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
This was one of the best books I have ever read. The reader was unbelievably intuitive and added so much to the experience.
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.
All of the scenes relating to the "seduction" of Ms Lick by Ole.
I wouldn't dare touch the name
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!
Scary me.. if you can!
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
From start to finish, this story is incredibly dynamic! You become so enthralled with the family and their interactions, you become less concerned with the extraordinary nature of their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and very much look forward to the movie!
The unique story line and the intense descriptions of details throughout the story.
I can't choose a favorite because of the nature of the characters themselves. I enjoyed "watching" the whole family grow and the twisted reality of their lives.
I think I liked Chick the best, there was something youthful, but not "fake" in her presentation of him.
The Binewski's: My life and times with the Freaks
This books haunts me, sticks with me, and I find myself "missing" the characters and wanting more.
Great character development!
I fell in love with the Protagonist!
I forgot I was listening to a book....
The F-ed up family fabulous
'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.
Intriguing, specific, unforgettable.
The mom. I found her to be the most confusing, and yet not entirely unlikeable.
No, it was not really that kind of book.
This book evidently has a cult following. The reason I chose it was because I had read a review in People magazine. Nora Jones had listed it as her favorite book, and when I read more about it, people were saying it is a book they have read multiple times. I am not in that cult. It was different, but not my kind of book. I recommend books if they are well written and have something worth saying. This is a book that has something to say. Not a waste of time, but not my choice of "must reads".
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