Invisible Monsters

Narrated by: Anna Fields
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (1,561 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She's a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she is transformed from the beautiful center of attention to an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better - and that salvation hides in the last places you'll ever want to look.

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

Critic Reviews

"This is a wild ride of a novel." (Booklist)
"Gutsy, terse, and cunning, Invisible Monsters may emerge as Palahniuk's strongest book." (Seattle Times)

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I loved this!!

Maybe I'm sick & twisted, but I loved this book! The main character, who doesn't have a face and can't talk, is BRILLIANT! Obviously the narrator talks to tell the story, but as the character she speaks gibberish. Her nuances, accents, etc, make this a fabulous book to listen to. The story itself is hilarious, even though though it could be taken as tragic. Lots of twists and turns, but you have to pay attention because it jumps around a lot time-wise.

Give me a total thumbs up . . . FLASH!

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What can I say?

My husband likes Chuck Palahnuik and begged me to listen to one. I have never watched Fight Club or read anything by him so I had no idea what to expect. It had very good narration. The story was bizarre. It was funny though because the stranger it got, the more I couldn't turn it off. It was like seeing a horrible car accident, you don't want to look but you can't help it. I don't know if I will ever read another book by him again but I can honestly say that I have never read anything like it before. Chuck Palahniuk definitely has one heck of an imagination.

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Fantastic

I know Chuck Palahniuk is not for everyone, but I love his strange dark humor and I always know I can pick up one of his books and get a story like none other. Invisible Monsters definitely delivers. Yes it has drugs yes it has violence and yes most of the characters you are not going to empathize with but isn’t that what we read Chuck Palahniuk for? I know his bleak view of human nature and unique characters are just part of why I keep coming back.

As for the Audio version of this book it was perfection! The dramatization was spot on. I would highly recommend this audio book especially if you are already a Palahuiuk fan.

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Superb story about owning your own baggage

OK, I realize Palahniuk is not for everyone. As disturbing as his ideas and imagery tend to be, they serve the purpose of derailing us from our accustomed view of the world. That frees us to see the world a little more openly. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that what people say isn't always the truth, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're lying. Incredibly enjoyable read if you're up to it.

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Chuck, you are a very naughty boy

Up until the half way point of this book, I was wondering whether I should just abandon it. Invisible Monsters begins with a scene involving a shooting at a wedding and the rest of the book is devoted to telling you how we got there. The book jumps around in time constantly, a gleeful mess that refuses to make sense until its good and ready to.
So there I was at the half way point, deciding if I wanted to take the rest of the ride. Then Chuck throws you a bone. A hilarious scene in which the protagonist (a model who has had her face shot off) has thanksgiving with her parents drew me back in. After this, the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of the story begin to thunk into place and you begin to see where the story is headed. And you smile. The second half of the book is a darkly comic tale of how all the strands of the story and the characters come together into the final train wreck of a WTF climax.
I usually don't take to female narrators (I don't know why), but Anna Fields is great here. Some of the deadpan and darkly comic moments, she really nails.

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One of my favourite books!

One of my favourite books narrated by a surprisingly good narrator. She brought the book into life.

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Unhinged early work

Before writing Fight Club, you can see the greatness on the horizon with Invisible Monsters. I found it confusing to keep track of the identities, but the jumps through time were easier to follow than I'd feared. And with or without cohesion, the themes are crystal clear. These days there is a rose colored nostalgia for the 90s. What that nostalgia usually fails to remember is the themes found in Palahniuk books. The desperate crisis of spirit and identity. A post-postmodernism which can't help but sound pretentious to deconstruct but which is suffocating to experience. This is what the ugliness of Invisible Monsters captures.

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hilarious!

this book is undoubtedly one of the funniest books i've ever read/listened too. and it is very, VERY well read by anna fields. not only is it hilarious, but it is a really mind bending story with a definite 'fight club' resin pasted all over the plot. well done chuck palahniuk!

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Interesting

This book was as annoying as it was interesting! This was my first time with this author. Not sure if I would read him again but I did get a few belly laughs from listening. Interesting story, surely twisted but fun.

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Pretty Good

While an entertaining story, it was one of Palahniuk's more predictable tales. I liked it, but there wasn't anything impressive about it.

Anna Fields does a good job of narrative flow with Palahniuk's, disjointed, near-rambling monologues that he's known for.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-18

So crazy it's beautiful

This book is so crazy I wondered if it was possible to make it up. They say truth is stranger than fiction and I often wondered if some of this was real. You would have to be so twisted to make this up.

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  • 08-31-17

amazing

absolutely loved it. so scary and engaging. plenty of food for thought and great quotes.

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  • Kirkland Linkin
  • 01-21-19

Dark, Disturbing and absolutely Perfect.

I've read this book a few times before and listened to it this time becuase I couldn't find my copy. Chuck Palahniuk's powerhouse novel provides a disturbingly close to home analysis of the darker side of the human condition. I'm not wild about the reader, I find her a little dry as a reader.

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  • XopsX
  • 08-01-16

Excellent - classic chuck and well performed

Where does Invisible Monsters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high. This was a great performance and story

What did you like best about this story?

The depth and character in Chuck's writing and the detail and understanding in the subjects he explores.

Have you listened to any of Anna Fields’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not heard any of her other work, but this was fantastic.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The turbulent life of fashion world survivor

Any additional comments?

Enjoy!

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  • Ben
  • 12-04-13

not for me

I didn't identify or have any empathy for the main characters, I just did'n't like or care about them. I should have realized this by reading the synopsis but I did get the impression it was going to be removed from a typical sex change diva and his best girl type drama. Suffice to say it wasn't and I got the feeling the author was trying to shock us by attacking that fake plastic world that the model lives in, and it's not a viewpoint that I have an interest in or care for.

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