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Publisher's Summary

Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

This is author Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak, a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world.

©1999 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A perfect comment on our apocalypse-fixated times." (Spin) "Brilliantly satiric and savagely funny." (San Francisco Chronicle) "Mordant....One's sympathy for the improbably doomed hero is fully engaged." (New Yorker)

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  • Jan
  • PointBlank, TX, United States
  • 11-13-17

Very Dark

This is NOT for someone who is depressed. This was an original story and well written. I don't think I would recommend it to my friends. It is the life story of a person raised in a fictional cult telling their life story. It is very dark and a very different kind of story.

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testing testing 123 four Stars for this one

loved everything about this audible book. from beginning to end it will not disappoint. at all

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pretty good

It was entertaining and a good performance. the story isn't as deep as I would hope, but enjoyable.

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I enjoyed it

The narration was alright. Almost too monotone, but still likeable. Great story! I love Chuck

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Worst story ever

Why do I keep reading Chuck’s work???! Why or why? Seriously this has to be the last time.

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uneven

The first act of the book was interesting, but then it veered off course and I lost interest. It had the potential to be interesting like Talented Mr Ripley or Carolyn Kepnes "You", but fell short. The narrator kept the same bland monotone throughout, which, while in character, contributed to the meh-ness.

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Dead. Dead. Dead.

Epic performance. Great story. Keeps you guessing till the end. If you're a fan of dark novels that are slightly twisted this is for you.

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Same as every other Palahniuk novel but with a worst story

The Book:
I've read 4 of Chuck's books now, this being the fourth, and the main character is always pretty much the same. This has the same nihilistic theme as ALL of his other books and pretty much the exact same tone. If you're not an emotionally-edgy teenager or a nihilist I don't know that you'd really enjoy this book. The main character talking about suicide on every other page gets repetitive very quickly. If you really want to listen to a Palahniuk book, do yourself a favor and listen to Fight Club or Choke instead of this book. Like I said before, the main character's are all pretty much the same but the premises of those two books are better.

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I think the Narrator of this book (Paul Garcia) is trying to sound like the Narrator in the Fight Club movie (Edward Norton). Meaning, for the majority of the book he talks in a very emotionless monotone which is very very annoying after a while. I really had to force myself to continue to listen to this audiobook. If it wasn't for the story picking up halfway through, I don't think I would have finished it.

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loved reading it... hated listening to it...

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

the book was good... the audio is mind numbing... couldn't get through the intro...

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I enjoy the tone of the narrator throughout

It was difficult to put down. I had to finish it. the whole story plays out well in today's society.