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Fight Club | [Chuck Palahniuk]

Fight Club

Every weekend, in basements and car parks across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on the world.
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Every weekend, in basements and car parks across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything.

Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on the world...

©1996 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC

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    W G Lynwood, WA, Australia 03-13-09
    W G Lynwood, WA, Australia 03-13-09
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    "Similar to the movie."

    This was an exhilarating book even though I have already seen the movie. The movie and the book were very similar but the book made everything feel more complete. I still think that there might be 3 personalities in Norton...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yul Bahat 07-13-15
    Yul Bahat 07-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great performance"
    Any additional comments?

    When I first saw Fight Club back in 1999, it rocked my 16 year old self's world. It rocked the world of everyone around me. It was strange and new and different and violent and it made us think - which was completely unheard of at the time.

    I watched it at least 50 times since, and to this day I consider it as one of the greatest movies of all times. But for some reason I never got around to read the book it was based, until now. And so, here are some thoughts:

    1. This is a great book. Really. It was as good as promised and I highly recommend to anyone. Palahnuik is a great author, and I enjoyed every book of his I read.

    2. Most surprisingly, hearing this book made we appreciate the movie adaptation even more. I completely understand each and every change and edit done to the story, and it is one of the only times I can think of where I can't honestly say that the book is better than the movie. They are very similar but in some ways also very different, and both of them have their own qualities.

    3. That said, written violence always hits me harder than graphical one*. There were parts of the book I had to stop myself from fast forwarding.

    Highly recommended

    *pun definitely intended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 01-05-14
    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 01-05-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes i would recommend this audiobook to others. Because its well written and narrated. Many people know this story, from the movie with the same name, and the book dont dissapoint.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the story, even thoug i have watched the movie many times, i still enjoyed listning to this audiobook.


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

    i think Jim Colby did a great job narrating this book. the sound went a lilltle up and down sometimes, but else great


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Some of the few scences there is in the book, but not in the movie was exciting to hear.


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  • Mr
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    1/2/13
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    "better to read"

    I love this as both book and film and have read and seen both a number of times now. However the audio book was let down by the narrater, Jim Colby's reading was good enough but he just didnt hit the mark this time. if you havent read the book you should get this but if you have its not worth bothering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
    10/11/11
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    "Read the book"

    While the narration of Jim Colby is fine, it fails to reach the same heights as Edward Norton's narration in the film adaptation (of which I am a huge fan). I do realize that this is an unfair comparison but the damage is done - by watching the film - and the audio-book suffers for it, even though the text is excellent and Jim Colby narration is good.

    I would recommend reading the book instead of listening to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alastair
    5/7/15
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    "Masculinity, truth and the madness of modernity!"

    Great stuff, a modern classic on everything that is wrong with society and both the successes and failures that masculinity suffers in modern society. This is an existential journey that most men will relate to in one way or another. A sojourn that I feel drawn to again and again helping those that read it to stay in the moment and push themselves. A must for every modern man!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Surbiton, United Kingdom
    12/20/14
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    "The first rule of Fight Club..."

    I imagine a lot of people who listen to this novel have seen the film first. I did. For me the joy here was unpicking the twist of the narrative - which I won't spoil here - but seems even cleverer in written form. The film is very faithful to the text, but I appreciated having details and episodes fleshed out further. It certainly packs a punch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul S. Turner
    birmingham ,england
    8/4/14
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    "I wanted to breathe smoke"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    oh dear a great book let down by poor narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fight Club?

    all of it shame about the audio book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    totally ruined it


    Do you think Fight Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    fight club 2 is now being written as a graphic novel


    Any additional comments?

    please please get edward norton to read this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CHELMSFORD, ESSEX United Kingdom
    4/24/12
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    "I am breaking the 1st rule"

    A really good book makes you think as well as entertains and this does both...err so that must mean that this is a really good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Des
    7/7/10
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    "As it says on the tin"

    In fairness I am a fan of the film and had seen the film several times. I was unsure about getting the book as the films seem to usually be so different.
    I was very impressed by this book and enjoyed it with the joy I got from first watching the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/21/10
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    "better than the film"

    great film -better book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    12/6/08
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    "Don't you just wish ....."

    A masterpiece ....although you may have to listen to it twice to get the full effect. A mesmerising journey with the main character weaving you into his world(s) which are intense and extreme in every way. It is well read in a tone that matches the informative style of the book. If you like mind games this is the book for you. Welcome to the world of Tyler Dearden although you may think twice before you eat in a 5 star restaurant again...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anthony
    6/29/14
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    "outstanding story"

    really worth listening to performance could have been better but interesting to see differences to the film

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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