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Survivor [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Chuck Palahniuk , Paul Michael Garcia
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Oct 2006
Tender Branson is the last surviving member of the "Creedish Death Cult" and is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Before it crashes he will unfold the tale of his journey from Creedish child to media messiah.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 edition (Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786174609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786174607
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,151,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chuck Palahniuk's nine novels are the bestselling Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby and Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. He is also the author of the non-fiction profile of Portland Fugitives and Refugees and the non-fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Tender Branson is the last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult and finds himself suddenly famous, at the epicentre of a vast freak-show. In response, he commandeers a 747 jet, empties it of passengers and flies it on a collision course for the Australian outback. However, before the kamakazi landing, he decides to dictate his entire story to the flight's black-box recorder. Palahniuk offers a heady mix of startling satire and deadpan humour, with Branson moving from a mindless, obedient servant to a high-gloss media mogul. Survivor seeks to record one man's mental undoing and the result is an unnerving yet hilarious observation on cult life and media obsession with the outlandish. Whether Branson's apocalypse is fulfilling his belief's obligations or the media circus is, the harshest truth of all is "… the only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage." --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A dead-on sendup of the media, celebrity and pop culture. " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An edgy, cynical character-driven ride 2 Jun 2005
By B. Remy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If the opening of the book doesn't get you, then give up. It opens at the end... There's a guy (Tender Branson), in a plane, that's going to crash, and he's inevitably going to die - and he knows it. Look at the page numbers - they count down i.e. the last page is page 1. So what you get is Tender's painful life, recorded onto the black box recorder of the plane, in a race against time before he and the plane crash into the Australian outback.

Tender Branson is born into a Deliverance Day Cult, sold into servitude, and there he stays until one day the whole cult commits suicide. As all cult members (inside and out of the cult village) have been programmed to do the same, the government sets up a survivor programme whereby they try and stop the remaining members following suit. This is fairly unsuccessful as Tender ends up as the only one left alive. This is where the books takes a turn and he is swept up by a media agent who turns Tender into a pre-packaged, TelePrompTed, made-for-TV messiah.

Other reviewers have already covered the subjects that this book touches upon. It's angsty, it's nihilistic, and it's got a couple of good one-liners. It's quite far-fetched but it's based in enough reality to keep it interesting. It's a pacy read, it raises questions about modern society and it's well written. Don't know what else I can say other than I really enjoyed it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Whenever I review a book I try to rate it compared to the authors other work. This book would have got 5 stars if it weren't for the seminal "Fight Club". It's really that good.
The story concerns Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the "Creeds" (a religion not too dissimilar to that of the Mormons or Amish) all of whose members have committed suicide as part of an ancient pact. Living in the outside world, Tender decides not to conform to his religions decree and becomes a superstar as a result. In his state of religious (media) messiah he begins to deteriorate by taking drugs to improve his physique or hair or skin until he becomes hooked on a whole range of highly damaging substances. His only friend comes in the shape of Fertility Hollis, a mysterious woman who sees the future in her dreams. The book ends with Tenders death in a plane crash.
For everyone who thinks I just spoiled the story, you're wrong. In a brilliant stylistic stroke, Palahnuik starts the book on Chapter 43 and ends it on 1. This is because Tender is telling his story into the black box flight recorder on the plane, so as a result, you are aware that Tender is going to die from the first few pages.
Overall this book reeks of style and class. Palahniuk uses the book to comment on the misuse and commercialisation of religion in our society and the way in which any principles that once existed are mutated, reformed and packaged - just as Tender is during the book. In my opinion this is a thought provoking, well-written and ultimately excellent book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By N. Clay
Format:Paperback
Tender Branson is the last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult, a radical religious group that have committed mass suicide simply because the Elders, or ruling men and women, have ordered them to do so. We all know that this is not entirely fiction - the same thing has happened several times around the world. And why hasn't Tender Branson joined his peers? Because, like the main character from the excellent debut novel Fight Club, he wants more from life.
If this short description sounds interesting to you, wait until you experience the various twists and turns that the plot takes. Palahniuk provides these in abundance - although there is no one real convention-defying plot twist as there was in fight club, that forces you to re-read the entire thing.
Also, it is sometimes difficult to understand just what Palahniuk is trying to get at in the story, and the plot is not always as engaging as you might expect from the excellent author. But regardless of this, if you enjoyed Fight Club, this one is definitely worth a read. If you haven't read Fight Club, if you are a fan of Kurt Vonnegut or Don Delillo, Palahniuk's highly original writing style should appeal to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There are very few people on this world who have not heard of Chuck Palahniuk's works. The film of his novel Fight Club has launched him into the limelight, and Survivor - his second novel - will serve to show that Fight Club really wasn't simply a one-off.
Tender Branson is a member of the Creedish cult - one of those odd religious suicide cults that do the Lemming Dance on us every so often. Except Tender doesn't, because he doesn't hear about the impending 'apocalypse' for some time afterwards. Instead, he becomes a media superstar, a hero of tellievangelism, before finally hijacking a plane and letting it crash - while he's still aboard.
We know he's going to die from the first couple of pages. Somehow, though, Palahnuik still keeps us hooked throughout the entire novel, using the same writing style and stream-of-consciousness technique that worked so well in Fight Club. Tender truly has no say in his life - everything he does is either predicted or enforced - and this makes him something of a modern day tragic hero. He is by no means perfect; whereas Fight Club's narrator was hooked on self-help groups, Tender starts out running a telephone help line, offering (usually) the advice "Kill yourself". No one in this novel is perfect. And this is good.
Survivor mixes the sublime with the ridiculous and produces one hell of a show. The world needs more novels like Survivor, and more novelists like Palahniuk.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars boyle154
Interesting developed characters through a robust plot. I would definitely recommend any one who enjoys the layered story telling we consistently enjoy from chuck p
Published 3 months ago by boyle154
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmph
Reasonably interesting at times; frequently irritating. Perhaps too obvious in terms of social commentary but not without its caustic charms.
Published 3 months ago by Roderick Brannan
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
well written with a lot of meaning within few words, good drama, interesting characters, twisted story with a sweet dose of reality check.
Published 4 months ago by Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Rude, coarse and hilarious - Palahniuk does what he does best
The thing I love about Chuck Palahniuk’s writing, and this book in particular, is the almost abrasive way in which he tells you EVERYTHING. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This was a present. It arrived quickly and with no problems even in pre-Christmas rush. Condition was perfect. My brother was very pleased.
Published 6 months ago by Joanna
4.0 out of 5 stars a gift
Bought this as a gift for my son, who is a fan. As I haven't read it myself, I don't feel I can make any other comment!
Published 7 months ago by Mary Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READ.
I liked this but there's a word limit and I'm lazy so here's some lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Mauris a ligula sem. Curabitur ante tellus.
Published 11 months ago by Adeline Chong
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever book, Mr chuck
My first was fight club, then haunted, followed by invisible monsters. My word can this man write. In my opinion SURVIVOR is phenomenal! The best so far for me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by liam finnerty
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine
Good condition of product and item arrived when expected.
A fine read, as a big fan of chuck's writing- though reading this book does take a bit of getting used to. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Georgia
3.0 out of 5 stars Another mad chuck story!
This was bizarre which I expected it to be. So far I've read "Fight Club" and "Choke" by the same author and I felt that this has been the weaker one. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Saqa Jupitus
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