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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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    Ken 07-28-16
    Ken 07-28-16

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    "I disagree with most of the other reviews"

    This is a very, very dark book. I personally did not find any humor in this title but I found it to be a 'good read'.

    I found Survivor to be interesting from front to back (acknowledging the reverse chapter countdown labeling). I found the last quarter of the book to be just as interesting as the beginning and middle.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this listen but I doubt that I will ever do a re-read because while it was interesting it was mentally exhausting to read. Personally,
    I suggest listing to this title at normal speed for fifteen to twenty minutes so that the you get the narrative pace locked into your head then gradually speed it up to get through the entire book efficiently.

    You will likely enjoy Survivor if you were particularly interested in the Charles Manson Family, Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate, Peoples Temple (James Jones), etc. Just know that this book is fiction and unrelated to those groups previously mentioned.

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    Bridget Brown 07-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "not what I expected"

    I thought this was going to be more based off a true story but it's just about a pretty messed up guy that's a fictional character.

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    Angelyn Walpole, MA, United States 07-06-16
    Angelyn Walpole, MA, United States 07-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "loved the story"

    he does such a great job at telling a complete story, I adore Chuck P.

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    gabe 06-17-16
    gabe 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "horrible narrator."

    listen to at 1.5 speed. I understand he's trying to capture the attitude of the character but goddamn.

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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 2016
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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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