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Geek Love Audiobook

Geek Love

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Publisher's Summary

No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al's careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies "special". As the oldest daughter, albino dwarf Olympia, puts listeners in the ring-side seat, her family's incredible drama erupts and spills over into the "normal" world.

Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.

©1998 Katherine Dunn; (P)1999 Recorded Books

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    loren VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 09-29-13
    loren VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Geek Love in three words, what would they be?

    Great character development!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I fell in love with the Protagonist!


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    I forgot I was listening to a book....


    If you could rename Geek Love, what would you call it?

    The F-ed up family fabulous


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zackery HARVARD, IL, United States 09-15-13
    Zackery HARVARD, IL, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "'Geek Love' Lives Up to Its Reputation"

    'Geek Love' is a rare piece of fiction, one that lives up to its highest praise and proves wrong its detractors. Of all the novels and stories I have read that are included in the growing cannon of "transgressive fiction", 'Geek Love' is both the greatest of those works, and the one that is most truly transgressive. It is a novel that explores what it means to be a freak. What is a freak? Who makes somebody a freak? How does a person become a freak? What is the life of a freak like? Do freaks love? Why are so-called normal people both repelled and grotesquely attracted to freaks? Katherine Dunn explores all of these questions and more with a refreshing candor and a remarkable amount of compassion.

    Aside from being a powerful exploration of freakdom, the novel is also the chronicle of a family that is, in their own highly unorthodox way, as all-American as any other. As I listened, I experienced both the thrill of their rise and the pain of their disturbing disintegration.

    Where Christina Moore, the narrator of this title, is concerned: I do not think I have ever heard a more lively or enthralling performance of an audiobook. Christina Moore brings each character to life through changes in pitch, cadence, tone, and diction. Her voice captures and conveys perfectly the range of emotions felt by the characters and draws the listener into the story, appropriately enough, like a slick and experienced pitch-man.

    After listening to the final words of this novel, you may be disturbed, you may be heart-broken, but you will most definitely not be the same as you were when you started. That is a guarantee from my lips to your ears. So plunk down your two bits and step on in because you won't believe what you're about to see.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 07-28-11
    Karen 07-28-11
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    "Great!"

    I enjoyed this story, even though it was very bizzarre. I fell in love with the Oly. What a refreshing break from the usual novel. The narrator was easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 01-31-11
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 01-31-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "sad.."

    great story.. it was hard to follow at time but only cause im slow.. got hooked and stuck it out.. good ending.. great book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Trattner Venice, CA 08-24-16
    James Trattner Venice, CA 08-24-16 Member Since 2014

    wannabe critic

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    "Chillingly Compelling Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Geek Love the most enjoyable?

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. The reader was unbelievably intuitive and added so much to the experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was that I had never read anything like this in my entire life. It was brilliantly told, written and read. What else could a reader ask for.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the scenes relating to the "seduction" of Ms Lick by Ole.


    If you could rename Geek Love, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't dare touch the name


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha C. 08-22-16
    Samantha C. 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Blows your mind"

    I have read this book before in print but I couldn't stay away from it. Miss Olly's story is amazing, though sometimes unbelievable. But I suppose this was a long time ago, and I am still entranced by it. Author Katherine Dunn you did great!

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    lindsey truesdel 08-19-16 Member Since 2016

    Scary me.. if you can!

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    "Give it an hour"

    The first hour I thought .. Oh boy this is going I suck - even the reader was killing me - but damn if it didn't get good. Not scary just weird as shit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sarah 08-12-16
    sarah 08-12-16

    all books horror. especially zombie

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    "wow Not what I expected"

    couldn't recommend this book highly enough especially for fans of adult horror. narrator does a fantastic job and the story is riveting

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    Kristin 07-27-16
    Kristin 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Seriously you need this!"
    If you could sum up Geek Love in three words, what would they be?

    Outrageous, honest, and candid.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chick, he is the perfect ever loving vegetarian. He would rather be in pain than cause it.


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

    She is AMAZING! She makes it seem like you are in their world.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried a lot... But it was a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    There is nothing quite like this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    debbie14075 07-22-16
    debbie14075 07-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a book I would recommend."

    This is too far out there for me. The language and issues are extreme and upsetting at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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