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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37,789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Palahniuk Narrator: Martha Plimpton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9780739302859
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Diary takes the form of a “coma diary” kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after marrying Peter at school and being brought back to once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she’s been reduced to the condition of a resort hotel maid. Peter, it turns out, has been hiding rooms in houses he’s remodeled and scrawling vile messages all over the walls—an old habit of builders but dramatically overdone in Peter’s case. Angry homeowners are suing left and right, and Misty’s dreams of artistic greatness are in ashes. But then, as if possessed by the spirit of Maura Kinkaid, a fabled Waytansea artist of the nineteenth century, Misty begins painting again, compulsively. But can her newly discovered talent be part of a larger, darker plan? Of course it can…

Diary is a dark, hilarious, and poignant act of storytelling from America’s favorite, most inventive nihilist. It is Chuck Palahniuk’s finest novel yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Just for the record, Diary is as hypnotic as a poised cobra. Chuck Palahniuk demonstrates that the most chilling special effects come not from Industrial Light and Magic but from the words of a gifted writer. Ira Levin, author of Rosemary’s Baby

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neil Corriston | 2/11/2014

    " Palahniuk definitely has his own unique writing style. His characters are fairly pathetic people, with major neurosis. Interesting "twist" I don't know if it was actually a twist because you never know where this book was going. It came together at the end, but didn't really get much out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Cait | 2/8/2014

    " The only book by this man I will ever actually like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 2/8/2014

    " I'm not totally sure how I felt about this book. It is dark and absorbing but by turns it is just boring. It definitely makes you think, and although you can get a bit of sense of what is going on pretty early on, it isn't totally clear until later. I think this book falls into the category of I didn't hate it, it will stick with me for a while, but I don't think it will be something I want to re-read any time soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 2/1/2014

    " This book is incredible. No surprise, being that its by Chuck Palahniuk, but he never ceases to amaze me. each of his books is weird and screwed up and brilliant in a different way, and this is definitely no exception. Moving and challenging in a manner rather different from Fight Club and Choke, Diary is freaky and painful and personal; a sad portrayal of life's vicious cycles and the never-ending attempt to break free. Read this book. (It may save your life) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guillermo Patiño | 1/27/2014

    " Te arrastra vertiginosamente desde la primera pagina a un relato surreal pero a la vez posible del descenso al infierno de un personaje aparentemente anodino. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kate thomas | 1/27/2014

    " This book made me feel a little bit shaky, but the good kind. I think. It is so raw and unbelievable and yet so compelling and sometimes even lovely in its nihilistic realness. However, there is more ugly than lovely and it left me feeling strangely hopeless. Otherwise it is an incredible book. It has an intricate plot that managed to shock me and awe me as well as being delightfully well written. This is the first Chuck Palahniuk novel I've ever read and I can't wait to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree | 1/25/2014

    " I've heard that some people find this one of Chuck's less-than-stellar works, but I enjoyed it tremendously, even if it did plunge me into the depths of existential despair with a single sentence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 1/23/2014

    " it made me think but his characters were too dark and disgusting for my liking. it was hard to find any redeemable qualities in them so i wasn't very sympathetic. maybe that was the point? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Hudson | 1/1/2014

    " Rage-inducing. Something I love in a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Del | 12/14/2013

    " My least favorite Chuck book. It was boring, predictable, and not very moving. I read the whole thing, so it was a good enough narrative to keep me involved, but at the end I felt very unsatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Guillen | 12/4/2013

    " It was good. Liked a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina Podsobinski | 12/2/2013

    " Great writing, iffy plot. The characters are deranged, multi-faceted and intriguing enough, and the writing as vivid as one would expect from Palahniuk, but the story itself was a bit of a turnoff for me (especially the end). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke Spencer | 11/27/2013

    " His books are very hit or miss to me, and this one was definitely a hit. I felt a little lost for the first bit, as it can take a while in his books to figure out exactly what he is trying to achieve. Once I had his method down, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 11/14/2013

    " Such a messed up world he creates. At times I struggled to read this book as the story became more in depth and somewhat unreal. The brutal things that happen to Misty while on Waytansea Island were almost enough to keep me awake at night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megamufn | 11/10/2013

    " Not a perfect book, but really interesting. I started researching the history and composition of artist's paint because of it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 11/1/2013

    " Another great book from one of my favorite authors. It is entertaining and has some completely surprising plot twists. This book is intense and not for the light-hearted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Snow | 10/12/2013

    " Weird book. But what would you expect from the guy who wrote fight club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 3/18/2013

    " One of my favorite Pahalniuk books. The final scene alone is goosebump-inducing. It spurred a short story I wrote about Star Valley and Stendhal Syndrome, which is a physical reaction induced by seeing great beauty or art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larina | 2/21/2013

    " Oh man, he's at it again. Quite unusual but that's what I like! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 11/19/2012

    " I like what I've read of his books but this one took me a while to get into. The first two chapters were interesting but it got a bit slow after that. I think it's for those that are already fans, otherwise, this might steer you away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asha | 9/27/2012

    " It was good but not my favorite palahiuk book. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Bowsman | 5/31/2012

    " I liked this book, didn't love it. Much better than Choke, Fight Club, Lullaby, or Survivor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 4/8/2012

    " Really enjoy most all of this authors pieces. Diary was one of my absolute favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marshall | 10/18/2011

    " This book was better than Survivor by Palahniuk. I really enjoyed this read, though I feel like I'm weird for thinking so. Very different read, a fast read with a larger conspirative subtext. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cj | 10/16/2011

    " This book entered my dreams. I had to finish the book so the torment would stop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/26/2011

    " Interesting concept and some great lines, but the story is uneven. Also, the description doesn't really match the story - the 'Breakfast Club' band of characters disappear about halfway through.

    [spoilers removed] "

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About the Author
Author Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk’s bestselling novels include Tell-All, Damned, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby, Fight Club, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He is also the author of a nonfiction profile, Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Martha Plimpton, in addition to audio narration, is a film, television, and stage actress. Her first major film roles include The River Rat, The Goonies, and The Mosquito Coast. On stage she made her Chicago debut with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble, during which time she received a National Medal of Arts Award. She won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia and has received numerous Tony Award nominations for supporting or featured actress. Her television roles included Grey’s Anatomy and Raising Hope, among others. In narration, she won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Alice McDermott’s After This, which also was a finalist in 2007 for the prestigious Audie Award.