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Lullaby | [Chuck Palahniuk]

Lullaby

New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

Carl Streator, a 40-something widower and newspaper reporter, has lived a reclusive life since the death of his wife. His latest assignment is to write a series of articles on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In doing so, he discovers that there is an underlying commonality in the deaths. A children's book, Poems and Rhymes Around the World, containing an African Death chant, is found at the scene of the cases he investigates. Having read the chant aloud, he quickly realizes the lethal power of the words. As he fights against its powerful grip, which has turned him into a serial killer, he enlists the aid of some eccentric compatriots who vow to rid every library and bookstore of the deadly text before further lives are jeopardized. But what begins as a crusade to save lives soon becomes the ultimate game of cat and mouse, as they uncover the truth about the rhyme and are hunted by the force holding Streator captive.

Newsday hails Palahniuk as "one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time." Richard Poe's powerful narration expertly captures every tormented detail of this paranormal thriller.

©2002 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Hilarious satire." (Publishers Weekly)
"Outrageous, darkly comic fun of the sort you'd expect from Palahniuk." (Kirkus Reviews)
"In his last novel, Choke, Palahniuk proved he could write a best seller without sacrificing his trademark biting satire. And in Lullaby, he manages an even more impressive feat by showing himself capable of tenderness as well as outrage." (Booklist)
"This is vintage Palahniuk: weird, creepy, twisted, upsetting, and ultimately a great read for anyone who wants to be scared for pleasure." (Library Journal)

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    R Japan 01-12-05
    R Japan 01-12-05 Listener Since 2003
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    "Palahniuk's New Hit"

    Again, Chuck Palahniuk skirts the border of genius versus insanity. "Lullaby" is a spellbinding journey through America, for control. Much more of an action adventure, than the title lets on; this book follows a man, Carl Streator, in his quest to control himself, his companions and the "Big Brother" of our world.

    Following the same style of writing as "Fight Club" and "Survivor" Palahniuk fills this book with bits of information that make "Lullaby" consistently interesting, and enhances the story. The audio selection is well read and easy to understand.

    Final Point; Great story that I couldn't stop! If you liked any other of Palahniuk's work, then this is a definite read! ~ Enjoy

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 07-22-05
    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 07-22-05 Member Since 2012
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    "My first excursion into Palahniuk Country"

    ...except for the film version of "Fight Club", which I thoroughly enjoyed and which had people everywhere telling me, "But you GOTTA read the BOOK!" Somehow I never did - maybe because no one would surrender their copy.

    "Lullabye" from Audible seemed like a painless way to experience a new author, and having now done so, I'm reminded of a reviewer of Richard Brautigan's novels in the late 1960s, who wrote, "Someday, people will no longer be said the write 'novels' - instead they will write 'Brautigans'."

    "Lullabye" is the first "brautigan" I've read in decades, and a fine example it is. Inventive and intense, it might be easy for the un-brautiganized reader to fret about the dangerous world Chuck P. has created, which writhes and pulses in your hands like the fresh meat it really, really is. Not to worry, Gentle Reader, you can trust this man. He's a professional.

    I'm glad that ALL writers aren't like Chuck Palahniuk, but I very, very happy that HE is.

    PS: Very nicely read for the Audible version, too. The perfect tone, which can't have been easy to find, or maintain.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-27-11
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "Likely to please Palahniuk fans"

    Love him or hate him, Palahniuk???s books seem to have a common theme. In them, modern culture is cast as something of a terminal malady, a cancer rapidly consuming both the Earth and the original human spirit. For his characters, the only release is through some form of anarchic lashing out.

    In Fight Club, it was young men rediscovering their smothered masculinity through basement brawls and acts of civil destruction. Here, the story revolves around a supernatural device, a lullaby hidden in an obscure children???s book that has the power, when read, or even thought, to kill. The book???s oddball protagonists (including two characters dealing, in their own strange ways, with having accidentally killed their own families with the lullaby, and a hilariously obnoxious young vegan nudist) set off on a quest to destroy, through trickery or mayhem, every last copy of the book, but, this being Palahniuk, much consideration is also given to the idea of simply using the lullaby to put modern society out of its misery.

    The key to reading Chuck P is to accept that his books are wildly implausible and over-the-top, both in terms of how his characters act and his own reduction of the world. What Palahniuk does do, though, is shove the reader off balance, bombarding them with betcha-didn???t-know-this factoids and a bleakly humorous treatment of dark subject matter. These quotable little nuggets of twisted insight and wit are really what you get for the price of admittance, even more so than the story itself.

    Compared to Fight Club, I did find this book a bit chaotic. What plot there is is thin and makes a lot of swift turns, which had me checking my audiobook a few times to see if I???d accidentally missed some piece of information (nope). It may test the patience of non-devotees. But, on the other hand, the chaos are part of the experience and it???s not a long read. All in all, I enjoyed it. Palahniuk is his own institution (in both senses of the word) and a good break from tamer, blander novels.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linsey BRANDON, FL, USA 04-27-05
    Linsey BRANDON, FL, USA 04-27-05
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    "Better than Diary"

    And I didn't think I could like an audiobook better than Diary! What a terrific book--I wanted to pull the car over about 100 times to jot down some great line to remember. CP never disappoints!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Bitz Ozarks 03-11-09
    Mr. Bitz Ozarks 03-11-09 Member Since 2015

    Gaming Connoisseur

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    "See the forest for the trees"

    Although this book has it's flaws I found it a fun book to listen to in my car going to and from work. I really think that this author has his mind somewhere else other than earth and this book is proof. Everything in this book from the story to the descriptions of events are off-the- wall bizarre. HOWEVER, I have NEVER had so much fun with a book and I look forward to reading more from this guy! Long story short is that the book has it's flaws but it's kind of like a Jackie Chan movie..........terrible but wonderful at the same time!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer/Read This Book Wareham, MA, United States 09-13-12
    Kindle Customer/Read This Book Wareham, MA, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2014

    L. Taylor

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    "Scary Lullaby"
    If you could sum up Lullaby in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected Romance Horror


    What other book might you compare Lullaby to and why?

    Stephen King Books?


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

    The nonchalant normalcy of the voice describing a horrific event of scene.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lullaby and why?

    The The female realestate agent/witch (for me). There was a man equally memorable and then 2 more characters just as memorable, but not having as much space as the primary couple.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this. I totally didn't expect what I got from the description OR from the first chapter even! Loved it and pleasantly surprised!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Chapel Hill, NC, USA 01-19-05
    Donna Chapel Hill, NC, USA 01-19-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    This was an interesting book. I was uncertain whether it was a satire or the wanderings of someone who is losing their mind. While I probably would not read another book by this author, I must admit that it was a change of pace for me. From that perspective, I would recommend it as a choice. The characters were odd, the situations they found themselves in bordered on insanity and impossiblity just enough to draw me back to listen. I thought the author did a nice job of creating a story that kept one's interest even though it was the kind of "sick" interest one might have when driving past an accident on the highway.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Justin OMAHA, NE, United States 08-11-13
    Justin OMAHA, NE, United States 08-11-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Chuck Palahniuk On His A-Game"
    Where does Lullaby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to Lullaby ATLEAST 10 times now. This one will not get old. My favorite CP reading hands down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All around I loved this story. Very witty. In the second chapter his rant about quiet-ophobics is so damn beautiful, hilarious, and on point. It is a story that is always moving only taking time to nitpick at the abstract details of the story. There is no fluff in this book in my humble opinion. The voice actor is brilliant in this too. He paces very well through the book and nails every nuance of CP's writing. I am thoroughly impressed.


    Any additional comments?

    I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a damn kooky story told in a way that is perfect for the book. You don't feel like you are listening, you are there with him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-04-12
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "Such an interesting concept"
    If you could sum up Lullaby in three words, what would they be?

    Magic is alive


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the characters were well developed and even though it was a scary idea most show their internal character. The antaganist is a great person to hate


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the hero must keep counting to ten to make sure he does not act with the power that he wants to control


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    be careful what you read, words are powerful


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 05-02-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Weird and wicked"

    I liked the fast and efficient plot delivery of this book - the author didn't waste a lot of time on superfluous detail - he just jumped right into the meat of the story. The characters are bizarre and they take each other through a gruesome adventure that reminds me of a modern day B-horror flick. There's spirits, witchcraft, ancient voodoo, perversions with corpses, and a buttload of death. If a well-crafted horror masterpiece is a six course gourmet dinner, then consider this book your favorite drive-thru burger and fries value meal with a chocolate milkshake to wash it down.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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