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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Dunn Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781428199071
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Nominated for the National Book Award, Geek Love is mesmerizing, daring, and unconventional. Award-winning novelist Katherine Dunn fascinates and amazes much the same way tornados, earthquakes, and volcanos do. No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore.

In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al’s careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies “special.” As the oldest daughter, albino dwarf Olympia, puts listeners in the ring side seat, her family’s incredible drama erupts and spills over into the “normal” world.

Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore’s vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn’s evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher tm | 2/10/2014

    " 3.5 Stars, actually. But five stars right up to the last ten pages. The ending felt weak and left me unsatisfied overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/9/2014

    " What a very strange story! A unique tale of a family of circus freaks. Dunn's imagination is incredible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mills | 1/30/2014

    " Carnies have feelings too it seems... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/18/2014

    " I cannot even begin to describe how deeply I loathed this book. It has been on my bookshelf since 1989 when it was a nominee for the National Book Award. Every time I picked it up & read the dust jacket, I would think, "wow, that sounds icky" and I would put it down and choose something else. Finally I got sick of seeing it in my bookcase and bit the bullet and read it. I wish I had trusted my instincts. If you ignore my warning & choose to read it, make sure to have a tub of carbolic acid nearby so that you can rid yourself of the accompanying grime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 1/18/2014

    " This book came to me highly recommended but I just didn't get it. Interesting premise, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/18/2014

    " Fantastic! Twisted, black sense of humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/12/2014

    " Well, since this is a circus family story, it will come as no surprise that this is not your ordinary family saga. This book is disturbing and yet highly captivating.There are a few scenes that may never leave my head (although I hope they eventually do!). Probably not for everyone's taste, but whatever it says about me, I really liked it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiel | 1/9/2014

    " This book is one of the most beautiful fucking things I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 1/4/2014

    " This is a dark and twisted tale whose main protagonist and antagonists are all side show freaks whose brutal and self-destructive lives are showcased in this disturbing tale of love, sex, drugs and murder. Not for the faint of heart, but a fantastic read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie Whiteley | 11/21/2013

    " just to bizarre to embrace... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callum Jacobs | 10/16/2013

    " I read this book just after I'd loved to London as a twenty year old, and it's loving and evocative descriptions of the freaks and geeks of the carny somehow resonated with my new world. It is touching, brutal and magical. Has she ever written anything else? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Waters | 9/14/2013

    " job security is where you find it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emilee Andrews | 8/27/2013

    " I kept turning pages because I kept waiting for this to get better. I just couldn't help being uncomfortable the whole time because of some of the things going on. I'll keep it quiet though, in case anyone else wants to read it. I'm definitely ready to move on to the next book on my reading list! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olive | 6/29/2013

    " Quite the bizarre book. Just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder-it did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Des rosiers | 6/22/2013

    " My favourite book, hands down. <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis Williamson | 2/27/2013

    " One of my absolute favourite books of all time. There are no words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/23/2013

    " I read this years ago and loved it! Have never read anything quite like this book....odd, quirky, disturbing , and at its heart a beautiful love story....reminds us that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that we all have different ideas of what is right, wrong, desirable..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivienne Ingle | 12/30/2012

    " Amazing....love. I think this book can actually change your mind, perhaps by expanding it? Blowing it? You pick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Mccord | 8/12/2012

    " One of the most grotesque books i have ever read, yet smart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 1/13/2012

    " Interesting story line but couldn't stay interested. Turned into a slow read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Dit | 11/30/2011

    " Fascinating and repelling. Hated it in some ways, but definately a memorable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharyl | 11/18/2011

    " Vividly imagined characters and surreal circumstances make this book a standout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Chancellor | 11/17/2011

    " I think this is read No. 5 for me and this book. I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Rider | 10/7/2011

    " This was my favorite book club book of 2011. I loved the imagination, the commentary, the characters, everything. I especially loved how she could paint such a rich picture of each character, even the minor ones like the fly circus guy. This was a great book to read and a great book to discuss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Paisley | 7/4/2011

    " This book will stick with you forever. Family favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Ox | 5/29/2011

    " A brutal exploration of family, love, jealousy and power. Fleshy, violent, cruel and beautiful. I loved every moment. Also circus freaks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/25/2011

    " This book is so weird, and so good. I know a number of people who could not finish this book because it was too weird (mom, for one). I loved it and have never read anything like it. The imaginitive novel of a traveling circus family, and all their disturbing secrets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 5/24/2011

    " I read this book sometime in the 90s and was very pleasantly surprised. Dark and funny and I still think of it today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marla | 5/20/2011

    " Geek Love is extremely weird, but not heavy. It makes you think, but will not bring you down. Katherine Dunn has done an incredible job of creating an original idea and making it incredibly meaningful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 5/10/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 5/10/2011

    " great writing, crazy story. it made me feel a little icky, but i was hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 4/24/2011

    " Fascinating and repelling. Hated it in some ways, but definately a memorable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 4/23/2011

    " Not a truly easy read but one that makes you think about individuality and relationships...VERY good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenna | 4/14/2011

    " someone talked me into reading this book.. it's odd to say the least. i heard there was a rumor johnny depp wanted to make this movie.. i'm not sure even he could make me want to see some of the stuff in this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sparkleface | 4/13/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Top 5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/10/2011

    " Katherine Dunn is a phenomenal writer and story-teller. I was blown away by the creativity and depth she showcased in this novel, through the plot and her truly unusual characters. All I have to say is... wow. "

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About the Author
Author Katherine Dunn

Katherine Dunn (1945–2016) was an award-winning boxing journalist whose work has appeared in many publications, including Esquire, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Vogue. She was also the author of multiple books, including Geek Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.