Summary

A true modern classic, Fight Club is a darkly comic tale of love, rivalry and the lengths men will go to when they need something to make them feel alive.
Every weekend, in basements and car parks across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything.
Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on the world....
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©1996 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 20-12-14

The first rule of Fight Club...

I imagine a lot of people who listen to this novel have seen the film first. I did. For me the joy here was unpicking the twist of the narrative - which I won't spoil here - but seems even cleverer in written form. The film is very faithful to the text, but I appreciated having details and episodes fleshed out further. It certainly packs a punch.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 02-01-13

better to read

I love this as both book and film and have read and seen both a number of times now. However the audio book was let down by the narrater, Jim Colby's reading was good enough but he just didnt hit the mark this time. if you havent read the book you should get this but if you have its not worth bothering.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Wesley Thomas on 21-09-17

Good but not great

Good but not as good as the movie in my opinion. There is some interesting gems in there though

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5 out of 5 stars
By Yul Bahat on 13-07-15

Great book, great performance

Any additional comments?

When I first saw Fight Club back in 1999, it rocked my 16 year old self's world. It rocked the world of everyone around me. It was strange and new and different and violent and it made us think - which was completely unheard of at the time.

I watched it at least 50 times since, and to this day I consider it as one of the greatest movies of all times. But for some reason I never got around to read the book it was based, until now. And so, here are some thoughts:

1. This is a great book. Really. It was as good as promised and I highly recommend to anyone. Palahnuik is a great author, and I enjoyed every book of his I read.

2. Most surprisingly, hearing this book made we appreciate the movie adaptation even more. I completely understand each and every change and edit done to the story, and it is one of the only times I can think of where I can't honestly say that the book is better than the movie. They are very similar but in some ways also very different, and both of them have their own qualities.

3. That said, written violence always hits me harder than graphical one*. There were parts of the book I had to stop myself from fast forwarding.

Highly recommended

*pun definitely intended

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