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Rant

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Publisher's Summary

Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the New York Times best-sellers Fight Club and Lullaby, is known for his edgy novels, and Rant is no exception. Palahniuk presents this fictional biography of Buster "Rant" Casey in a series of vignettes told by the people who knew him best. As intricate as a spider web, Rant succeeds in recounting the story of one man's life only through the eyes of others. But the question remains, "Who was Rant Casey?"

©2007 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-14-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-14-15

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "History is nothing except monsters or victims."

    “History is nothing except monsters or victims. Or witnesses.”
    ― Chuck Palahniuk, Rant

    HE was close. He was so damn close. He just didn't close it at the end. It was a poem that ended in a whimper. The mixture was nearly perfect, just not flammable. But don't say Chuck didn't try. I imagine Palahniuk had Ballard's 'Crash' and Benford's 'Timescape', several oral histories, and perhaps even Hofstadter's 'Gödel, Escher, Bach' sitting on his shelf as he wrote this.

    Reading Rant was like watching a blind guy juggle a bunch of balls, some are on fire, and some you realize are actually burning cats. Palahniuk exists on an edge of grotesque, absurdity and social criticism that sometimes makes you lose sight of the shore. You forget what the normal is. You forget the boundaries. You are caught between a weird night and equally bizarre day. You aren't sure what to do so you just keep digging/reading.

    Five major takeaways from this novel (which I might one day delve into deeper if I ever find myself with too much Liminal time or space in-between):

    1. Rabies & Bites
    2. Hyperosmia/Hypergeusia
    3. Time Travel + Incest
    4. Party Crashing + Night & Day
    5. Oral History/Myth-making/Christianity

    Anyway, I enjoyed the novel. It flew. But it just ended meh. No bang. No cliff. Just a strange, absurd, grotesque, incestuous loop.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Heather bellingham, WA, USA 07-14-07
    Heather bellingham, WA, USA 07-14-07
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    "Loved it!"

    Great story, great audio book loved all the different actors.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent 08-18-16
    Vincent 08-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "One sentence review."

    This book shows you a cheap, easy way to tell an uninteresting and unremarkable story.

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    E Goodling 07-07-16
    E Goodling 07-07-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic Chuck"

    Great ensemble reading of a fantastic story. This is the book that hooked me on Palahniuk.

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    Mark 06-03-16
    Mark 06-03-16
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    "My most read book."
    What made the experience of listening to Rant the most enjoyable?

    Being able to go about my daily tasks while still enjoying the novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When you begin to think you are finally starting to understand things, it reveals new information that feels like a kick to the face.


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

    I have read this book several times, in one year being five times, but decided to finally enjoy listening to it leisurely.


    Who was the most memorable character of Rant and why?

    By far the main character (being whom the book gained it's namesake from), Buster "Rant" Casey, is burned into the readers memory early on. From the various things he does throughout his life, his personality that shows beyond written/spoken words, even down to his eventual "death(?)" he captivates you.


    Any additional comments?

    Chuck Palahniuk has a style of writing, as far as I am aware, unlike any other. He throws words at your face only a renowned artisan of his craft who fastidiously toiled for such an ability can. The way in which he uses various descriptive words hit your senses as if the Three Ninjas (decent movie in it's time) were lighting up your eyes. You feel as if you are party crashing right along with the characters that by the time you look around and regain your sense of surrounding you have long forgotten where you were. Such an ability as that along with a wildly vivid imagination when properly used can be life changing for anyone willing to dive into the writers mind and open their own to the adventure that awaits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russ M 05-31-16
    Russ M 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "read the novel, loved the audiobook more"

    loved it from start to finish. I've read the novel twice and decided to check out the audio book version. the cast is amazing and gives these mysterious characters so much more life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 04-27-16
    Jake 04-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read mind bender with an all star cast."

    Everything that should be expected from a Chuck Palahnuik novel put forth by the very best in narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Antoine von Rimes San Francisco, California USA 02-17-16
    Antoine von Rimes San Francisco, California USA 02-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Ugh?!"

    This is very good, but mind twisty. Really need to hear it again because it's like that snake eating it's tail thing. Perfect listen if you are in a boring place and need to stay awake. It's like WTF! What? WTF! What?! Ugh---what?! WTF! Plus, I really love the voice of the woman who plays Tina Something.

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    Diana M. Tennis 02-06-16
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    "Give it ten minutes - all will become clear -ish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this once I got into it a bit. Totally original in the format and delivery. Hard to even describe except to say I was riveted by the story telling and the character development - wow, what characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performances were interwoven perfectly.


    If you could take any character from Rant out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I loved Echo...so damaged, but brave, and confident, and honest.


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    Steve 01-03-16
    Steve 01-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "by far my favorite of all Chuck books"

    I own the physical copy of this book as well but this book keeps you thinking and analyzing so much that I thought listening to it may give me a new perspective of it. I was right, this book is by far one of the smartest and hardest to grasp the concept of what he's saying but even without that understanding the first time I read it I still loved it. it's so easy to enjoy its a guaranteed new favorite to any fan of Chuck palahniuk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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