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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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    Michelle Ypsilanti, MI, USA 12-13-07
    Michelle Ypsilanti, MI, USA 12-13-07
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    "dark and disturbing"

    If you enjoy a dark sense of sarcasm and can tolerate a certain level of brash honesty regarding human nature, this book is for you.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Phoenix, AZ, USA 08-04-07
    Casey Phoenix, AZ, USA 08-04-07 Member Since 2005
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    "4 for Creativity"

    If you've read other Chuck Palahniuk books, you know that it will not be ordinary. This one is no exception. I suspect the author of having a few interesting ideas, e.g. boosting, that he wanted to write about and put them all into one bizarre manuscript. I use that word on purpose because "story" doesn't seem to be the right word. The format is more documentary, but fictional. Some parts of it are truly gross (big surprise), but it makes your mind stretch so much that I have to give it good marks for creativity and originality. I am not sure if this author is classified as sci-fi, but his themes and commentary sure fit the best of the genre.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tessie Brandon, FL, USA 09-10-09
    Tessie Brandon, FL, USA 09-10-09
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    "Great on audiobook"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever owned. The book was actually much easier to follow in spoken form vs written form. The character voices were great! I would recomend listening to this on audiobook over reading the hardcopy any day.

    As for the story, just like other Palahniuk tales it is strange, captivating and just plain gross at times. It's occasionally hard to follow, but it's a story that will make you think. I've listened to it three times now and every time I've caught something new that I missed the time before. I can't wait for a sequel!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Oceanside, CA, United States 12-17-08
    Mark Oceanside, CA, United States 12-17-08
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    "Faded at the end"

    Don't get me wrong. It's certainly not a waste of time. I really liked the ensemble cast and find Palahniuk quite imaginative and funny. I was just expecting the book to say more. Part way through I really thought this book had the potential to be great. I felt the end didn't live up to the beginning. Maybe I just didn't get it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Albany, NY, United States 04-18-13
    Luke Albany, NY, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2011

    In sales and on the road a lot. Love SciFi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Funny. Opinionated.

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    "Honestly? I quit about an hour in."
    Would you try another book from Chuck Palahniuk and/or various?

    See, that's the thing. I've read three others: Fight Club (obv), Survivor, and Diary. I loved them.


    What aspect of various’s performance would you have changed?

    Didn't care for the performance but the material was pretty rough so that probably didn't help.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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...


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to anyone that loves this book, but it just wasn't for me. Waste of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-09-10
    Dennis Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-09-10
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    "Creative, crude, and don't miss the message"

    Palahniuk disguises his message behind a creative, crude plot. Pay particular attention to the boosting and daytimer/nighttimer concepts. Therein lies interesting insight about life in the 21st century.

    I loved that Palahniuk effectively weaves together the many points of view from the characters into a cohesive story. At first it was a little hard to follow, but once I caught on, it was pure entertainment. There are definitely some memorable chapters.

    Listeners be warned, this is not for the faint of heart; crude, even disgusting at times. Still, you should've known if you're picking up a Palahniuk.

    Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Pretty weird and warped"

    But that's what Palahniuk fans expect. Buried in amongst all the time loop craziness and the bizarre goings on, is some intriguing insights into just what it is that makes us all the way we are. Palahniuk specializes in creating worlds that are just like ours except that some key features are simply grossly exaggerated. At his best, this forces the reader to look at the world we actually live in in a new way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Dennis Port, MA, United States 09-01-10
    Rachael Dennis Port, MA, United States 09-01-10
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    "audio super helpful!"

    this book was wondefully complex, and having the audio made it so much easier to follow. A must read for Palahniuk fans!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Ft Worth, TX, United States 08-16-07
    Amber Ft Worth, TX, United States 08-16-07
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    "Renewed Fath"

    I was a big Chuck Palahniuk fan; I have listened to his entire list of book and was looking forward to the next. After listening to Haunted I was so turned off on Palahniuk I did not buy his next two books. I took a chance on Rant. The book did state a little slow for me, but it ended up restoring my faith in Palahniuk’s talents. The store was as creative as Diary & Lullaby and as interesting as Choke. It is still not as good as Fight Club. The time travel part was a little far fetched but overall the store was well worth the time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice marietta, GA, USA 08-15-07
    Janice marietta, GA, USA 08-15-07 Member Since 2007
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    "loved it!!!"

    What a bizarre listen!!!! Chuck is the best.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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