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Rant | [Chuck Palahniuk]

Rant

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?"
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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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    Marie Kennewick, WA 02-04-13
    Marie Kennewick, WA 02-04-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Twisted and Terrific!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Boise, ID, United States 07-29-12
    Kristin Boise, ID, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Different Pace, Same Great Twists"
    What about various’s performance did you like?

    Every character speaking about Rant was read by a different person. Most of them weren't cheesey.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Santa Rosa Beach, FL, United States 05-02-12
    Kimberly Santa Rosa Beach, FL, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Exhausting."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Two Harbors, MN, United States 03-09-12
    Michael Two Harbors, MN, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable Experience"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rant to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition is, in my opinion, superior to the print version of Rant because of the vibrant performances of the voice actors.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rant?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of various’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audible purchase and I found it to be a delightful introduction to the world of Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Burbank, CA, United States 10-13-10
    Michael Burbank, CA, United States 10-13-10
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    "Best book I've EVER listened to!"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 06-22-07
    Mark Aptos, CA, United States 06-22-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Production is a ten, story is a zero"

    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.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    R. Flaherty CA United States 06-19-07
    R. Flaherty CA United States 06-19-07 Member Since 2007

    Naval Air Corps - (DC3, C118, P2V Neptune) 1965 - 1970

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    "Great readers but, books stinks."

    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.

    6 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 09-02-07
    Annette 09-02-07

    I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...

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    "but I love his work"

    Frankly, i couldn't get into it. The voice was rough, the language harsher and cruder than nescessary and this isn't the Chuck I've come to love so deeply. Maybe I'm in a mood, but after trying several times I was just turned off and uninterested. Of course, any other of his stories so far I would walk on glass to re-read. Perhaps it's just as audio that this one displeases so much...

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    T Knoxville, TN, USA 01-23-10
    T Knoxville, TN, USA 01-23-10 Member Since 2012
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    "a pointless rant"

    Halfway through it and can't find a point, a plot, or anything interesting besides a couple of small sections and the occasional shocking aspect. Trying too hard to be 'different' and not enough effort into entertainment.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hattiesburg, MS United States 09-04-10
    Amazon Customer Hattiesburg, MS United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2001
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    "like previous versions"

    If you loved Fight Club and want more of the same look no further here comes more shock and shlock. I have to give kudos to Chuck for mixing a tired scifi tale with some shock and awe mystery to twist things up and telling it feels like reality show interviews. While the innovation and creativity is to applauded the tale itself is forced and tiring. Just like Fight Club there are some great one liners, but there's not enough to save it in the end. I had trouble getting into the written book, but Audible has a recording that is a veritable listening feast with the number of readers. Personally, I give the audible version a 3 but the tale itself barely makes a 2.5.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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