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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,938 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Palahniuk Narrator: Tai Sammons Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued thirteen-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell. Madison shares her cell with a motley crew of young sinners that is almost too good to be true: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by fate to form the six-feet-under version of everyone’s favorite detention movie. Madison and her pals trek across the Dandruff Desert and climb the treacherous Mountain of Toenail Clippings to confront Satan in his citadel. All the popcorn balls and wax lips that serve as the currency of Hell won’t buy them off.

This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno where The English Patient plays on endless repeat, roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb, and the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center to hard-sell you Hell. He makes eternal torment, well, simply divine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Palahniuk’s twelfth novel is just as gleefully, vividly, hilariously obscene as you’d expect—and it’s also a hell of a lot of fun…As a young adult novel, it’s surprisingly sweet, hopeful, and empowering; as a satire, it’s funny, irreverent, and hugely entertaining.”


  • “Narrator Tai Sammons delivers a stellar reading in which she captures the essence of Madison. Her dialect, delivery, and tone are perfectly suited to that of a thirteen-year-old who’s having a really, really bad day. Listening to Sammons’ narration is an intimate experience as her rendition of Madison pours her heart out and prays her words won’t fall only on dead ears.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The story scoots along like any great adventure story, as she takes on Hitler and Catherine de Medici, and it’s a delight seeing Madison find her place in life, even if it’s in death.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/10/2014

    " Mmmm...just not my kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chemical_disaster13 000000 | 2/10/2014

    " I dont really know what to think of this book. Yes, it was amusing. (I SO want to say a small spoiler!!) But, it was also a tad dumb...I didnt even understand the plot in the book till about half way through, until then I was thouroughly confused. I never understood why he made that main chick (forgot her name, I read too many books....is that possible??) keep saying that we living people think that we are better than the dead. I truely never thought about it. Ever. But, now that I did, I realized, that, I dont care. ha. She also said that mexicans and gays even think they are better. WHAT!!?? Is this guy some racist homophobic?? Is the main chicks name madison? Yes, Madison Spencer. Anyway, so, she seemed a bit off the whole time, always like she NEVER really cared about anything, and the afterlife in this book, outragious, but, cool. :) I didnt like how (Goran) went there and everything was just okay. WEIRDOS. I woulda fought man. :) This book is worth reading, it truely is, but you just need to overlook the annoying parts. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lillian | 2/9/2014

    " Sorry but this book was just bad. It sucks that this was the first book I ever read by Chuck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joshua James | 2/5/2014

    " I used to love Chuck Palahniuk, but I was younger then and I think less cranky. I've gone back and reread Fight Club recently, previously my favourite, and discovered that everything I thought I loved from that book was actually from the movie adaptation. He hasn't written anything interesting in years, starting with Diary and peaking with Rant (however I immensely enjoyed Haunted, and to a lesser extent, Pygmy). I didnt even bother with Tell-All. Usually my gripe with him is that he takes a great nihilistic, blackly satyrical concept and cops out at the end. I had thought that the only way to end a book worse than "it was only a dream!" was to end it with happy characters that discover hope and values in the same society that's he's spent the entire novel poking fun at. As it turns out, there IS a worse way to end it: by NOT ending it. Ok, fine, so he's decided to spend at least one more book with this character. For me, by the end of Damned, it felt more like he's strung together a bunch of crazy, sometimes moderately funny what-if's about hell and then in a panic, realizing he hadn't a clue as to how to end it, just wrote "To be continued" instead. That, and the disappointment that came with realizing I hadn't laughed out loud once or retained a single quotable line (and in the past, I found his novels rich with both), leaves me wondering: "Are you there, Chuck? It's me, your fan." I'm giving this three stars only because I hated a few of his other books more, and because none of his books are worse than, say, Twilight. "

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