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Damned | [Chuck Palahniuk]

Damned

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.
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Publisher's Summary

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction.

The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell. Madison shares her cell with a motley crew of young sinners that is almost too good to be true: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by fate to form the six-feet-under version of everyone’s favorite detention movie.

Madison and her pals trek across the Dandruff Desert and climb the treacherous Mountain of Toenail Clippings to confront Satan in his citadel. All the popcorn balls and wax lips that serve as the currency of Hell won’t buy them off.

This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno where The English Patient plays on endless repeat, roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb, and the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center to hardsell you Hell. He makes eternal torment, well, simply divine.

©2011 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“The story scoots along like any great adventure story, as she takes on Hitler and Catherine de Medici, and it’s a delight seeing Madison find her place in life, even if it’s in death.” (Booklist)

"Palahniuk is one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time. He rearranges Vonnegut's sly humor, DeLillo's mordant social analysis, and Pynchon's antic surrealism (or is it R. Crumb's?) into a gleaming puzzle palace all his own." (Newsday)

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    J Blandford Forum, United Kingdom 03-28-12
    J Blandford Forum, United Kingdom 03-28-12
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    "save your credit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A teenage girl might enjoy this, one that giggles at the use of swear words, until she gets to the bit with the giant being pleasured....


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chuck Palahniuk again?

    I'll give Chuck a go again, I really enjoyed Choke, Survivor and Haunted. Not done Fight Club yet so just maybe???


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Tia reads this very well and really gets into character, albeit a moaning, bitter teenage girl!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-20-12
    Glenn Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Typical Palahniuk"
    What did you like best about Damned? What did you like least?

    I bought this audiobook despite the poor reviews here because when you pick up a Palahniuk, you should know what you are getting into! I have


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    All of his books describe the ways in which people derive some kind of comfort or satisfaction in unconventional or socially unacceptable ways, and this is no less true for the dead. His books always include some form of odd sexual content, so this should not be surprising to people either - embrace it!


    What about Tai Sammons???s performance did you like?

    The narrator was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    In summary, this is not a starter Palahniuk, but one for the die-hard fans for whom he can do no wrong. Fight club and choke are mandatory reading before delving into this second string stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Sena Bayside, NY United States 02-06-12
    Sandra Sena Bayside, NY United States 02-06-12
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    "Should have read the other reviews first..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Consistency of story and depth of charachters.


    What could Chuck Palahniuk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Spent more time on story and less time on finding ways to gross out the reader.


    What three words best describe Tai Sammons???s voice?

    young, energetic, engaging.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Damned?

    There are too many to choose from. Ask me which I'd keep.... and my answer would be the scenes alone at school over holiday break.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration kept me going as far as I went, but I coudn't give any more hours of my life to a story and a character that was engulfed by pointless, childish, bodily fluid centered grossness. I thought this might have been targeted as a Young Adult book, but there is no way I'd point anyone I know, at any age in this direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 02-03-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 02-03-12
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    "Witty and entertaining"

    An unusual story that develops the way it should. I liked how she got used to Hell and wasn't sure she wanted to go to Heaven.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marj 12-26-11
    Marj 12-26-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Well, I'll be damned"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story grabbed me and I gladly hung on. I thought it might be depressing from the synopsis and the other reviews but it really wasnt. There are aspects of this hell that are certainly hell like but hell is not to be white washed. The main character and her crew wend and rampage their way through the hellish landscape and I didn't have the impression that they were true victims of their fate. The story was also comical. I guess one just has to listen to it to get that.


    What does Tai Sammons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator brings it all to this story. It would not have worked without her. Her wonderful dry delivery is perfect. I totally believed I was listening to a 13 year old precocious kid.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance with this book. I am glad I did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Goni Harlap Tel-Aviv, Israel 12-18-11
    Goni Harlap Tel-Aviv, Israel 12-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "funny as hell"
    If you could sum up Damned in three words, what would they be?

    it's almost impossible for a 13 years old narrator to win my attantion, and usually for me this can be a real turn- off, having said that - this was a fun, creepy, and wired at the same time, or in other words- definitly a true palahniuk
    and it went by so quickly..


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 12-05-11
    Heather 12-05-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Turned it off"
    Any additional comments?

    I only listened for 40 minutes until I could not take it any more. I did not find the main character believable or likeable, the story seemed like it was going nowhere and efforts to be cute and witty fell so flat that they were simply annoying and sad. The writing and performance both

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mike VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 12-02-11
    Mike VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Twisted, entertaining, and creative as always"

    I have been a fan of Chuck's writings for so many years. This book did not dissapoint. His writing style is constantly evolving and changing and this may be the best style yet. I enjoyed it from start to finish and really am glad this was my choice as my first audible book. I will have to sit and read the hard copy as soon as i have time though. The reader was great and addeed something to my experience that i am not able to descride since i dont have any other listenings yet to compare to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen K Hudson 11-22-11
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    "True Chuck"

    Another great tale from Mr. Palahniuk. Damned is not for the squeamish, but delivers the usual over-the-top imagery, band of characters you hate to love, and pointed commentary on our "civilization" in general. Tai Sammons does a nice job. I will never answer survey phone calls the same way again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Burbank, CA, United States 11-11-11
    Michael Burbank, CA, United States 11-11-11
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    "A HELL of a fun book!!!"

    No where near as many twists and turns as his previous titles, but Chuck's warped "not so bad" version of hell is pretty amusing. The menial reasons people are damned really cracked me up.

    The character development of Madison from beginning to end went where I never expected, and when I read that last line, "to be continued", I curses the heavens and can't wait for the next part in this trilogy.

    Overall, this isn't literary art, this is simply a fun book not to be taken too seriously.

    Enjoy it for what it is.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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