I'm generally a chuck fan, but I couldn't get through this one -just not that funny or interesting or written well enough to justify my time. I do encourage you, however, to try other another chuck (except pygmy - I didn't like that one much either).
It starts out great. But as the story progresses, it feels more and more rushed. The last quarter of the book I could almost hear the editor banging on the door demanding the final draft.
With the one exception of Megan meeting Satan for the second time, its very predictable. Almost like a short story that was expanded to make a book. If you are looking for anoher Haunted or Fight Club, this is not going to get it.
I usually go head over heels for C.P.'s work. I have read almost everything he has writtin and adored Rant and Haunted...flipped over Lullaby and really enjoyed Diary.
This reads as though it was written by an inexperienced writed trying to sound like Palahniuk.
I didn't feel any connection to the characters, the story built to an anticlimax that left me feeling really flat. It actually seemed more like a book written for teenagers or Y/A.
An hour close to the end I couldn't have cared less but I kept slogging along until, nothing happened, and then, to quote Chuck out of Pygmy, (another fav) nothing kept happening.
If hell is as boring as C.P. invisions...I'd rather go to heaven.
On the other hand I would listen to the narrator. She did a good job with what she was given.
I really should have know from the description that this would not be good. This was definately a major mistake. The characters were not at all likeable. The story was just plain stupid.
I stopped after a couple of chapters. Don't know what I was thinking.
I disliked the characters so much I probably am not giving the reader a fair shot.
There was nothing redeeming about this book
High School teacher and audiophile...I listen to no fewer than four books a week. It is my escape. I listen for information, entertainment and sometimes just brain candy, so my audio library is eclectic. I offer no profound literary analysis, but I can tell you if a book is fun to listen to!
As with all Palahniuk creations, the concept is original and twisted. The "Are You There God? It's Me Margaret" format is humorous enough, but add to that the eventual takeover of hell by a chubby 13 year old who collects trophy pieces from history's most notorious and you have a seriously funny book. The narrator, however, made me re-think listening to the audio. I can understand the choice...her voice has the annoying tonal quality that one might find in a precocious early adolescent, but is just not pleasant to listen to. Though far from monotone, there is still a droning quality to the narration, on par with listening to a wasp trying to escape through the glass of your bedroom window all night long....
I have never wanted a refund on a book in the past, even if I didn't enjoy it. Some things aren't my cup of tea. I wasn't offended or disgusted by this book but it was just plain stupid and an absolute waste of time. I can deal with losing my credit, but I at least want the 8 hours of my life back that I wasted.
This was just ok. Story: Some aspects are a little creepy when you consider a late 40s man writing about a 13 year old girl. Especially the chapter about her wandering around naked at night at the boarding school and her bodily sensations. Or the nature of her death. Or the cunnilingus performed on a demon by a decapitated teenage boy. They are not offensive per se, just odd, like Pete Townsend singing about young boys. All in all, it was just ok. If John Hughes is in hell, he's probably amused by this book. I like Palahniuk, I get transgressional fiction, this was something that did not move, impress or improve me by taking the time to listen to it. Performance: it was good, not great. Occasional mispronunciations, occasional flat deliveries, but good overall. Will probably not bother with the sequel.
I almost never listen to or read books more than once, I'm either too lazy or too busy. I would recommend it as a listen though. It's not up there with the greats but it's funny and unique. The girl is wonderfully well drawn even in such a bizarre setting I felt I could recognise girls her age in her manner.
Great voice, managed to portray all the characters, even the females wonderfully and without resorting to that high pitched squeaking that so many male narrators use for women and girls.
The Devil. He would drive so I could drink.
Because his writing style is very unique, it was nice to hear this narrated. Each of his novels have a different feel to them and sometimes it takes me a few chapters to get his technique. This was a very vulgar novel and grossly entertaining. If you're a fan, it's a must read/ listen.
Before purchasing this book I had read a large amount of reviews whereby the reviewers denounced "Damned" as nothing more than a disgusting, pornographic piece of filth. This is certainly NOT the case, or at least I didn't think so. (By the way, I challenge anyone who found Palahniuk's "Damned" to be repulsive, to read William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch!")
The story is set around a schoolgirl who has died and regained consciousness, only to find herself in the Lake of Fire (Hell). I found Damned to be extremely humorous. The setting and tone of the story are very typical to Palahniuk's writing, and if you have enjoyed some of his stories such as "Haunted" and "Survivor" you will almost definitely find Damned to be equally entertaining.