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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Palahniuk Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781455185047
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 2/13/2014

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 12/14/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Souvik | 12/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/12/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/7/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Griffin | 12/3/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Holub | 11/27/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Lowry | 11/22/2013

    " one of the best books i have read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor Bradshaw | 11/9/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tony Peterson | 10/11/2013

    " 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.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 8/25/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Schiraldi-smith | 8/23/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Haymond | 8/8/2013

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 7/13/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory Parle | 7/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 T. Browning | 6/17/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Gilmore | 6/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/6/2013

    " An interesting and thought provoking book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Venky Satya | 7/13/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meaghan | 5/24/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent Legault | 2/14/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briancalderwood | 1/11/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Cremmen | 12/29/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Albala | 10/25/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 8/27/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 7/25/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/21/2011

    " hmm. how long can a trend last? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rizal Octora | 6/21/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azzi | 6/17/2011

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 6/16/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 6/11/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raul | 6/11/2011

    " Nice book , lazy writing chuck! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/10/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 6/7/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 6/5/2011

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

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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

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.