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Geek Love Audiobook

Geek Love

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".
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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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    J. Simonton Texas, USA 05-29-14
    J. Simonton Texas, USA 05-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Fun Happens

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    "Creepy, dark and delightful"
    Would you listen to Geek Love again? Why?

    Yes, because I like things with a kind of sinister, dark edge. This book is not for the squeemish- it goes through just about every social taboo that families try to avoid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book explores the darker side of human nature. The amazing ability for a father to exploit his children in a most merciless manner. He would be the craziest stage parent ever and would definitely have his own reality television show today.


    Who was the most memorable character of Geek Love and why?

    I tried to see the situations through the mothers eyes. She allowed everyone around her to exploit or abuse her children but at the same time saw herself as a loving and protective mother.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2012
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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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    anniepaints Idaho USA 01-25-09
    anniepaints Idaho USA 01-25-09
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    "Loved this book!!!"

    I read "Dia's" review and it convinced me to get this book.
    I doubt if I would have considered using a credit for it without Dia's words to entice me..... so read that review and include a big "ditto" from me!
    Definitely one of my best reads of 2008. I have listened to it twice and will surely do it again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 05-02-16
    Amy 05-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unexpected at every turn!"

    What a story this was! Just you thought you knew the characters something unexpected and surprising happens!

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    A. Swinney Washington, DC 03-10-16
    A. Swinney Washington, DC 03-10-16 Member Since 2016

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    "One of a kind"

    As disturbing as this book was I loved (some of ) the characters. The book is so well written and I would highly recommend it.

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    Stantonizer 03-02-16
    Stantonizer 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing."

    I am highly recommending this to anyone who loves good characters and can stomach a good amount of gore! Wonderful book. Just wonderful.

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    cassandra 01-29-16
    cassandra 01-29-16
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    "sick"
    Would you try another book from Katherine Dunn and/or Christina Moore?

    I hate this book. It is so sick and criminal to purposely breed genetic deformities. There was nothing entertaining about this nauseating book in the least.


    What was most disappointing about Katherine Dunn’s story?

    all the story line


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    Claudia 11-20-15
    Claudia 11-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great reader, wonderfully strange story!"

    I have loved this book for years-- the plot, the linguistic gymnastics, the bizarre characters-- but this reader takes it to another level. I love her as the voice of Olympia, which is not easy as she is supposed to be a narrator herself. She also captures the rhythm of carnival life in a way that makes me believe this story was meant to be read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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