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Madison Spencer, the liveliest, snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the adventures in the afterlife begun in Damned. Having somewhat reluctantly escaped from hell, she now wanders the purgatory that is Earth as a ghostly spirit, seeking her do-gooding celebrity parents, fighting the malign control of Satan, recounting the disgracefully funny encounter with her grandfather in a fetid highway rest stop in upstate New York when she - oh, never mind - and climaxing in a rendezvous with destiny on the new, totally plastic continent in the Pacific called, not at all accidentally, Madlantis.

Dante Alighieri, watch your back. Chuck Palahniuk is gaining on you.

©2013 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • james
  • 16-12-13

Too many mispronounced words

I hate to nitpick. I hate being that guy. But, who edits/ directs these things? Words are important. Important enough to me, anyway, to fork over money to you month after month. How can you let the dozens of mispronounced words pass in this thing? It is not the fault of the reader. Someone should have caught the mistakes and fixed them. Very distracting to asshats such as myself.

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  • David Shear
  • 11-10-13

So Disappointing

Doomed is the sequel to Damned, the continued story of Madison.

This book was SO disappointing. I have loved Chuck Palahnuik's past works. From Fight Climb to Haunted, Choke, and Invisible Monsters, I have really treasured his books.

Doomed has SOME of the things that I love about Chuck, like the "ticks" he puts in his stories, his great writing rhythm, and his very dark humor.

What this story was missing was, well, an actual story. As the story begins, I was super excited to see what kind of trouble Madison was going to get into to, and then, nothing happened. You are introduced to a couple of characters that seems to have the capacity to drive the story forward along with Madison and then nothing happened with them either. There was very little interaction with them. The entire story goes back into Madison's past and she whines and bitches about everything that happened to her and how misunderstood she was.

It was bad, really bad.

I enjoyed the narrator, she was fun to listen to.

Sadly, I do not recommend this book.

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  • Justin D. Goodman
  • 17-05-16

Not as good as damned

This a sequel prequel. The story line was poor and the climax dull. Very disappointing as damned was a lot of fun. Doomed was tough to get through.

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  • penkypoo
  • 30-03-15

Interesting...even for Palahniuk

Before reading this book I had read numerous reviews about how disappointing it was, and that I should just skip it. Honestly there were points where the story seems to drag on, however one thing you need to remember is this book is part 2 of a trilogy (the 3rd book has yet to be written), and that everything Chuck writes has a purpose and will be revisited. In the end was this book my favorite...well, no. Was it my favorite Chuck book? Well, no again...however I can say this book is an interesting modern take on Dante Alaghieri's Divine Comedy (Damned was his take on inferno, and Doomed is his take on Purgatorio) and everything written was done so with purpose. I enjoyed the book and think it's worth a pass for any Chuck fan.

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  • Lester
  • 20-10-13

Sick, Twisted and Darkly Hilarious

If you could sum up Doomed in three words, what would they be?

Read my title.

What other book might you compare Doomed to and why?

If you don't have a really twisted sense of humor you should move on. If you do and haven't heard or read the first book, Damned, then go get it and begin a journey to Hell...Palahniuk style.

What does Tai Sammons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tai Sammons IS Madison Spencer. She is the perfect, imperfect teenager voice of this character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

You may feel the need to take a long shower to clean filth left on you in every chapter but at least you'll smell good.

Any additional comments?

Dear Gentle Tweeter....stop wasting my time and get this book for your eyes or for your ears. You'll need a stack of candy bars and sensible shoes to get through this.

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  • Jennifer
  • 20-10-13

Unexpected find

Would you listen to Doomed again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to it again. It is funny in a dark way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doomed?

I don't want to give anything away but her phone calls with Jesus was awesome! Love how she messes with her parents.

What does Tai Sammons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is great. Up there with Marguerite Gavin. She really brings the characters to life. I will probably look for more things read by her.. just as I do with Marguerite Gavin.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Pretty much listened to it in two sittings, while I'm designing art work for murals and stuff.

Any additional comments?

I like books with a dark humor to them. This kind of reminded me of Christopher Moore books like Blood Sucking Fiend. It's got that kind of humor to it.

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  • Chris
  • 26-10-20

Couldn't Finish

The first book was pretty good and I enjoyed it. This one completely lost me. There was at least a 20 - 30 minute rant about dog poop that was childish and difficult to follow and I kept hoping it would just end and the story would move forward. Once it finally did end, I had no idea what had actually happened there and decided it wasn't worth the effort to try to go back and figure it out. I made it about another hour or so after that and then gave up, which I almost never do. I've enjoyed other books by this author but this one didn't capture my attention or entertain me in the least.

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  • Scott Risley
  • 22-10-20

Wonderful

Absolutely loved this audio book. The narrator is absolutely wonderful and perfect. The story is out of this world and can only hope that Chuck finishes this trilogy someday....PLEASE!!!!!!

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  • Andrew
  • 19-09-19

Great ending to Madison Spencer’s story

I loved this book. I’m a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan, he’s one of my favorite authors. He never fails with a bizarre, messed up story line with a splash of social commentary. It felt like his own unique take on a YA novel. The Damned/Doomed books are my favorite of his. Highly recommend.

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  • Christopher Collette
  • 24-08-19

Control+Alt... Entertaining

If you love Chuck Palahniuk, you will love this book! Tai Sammons is one of the best readers I have listened to as well, the tone and character in her voice makes the book come to life! make sure you read or listen to "Damned" first though, just in case you are not aware that this is part two of a series.