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Survivor Audiobook
Survivor
Written by: 
Chuck Palahniuk
Narrated by: 
Paul Garcia
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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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    JoE Q 04-04-16
    JoE Q 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great and polarizing "

    I loved this book so much that I've read and listened to it several times. I believe Palahniuk has created a rare possibility that mega religions and snake oil salesman are dancing partners. Society has a love affair with our own mortality and legacy, so much so, that it gives this book an eerie revelation that pulls at those memories of existence that you thought were a distant past, it exposes the fraud of an instant messiah. The sense of wanting more, but realizing that you should be satasfied, it may be a cautionary tale that hints at the thought that you may have to live a maintenanced vain struggled life. Self actualization and instant Karma may not need catalysts to be fruitful, so live in moments not preconceived packaged, polished, philosophical dogmas and life might just be partly satisfied, that's what this book tells me.

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    julio 02-21-16
    julio 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "it's the type of book that isn't for everybody"

    it's a good and I feel like it gets better after another read. the book also gave me a fight club vibe at times which I liked.

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    Adam Bodford NC 02-10-16
    Adam Bodford NC 02-10-16
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    "Great"

    It's a really wonderful story, dark and gritty as I have come to expect from Chuck. It isn't his best work but it is still very good.

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    Amazon Customer 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful. Funny. Good writing."

    This 'review' has no spoilers, or even anything about the story itself, just a very solid recommendation for this book. Although I agree with those that say Palahniuk's main characters in all his books are similar and seem written with the same voice, it doesn't seem to bother me. I love this voice, and enjoy it every time. This book, however, really stood out for me. It is hilarious, and deeply sad in the way only this author can manage. In the midst of total chaotic ridiculousness, I kept being surprised with the most insightful, and often really beautiful bouts of prose. The story is crazy, funny, absurd. The book is serious, sad, and beautiful.

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    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 01-02-15
    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "MORE! Don't end, book!"

    I love when I lament coming to the end of a book. The whole thing was so insane, yet made perfect sense. The chapters counted down instead of up and the story unfolds backwards and forwards at the same time. However, I was never lost.

    This book, however short, is too complicated to give a synopsis and give it justice.

    I don't really know what else to say except that I found the writing to be brilliant. The story was fun and somehow completely relatable, despite the madness.

    You should read this book.

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    Angela C Southern CA 12-24-14
    Angela C Southern CA 12-24-14

    Love to listen to and read my favorite genres.

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    "I am left with my heart pounding and wanting more"

    First, this book is not for everyone. It is dark. No, it is beyond dark. It is what would happen if you channeled Jack London, Stephen King and Patricia Cronwell into one author.

    That warning aside, and if you ignore it and purchase this Audible, you will be forever lost from the moment you hit play. Do not blame me, you were warned.

    It is the kind of book that grabs you by the collar from the very first chapter. I was held in a strangle hold listening to Paul Garcia read in a dry tone as one by one people die. I had no problem imagining that he was the character, that voice dry and nearly emotionless, yet somehow bursting at the seams with emotion that sits just below the surface.

    It is a dark book. It is the kind of book that gives you nightmares. It is the kind of book where the plot makes no sense in my ordered mind, except in the dark recesses of my soul, it resonated. I understood, I believed.

    There is little gore, no sex, just a dry voice droning in your ear, retelling a story as it played out. A man waiting for death, needing to get his story out to the masses before he is gone so he does not die as anonymous as he lived. His life is spelled out by a calendar that tells him what he needs to do each day at what time and for how long. He was born for no reason other than to serve others, like a modern day slave, yet not like a slave.

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    Tonya Moore 12-15-14
    Tonya Moore 12-15-14
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    "freaking awesome"
    Where does Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best book read so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how the reader and language is so dry, but hilarious.


    What does Paul Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again his voice and tone is perfect for what is being said. And how you would imagine the characters would speak.


    Any additional comments?

    Just preview it.

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    Kris 11-23-14
    Kris 11-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Outside the Box and loving it"
    What made the experience of listening to Survivor the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the fact that I knew the ending, but had no idea about the journey that would lead us to the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Tender Branson, occupies the majority of the plot line. His life story is the subject of the book, and a unique one it is.


    What does Paul Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The mono tonal lack of inflection takes some time to get used to and enjoy. However, as the story progresses, it becomes clear that this type of performance does justice to the character and his story. If I were to read it myself, I would not have know the character's real voice and why it is so.


    If you could rename Survivor, what would you call it?

    Tender Branson. It is his life story after all, it's a cool name, and as we discover, it holds meaning.


    Any additional comments?

    Do it. Buy it. Chuck is one of the most interesting story tellers. Even if this is not one of his best (that's not what I'm saying) it is a read well worth while.

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    Wanda Brooks Virginia 11-17-14
    Wanda Brooks Virginia 11-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "VERY nice!"
    What made the experience of listening to Survivor the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book. I've not read anything from this type of perspective before and i really found myself enjoying the main character and understanding his faults and finding sympathy for him.


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    Bror Erickson Farmington New Mexico 11-13-14
    Bror Erickson Farmington New Mexico 11-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Your Brother in Christ

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    "Sadistic Social Commentary"

    This book had me in stitches, often it was a morbid humor, but it had me laughing. The social commentary in the book was full of wit, not necessarily conservative but not exactly liberal either. I enjoy the writing style of Chuck Palanuick. I enjoyed the narration of the tale by Paul Garcia was phenomenal, there was never any confusion as to who was speaking.

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