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"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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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