Snuff

Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
3.5 out of 5 stars (495 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With 600 men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?
©2008 Chcuk Palahniuk (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Striking characters, sharp parody, and a tight plot....Highly recommended for mature [audiences]." ( Library Journal)
"McLaren's gritty voice adds the needed edge to this seedy but interesting novel." ( Publishers Weekly)

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It is worth the read.

Chuck Palahniuk writes about a variety of topics. Each time he finds something new in the human condition. Talking about the Porn industry and those it attracts isn't an easy read. Yet Palanhniuk write a story about humanity in all its gory detail. This story has stayed with me for a while, which I didn't think would happen from such a short story.

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At best, slightly amusing

The best part about this book was the hilarious crazy pun names of the porn films Cassie Wright had filmed. Other than that, I felt like this story dragged on unnecessarily. Also, the Audible audiobook was strangely formatted, with no pauses between the chapters or any attempt at using different voices for the characters. Alas.

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Classic Palahniuk!

I have read or listened to most of chuck's work and this is very much in keeping with his quirky observations of human interaction, experience and information.

It is a short sweet tale of what happens on the set of a porn film. I found it Clear and with a very strong plot. I dont know what the other reviewers listened to or what they were doing when they tried to listen.
The book is very good, it reminds me of Survivor a bit.


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Amazed!

This is my first book by Chuck Palahniuk. I am a new fan! This book was recommended to me by a dear friend and I was amazed at his writing. Dark and funny. Excellent, in fact!

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Not my favorite Palahniuk book, but not a bad read

The story is not bad. I would recommend "Survivor" over this book. This is very similar to Palahniuk's "Choke," so if you like that book, you will be satisfied.

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You Can Smell the Desperation

If you have ever wondered what the world of porn is like...this book will give you a fast and aggressive glance. The characters are well drawn. The environment (a green room)is one you can smell and is fervent with urgency, regret and release. Snuff contains the author's signature skewed observances and humor. A very fast read. I showered after reading it. The reader does and outstanding job. B+

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Dont waste your time

The premise was alluring and probably could have been an interesting story; a look into a totally foreign culture and an outrageous act. Instead, although I stuck it out (no pun intended) to the end (again), I really wished I had not bothered. The author wrote a terribly confusing (couldn't tell which character was speaking) and totally boring account of a story that by nature sparks one's curiousity. I dont know how he pulled it off, but he did. UGH!

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Not chucks best work, but it is worth a chuckle. The book definitely has its moments

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Great time killer

Struggled to finish it tho. I'm not giving up yet. I'll find another great book by Palahniuk.

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Didn't finish...

Didn't keep me interested at all. Was excited for this book! Had potential, but was a bore. I may try to finish it. I have an hour left. Compared to other books I've been reading such as The Girl with All the Gifts, Gone Girl, The Martian, I just felt like I was wasting my time.

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  • Simon
  • 02-22-11

A return to form

A total return to form for Palahniuk and the most I've enjoyed one of his books for many years.
After loving his first three or four I felt he went off the boil, moving away from the dark underbelly of human nature into other areas that just didn't have the same edge. SNUFF makes up for that, however, an intricately structured, utterly engaging listen.
There are the usual tics (verbal and literary) which have become Palahniuk's trademark and although at times it can get a little much it also really does help to crystallise the individual personalities of each of the main characters. There's also the trademark twist which wasn't exactly a surprise but the story kept me involved deeply enough that I wasn't really thinking too much about what might happen.
Snappy, hip but also extremely moving and perfectly shaped (sorry to go a bit synesthetic), this was a fantastic listen

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  • Michaeloso
  • 08-20-19

A little muddled

I liked a lot of the elements here, and maybe I need a relisten but it felt like the story went in too many different directions in the end