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Adjustment Day

Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk.

People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorising its directives. They are ready for the reckoning. 

In this ingeniously comic work, Chuck Palahniuk’s first novel in four years, he does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males, working-class men dream of burying the elites and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates a new Disunited States of America. 

In this mind-blowing novel, Palahniuk fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

©2018 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Has the Fight Gone Out of Chuck?

When I read Fight Club I re-learned the lesson of not judging a book by its cover because it really was a far more intelligent and absorbing read than I had imagined. Adjustment Day taught me a new lesson: Never judge an author's latest book by one of his earlier ones!

This simply never got going for me, a mish-mash of characters and scenes stopped it ever gaining momentum and never once presented me with a character that I cared about. It stuttered and stumbled its way rather than ever accelerating smoothly towards a satisfactory conclusion.

The narration by Christopher Ragland is just fine. Clear concise and with enough variety to make it a decent performance but it was never going to be enough to lift this material.

So, while there are moments in this when Palahnuik shows his talent you have to wade through a lot that just doesn't feel like it matters to find them. I can't really recommend this one.

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Story was cluttered and rambling

Tried to stick with it but didn't make it to the end . Story seemed like a good idea at the start but it rambled on and didn't go anywhere for a long time and I gave up on it .

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Excellent Entertainment!

This is great, great fun! The plot is twisty and, in parts, head-melting! Super narration!

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storyline hard to keep up with

The story jumped between characters and the narration was fast paced often with no discernable break between characters.

I think maybe as a book it would work but audio I struggled with.

the story never really got me hooked either. I wasn't into any of the characters so didn't really care what happened to them.

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Loved it, but...

I loved the ideas in this book and I felt it made a lot of extremely valid political points delivered with the writer's trademark graphic punchiness. The writer asks "what if the American dream of the 21st century came true?", and his answer is equal parts shocking, hilarious and even, on some level, attractive. Unfortunately it sometimes felt as though some plot elements could have been explained better and some characters could have been explored in more depth (and there are a lot of exciting characters here). Not Chuck's best book, but still worth a read I reckon.