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Survivor | [Chuck Palahniuk]

Survivor

Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.
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Publisher's Summary

Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

This is author Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak, a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world.

©1999 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A perfect comment on our apocalypse-fixated times." (Spin)
"Brilliantly satiric and savagely funny." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Mordant....One's sympathy for the improbably doomed hero is fully engaged." (New Yorker)

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    R. Flaherty CA United States 05-02-13
    R. Flaherty CA United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2003

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

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    "Whew...It's Over."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Mr. Palahniuk has a style of writing that I would describe as a rollercoaster ride. While some of his stories are fast paced, exciting and fun; this ride left me drained and feeling queasy. When the narration was over, I was happy to lift the safety bar and leave. Your experience may be different though.


    What could Chuck Palahniuk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Enjoyable? There are some quirky, insightful points of view in the story. However, I don't see how this book could ever come off as an enjoyable read.


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

    Paul Garcia, is a great narrator with a wide range of voices. He is good. His narration was what got me through to the end. I will search for other performances/narrations by him.


    Could you see Survivor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sadly, yes. There is a character in this book called the Agent. I can see a Hollywood "Agent" type turning this book into some superficial CGI. There would be some irony there.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this review is helpful. I admit that I am not an English Lit major and don't know much about tropes or styles of writing. I’ve listened to the finish and this review is really, just one guy's opinion. Read all the reviews and decide if you want to jump in the pool. What the heck, go ahead and listen to it. Then, figure out if you went into the deep end or the shallow end of the pool. You might like it. - I dare you.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Chicago, IL, USA 09-06-08
    Adam Chicago, IL, USA 09-06-08
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    "Clues to a mystery..."

    The thing that I've always liked about Chuck P's books is that they are generally less about story and more about odd coincidence. In answering one burning question about a character, he generally opens about ten new mysteries, and that makes his work really compelling. This book is no different, though I felt it dragged a bit in the last quarter. Still, he's never predictable, always surprising, and often disturbing -- a trio of characteristics that keep me coming back for more. If you travel through a Chuck P novel without running across an image that sticks with you for the rest of your life, then you're probably dead from the belly button both directions.


    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary 02-06-13
    Zachary 02-06-13
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    "It had me, then it lost me."
    Would you try another book from Chuck Palahniuk and/or Paul Garcia?

    I like Chuck's work, especially the way he peppers the story with oddball factoids, but this is far from his best offering. It's an interesting premise, though. Paul Garcia does a commendable job. He's appropriately deadpan and animated when the story calls for it.


    What was most disappointing about Chuck Palahniuk’s story?

    There is one particular moment in the book that was so out of left field that it really took me out of the story. After that point, I wasn't nearly as enthralled.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth it for a diehard Palahniuk fan, not the best place to start for the casual reader.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A WinnipegScotland 01-29-08
    A WinnipegScotland 01-29-08
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    "Sucks you in"

    When this book started I wasn't sure of what to make of the depressed, monotone delivery of Tender Branson's autobiography, but it quickly drew me in. Despite the fact that you know things aren't going to ending well, it just draws you in to see exactly how they got this bad. Tender follows a narrow line of puppy-dog-lost and sociopath -- but Palahniuk had me routing for this anti-hero, right up to the end. If you are looking for shiny happy people, this isn't your choice. But looking for flawed and funny people this book delivers and was a great 'listen', although I felt a little Schadenfreude about it :-)

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Spokane, WA, USA 02-08-07
    Lisa Spokane, WA, USA 02-08-07
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    "Fabulous!"

    Probably my favorite of Chucks's books. Terrific narrator, incredibly startling and funny. You won't be able to stop listening. It grabbed me in the first five minutes and never let go.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall Rockaway, NJ, USA 08-04-08
    Kendall Rockaway, NJ, USA 08-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Glad I Tried It!"

    After reading the reviews on this book I thought what the heck, why not give it a read. I did and I'm not disappointed. Even though we knew the ending at the start it was a fun getting there. I will now search more by this author.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Westford, MA, United States 11-15-07
    Dave Westford, MA, United States 11-15-07
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    "very interesting"

    Not your typical book, but very entertaining. I found myself listening to it whenever I could. Full of interesting, but logical twists and turns. A worthy listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
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    "A True Master."

    Survivor is one of my favorite Palahniuk books. The way the author organizes his story is excellent. I give this book the highest recommend.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Troy, MI, United States 07-11-08
    Aaron Troy, MI, United States 07-11-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent"

    The narrator's voice is spot on for this story - if you enjoyed fight club, you will enjoy this.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DSD Georgia 07-17-13
    DSD Georgia 07-17-13 Listener Since 2009

    Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.

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    "Nice read"

    For a good book, one needs: a compelling story, at least two good characters, a handful of wisdom, a twist of the norm or a lead that defines normal behavior. Mix all these together and wait for a publishing house to realize your mad work of genius and then do two months of touring and signing and then pray to the gods of literature to be merciful.
    Well, Chuck P. has that recipe and a few more inside this book. It starts off with a "grab your attention situation" and then develops into a "that lead character is very strange" type thing which then develops into a "is society that much like a herd of cows" and then it comes full circle and finishes where it began.
    It's worth a listen. I, myself, have heard it twice now and both times combined were well spent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    otley, United Kingdom
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    "Good and dark"

    I was unfamiliar with this author (apart from the film of Fight Club) but I will definatly be exploring more of his work. It is a dark novel and the author has a really good descriptive way about him. He is able to describe really mundane things and fill them with meaning. This book also contains some good cleaning tips in the course of telling his story, strange I know but you will have to listen to see what I mean. The characters are really well formed and fit perfectly into their roles.

    The narration is quite dry indeed the narrator seems to inject anti drama to the character of Tender, but the story and the pace of text compliments the narrators style really well.

    I really enjoyed this book although I appricate it is not everyones cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    2/9/13
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    "truely amazing"

    having read, seen and listened to fight club i couldnt wait to listen to this. the book is very well written, some very interesting ideas and well formed sentences that really made me think. the narration was really good, the tone fitted the text really well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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