©2007 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"This dark religious parable (there's even a resurrection) from the master of grotesque excess may not attract new readers, but it will delight old ones." (Publishers Weekly)
"Outrageous but not quite over the top, full of energetic humor, Rant...is a memorable portrait of the cults that gather around authentically different people and a portrait of dystopia that feels unsettlingly contemporary." (Booklist)
This book is unlike any I have heard or read. Rant is one of the most brilliant charactors out there. I don't even know what genre to put this book in. Truely one of his masterpieces.
Did not enjoy the book. It was well read, but the story lacking. Typical Palahniuk, long gross out tangents that don't really add much to the story. Similar blue print to much of his other writing, in that he uses gross out details and a twisting plot line to insult/belittle faith and establishment.
I've liked Palahniuk ever since I read fight club (prompted by seeing the movie), and this book did not disappoint me. It's the typical unsentimental, absurd, grotesque, surprising, twisted, imaginative stuff I've come to expect. But be warned, if you don't like disgusting scenes described as if they were everyday occurrences, don't read Rant. If you want profound introspection into the meaning of life, don't bother. On the other hand, if you like fun houses and scary clowns, walk on in. The best aspect of listening to the audio book was having various actors read the different characters. Perfect listening experience. As far as the story goes, it took me a little while to figure out what was going on, but I had unwavering faith that the author would eventually make things clear. In fact, half the fun was the many "aha" moments as the story progressed. That is until the last part of the book. I had to listen to it twice, and I'm still not exactly sure what was going on. But, somehow, that did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. But if you like Palahniuk and this type of literature, it won't leave you wanting.
Every character speaking about Rant was read by a different person. Most of them weren't cheesey.
Slow to get going, storyline seems extremely benign and then WHAM! Chuck does his work. He has a very distinct writing style, this book's a different change of pace.
This was my first Chuck Palahniuk book. Because I love Fight Club (the movie), I assumed I'd love Chuck's writing -- but I don't. It's overtly graphic, unnecessarily disgusting and so flipping repetitive. The story line is pointlessly meandering and almost impossible to follow. I found this book boring and tedious, seemingly written for shock value alone and not for entertainment. Admittedly, the book has moments of genius but they are so few and far between that it's not worth the slog to get to them.
If it were not for the amazing cast of narrators, I would have given up on it.
The audio edition is, in my opinion, superior to the print version of Rant because of the vibrant performances of the voice actors.
I especially enjoyed the beginning of the book. The author immediately set up a detailed and bizarre world for his characters to live and set the off beat, dark tone that persisted through to the end.
This was my first Audible purchase and I found it to be a delightful introduction to the world of Audible.
Dare I say it's the best book I've ever listened to? Absolutely. The ensemble cast of readers really bring the unique format of this story alive. It probably took me about 1/4 the way in to really get into it and love the narrative, but once I got over the hump I was immersed in the world of Rant Casey... and my God! The ending is phenomenal!
The group of narrators and the production on this book is outstanding. The material that they had to work with is juvenile and sophmoric at best. Chuck is trying to hard to be significant. He should stop cranking out books every year and go through the process of developing his story so that his quips and quotable one-liners will not look so out of place. His attempts at bringing hip philisophical insights to his readers has been going downhill and come across like barflies giving advice to virgin lapdogs.
I finished the book through will power.
Naval Air Corps - (DC3, C118, P2V Neptune) 1965 - 1970
My decision to buy the book was based on the quality of the readers. The key learning point for me was; even great readers can't make a bad book good. The plot is too contrived and implausible. The readers did their job but, the books smells bad.
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