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Every weekend, in basements and car parks across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything.

Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on the world...

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

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  • W G
  • Lynwood, WA, Australia
  • 03-13-09

Similar to the movie.

This was an exhilarating book even though I have already seen the movie. The movie and the book were very similar but the book made everything feel more complete. I still think that there might be 3 personalities in Norton...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good but not great

Good but not as good as the movie in my opinion. There is some interesting gems in there though

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Great book, great performance

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When I first saw Fight Club back in 1999, it rocked my 16 year old self's world. It rocked the world of everyone around me. It was strange and new and different and violent and it made us think - which was completely unheard of at the time.<br/><br/>I watched it at least 50 times since, and to this day I consider it as one of the greatest movies of all times. But for some reason I never got around to read the book it was based, until now. And so, here are some thoughts:<br/><br/>1. This is a great book. Really. It was as good as promised and I highly recommend to anyone. Palahnuik is a great author, and I enjoyed every book of his I read.<br/><br/>2. Most surprisingly, hearing this book made we appreciate the movie adaptation even more. I completely understand each and every change and edit done to the story, and it is one of the only times I can think of where I can't honestly say that the book is better than the movie. They are very similar but in some ways also very different, and both of them have their own qualities.<br/><br/>3. That said, written violence always hits me harder than graphical one*. There were parts of the book I had to stop myself from fast forwarding.<br/><br/>Highly recommended<br/><br/>*pun definitely intended

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  • Lasse
  • brøndby, Denmark
  • 01-05-14

great book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i would recommend this audiobook to others. Because its well written and narrated. Many people know this story, from the movie with the same name, and the book dont dissapoint.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the story, even thoug i have watched the movie many times, i still enjoyed listning to this audiobook.

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

i think Jim Colby did a great job narrating this book. the sound went a lilltle up and down sometimes, but else great

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Some of the few scences there is in the book, but not in the movie was exciting to hear.

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  • Mr
  • 12-20-14

The first rule of Fight Club...

I imagine a lot of people who listen to this novel have seen the film first. I did. For me the joy here was unpicking the twist of the narrative - which I won't spoil here - but seems even cleverer in written form. The film is very faithful to the text, but I appreciated having details and episodes fleshed out further. It certainly packs a punch.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 01-02-13

better to read

I love this as both book and film and have read and seen both a number of times now. However the audio book was let down by the narrater, Jim Colby's reading was good enough but he just didnt hit the mark this time. if you havent read the book you should get this but if you have its not worth bothering.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jon
  • 10-11-11

Read the book

While the narration of Jim Colby is fine, it fails to reach the same heights as Edward Norton's narration in the film adaptation (of which I am a huge fan). I do realize that this is an unfair comparison but the damage is done - by watching the film - and the audio-book suffers for it, even though the text is excellent and Jim Colby narration is good.

I would recommend reading the book instead of listening to it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Col
  • 05-04-16

Really good listen

Turns out the film was very true to the book.
If you've seen the movie, you will enjoy reliving it through this well performed audio book.

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  • Simon
  • 06-11-17

A Lesson Learned

The first rule about "Fight Club" is not to judge a book by its cover, title or the film trailer. I hadn't really bothered with it because a book about clubs set up for blokes to simply fight sounded a little on the basic side for me . . . but when Audible had it as their daily deal I thought "Why not?", I needed something that would not engage my brain too much.

CLANG! Utterly wrong Simon. The troubled lead in this one and the scattered exploration of his hugely troubled mind is a genuine literary journey. There is far more depth to this than meets the eye. I was really impressed by how the opening scene and the ending bring things together with the same scenario and almost the same words yet meaning something so different.

I still don't think this will appeal to everyone but one thing is is not is a simple book about blokes knocking each other about for kicks!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • E
  • 03-29-17

Good story crap recording

The narrator is rubbish and the volume changes between chapters. Doesn't do the book justice.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • stacey hetherington
  • 02-02-17

Good book

Just as good as the movie. Highly recommend to anyone interested in this sort of thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-16

Excellent story

Loved it. Even though I watched the movie before reading the book and well before listening on audible I enjoyed and appreciate the differences. Will listen again for sure!

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  • Shaun
  • 02-09-16

preferred the film!

loved the film and had heard the book was much better. I was a bit disappointed to be honest. I did enjoy the book but preferred the film.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-12

I am breaking the 1st rule

A really good book makes you think as well as entertains and this does both...err so that must mean that this is a really good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful