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Survivor Audiobook

Survivor

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

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    J. Wilk 10-04-17
    J. Wilk 10-04-17
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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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    Adam 09-27-17
    Adam 09-27-17
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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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    VoodooDali NYC 09-18-17
    VoodooDali NYC 09-18-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    LoudFire Beaches of Florida 08-31-17
    LoudFire Beaches of Florida 08-31-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Nathan Andrew Zimmerman 08-31-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    Narrator:
    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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    Adam Loughmiller 06-03-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer 02-28-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    t murd 02-13-17
    t murd 02-13-17
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    "enjoyable"

    chuck is the man at suspense and surprises. this book did not disappoint. I look forward to his next novel

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    M. Boyer 12-28-16
    M. Boyer 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Creepy, Dark, Funny, Awesome"

    This was a book I picked up on sale with Audible. Years ago I bought it but never got around to reading it. It was about time I listened to it and boy was I glad I did! Survivor by Chuck Palahnicuk’s dry humor is dark, twisted, and I couldn’t put it down. I wasn’t expecting to be quite so blown away by this book, but none the less it left me buying a new Palahniuk book. I’d read Fight Club ages ago and wasn’t left as satisfied as my friends. But Survivor was a breath of fresh dark humored air.

    The book opens with Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult, dictating his life story into Flight 2039’s black box recorder. He tells us this plane will crash in the Australian outback, but not before he has the chance to tell us his whole story starting with chapter 43. From the beginning to the very last page, I was on edge dying to know what would happen next. Where would this book take me?

    If you don’t mind a dark plot, social commentary on fame, the media, and those who are spotlight drawn, then this book might just be for you. If you don’t like those things but you enjoy something that will keep you guessing, I’d recommend reading it anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 12-22-16
    Ryan 12-22-16
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    "A Must Listen!"

    Phenomenal narrator.
    Captivating author.
    Story like no other.

    You won't be able to put this one down until it's over!

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