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Publisher's Summary

Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the New York Times best-sellers Fight Club and Lullaby, is known for his edgy novels, and Rant is no exception. Palahniuk presents this fictional biography of Buster "Rant" Casey in a series of vignettes told by the people who knew him best. As intricate as a spider web, Rant succeeds in recounting the story of one man's life only through the eyes of others. But the question remains, "Who was Rant Casey?"
©2007 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2007 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"This dark religious parable (there's even a resurrection) from the master of grotesque excess may not attract new readers, but it will delight old ones." ( Publishers Weekly) "Outrageous but not quite over the top, full of energetic humor, Rant...is a memorable portrait of the cults that gather around authentically different people and a portrait of dystopia that feels unsettlingly contemporary." ( Booklist)

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Good Story, Despite writing Style

Narrators were great, and it's a great story, but the oral history writing style gets irritating after a while, as each time someone speaks, they first introduce themselves, breaking the momentum of the story.

Otherwise, this is a great Dystopian Fiction piece. It is a departure from the style of Chuck Palahniuk's other, more well-known pieces such as Fight Club and Choke. The oral history format, while irritating to listen to after a while, is an interesting approach to creating a tale of fiction.

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awesome story with great characters!

loved the book but loved listening to it more. All the readers did a great job!

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Beautifully done.

It was absolutely worth the listen. I'll certainly listen to this again. Rocked my socks.

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A fantastic ride.

The repertory performance wildly enhances the intricate narrative. The lack of chronological coherence is a knife wielded perfectly to gauge your attention just when it might otherwise slip.

Our modern literary master does not disappoint with a fictional biography weaved by disparate tales of a wake left in the pool of humanity.

Palahniuk continues to impress with the leaps he achieves from story to story.

Highly recommended.

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Amazing

Absolutely love this book and the recording is fantastic. Extremely thought provoking and unlike any other book I have ever read

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Warning: the book description is a lie

This story blew me away. There's not much you can say without giving away the plot, but the fact that the back cover description is a perpetuated lie throughout the book, that you have to ask yourself what is true. So meta.

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  • Ian
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • 02-19-15

One of the best time stories!!

Love time travel stories. Has a deff 12 monkeys feel mixed in with flash point.
Yes great read, fun times!

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  • Luke
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • 04-18-13

Honestly? I quit about an hour in.

Would you try another book from Chuck Palahniuk and/or various?

See, that's the thing. I've read three others: Fight Club (obv), Survivor, and Diary. I loved them.

What aspect of various’s performance would you have changed?

Didn't care for the performance but the material was pretty rough so that probably didn't help.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Uhm... not really. It didn't catch me at all. I just found myself thinking: This is dumb. This sucks. What? Why am I listening to this? Oh look, something shiny! It's a quarter! Wow, this is an interesting quarter. Why is there talking in my ear? Oh well, must not be important...

Any additional comments?

Sorry to anyone that loves this book, but it just wasn't for me. Waste of a credit.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie
  • Kennewick, WA
  • 02-04-13

Twisted and Terrific!

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I've liked Palahniuk ever since I read fight club (prompted by seeing the movie), and this book did not disappoint me. It's the typical unsentimental, absurd, grotesque, surprising, twisted, imaginative stuff I've come to expect. But be warned, if you don't like disgusting scenes described as if they were everyday occurrences, don't read Rant. If you want profound introspection into the meaning of life, don't bother. On the other hand, if you like fun houses and scary clowns, walk on in. The best aspect of listening to the audio book was having various actors read the different characters. Perfect listening experience. As far as the story goes, it took me a little while to figure out what was going on, but I had unwavering faith that the author would eventually make things clear. In fact, half the fun was the many "aha" moments as the story progressed. That is until the last part of the book. I had to listen to it twice, and I'm still not exactly sure what was going on. But, somehow, that did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. But if you like Palahniuk and this type of literature, it won't leave you wanting.

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Different Pace, Same Great Twists

What about various’s performance did you like?

Every character speaking about Rant was read by a different person. Most of them weren't cheesey.

Any additional comments?

Slow to get going, storyline seems extremely benign and then WHAM! Chuck does his work. He has a very distinct writing style, this book's a different change of pace.