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Pygmy Audiobook

Pygmy

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Publisher's Summary

"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified.

©2009 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] potent...cultural satire...[full of] characteristically scathing observations....[A] singular, comic accomplishment." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hilarious....Palahniuk leaps over the line of good taste - and lands squarely on his feet." (Booklist, starred review)

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    Christopher Doebler 02-17-17 Member Since 2017

    I am what was used to be called a "Renaissance Man." I have many, many talents and my interests are in multiple categories. Knowledge is key

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    "Utterly impossible to read, worse to listen to"
    What did you like best about Pygmy? What did you like least?

    Imagine writing a whole book, having it loosely translated to a foreign language and then loosely translated back to English. It hurts your eyes to read and your ears to hear. the book is like trying to order food in a foreign language


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I can't believe it ended so ridiculously after all I put into trying to finish it, it was a waste.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard any other performances by him, but the fact he could read this was beyond amazing. He should get an award. I had the book and read to Chapter 17, it took me over three years.


    Was Pygmy worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I love Chuck Palahniuk's stories and I am a huge fan. This one book let me down, not just the impossibility of reading it but the story failed in my opinion.

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    pinupcenterfold Florida, USA 12-16-15
    pinupcenterfold Florida, USA 12-16-15
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    "Esteemed Great Reading"

    Enjoyed this so much! Was truly brought to life by the performance. Can't wait to find more done by him.

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    Robert J Frith Cottesloe, WA Australia 09-23-15
    Robert J Frith Cottesloe, WA Australia 09-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A joy"

    An addictive read. Unlike other reviewers I didn't struggle with the alienspeak at all. It was an entertaining read with laugh out loud moments. Sometimes it brought to mind the film "Coneheads", sometimes Nazi Germany!
    All in all a great mix of humour, aggression and cultural confrontation. Pat ending but you get that, and to be honest the meat is in the language and concepts not the plot.

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    Xavier 05-12-15
    Xavier 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than the physical book"
    What made the experience of listening to Pygmy the most enjoyable?

    The descriptions of the American lifestyle through the eyes of a disgusted foreigner are illuminating. The simplistic style the author uses to denote the narrator's unfamiliarity with the language structure of english throughout the book is unique.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pygmy?

    The shocking way the author establishes the character in a not-so-savory encounter with a bully in the bathroom shows us the tendencies of the main character borders on sociopathic, at least towards his hated enemies: the Americans.


    If you could rename Pygmy, what would you call it?

    Operation *Redacted* - A love story


    Any additional comments?

    I saw this book at B&N one day. Chuck P. is my favorite author but the way the book is written irked the grammar nazi in me. I would be so distracted (unintentionally proof-)reading it that I would not be able to focus on the story itself. Listening on the ebook made that a much simpler ordeal to endure.

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    Lindsey 02-09-15
    Lindsey 02-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Better hard copy read!"

    Hilarious story, but terrible choice for read aloud. Almost couldn't finish it- written from perspective of foreign exchange student, so grammar is very different from regular English

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Spring Valley, CA, United States 06-25-13
    Angela Spring Valley, CA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So good I read it twice"
    Where does Pygmy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed it. I read some other reviews and was hesitant to buy it, but I'm glad I listened to my gut. Paul Michael Garcia was a fantastic narrator and he really brought the book to life. I could see where the style would turn some people off, but I found it forced me to really listen and focus on the book. I had no problems following along.


    What other book might you compare Pygmy to and why?

    Can't think of anything I'd compare it to. It's a unique verbage and while the plot was a bit predictable, I found myself laughing at some parts and re-reading certain chapters to see if I could pick up something new.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    Another narrator could've really tanked this book, due to the broken English, or pigeon English. Mr. Garcia's performance was top notch: perfect rhythms and I got into the style by the end of the first chapter. A great match for narrator and story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Begins here the first account of Operative Pygmy...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.G. L.A. 02-28-12
    J.G. L.A. 02-28-12 Listener Since 2010

    Julia

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    "Clever and funny."

    I wasn't expecting to be so entertained by, and impressed with this book. I felt as if I was sharing a secret language with Mr C.P.
    I don't agree with the negative reviews, although I did let them influence me at first...for months actually and I almost didn't buy this book.
    As I was reading, I realized that they were the ones who were not quite picking up the clever concept. And excuse me, but it made me laugh to hear some say that this is an "anti-american" book...and yet...these same people loved FIGHT CLUB!
    Go figure. PS...great narrator, good job!

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    Book Critic Boston MA, USA 04-19-11
    Book Critic Boston MA, USA 04-19-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "Don't try to listen to it"

    I've read (mostly listen to) all the other works of Palahniuk, and love his writing style. However, this book is a failed experiment to change the writing style. You basically have to try to decipher every single sentence to understand what it really means because when taken literally it makes no sense at all - by design. If that sounds appealing to you, I would recommend picking up the paper version so you can easily pause after each sentence and decrypt... trying to do so from audio while driving is completely impossible.

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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 05-21-10
    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 05-21-10
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    "Long live Palahniuk!"

    The dialog of this story is insane. Chuck is an amazing writer. I would recommend this story to anyone who has a twisted sense of humor and if your conservative, this might loosen you up a bit.

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    Alexander Langely, British Columbia, Canada 02-13-10
    Alexander Langely, British Columbia, Canada 02-13-10
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    "weird but good"

    I was initially turned off by the unusual grammatical style the book was written in but after a couple chapters it grows on you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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