Beautiful You

  • by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by Carol Monda
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Beautiful You is Palahniuk's much-anticipated satire of the emerging erotic thriller genre, a mash-up of mommy porn and chick lit à la Sex and the City, and fantasy lit à la Clan of the Cave Bear. Imagine if Ira Levin had a baby with Jean Auel.
Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well", a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?


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Disappointing and unfunny

As a huge fan of Palahniuk's works, it pains me to write a negative review, but this book was horribly disappointing. Yes, it contains the dose of "I can't believe I'm reading this" content that you'd come to expect from him, but it doesn't feel original and it is almost completely devoid of the twisted humor which made so many of his works fun to read in spite of their dark subject matter. This book is filled with logical inconsistencies and huge plot holes that are unexpected from an author who usually crafts his complicated story lines so well. The publisher bills this book as a commentary on/parody of the 50 Shades of Gray books, so perhaps to that end it is bad *on purpose*, but it is still bad. That said, the audio performance is mostly great, though there are several spots of bad editing, where the reader goes back and re-reads a phrase or sentence after making a mistake, which is why I rate it 4 stars rather than 5.
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- Anthony

So weird

Every time I had to pause this book to continue with my life I thought "what the f**k just happened?" This book is heavily sexual, some points to nauseating lengths. Like way sexier than Christian Grey and nastier than eating humans. Yet I couldn't stop listening even when I found myself saying ew ew ew out loud at work. It was a really great read. If you like indie films like Horns and Blue is the Warmest Color you'll probably still be freaked out. Happy listening. Don't play this out loud in front of kids, parents, or anyone in he generally normal population.
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- Sterling Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books