©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)
The cast of narrators employed to enact this book gives a perfect example of the possibilities of audio books. Must listen for any audio book enthusiast. I might have a hard time listening to any other fiction after being exposed to this great production!
Narrators were great, and it's a great story, but the oral history writing style gets irritating after a while, as each time someone speaks, they first introduce themselves, breaking the momentum of the story.
Otherwise, this is a great Dystopian Fiction piece. It is a departure from the style of Chuck Palahniuk's other, more well-known pieces such as Fight Club and Choke. The oral history format, while irritating to listen to after a while, is an interesting approach to creating a tale of fiction.
The repertory performance wildly enhances the intricate narrative. The lack of chronological coherence is a knife wielded perfectly to gauge your attention just when it might otherwise slip.
Our modern literary master does not disappoint with a fictional biography weaved by disparate tales of a wake left in the pool of humanity.
Palahniuk continues to impress with the leaps he achieves from story to story.
This story blew me away. There's not much you can say without giving away the plot, but the fact that the back cover description is a perpetuated lie throughout the book, that you have to ask yourself what is true. So meta.
In sales and on the road a lot. Love SciFi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Funny. Opinionated.
See, that's the thing. I've read three others: Fight Club (obv), Survivor, and Diary. I loved them.
Didn't care for the performance but the material was pretty rough so that probably didn't help.
Uhm... not really. It didn't catch me at all. I just found myself thinking: This is dumb. This sucks. What? Why am I listening to this? Oh look, something shiny! It's a quarter! Wow, this is an interesting quarter. Why is there talking in my ear? Oh well, must not be important...
Sorry to anyone that loves this book, but it just wasn't for me. Waste of a credit.
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.
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