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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Palahniuk Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris and Chuck Palahniuk Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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Chuck Palahniuk's world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. These pieces from Stranger Than Fiction, his first nonfiction collection, prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling.

Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big-budget film production of the movie Fight Club; life as an assembly-line drive train installer by day, hospice volunteer driver by night; the really peculiar lives of submariners; the underground world of iron-pumping anabolic steroid gobblers; the immensely upsetting circumstances of his father's murder and the trial of his killer; each essay or vignette offers a unique facet of existence as lived in and/or observed by one of our most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 2/16/2014

    " thi book was great! i loved how all the stories were true and i could almost relate to all of them! I did not know palahnuik had such a dark past withhis father brought a lot of insight to the author! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marisa | 2/15/2014

    " I thought this book was terrible. I jumped around and read a few stories and then couldn't go on. I just groaned after every one of them. I wasn't about to keep reading more to see if I had the same reaction to all of them, so maybe some of them are decent... I wouldn't know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Brunner | 2/10/2014

    " Gave me insight. Liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/6/2014

    " Entertaining, good for in-flight reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 2/3/2014

    " Okay, I've read bits and pieces of Palahniuk before (Nerve, for some reason, highlights him EVERY TIME he writes a new freaky book), and I've never felt...right... about reading him. There's just somethign enormously off about the stuff he writes, it unnerves me much in the same way that anything about serial killers unnerves me. This was a collection of Stuff He Wrote Before He Was Famous For Fight Club. Some of it is funny - like his account of wanting to have lips like Brad Pitt's, and what he did for them. Some of it is borderline interesting - His account of meeting Marilyn Manson and watching/listening to Manson do his own Tarot card spread. Some of it is just plain disturbing - all of his accounts about his father. If you like this sort of bizarre-accounts genre, pick this up. If you, like me, are easily disturbed, then leave it on the shelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes Young | 1/27/2014

    " I love it when someone tells a story about little known areas of life. This book is chock full of just such stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/22/2014

    " These are true stories ranging from the strange to the absolutely bizarre, and include very personal stories of Palahniuk's own life. If you enjoy Palahniuk's fictional books, don't pass up this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alessandra Fissinger | 1/16/2014

    " Kinda boring, some of the stories were good but I started jumping around and couldn't finish all of them "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mako | 1/16/2014

    " Good and bad. Kinda like Skittles, no one likes the green ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 epstuk | 1/8/2014

    " I only made it halfway through, but I like the idea that nonfiction is as ridiculous as fiction. And although I got that these stories were strange, I didn't necessarily care to get into them in such depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily Sours | 10/29/2013

    " short stories, more interesting for the facts they contain than palahniuk's writing. not that it was bad, he just does better with stories he can manipulate. keep to fiction, palahniuck, you're awesome there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 9/9/2013

    " In general Palahniuk is too violent for me, but I did enjoy most of these true stories. There were a few I skipped over because the subject matters did not interest me, but he's a good writer and I especially liked the stories that were about writing itself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelle | 7/24/2013

    " I did not get passed the first page. This book is not for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 7/20/2013

    " Not as good as his previous works, I found this book not living up to my expectations. I would not recommend this book to Palahniuk's newbies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inkpenshmee | 7/5/2013

    " I really got in to this essay collection last year. A few cool interviews. A bit of autobiography. A few researched essays. Fun. Informative. Inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 5/18/2013

    " This book is the perfect read on the beach. A collection of non fiction written by the guy who brought you FIGHT CLUB. The section titled PERSONAL is worth the money for the book alone. The stories about Chuck going to the set of Fight Club are priceless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam O'Connor | 5/14/2013

    " palahniuk does a great job of describing scenes, people, and interesting happenings in brutally descriptive layers. a voyeur's dream. this collection of stories is entertaining and frightening at the same time. very unique. if it's not obvious by the title, this is NON-FICTION. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 10/8/2012

    " I liked it, but it's not like Chuck's other books. I just read this one. His others I consumed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 10/2/2012

    " Interesting look at the random jobs people have, also interesting insight into Chuck's mind. Good nonfiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Dewitte | 6/28/2012

    " Good stuff. Especially the one about the washer and the finger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/24/2012

    " Hard to believe these are true stories. Just goes to show you that Chuck's audience are not the only strange people in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graham Stevens | 12/28/2011

    " decent collection of short stories .. good quick vacation read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Professor | 12/26/2011

    " It has nothing to do with the Will Ferrel movie of same name. Still an intriguing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GateGypsy | 11/8/2011

    " This was an interesting experience. I could hardly believe these things were true. Leave it to Palahniuk to write an anthology of essays like this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt Mueller | 8/29/2011

    " Pretty good collection of outlandish nonfiction. Does all the stupid tricks Palahniul always does. Have used as a reader for comp class. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chrissy | 8/6/2011

    " The fact that I only remember what ONE of the stories was about (the Testicle Festival, naturally) tells me that I wasn't too impressed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valentina | 6/3/2011

    " Finirlo è stata una fatica. Probabilmente doveva dare qualcosa al suo editore per contratto ed ha raccolto foglietti sparsi che aveva per casa. Una grande delusione. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kzr0 | 5/14/2011

    " I listened to the audio version of this book. While the individual stories were unabridged, the audio version isn't the complete book. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoomusicguy | 4/24/2011

    " Palahniuk is never as good as when he is telling a true story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 4/22/2011

    " Couldn't care for the subject matter of some of stories, but good read nonetheless. "

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

    " good book, but I think i,ll stick to his twisted dark fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 3/22/2011

    " short stories, more interesting for the facts they contain than palahniuk's writing. not that it was bad, he just does better with stories he can manipulate. keep to fiction, palahniuck, you're awesome there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzette | 3/22/2011

    " An odd read, especially for Palinuk. Much of it was dull but some was rather profound. I'm glad I read it, but I wouldn't really recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Headsink | 3/19/2011

    " While reading this, sometimes I wish this was part of my life which was impossible considering my current monk-hood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy (Alaskan Bookie) | 3/18/2011

    " This was my first Chuck Palahniuk book. This was an interesting read. He referenced a lot of things in his book 'Fight Club', so I guess it would have helped if I had read that one first. He sure tells some strange (but true) stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 3/5/2011

    " I'd like to read another Palahniuk non fiction work before another novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/2/2011

    " Hits and misses. Worth a read if you're a fan of his work. "

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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.