This was such a fun romp through Hell and back! The ending left the door wide open for a sequel, so I hope the author enjoyed it enough to continue the story...
The story, I never once got bored or drifted away while listening which is a hard thing for me to do. It kept me engaged and was loving every minute of it. I didn't want to get out of the car once I reached my destination.
Hard to say, I guess maybe Survivor by Chuck as well just because I love his doomed views on his characters.
The twist, I wont spoil it for others but usually I see twist coming but not this one.
Are you there Satan? It's me Madison.
Buy it/ Read it/ Listen to it whatever you have to do, this is a great book and you will enjoy it.
No. I hardly ever listen to books a second time.
Damned is so different that the only comparable book I can think of is Palahniuk's Rant.
She really makes you think she is a thirteen year old girl.
It made me laugh at times and think about what goes on in the real world.
Damned has many new twists on the old theme of Hell. You can never tell where Palahniuk is going, as he keeps on surprising you.
She is a fantastic actress, if you can stomach the certain plot lines in the book that would make people cringe normally to just experience her acting skills, you're in for a treat. Her voice acting skills are phenomenal.
Chuck Palahniuk Rebels! Is this Chuck pushing buttons so that he does not become a household name? For a while now I can see that lot of people may have looked to him as becoming this icon of american pop culture, the rabid writings of a softly spoken man that you could print lines off onto t shirts and make a few dollars... or even that reference that becca in "californication" might have made as listing our friend Chuck as an "inspiration".
I'd probably be annoyed too.
This book will be unsettling to a lot of people because of the graphic nature of things essentially happening to a child, all within a realm where sex, violence and the devil all seem to come into place.
His relentless approach and descriptive powers that we all enjoy from books like diary, choke, fight club etc have been used in topics that will leave a lot of people not wanting to read or listen to this book. I'd say it takes a true fan (I don't refer to myself as one) to really sit back and enjoy the writing in this book and see it as a work of Chuck's among many other books, this probably being a lot darker in writing.
As I said before, the actress reading this book is fantastic. I really enjoyed her delivery and her timing, as well as her use of using " demon voices" and slight changes to her own voice in representing the other characters, I think she is brilliant and would love to listen to more stories read by her.
In short, by all means if you want to listen to this book case Palahniuk is one of your favourite authors, do it. Otherwise you may just want to skip this title.
If you'd asked me whether or not Chuck Palahniuk could convincingly craft the voice of a thirteen year old girl, I may have been wary. I assure you though, Chuck comes through once again with an extraordinary interior dialogue that needles the awkward young adolescent in all of us.
Very inventive, and very funny
the ridiculous cast of characters
The protagonist, she had a great back story and goes through a great character arch
It can go a little over the top at times
A great Palahniuk blast. Freaky and sureal but also very "real". A favorite.
Love the detailed visual imagery of daily life in hell! Lol
Perfect voice for the awkward main character.
I think I have read everyone of his books. Although this is not one of his best; I do believe he got back to what drew me into reading (listening) to the next book. He creates a world that is oddly different. As always he says, and writes things that makes you cringe.
I have read just about everything published by Palahnuik and was really looking forward to reading his newest book. However, right from the get go I was picking out plot points before they even happened which is NOT something you would ever expect from this author. His greatest triumphs are his mind blowing plot twists that leave you reeling... but this time he seems to have slipped into some time warp where it feels like he is just finding his voice for the first time. With this book he embraces vulgarity without the eloquence that his readers celebrate, leaving us with flat raw images that do nothing to pique our darker side of imagination but instead just... well... grossing us out.
His characters are usually borderline unlikeable, but endearing in their own ways. This time, Madison was nothing but annoying with really nothing interesting to say... as is with most 13-year-old girls. Her constant wining and desperate need for people (and demons) to like her makes it unbearable to keep turning the pages as slamming the book shut would be as close to slapping her across the face as you can possibly get.
I am hoping that Palahniuk hasn't lost his voice that made him so incredibly unique, that Damned was just an awful fluke... If you really want to enjoy some true Palahniuk work, check out Haunted, Fight Club or Invisible Monsters. This one is best sent to hell with Madison.
thought it would be a good read for a teenager, but may be too risque for under 16.
the descriptions of anything gross that would be a teen's idea of hell was delightful. laughed out loud at some descriptions.
the doleful sardonic voice of Madison.
Madison for a veggie dinner.