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Survivor Audiobook

Survivor

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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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    sarah 09-27-12
    sarah 09-27-12

    all books horror. especially zombie

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    "The suicide helpline says "Just kill yourself""
    Any additional comments?

    Tender Branson is the sole surviving member of a religious cult whose doctrine commands you to commit suicide.
    I would class this as black comedy. Palahniuk once again delivers an highly entertaining and original story. I stayed up all night just to see where this was going. Starting at the end of the story and finishing at the beginning , this book just keeps you guessing.
    I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for a book with guts and a deep story.
    Not for the easily offended or faint of heart.

    5 of 7 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.

    8 of 12 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 02-27-13
    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Well, I Survived It--But That Ain't Saying Much"

    Trite. Un-original. Disappointing. Predictable. If this audiobook was playing over the intercom system on an auto-pilot guided flight with no one aboard, only vapors in the tanks and engines burning out--I would gladly force the yoke forward and rocket myself terra-bound, but I do not believe the final moments would pass quickly enough to end my suffering. Gilbert Gottfried doing a one-man production of "Little Women," is more appealing than the thought of listening to Survivor again.

    Same character archetypes as in many other Chuck's books. Same nihilistic ennui and dull, achingly obvious reveals.

    Some ideas are best kept scribbled on napkins and not graced with a cover and space on a bookshelf, let alone an audiobook production.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 07-02-11
    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2016

    Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.

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    "Relentless gratuitious nihilism"

    I enjoy the cynical, humourous and nihilistic writings of Kurt Vonnegut and Cormack Mcarthy because they entertain, contain characters of interest, and have clever writing and even some good plots. None of these qualities are available with Palahniuk--just gobs of nihilistic sociopathy with no apparent redeeming value. I must admit that I stopped after 4 chapters--couldn't take any more. Since the story is a terrorist's story told on a black box tape, I thought early on that the terrorist's plot would be foiled if I just stopped listening. Obviously some people were able to stomach the whole enchilada--maybe there is redemption in there somewhere, but it was intolerable for me. Good luck if you take this ride.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA 05-17-08
    Maureen Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA 05-17-08
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    "Palahniuk surprises me every single time"

    At first, Fertility struck me as an odd name. Then, there was Gwen. Then Chuck gave us Tender Branson. Tender? It IS Palahniuk after all so in his second novel, why not. Often, I fall asleep to the "voice" of Tender Branson. A side affect of listening to every title (with the exception of two) is that not only is Palahniuk my favorite writer of fiction but it's just scary with the narrator of every title. Each narrator is JUST THAT GOOD. With Palahniuk, every narrator is perfect (I exclude Diary for reasons obvious if one would listen to the sample). As a result, Tender Branson has me imagining suicide. He is now perfectly etched into my brain by Paul Garcia as was Carl Streator courtesy of Richard Poe etc. I feel as if I am listening to the flight recorder of flight 2039 aka Tender Branson, my savior from very common living. Somehow I am sad. Not just a little but very deeply saddened and somehow feel so much like a fly on the wall of the Sherri's restaurant in Spokane. I'm the wedding coordinator providing the "other" type of sandwich during half-time in New Orleans. Hell, call me Trisha! This IS fiction but it feels so very real. Even laughing through some of the ridiculous home care antics of Tender it feels so real. For the record, I will NOT be killing myself anytime soon but this is how real the teleprompter at my appearance which allows me to write this review is that I would highly recommend this listen to any Palahniuk fan. Finally, it's so good I am afraid to even allow "Haunted" onto my iPod, ever. I would however like Audible to add Fight Club and the soon to come Snuff to the list for those of us on the hunt for all things Palahniuk.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Sydney, Australia 04-22-09
    Ron Sydney, Australia 04-22-09 Member Since 2012

    Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.

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    "Sorry, it just didn't do it for me."

    I believe if you don't have anything good to say, you shouldn't say anything. But I must speak up here. In fact this is my first ever negative review. I really tried to like this book because I loved Fight Club, but this one crossed the line for me. the author tries to make fun of depression and tries to show the humour in someone who tries to convince others to commit suicide and after so much of it, it just wasn't funny. The narrator is completely monotone throughout and the story is very slow and quite depressing. I actually regret buying it.

    12 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Ullom 09-22-16
    Jake Ullom 09-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not sure what all the hype is about."

    Just a story. Not really much in the way of entertainment. Dry, basic, simple plot. Didn't really have me on the edge of my seat. Or really even in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 09-07-16
    David 09-07-16 Member Since 2011

    David

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    "One of my favorites"

    People tend to rave about Fight Club or Choke and both of those are very good books, but I've always liked Lullaby and Survivor. Survivor is notable in that I believe it's the only book where Paulnuik writes a decent ending. I find his writing, the earlier the better, to be wonderful, he's one of my all time favorite authors, but he doesn't seem to be able to do an ending to save his life. Anyway, he's where he's not quite as witty in this book as some of the others, I think it's one of his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allen S. 08-18-16
    Allen S. 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting.."

    weird book.. but I guess all of Chuck's books are a little.. okay a lot strange. it was a quick listen too. I didn't think it was really a story about a cult.. I mean it was.. but not really. the characters are strange. the plot is strange. you should just read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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