Make Something Up

  • by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by Chuck Palahniuk, Scott Sowers, Rich Orlow, T. Ryder Smith, Luis Moreno, Ken Marks
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For years Chuck Palahniuk has reserved his best storytelling for his readings, often choosing to read a new short story instead of whatever novel he is supposed to be promoting. Make Something Up compiles these previously unpublished tales for the very first time, plus the Byliner social media insta-classic "Phoenix" and Palahniuk's most notable pieces from Playboy.

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Plenty of shock, just not enough Palahniuk awe

This book is filled with two dozen of Chuck Palahniuk's short stories, 'Make Something Up' is clear evidence that Palahniuk is the king of grotesque and a sometimes master of the short story. Sometimes a bit uneven, a couple trips, etc., but a couple of these stories were nearly perfect. There were times when he seemed to be channeling a more disturbed version of David Sedaris (see: 3. Monkey, 9. Coyote, 18. Aardvark) and other times when he seemed to be walking instep with Neil Gaiman. To me, this is a thicker, but more disappointing version a George Saunders collection. But, still, there is no real comparison. These stories could have only been born in Palahniuk's mind. Some of them came out ready to walk, and some should probably been aborted.

So, just to clear my own ADD:

1. Knock Knock - 3★
2. Eleanor - 3★
3. How Monkey got Married... - 4★
4. Zombies - 4★
5. Loser - 3★
6. Red Sultan's Big Boy - 5x
7. Romance - 5★
8. Cannibal - 3★
9. Why Coyote Never... - 3★
10. Phoenix - 4★
11. The Facts of Life - 2★
12. Cold Calling - 3★
13. The Toad Prince - 3★
14. Smoke - 5★
15. Torcher - 5★
17. Liturgy - 2★
18. Why Aardvark Never... - 4★
19. Fetch - 4★
20. Expedition - 3★
21. Mister Elegant - 4★
22. Tunnel of Love - 4★
23. Inclinations - 4★
24. How a Jew Saved Christmas - 2★
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Chuck is a very good author but....

He is not a good narrator he has a really strange affectation that takes away from the story
It's hard to explain its a tempo thing
Great thought provoking ideas would have been better served by a good narrator unless he meant to deliver his material in this way , in that case I would say eh..
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- shane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books