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Author: Chuck Palahniuk Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481564830

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Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

This is author Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak, a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world.

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  • “Brilliantly satiric and savagely funny.”

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “A turbo-charged, deliciously manic satire of contemporary American life.”

    - Newsday
  • “Mordant…One’s sympathy for the improbably doomed hero is fully engaged.”

    - New Yorker
  • “Convoluted, maniacally comic, partaking deeply of the America that streams toward us in the dead of the night from the cable channels—that place of outrageous expectation, slavish idolatry, fanatic consumerism, and mind-stopping banality.”

    - Esquire
  • “Survivor is the perfect comment on our apocalypse-fixated times.”

    - Spin
  • “Impressive…a wryly mannered commentary on the excesses of pop culture…Palahniuk’s DeLilloesque cultural witticisms and his satirical take on the culture of instant celebrity invest the narrative with a dark humor.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “This dark yet comical story, like all of Chuck Palahniuk’s books, provides rich and amusing social commentary…Garcia excels in the straight, almost emotionless delivery he uses for some of the story’s funniest lines.”

    - AudioFile

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is very interesting. The subject matter is incredible and way too convoluted for me to even try to summarize here. I say just read it and you'll understand! "

    - Gabrielle, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I was not as enthused with this one as I was with others, but it was still an engaging Chuck Palahniuk novel, gore and shock value and psychological twists included. "

    - Chrissy, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " "read" through audiobook in my car. It was a very unique story, I would expect nothing less from Chuck Palahniuk. "

    - Maria, 12/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A typical Palahniuk roller coaster, 'Survivor' once again leaves you disarmed, perplexed and full of questions. It will transport you into a world which is too unreal to believe and too real for comfort. Only Chuck can come up with such stories. And after reading five of his books, I now realize what makes him so unique; it's not so much his vocabulary or diction or structure, but his uncanny ability to so vividly sketch the universal and basic principles of life through his protagonists. "

    - Souvik, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another great Chuck P. book. If you watched Fight Club instead of reading it, his stories are almost always written in the style of Ed Norton's monologue throughout. Odd story, amazingly delivered. "

    - John, 12/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " With a variation on structure that breaks up the tedium of his short, sometimes bland writing, Chuck gives us one his most potent novels, a scathing critique of fame and celebrity. "

    - Ron, 12/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I think I'd call this one my personal favorite of the Chuck Palahnuik books I've read. "

    - John, 12/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " perhaps palahniuk at his satirical/dark/nihilistic best, and the peak of his powers before his obsession with detail shtick became cumbersome. "

    - Jason, 11/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " one of the best books i have read "

    - Jared, 11/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Kept me mildly entertained but made me wish a Creedish death upon my soul. "

    - Trevor, 11/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " One of the dumbest books I've ever read...luckily it was only the second by Palahniuk that I chose (first being Fight Club which has far less of an impact than the film). At least I found out early and didn't waste my time with his other books.... "

    - Tony, 10/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Where is the movie to this chuck??? "

    - Dawn, 8/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Easy fast read. Was reluctant to read but was pleasantly surprised. "

    - Mary, 8/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is so funny and quite excellent! This book sealed Chuck Palahniuk as a favorite author!! Great book highly reccomend to anyone that doesnt get offended easily! Dark humour! "

    - John, 8/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It is The Giver...for grown ups. "

    - Sherrie, 7/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Excellent. I read this as an audiobook and it just suits that format so perfectly, as it's supposedly the black box recording from a crashed airplane of the hijacker recounting the story of what led him to that point. Bleak but very funny. "

    - Rory, 7/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Did not finish. Some people might see value in books as dark as old Chuck's. I, at this time, do not. Some might say he is probing the depths of evil, I think he is just selling cheap thrills. "

    - T., 6/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This novel really pales in comparison to Palahniuk's far superior Fight Club. It delves into the surreal atmosphere and lifestyle of the celebrity (and the random-drawing of who becomes one and who doesn't). Coupled weirdly with the tale of a plane crash. "

    - Ben, 6/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An interesting and thought provoking book. "

    - Thomas, 1/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book gives me chills. Chuck always manages to make you look at your life and either gives you comfort, or doesn't let you take anything for granted. "

    - Venky, 7/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This book sent me into existential meltdown. Read at your own peril. "

    - Meaghan, 5/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I do love a good gimmick and this book does have one of those. It moves like greased lightening, too. I hardly noticed I was reading there for a little while. Actually, at one or two points, I thought I was reading Fight Club but then I checked the title page and everything was all right again. "

    - Brent, 2/14/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was my first intro to his work in print. I found it an easy, entertaining read full of slightly exaggerated commentaries on today's moral compass. Worth a read. "

    - Briancalderwood, 1/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very odd, but brilliant and so easy to read. I'll definitely be reading more of Chuck's books. "

    - Amy, 12/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " what do you do when you are the only one who survives a cult? Oh and this book works backwards. "

    - Samantha, 10/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I thought this was pretty good. Easy, quick read. Interesting perspective on religion, society, identity... All of the home ec tips from Tender Branson, put the icing on the character development cake. Was a little sad when it ended. That's always signifies a good read. "

    - Tara, 8/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is probably my favorite palahniuk novel next to Rant. Lately he's been pretty so so with what he has been putting out, but his first few were pretty good. "

    - Eli, 7/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " hmm. how long can a trend last? "

    - John, 6/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " one of the most entertaining books from him. i definitely can see this turned into big screen. it's very palahniuk. very pop. "

    - Rizal, 6/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I enjoyed how the book explores religion, cults, and miracles in an urban setting, but what really pulled me in is the narrative. Undoubtedly the best Chuck Palahniuk I have read. "

    - Azzi, 6/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Started off well, but as soon as all the quasi-celebrity nonsense started, the book felt so contrived it was almost unreadable. "

    - Ashley, 6/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is my other favorite from Chuck. Rant is my favorite book from him, but this was a close second. It starts off slow, but crashes and burns near the end. "

    - Dan, 6/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Nice book , lazy writing chuck! "

    - Raul, 6/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Survivor is a wickedly strange book. If your looking for something to ponder about, Palahniuk's voice captures the dark of humanity. You could really hear the narrator of Fight Club coming through on some pages. "

    - Michelle, 6/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was my first ever Palahniuk and it was great. It had some gross stuff but not too much as I've been warned most of his books do. It was a clever story with a great ending. "

    - Lorraine, 6/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " made me laugh till the end of the page. "

    - Marco, 6/5/2011

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk has been a nationally bestselling author since his first novel, 1996’s Fight Club, was made into the acclaimed David Fincher film of the same name. Twelve of his works have made the New York Times bestsellers list, and his work has sold millions of copies worldwide.

About the Narrator

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.