though. Paul Garcia does a commendable job. He's appropriately deadpan and animated when the story calls for it.
There is one particular moment in the book that was so out of left field that it really took me out of the story. After that point, I wasn't nearly as enthralled.
Worth it for a diehard Palahniuk fan, not the best place to start for the casual reader.
Trite. Un-original. Disappointing. Predictable. If this audiobook was playing over the intercom system on an auto-pilot guided flight with no one aboard, only vapors in the tanks and engines burning out--I would gladly force the yoke forward and rocket myself terra-bound, but I do not believe the final moments would pass quickly enough to end my suffering. Gilbert Gottfried doing a one-man production of "Little Women," is more appealing than the thought of listening to Survivor again.
Same character archetypes as in many other Chuck's books. Same nihilistic ennui and dull, achingly obvious reveals.
Some ideas are best kept scribbled on napkins and not graced with a cover and space on a bookshelf, let alone an audiobook production.
A book born to be in audio form. I read the book years ago fresh and knowing the first person format of the writing I was intrigued how this would sound. It sounds amazing. Tender Branson. He may not be the hero America wants, but he's certainly the hero we're going to get.
What a terrific read, with many sentences making you back up and listen to or read again. So original, so full of odd perspectives, that had I a big enough block of time, I would have gotten through in one sitting. I say that about very few books. Caveat: I did a combo of listen and read so I did not hear the entire narration. I was a bit put off by the reader as it did not match the voice in my head from reading it, but that's probably my fault, not the narrator. However, I believe I may have liked reading it better than listening because given the option, I went back to the Kindle book version.
This book is dark, profound in places, and a sad commentary on society in many ways, so if you're looking for a light read, chick lit, romance or the like, this definitely isn't it.
Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.
For a good book, one needs: a compelling story, at least two good characters, a handful of wisdom, a twist of the norm or a lead that defines normal behavior. Mix all these together and wait for a publishing house to realize your mad work of genius and then do two months of touring and signing and then pray to the gods of literature to be merciful.
Well, Chuck P. has that recipe and a few more inside this book. It starts off with a "grab your attention situation" and then develops into a "that lead character is very strange" type thing which then develops into a "is society that much like a herd of cows" and then it comes full circle and finishes where it began.
It's worth a listen. I, myself, have heard it twice now and both times combined were well spent.
I've read before that Chuck Palahniuk explores similar themes among his novels, and if you read fight club, reading this would feel very familiar because of the over all tone. When I first read the summary I found the concept to be very interesting, but sadly, I think the delivery couldn't be more disappointing. I know the voice of the book is supposed to sound deadpan, but more than anything it was depressing as hell. The book started out building up painfully slow,and around midway the plot picks up but ends abruptly as you might have predicted early on starting from the first page. (Oddly, the book begins with the last page, and ends on page 1)
That said, Palahniuk is still a great writer, the writing in the book is as skillful as ever, with satirical references and countless metaphors that would strike you as absurdly funny. Perhaps this is what got most people hooked on the book; but I'm just thinking maybe this kind of satire is not my cup of tea. Even so, perhaps this is as far as I would go with Palahniuk's work. I daresay reading Fight Club and this one would be enough of his best work.
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Not your usual from Chuck but it is a book that I could not stop listening to. I have listened to it more than once since then & while it is a very strange concept, it works & is believable (well most of it anyway).
I didn't see that coming.
This is the 1st novel of Chuck Palahniuk's that I have read/heard. Very unique style and it took me most of the book to figure out how the beginning ties into the rest of the story.
It kept pulling me along for the ride. I would recommend it if you like strange stories that keep you thinking about how things fit together.
I love horror, suspense and just weird stories, so I really wanted to like this, especially with all the good reviews. I just couldn't get into it though. It was just too weird. I might try it again in the future, but I just had a hard time following the story line. I am all for leaving the reader with questions, but it is a fine balance between hooking the reader and confusing the reader. I was confused. Maybe when I am feeling more patient, I will try it again.