©2009 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[A] potent...cultural satire...[full of] characteristically scathing observations....[A] singular, comic accomplishment." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hilarious....Palahniuk leaps over the line of good taste - and lands squarely on his feet." (Booklist, starred review)
Hilarious story, but terrible choice for read aloud. Almost couldn't finish it- written from perspective of foreign exchange student, so grammar is very different from regular English
I really enjoyed it. I read some other reviews and was hesitant to buy it, but I'm glad I listened to my gut. Paul Michael Garcia was a fantastic narrator and he really brought the book to life. I could see where the style would turn some people off, but I found it forced me to really listen and focus on the book. I had no problems following along.
Can't think of anything I'd compare it to. It's a unique verbage and while the plot was a bit predictable, I found myself laughing at some parts and re-reading certain chapters to see if I could pick up something new.
Another narrator could've really tanked this book, due to the broken English, or pigeon English. Mr. Garcia's performance was top notch: perfect rhythms and I got into the style by the end of the first chapter. A great match for narrator and story.
Begins here the first account of Operative Pygmy...
I wasn't expecting to be so entertained by, and impressed with this book. I felt as if I was sharing a secret language with Mr C.P.
I don't agree with the negative reviews, although I did let them influence me at first...for months actually and I almost didn't buy this book.
As I was reading, I realized that they were the ones who were not quite picking up the clever concept. And excuse me, but it made me laugh to hear some say that this is an "anti-american" book...and yet...these same people loved FIGHT CLUB!
Go figure. PS...great narrator, good job!
I've read (mostly listen to) all the other works of Palahniuk, and love his writing style. However, this book is a failed experiment to change the writing style. You basically have to try to decipher every single sentence to understand what it really means because when taken literally it makes no sense at all - by design. If that sounds appealing to you, I would recommend picking up the paper version so you can easily pause after each sentence and decrypt... trying to do so from audio while driving is completely impossible.
The dialog of this story is insane. Chuck is an amazing writer. I would recommend this story to anyone who has a twisted sense of humor and if your conservative, this might loosen you up a bit.
I was initially turned off by the unusual grammatical style the book was written in but after a couple chapters it grows on you.
This is an amusing and clever satirical view of America in the tradition of Jonathan Swift and Terry Southern. I didn't have any trouble with the Clockwork Orange-type argot of the main character ("Operative me").
However, the conceit of this character (i.e., broken English, primitive, animalistic P.O.V. but also with complex thoughts and using highly technical references) is a bit odd and not completely satisfactory from a story logic perspective. It's sort like asking somebody to dictate their memoirs using a foreign language that they don't speak very well, which upon reflection is maybe just what he was doing.
This was just horrible- I have read all his other stuff, but this was unreadable- listened to about 30 minutes and had to move on to something else.
Palaniuk tries to put a new twist into every book he writes, and usually I like them. However, this time his twist makes the book unreadable for me. I don't understand what the character is saying at all. I gave up after 15 minutes, and I still have no idea what the stituation was or what was being said by the main character.
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