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2.57 out of 52.57 out of 52.57 out of 52.57 out of 52.57 out of 5 2.57 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Palahniuk Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781455197354
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Soaked, nay, marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood, Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard–inflected homage to Old Hollywood and a hilarious assault on celebrity.

Hazie Coogan has for decades tended to the outsized needs of Katherine “Miss Kathie” Kenton, a larger-than-life star who has survived multiple marriages, career comebacks, cosmetic surgeries, and emotional dramas. But danger lurks with the arrival of a gentleman caller, Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie’s heart and boudoir. Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written his celebrity tell-all memoir, which foretells Miss Kathie’s death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman–penned musical extravaganza. As the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans—and for posterity.

Tell-All is funny, subversive, and fascinatingly clever. It’s wild, it’s wicked, it’s bold-faced—it’s vintage Chuck.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “So funny...There are a lot of laughs to be had, notably from some outlandish Broadway productions of the playwright Lillian Hellman, and the excruciating extracts we read of Westward’s juicy and self-aggrandizing memoir, gloriously entitled Love Slave.”

    Independent (London) 

  • “Chuck Palahniuk is one of modern American fiction’s most interesting stylists, and he’s at it again...A masterful feat.”

    Associated Press

  • “Palahniuk still has considerable linguistic firepower and satirical humor.”

    Library Journal

  • “At his best, Palahniuk punctures our collective psyches with sharp darts of satire, subversion, and surprise…Palahniuk stages some stunning scenes and pens some bawdily hilarious lines…some of the set pieces resemble the scathing satire of a young William S. Burroughs.”

    Booklist

  • “As the cult master of high-concept fictional subversion, the prolific Palahniuk has his typical fun here…with the author having great sport with the wordplay that once filled the columns of Walter Winchell, Hedda Hopper and the like.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Palahniuk channels old Hollywood in this homage to Billy Wilder’s classic film Sunset Boulevard…Hilary Huber’s pitch and pronunciation are inspired by the great actresses of the 1930s and ’40s. Her arch voice recalls the smoky tones of cigarette tapping screen stars, and her raspy narration is chilling.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Hillary Huber, a relative newbie in the audiobook narrating industry, does a superb job of voicing the Thelma Ritter–esque housekeeper and lending a vintage Hollywood feel to this audio production.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/6/2014

    " Well, I've never read any of his other books and heard so many great things about them, so I was a little disappointed in this particular book. It took me till at least page 55 to start enjoying it. He has a strange style, something you have to get used to. I will try to read several pages of the next book before I purchase it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey Lewandowski | 2/5/2014

    " Sure, I saw the twist coming. And yes, maybe I'm swayed by the fact that I went to a release for this book. Regardless, though, while it doesn't match up with his better works, Tell-All far outshines his other more recent novels -- Pygmy, Snuff and Haunted all fall in comparison. I enjoyed the story, and you will, too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bo Buckley | 1/30/2014

    " The ONLY Palahniuk book that I have completely disliked. It seemed like the inside of someones brain who only cared about pop culture. Not being a pop culture connoisseur, this books seemed like a big inside joke that I just didnt get. I couldnt even finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/29/2013

    " The overall story of this book is actually quite good, I just really didn't like the way that it was written and personally found it really difficult to get through. I might still try reading another book by Chuck Palahniuk though... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Kuhs | 12/18/2013

    " I wasn't a fan of this book. I was able to guess the ending very easily. It's a quick read and almost typical, but I would advise reading it during a long flight or when the T.V. is proving its real worth. "

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

    " I saw Chuck Palahniuk at the Chicago library this summer. Very intriguing individual. I wasn't interested in this one until I heard him talk about it. The story was OK, but I'd put it toward the bottom if I was ranking his books from my favorite to least favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lamia Hajani | 12/11/2013

    " Surprise ending. A bit confusing to read, I'd give it a 3.5 stars if I could. Still, it wasn't a bad book. Not the best I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Edmondson | 12/3/2013

    " Original voice, fun & funny writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ichaerus | 11/27/2013

    " I would have rated this higher if he ever wrote a twist I didn't see coming. Did still enjoy it, but it didn't surprise me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 11/25/2013

    " This book was alright, but it kind of made me think that Palahniuk is slipping up a little bit recently. Definitely not as good as some of his older books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sierra Dean | 11/20/2013

    " A resounding "meh" for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashleigh Tripp | 8/29/2013

    " Written in a Hollywood-esque format, it's somewhat funny in a celebrity name-dropping kind of way. But after awhile the formula gets tired and boring. Palahniuk is too full of himself in this novel- too vanity driven for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiah | 8/23/2013

    " I think Palahniuk is losing me...I felt like this was more of a way to list celebrities both well-known and obscure from Hollywood's heyday than a great story. But, there were entertaining moments with that twist at the end you've come to expect from Palahniuk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phyllis | 4/8/2013

    " My least favorite of the Palahniuk books I have read -- though Pygmy may be equally unfavorable. And I usually really like his books. This one read really fast though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monroe | 3/17/2013

    " As tedious it is to have to go through all that name-dropping the book is riddled with, it is a delight, almost delicious, to be hit squarely at the jaw by Palahniuk's surprise uppercut yet again. Why he writes such stories, one can only ask or pity him for. But they make such fine entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/6/2013

    " While I enjoyed reading "Tell-All" because Chuck wrote it, I had figured out the ending long before I got to it. So in that sense I was disappointed. But the story itself was interesting and I liked the style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/12/2013

    " Defiantly different than any book I have read before. Second book I have read of Chucks and probably not the last. Got a bit slow and repetitive in the middle, found it hard to keep reading and had to skip a chapter or two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/19/2012

    " Palahniuk takes some risks, and sometimes they pay off. In this case, the risk did not pay off. What started off as mildly amusing quickly became tedious and the plot just didn't intrigue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell Kaiser | 11/7/2011

    " Amazing new Palahniuk book with Chucks old fashion. Revert back to Haunted and Choke for a comparison. Plot takes you on a winding journey of an aging actress and her close friend. The plot thickens and turns keeping you reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 8/22/2011

    " Palahniuk gets me every time. I like his work- I don't love it- yet somehow I'm compelled to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gemski | 7/11/2011

    " An interesting look at 'celebrity'. Typically Palahniuj - odd, unusually, slightly shocking! A bit predictable towards the end, but a good one none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/17/2011

    " I'm not sure how this would stand up as a read, but it was sort of the perfect audiobook for a long drive. The constant, droning litany of Golden Age name-dropping was easy to zone out to and just enjoy as syllabic background noise. "

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

    " Really not very good at all. I love Chuck and I think this is the worst one of his books I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boozy | 6/15/2011

    " Good effort from Chuck P, better than Rant, and better than Pygmy, although not as good as his early stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tami Lynn | 6/14/2011

    " See the review I wrote for Snuff like 3 years ago. Why do I keep reading Chuck do you ask? Oh cause they're free and take like 2 hours. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 6/11/2011

    " I wasn't a fan of this book. I was able to guess the ending very easily. It's a quick read and almost typical, but I would advise reading it during a long flight or when the T.V. is proving its real worth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 6/2/2011

    " I love most of Palahniuk's books, so had to read this one too. Not his best, and sometimes hard to stay focused on because of a lot of trite details. It had a very surprising ending and once I got 3/4 of the way through the story I couldn't stop reading! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarahz | 5/25/2011

    " I like Chuck...never know what to expect! I hope I like it.

    I've gotten through some of it, and I don't think this one's for me. Sorry Chuck "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phyllis | 5/12/2011

    " My least favorite of the Palahniuk books I have read -- though Pygmy may be equally unfavorable. And I usually really like his books. This one read really fast though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 5/10/2011

    " Really, really not his best work. If I'm into a book, I will read it quickly - or at least read multiple chapters at a time. This one I would not feel like reading after 1 chapter. It was also pretty easy to guess the ending. "

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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

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.