Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better - and that salvation hides in the last places you'll ever want to look.
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"This is a wild ride of a novel." (Booklist)
"Gutsy, terse, and cunning, Invisible Monsters may emerge as Palahniuk's strongest book." (Seattle Times)
I know Chuck Palahniuk is not for everyone, but I love his strange dark humor and I always know I can pick up one of his books and get a story like none other. Invisible Monsters definitely delivers. Yes it has drugs yes it has violence and yes most of the characters you are not going to empathize with but isn’t that what we read Chuck Palahniuk for? I know his bleak view of human nature and unique characters are just part of why I keep coming back.
As for the Audio version of this book it was perfection! The dramatization was spot on. I would highly recommend this audio book especially if you are already a Palahuiuk fan.
I'm a single Mom who LOVES to read and write novels
My husband likes Chuck Palahnuik and begged me to listen to one. I have never watched Fight Club or read anything by him so I had no idea what to expect. It had very good narration. The story was bizarre. It was funny though because the stranger it got, the more I couldn't turn it off. It was like seeing a horrible car accident, you don't want to look but you can't help it. I don't know if I will ever read another book by him again but I can honestly say that I have never read anything like it before. Chuck Palahniuk definitely has one heck of an imagination.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
OK, I realize Palahniuk is not for everyone. As disturbing as his ideas and imagery tend to be, they serve the purpose of derailing us from our accustomed view of the world. That frees us to see the world a little more openly. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that what people say isn't always the truth, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're lying. Incredibly enjoyable read if you're up to it.
Maybe I'm sick & twisted, but I loved this book! The main character, who doesn't have a face and can't talk, is BRILLIANT! Obviously the narrator talks to tell the story, but as the character she speaks gibberish. Her nuances, accents, etc, make this a fabulous book to listen to. The story itself is hilarious, even though though it could be taken as tragic. Lots of twists and turns, but you have to pay attention because it jumps around a lot time-wise.
Give me a total thumbs up . . . FLASH!
This book was as annoying as it was interesting! This was my first time with this author. Not sure if I would read him again but I did get a few belly laughs from listening. Interesting story, surely twisted but fun.
Chuck P. presents a unique, humorous and more-than-a-little twisted look at the modern, cosmetically-obsessed, gender-confused, drug-addled and (on many levels) just plain dysfunctional world in which we dwell. Thoroughly entertaining, whimsical and as offbeat a storyline as you will find anywhere. This is not for those who shock easily.
Up until the half way point of this book, I was wondering whether I should just abandon it. Invisible Monsters begins with a scene involving a shooting at a wedding and the rest of the book is devoted to telling you how we got there. The book jumps around in time constantly, a gleeful mess that refuses to make sense until its good and ready to.
So there I was at the half way point, deciding if I wanted to take the rest of the ride. Then Chuck throws you a bone. A hilarious scene in which the protagonist (a model who has had her face shot off) has thanksgiving with her parents drew me back in. After this, the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of the story begin to thunk into place and you begin to see where the story is headed. And you smile. The second half of the book is a darkly comic tale of how all the strands of the story and the characters come together into the final train wreck of a WTF climax.
I usually don't take to female narrators (I don't know why), but Anna Fields is great here. Some of the deadpan and darkly comic moments, she really nails.
The narrator is exceptionally good. I usually dislike performance audio. Generally, I would rather just hear the story in a normal reading voice: no distracting accents meant to distinguish one character from another, no dramatization with the narrator imposing their idea of where the points of emphasis should be, none of the invariably oafish-sounding male voices from female narrators, none of the female voices from male narrators that always sound somehow weak and mocking. Narrator Anna Fields reads like someone who effortlessly gets what is great about the writing of Chuck Palahniuk. Incidentally, I find her voice strangely reminiscent of Ellen Degeneres.
this book is undoubtedly one of the funniest books i've ever read/listened too. and it is very, VERY well read by anna fields. not only is it hilarious, but it is a really mind bending story with a definite 'fight club' resin pasted all over the plot. well done chuck palahniuk!
palahniuk definitely has a style all his own and his stories are interesting and move quickly and keep you guessing. this has a few problems but is good. i still rank Fight Club #1, Choke and Diary tied for #2, Lullaby, Survivor and Invisible Monsters next and Haunted last.
"not for me"
I didn't identify or have any empathy for the main characters, I just did'n't like or care about them. I should have realized this by reading the synopsis but I did get the impression it was going to be removed from a typical sex change diva and his best girl type drama. Suffice to say it wasn't and I got the feeling the author was trying to shock us by attacking that fake plastic world that the model lives in, and it's not a viewpoint that I have an interest in or care for.
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