Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's booksChoke was my first audiobook. I finished it last week (now I’m on to A Scanner Darkly).

The book is good– not great– but you can decide if you want to read it or not based on this: it’s a book about a sex addict who fakes choking in restaurants by the author of Fight Club. It’s deliberately subversive, like other Palahniuk stuff, and it’s fun. It’s better than his Lullaby, but not as good as Fight Club.

Choke was made in to a movie last year with Sam Rockwell, but I haven’t seen that yet.

Listening to a book as opposed to reading it was a new experience, but not as different as I had imagined. You’re forced to pay more attention to nuance, and even now I can hear Palahniuk’s voice in my head when I think about the book. I’ll write my thoughts about that in the future. I wonder if my impression of the book would have been better, worse or different if I had actually read it– words on page or words on Kindle screen.

Yeah, the Kindle-like devices are worth a lot of thought too. Doubly so, if I actually owned one.
Here’s a preview of Choke from Google Books:


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