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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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    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 02-27-13
    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Winston Smith Oceania 06-19-14
    Winston Smith Oceania 06-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Thought Criminal

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    "We have just lost cabin pressure..."
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    A book born to be in audio form. I read the book years ago fresh and knowing the first person format of the writing I was intrigued how this would sound. It sounds amazing. Tender Branson. He may not be the hero America wants, but he's certainly the hero we're going to get.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina San Jose 05-18-14
    Christina San Jose 05-18-14 Member Since 2003

    Tech gal

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    "Mind-expandingly good"
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    What a terrific read, with many sentences making you back up and listen to or read again. So original, so full of odd perspectives, that had I a big enough block of time, I would have gotten through in one sitting. I say that about very few books. Caveat: I did a combo of listen and read so I did not hear the entire narration. I was a bit put off by the reader as it did not match the voice in my head from reading it, but that's probably my fault, not the narrator. However, I believe I may have liked reading it better than listening because given the option, I went back to the Kindle book version.
    This book is dark, profound in places, and a sad commentary on society in many ways, so if you're looking for a light read, chick lit, romance or the like, this definitely isn't it.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jam Osaka, Japan 07-05-13
    jam Osaka, Japan 07-05-13 Member Since 2013

    jam

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    "Depressing as hell; absurdly funny"

    I've read before that Chuck Palahniuk explores similar themes among his novels, and if you read fight club, reading this would feel very familiar because of the over all tone. When I first read the summary I found the concept to be very interesting, but sadly, I think the delivery couldn't be more disappointing. I know the voice of the book is supposed to sound deadpan, but more than anything it was depressing as hell. The book started out building up painfully slow,and around midway the plot picks up but ends abruptly as you might have predicted early on starting from the first page. (Oddly, the book begins with the last page, and ends on page 1)

    That said, Palahniuk is still a great writer, the writing in the book is as skillful as ever, with satirical references and countless metaphors that would strike you as absurdly funny. Perhaps this is what got most people hooked on the book; but I'm just thinking maybe this kind of satire is not my cup of tea. Even so, perhaps this is as far as I would go with Palahniuk's work. I daresay reading Fight Club and this one would be enough of his best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Charlestown, MA, United States 07-27-12
    Dennis Charlestown, MA, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Born and raised in the Charlestown section of Boston. Irish-American, music (punk rock), crime & history, or anything having to do with those are my favorite subjects.

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    "Great but strange story."

    Not your usual from Chuck but it is a book that I could not stop listening to. I have listened to it more than once since then & while it is a very strange concept, it works & is believable (well most of it anyway).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin manchester, Jamaica 05-18-12
    Gavin manchester, Jamaica 05-18-12
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    "excelent buy"

    an excellent book. the characters are interesting and funny in a dark kind of way.

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    Kevin Rochester, MN, United States 02-20-12
    Kevin Rochester, MN, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very interesting premise."
    What did you love best about Survivor?

    I didn't see that coming.

    This is the 1st novel of Chuck Palahniuk's that I have read/heard. Very unique style and it took me most of the book to figure out how the beginning ties into the rest of the story.

    It kept pulling me along for the ride. I would recommend it if you like strange stories that keep you thinking about how things fit together.


    0 of 0 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 2009

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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