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Devin

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  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (814)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "Oddly Not as Good as the Movie"
    Overall

    I was somewhat disapointed. I read Survivor and Diary by Chuck Palahniuk and liked them more than Fight Club. Normally I vastly prefer books to movies, but not in this case. I related to the main character(s) more in the movie for some reason. Although the movie follows the book farily closely, they just seem more whiney and naive in the original format. Afterall anarchy is well, anarchy you know, not the utopian ideal that is glorified in the book.

    It's still is a wild ride that will keep you entertained, but after reading a few of his books it seems like the author is more interested in coming up with strange, flawed characters than anyone you could really get attached to. Each book has a different premise, but always contains protagonists who dance wildly on the fine line dividing deranged and genius. It was edgy and refreshing the first time I encountered the style but the charm wears off faster than expected.

    Anyway I would still say it's worth the download, provided you don't mind the thought of rendering human fat to manufacture soap or other equally plesant topics.

    When all is said and done, I think most adventurious listeners should try Chuck Palahniuk at least once. He really is an incomparable writer.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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