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Pygmy Audiobook

Pygmy

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Publisher's Summary

"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified.

©2009 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Aaron washington, DC, USA 06-13-09
    Aaron washington, DC, USA 06-13-09
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    "book is good narrator not"

    this book was quite enjoyable but the narrator ruined the book for me not the best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Fort Worth, TX, USA 05-21-09
    Thomas Fort Worth, TX, USA 05-21-09
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    "A Big Disappointment (from a big fan)"

    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.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J. Bogdan 05-20-09
    J. Bogdan 05-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Like Cough Syrup for the ears"

    I'm all for experimental structure and new methods of story telling, but this is like listening to nails on a chalkboard. Admittedly, i only got 1/2 way through before putting it down, but i think his unconventional narrative was wreaking havoc on the language portals of my brain. so, i put it down for medical reasons.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jalmky94 12-24-09
    Jalmky94 12-24-09
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    "disappointed * beware of content*"

    i LOVE every other chuck palahniuk book i have read.
    I HATE HATE HATE this one. well actually, i didnt even finish it. i was very disappointed that there was no indication of the overly detailed rape description. i deleted it from my player and my library.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hageman 05-13-09
    K. Hageman 05-13-09

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    "Not Good At All"

    I read and enjoyed Fight Club and saw the movie. This is another experience entirely. Palunik attempted to create an interesting style through the voice of "Pygmy" - a wierd mix of naive/unfamiliar with technical culture and very precise almost ultra scientific terminology. It didn't work for me at all.

    Generally the characters were unabashedly brutal and disgusting - I have no problem with violence and sex, but a brutal anal rape in the first 30 minutes of listening was just completely gratuitous and purposeless.

    The author likes to take cheap shots at America - again I have no problems with taking shots at America, but having your characters bundle up all the ugliness of America and then pretending you have something interesting to say is poor reading.

    I didn't listen past the anal rape and don't want to bother listening any more.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Red Baron LA LA Land 10-06-09
    Red Baron LA LA Land 10-06-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Can not understand this book"

    This book is not a strong showing for Chuck, I loved Rant and have bought snuff and this one as fast as I could and neither one made me happy the same way Rant did, But this book fails because its just a bunch of broken english, I mean if this guy was really a trained agent I doubt he would anally rape another boy in a kmart, (second Chapter) or act the way he does, I mean how can a trained agent not even speak the dam language. I get it it is supposed to be interesting and a lot of people say its supposed to be a challenge, but no offense to Chuck no one is going to be talking about Pygmy in the same way as some one say reading Dante's Inferno in latin, now thats a challenge. Least favorite book in a long time.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    12/17/14
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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made Pygmy better?

    I expected more of a story from such a strong writer who wrote such interesting stories like Fight Club, Diary and Invisible Monsters.

    This feels like it's talking about female orgasms as a prelude to his newest book, Titled something something.


    What was most disappointing about Chuck Palahniuk’s story?

    Predictable.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    It was okay. He stayed mostly in one accent then at one point did a Chinese accent then back again. Wierd.


    What character would you cut from Pygmy?

    I remember none of them to really think it would make a difference.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Chuck's work, this is why this book stings a little bit. Upset.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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