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Fight Club Audiobook

Fight Club

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk's uproarious and irreverent debut novel Fight Club was transformed into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt.

When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following. Before long it takes on all the trappings of a quasi-religious cult, replete with a devastating ideological mission to accomplish.

A masterpiece of raw violence and black humor, this exciting novel challenges listeners to see the world through a new - and quite possibly deranged - set of eyes. Acclaimed narrator Jim Colby brings out the dark satire in this tale of modern alienation.

©1996 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jonathan Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 09-12-16
    Jonathan Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Reads Like You're Watching the Movie"

    I usually hate comparing books to their visual counterparts. Mostly because the latter are so disappointing. However, in this case and select other books, the movies were so well done; in very few cases are the movies better than the book. I'm definitely not saying that is the case with this one, but I did see the movie first and then I read the physical book about 13 years ago and absolutely loved it.

    Seriously, reading/listening to this book flows just as well as watching the movie and the movie is as authentic to the book as it could be. You'd think that Amazon's whisper sync was involved as you could probably switch between the two seamlessly.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the performance by Jim Colby. I listen at 3x speed and had no difficulty in this book.

    There's not much more to say about how fantastic this book and mind of Chuck Palahniuk is.

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    Jayce 10-17-17
    Jayce 10-17-17
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    "So awesome but so damn strange. really interesting"

    this is this is a really good book it's so strange but it makes you want to keep listening and you want to know more what the author was thinking

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    Rahni 10-17-17
    Rahni 10-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "But you're not supposed to talk about Fight Club"

    Many years ago, I found a great podcast that featured author interviews. I binged on these all the time, mostly cherry-picking the authors whose works I had read, but sometimes venturing further afield into the unfamiliar. I remember one particular time that I was discussing a recent Chuck Palahniuk interview with my friend, Thomas, and he made an observation along the lines of, “It seems kind of funny that you’re listening to an interview with an author who writes books you’ll probably never read.” I agreed, said I didn’t really ever see myself reading his books, but that I enjoyed the interview on his process of writing, anyhow.

    Who knew that I’d ever actually crack a Chuck Palahniuk book? I certainly didn’t think so, and I don’t think Thomas did, either. (Although I think I have a used copy of this title sitting on my bookshelves at home, bought at a steal for like $0.50 one thrift-shop shopping day?) These thoughts were running through my mind as I listened to Audible’s Recorded Books production of Fight Club. I kept thinking, “Thomas was right—this really isn’t what I enjoy. Messed up people celebrating chaos and wallowing and becoming more messed up.” But sometimes I read not-Rahni-type books, just for the heck of it.

    It’s strange approaching a book, knowing the “twist” that was coming. Kind of like watching The Sixth Sense for the second time. I’ll put the rest of my thoughts in “spoiler” mode, though really? Who doesn’t know the twist? It’s like when my college roommate got upset after watching an interview with Anthony Edwards wherein he references that his character dies in Top Gun. “He gave it away!” “You can’t call it ‘spoiling’ when the movie came out ten years ago and was a blockbuster hit, Danielle.”

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    *Sometimes, what kept me going was just thinking about how much I like Edward Norton as an actor, and how much I liked just watching a charismatic (and ripped) Brad Pitt in 1999. ;o)
    *Sometimes, I wanted to yell, “Want to know how to get rid of Tyler? GO TO A DOCTOR!!”
    *Sometimes, I was convinced that “Tyler” would somehow torpedo a doctor visit, too.
    *Sometimes, I thought, “That’s a great portrayal of a gerbil job, working to craft recall notices—nicely done.”
    *Sometimes, I hated the book (that’s when I turned the narration up to 1.25x). Partly because since I already knew the twist, I was impatient for the narrator to catch on.
    *Sometimes, I wish that Edward Norton had narrated the audiobook.
    *Sometimes, I enjoyed knowing more than the narrator and appreciated the little asides thrown in (like when he references himself as a schizophrenic psychopath and thinks he’s exaggerating, or just creating a creepy alter-ego, or when everyone winks at him when he asks if they’ve seen or if they know Tyler Durden).
    *Sometimes, the book lingered too long on passages that didn’t interest me—the soap, the theatrics with Marla, basically anything to do with Marla or the Mayhem contingent. Seriously, the man you’re sleeping with has a severe mental disorder and you are all blasé and just talk about popping amphetamines to keep him awake? Then again, she was a walking mental disorder as well.
    *Sometimes, I was more accepting and allowed that the narrator had to reach rock bottom, and that meant irritating plunging to the depths of humanity.
    *Sometimes, the look back to pre-9/11 and pre-cell-phones-are-everywhere interested me a little more than the story.
    *Sometimes, I wondered if the book or movie spawned/released a ton of anarchy.
    *Sometimes, I considered what it would take for an author to have such a keen insight into an absolutely messed up mind.
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    I have no idea how I feel about it, stars-wise. If you had asked me in the middle (not that you’re asking me now), I would’ve said, “2 at the most! When will this (admittedly short, but still too-long-at-times) book ever end?” But then the last fifth of it or so reeled me back in. There’s definitely this crazy, misfit, raging element of society out there, as much as it’s not a part of my life (for which I think, “Thank goodness,” and I’m sure they feel the same way about my lifestyle— thank goodness we don’t live like her). And thus being so, it’s worthwhile to take a peek at the other side once in awhile. It’s a yin/yang world.

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    Kacie 10-10-17
    Kacie 10-10-17
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    "The Movie was better"

    This really should have been narrated by Edward Norton. Very mixed feelings about the ending.

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    Elizabeth Flamm 10-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "If you've seen the movie, the spoiler ruins it"

    If you've seen the movie, the spoiler ruins it. Though there are enough differences and additional detail to keep things interesting

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    C. Frank Daugherty Columbus OH USA 10-08-17
    C. Frank Daugherty Columbus OH USA 10-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great read even after all these year"

    it was interesting read after all these years of watching the movie. good story even today

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    Katherine I. 09-29-17
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    "Really Amazing!"

    Omg this was so well done that I keep coming back and listening to the whole thing again. the story. How it progresses etc. Too Good !

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    Esteban 09-28-17
    Esteban 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very powerful and very gritty"

    absolutely amazing and disturbing at the same time love the dark tone and great narration

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    Stephen 09-26-17
    Stephen 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth reading even after seeing the movie"

    Despite knowing the general plot and the surprise in this story, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. However, I didn't think that the narrator was all that dynamic with his voices. It also seemed like they switched microphones in the middle of sentences, which made the line feel disjointed and it was distracting.

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    Rick Chatham San Diego, CA 09-23-17
    Rick Chatham San Diego, CA 09-23-17 Member Since 2009
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    "a great nihilistic adventure"

    the narrator was good. the writing is excellent. leads to lots of questions surrounding destruction as an act of creation.

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