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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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    Tim United States 08-20-12
    Tim United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are always pending.

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    "Dark Read"

    I was looking for a dark read for the weekend and a friend of mine suggested Survivor to me. Palahniuk always paints his story with black, grey, dark, with no other colors in the rainbow and maybe that is why I enjoy his writing so much because there is a part of me where I wished that I was like his main characters, very egoistic and demented.

    Survivor is written very well, if you like this kind of slasher genre. The Biblical references, sexual taboo and the ongoing suicides, is just brilliant because it goes against what is norm. You can see Tender's hell from his point of view and can understand his arrogance toward everyone. The descending order with the chapters is a count down to the black box.

    I highly recommend this title. It is 100% gruesome then the Dexter series, which is a total garbage. I just wished that Dexter was Chuck Palahniuk's idea because it would be that much darker without the fluff.

    7 of 7 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.

    7 of 7 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.


    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 :-)

    5 of 5 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    5 of 6 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary Toledo, OR, United States 02-06-13
    Zachary Toledo, OR, United States 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sarah nedlands, Australia 09-27-12
    sarah nedlands, Australia 09-27-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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
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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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