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Geek Love Audiobook

Geek Love

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Publisher's Summary

No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al's careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies "special". As the oldest daughter, albino dwarf Olympia, puts listeners in the ring-side seat, her family's incredible drama erupts and spills over into the "normal" world.

Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.

©1998 Katherine Dunn; (P)1999 Recorded Books

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    James Trattner Venice, CA 08-24-16
    James Trattner Venice, CA 08-24-16 Member Since 2014

    wannabe critic

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    "Chillingly Compelling Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Geek Love the most enjoyable?

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. The reader was unbelievably intuitive and added so much to the experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was that I had never read anything like this in my entire life. It was brilliantly told, written and read. What else could a reader ask for.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the scenes relating to the "seduction" of Ms Lick by Ole.


    If you could rename Geek Love, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't dare touch the name


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha C. 08-22-16
    Samantha C. 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Blows your mind"

    I have read this book before in print but I couldn't stay away from it. Miss Olly's story is amazing, though sometimes unbelievable. But I suppose this was a long time ago, and I am still entranced by it. Author Katherine Dunn you did great!

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    lindsey truesdel 08-19-16 Member Since 2016

    Scary me.. if you can!

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    "Give it an hour"

    The first hour I thought .. Oh boy this is going I suck - even the reader was killing me - but damn if it didn't get good. Not scary just weird as shit

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    debbie14075 07-22-16
    debbie14075 07-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not a book I would recommend."

    This is too far out there for me. The language and issues are extreme and upsetting at times.

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    RosaWHY New Orleans, LA United States 07-14-16
    RosaWHY New Orleans, LA United States 07-14-16
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    "Terrifically Twisted"

    From start to finish, this story is incredibly dynamic! You become so enthralled with the family and their interactions, you become less concerned with the extraordinary nature of their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and very much look forward to the movie!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry L. Verwey Hobart, IN 07-24-14
    Sherry L. Verwey Hobart, IN 07-24-14 Member Since 2014

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    "It stays with you..."
    What did you love best about Geek Love?

    The unique story line and the intense descriptions of details throughout the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't choose a favorite because of the nature of the characters themselves. I enjoyed "watching" the whole family grow and the twisted reality of their lives.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    I think I liked Chick the best, there was something youthful, but not "fake" in her presentation of him.


    If you could rename Geek Love, what would you call it?

    The Binewski's: My life and times with the Freaks


    Any additional comments?

    This books haunts me, sticks with me, and I find myself "missing" the characters and wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    loren VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 09-29-13
    loren VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Geek Love in three words, what would they be?

    Great character development!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I fell in love with the Protagonist!


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    I forgot I was listening to a book....


    If you could rename Geek Love, what would you call it?

    The F-ed up family fabulous


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zackery HARVARD, IL, United States 09-15-13
    Zackery HARVARD, IL, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2017
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    "'Geek Love' Lives Up to Its Reputation"

    'Geek Love' is a rare piece of fiction, one that lives up to its highest praise and proves wrong its detractors. Of all the novels and stories I have read that are included in the growing cannon of "transgressive fiction", 'Geek Love' is both the greatest of those works, and the one that is most truly transgressive. It is a novel that explores what it means to be a freak. What is a freak? Who makes somebody a freak? How does a person become a freak? What is the life of a freak like? Do freaks love? Why are so-called normal people both repelled and grotesquely attracted to freaks? Katherine Dunn explores all of these questions and more with a refreshing candor and a remarkable amount of compassion.

    Aside from being a powerful exploration of freakdom, the novel is also the chronicle of a family that is, in their own highly unorthodox way, as all-American as any other. As I listened, I experienced both the thrill of their rise and the pain of their disturbing disintegration.

    Where Christina Moore, the narrator of this title, is concerned: I do not think I have ever heard a more lively or enthralling performance of an audiobook. Christina Moore brings each character to life through changes in pitch, cadence, tone, and diction. Her voice captures and conveys perfectly the range of emotions felt by the characters and draws the listener into the story, appropriately enough, like a slick and experienced pitch-man.

    After listening to the final words of this novel, you may be disturbed, you may be heart-broken, but you will most definitely not be the same as you were when you started. That is a guarantee from my lips to your ears. So plunk down your two bits and step on in because you won't believe what you're about to see.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie East Granby, CT, United States 11-05-12
    Marjorie East Granby, CT, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I would recommend, but not my favorite book."
    If you could sum up Geek Love in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, specific, unforgettable.<br/>


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    The mom. I found her to be the most confusing, and yet not entirely unlikeable.


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

    No, it was not really that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book evidently has a cult following. The reason I chose it was because I had read a review in People magazine. Nora Jones had listed it as her favorite book, and when I read more about it, people were saying it is a book they have read multiple times. I am not in that cult. It was different, but not my kind of book. I recommend books if they are well written and have something worth saying. This is a book that has something to say. Not a waste of time, but not my choice of "must reads".

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    Karen 07-28-11
    Karen 07-28-11
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    "Great!"

    I enjoyed this story, even though it was very bizzarre. I fell in love with the Oly. What a refreshing break from the usual novel. The narrator was easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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