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The author of Fight Club takes America beyond our darkest dreams in this timely satire. 

People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning. 

In this ingeniously comic work, the author's first novel in four years, Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates the new, disunited states. In this mind-blowing novel, Palahniuk - an equal-opportunity offender - fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

©2018 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Hard to listen to

I am a GIANT Palahniuk fan and usually read his books but I thought I would give this one a try on audio. Big mistake. I never finished listening to it because I could not get past the narrator. His voice did not flow for me, felt somewhat forced and the pace was broken.
Bought the book, read it, and loved it (as always with Chuck).

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Corey Allen makes an otherwise amazing story drag.

The story itself is interesting. A bit confusing at first, but it becomes easier and easier to understand the further along you read/listen. Abrupt scene changes are jarring, and I'm not sure if that is the fault of the author or the narrator.

In my experience with Palahniuk the story has always been told well, and so I'm inclined to blame the narrator/director of the audiobook.

Allen doesn't offer any voice inflection with a character change, so it can be hard to identify who is speaking at times. But based on what is said it should be easy to pick out who it is.

The most his voice changes is with the actor character who s reading a script in different ways over and over again for different takes.

Aside from this deficiency, Palahniuk has managed to tell a story in which I as the reader have issue discerning what is fact or fiction, trying to decide if it's worth doing the personal research to remain in the suspension of disbelief. A lot of information is presented as fact which is fun. It really weaves the story and establishes what is happening and where this telling of information will lead us. He has chosen words carefully and placed them neatly to be jarring and throw the reader into a state of inner turmoil.

I've read several different Palahniuk novels and this one immediately feels different. A constant changing of perspective, and many intertwining stories have different beginnings in which characters have yet to even hear the others name.

It makes it fun.

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Fight Club’s Bigger Brother

Invisible Monsters is my favorite Chuck Palahniuk book. I feel as though listing your favorite Chuck P book is the proper way to start a review of one of his other works, so people can understand the lens through which you’re viewing it.

Adjustment Day is the perfect rebuttal to any and all of the “anarcho-libertarians” who continually misinterpret Fight Club. It’s as if Project Mayhem grew and was successful - it provides the follow-through “but what if...” that anarchists are often too afraid to explore. What if your plan to overthrow the government succeeds? Do you think the people can rule themselves? Will they be satisfied by the limited power they inherit? How will it end? Adjustment Day gives these answers in an immensely satisfying way. Anyone, from the anarcho-libertarians themselves to the progressive social justice warriors in the world, can find the bitter humor in the way they’re displayed in this novel. It will leave you ruminating on your role in the millennial generation and society as a whole for a long time after you finish it.

Corey Allen also provides a fantastic narration. At first, his voice may seem out of place for a Palahniuk novel - too rich and full of emotion for a typically nihilistic author. However, his range proves not only useful, but important to the story.

I highly - HIGHLY - recommend this book to those who enjoy Chuck Palahniuk’s work and have been waiting for these past four years for new content to devour.

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Maybe better to read this one

I liked this story, I just had a really hard time following what was going on. I found myself wishing I had bought the actual book and not tried to listen to it on audible... there was just way too much going on and too many characters to keep straight. When it ended I had a vague memory of what and who he was speaking of, but not enough clarity to actually understand what had transpired.

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Oh, Chuck. What have you done?

I’m a huge fan of Chuck and his other books like Choke and Survivor. Those books were engaging, enjoyable, addictive reads that have stayed with me all these years but Adjustment Day is none of that.

This book tedious beyond words and boring, my god is it boring. This is a nonsensical mishmash that drones on and on and on going nowhere fast. I found myself zoning out time after time and having to go back and re-listen to what I missed because the book could not keep my attention.

The charters are un-engaging and forgettable and that’s if you can keep them straight because of the writing style Chuck has chosen the story meanders around switching from person to person without any clear delineation between scenes and chapters in some cases.

I made it a quarter of the way through before I gave up. I have too many other books to listen to waist another minute on this one. This book is a huge disappointment from a once great writer.

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usually love palahniuk

but this one was boring. i was surprised when it ended, but didnt care. I want surprised due to some twist, just that I found myself daydreaming and didnt realize it was reaching the end. that should say something.

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Less a Novel than a Poorly Developed Satirical OpEd

Adjustment Day wants to be a commentary on modern society, the influence of literature and belief, gender and race politics, and the nature of power and government. However, it fails to fully elucidate on any of its points, and the ideas presented are often half-baked. A bigoted new world order (that believes the homosexual community is destroying both themselves and the straight community) is completely mum on the trans community and ambivalent about races that aren't African or Caucasian? Okay.... But even if you accept the logistical shortcomings of the ideas, there's no gravitas to care about what is there. Chuck ALMOST makes you care about straight mixed-race couples forced to pretend to be gay to stay together in their new nation, but then the plight of women in essentially the role of the protagonists of The Handmaid's Take is nearly ignored. And trust me, the ideas and aims of the book are far more interesting than their execution. This is exacerbated by the fact that there is barely any plot. The book functions as a half-baked OpEd wrapped in a what-if scenario with little to no rising action, anticipation, character development, or resolution. Sure, there are some glimmers of vintage Chuck: a handful of laugh-out-loud moments, a few poignant quotes, and a couple of great ideas. Sadly, the poor execution and development names for a very disappointing effort from Chuck.

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really? this reader? for this book?? really???

I'm a huge CP fan. I love his odd, obscure, strange, uniquely fearless take on our world. And -- until now -- i loved listening to him. But now???? Seriously???? who chose this reader??? who produced this reader??? I finished the book on paper (ok, ipad) because mr. allen's singsong, repetitive, single-inflection reading was making me more insane than any Chuck Palahniuk writing ever could. I couldn't handle it. I couldn't stand it: The same inflections, the same tone, the same monotonous pattern. Please. make. it. stop. I even listened to the previews of his other books. I must be in the minority. This man is prolific. Not for the last couple of years, but active, none the less. his singsong voice seems to work in the previews i listened to. not so here. if you want to read palahniuk, listen to his others, but do yourself a favor: turn to the page for this one.

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The first rule of Adjustment Day is: it’s lame.

Sorry to say this about a Palahniuk book (I generally love his work). This book is a poor wireframe of thought that was covered in contrived characters and situations to simply produce a long-winded metaphor that reflects upon the topical political environment.

Now I have no problem with the aforementioned approach, in fact, Chuck is an expert at it. However, he failed to make this book interesting, funny, or even thought provoking. The characters are hollow, the plot is so straight that you could see the ending coming for 5 freaking hours, but you just keep listening and hoping for a twist. Nope, no twist, just disappointment and a weird sense of loss, since you’ll never get that time back. Good thing Audible has a no-questions-asked return policy. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of it.

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not the Chuck Palahniuk I've grown to love.

struggled to get involved with characters and storyline. not his typical work. highly letdown by this one.