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F***ness

Narrated by: Jeff Bower
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

This darkly offbeat novel opens with the narrator, Wallace Black, as the target of the school bully's violence. After suffering a horrendous beating, Black goes home to his equally abusive family. As a punishment for fighting at school, his mother straps a set of grotesque horns to the top of his head. He is unsure of where the horns came from. They have always been in the house. And they contain a power no one could have expected.

Let Andersen Prunty (Zerostrata, Morning Is Dead, and The Beard) guide you through a sometimes hilarious, sometimes violent and terrifying coming-of-age Midwestern gothic novel.

©2011 Andersen Prunty (P)2013 Andersen Prunty

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  • justin
  • 21-05-19

Just the right amount of weirdness



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really liked it


This was not quit bizarro, but just the right amount of weird. I had heard it was good and went into it without knowing anything about it. I loved the main character who kind of made me think of a foul mouthed napoleon dynamite. Personally I think the story would have been better without the horns since they didnt really add much to the story. Overall it was a fun story, and the audible addition it highly recommended because the narrator does a great job.

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  • SStark
  • 01-05-18

Totally F**ked!

Chuckled, cringed and dove into the F**kness horns first. This story has heart and balls.

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  • David F Burke
  • 18-03-16

Fuckness in General

I listened to this book on Audible.com. Fuckness caught my eye while I was shopping for authors and books similar to David Wong and John Dies at the End. The description sounds very similar to Joe Hill's Horns, which I haven't read, though I have seen the movie, and I can assure you that the similarities stop at the word "horns". I had never read anything by Prunty before, but I did know that he is popular in the Bizarro circles.

Fuckness starts out pretty bleak, with absurdly awful characters and adolescent diatribes on how awful and pointless everything is, like John Waters meets Chuck Palahniuk at the Holden Caulfield Cafe, where they're served shitty coffee by a cigarette smoking, world-weary Judy Blum. It is entertaining, but there seem to be no redeeming characters, and even the protagonist, Wally, appears to be unsavory. There was a moment where I definitely wondered if I could make it through 200+ pages of this.

IF this is exactly the type of writing you thrive on, warning: the tone changes, the depth of the story broadens, and not everything is as it seems. If you hate this kind of writing, same warning.

This is an emotional book that takes the reader, and Wally, on a journey of self discovery, spending time on the nature of sadness and alienation, but also exploring kindness, joy, and acceptance. A recurring concept in the book, which I particularly enjoyed, is that of our identities being more defined by the kind person we strive to be than that of the person we have been, with our struggles and pain being heavily integrated in that development.

Please don't misunderstand: this book is fucked. If you want blood - you got it, in buckets. If you want drug use or sexually explicit material, there's that too. However, Fuckness is special because Andersen Prunty is as adept at introspective, realistic depiction of a young person's inner turmoil and confusion as he is with sex, violence, and general...well, fuckness. Check it out - this is worth your while.

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  • Ramona
  • 04-05-15

excellent!

first book ive read by Prunty, and i loved it right from the start, I finished it in a weekend. Jeff Bowers' narration is on point throughout the story, giving each character life and at a pace that holds the listener. the story is somewhat graphic and violent at times but not over done or redundant. there are several points along the story that have you question your own fuckness, what it all means and how or what you'll get out of it. great ending as well, it didn't fall short towards the end.

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  • Donna Millar
  • 15-07-13

The Title Says It All!

If you could sum up F***ness in three words, what would they be?

God is Great, Beer is Good, and People are Crazy!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I just loved the main character, he explains what F***ness is and just doesn't veer off the path, and it just IS!!! I can empathize on so many levels...

Have you listened to any of Jeff Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never have listened to any others, but I will...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment that he clunked the horns on the wall and nobody noticed...if you've ever felt invisible before, well that ought to do it...

Any additional comments?

Use a credit!!!

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  • timj26
  • 06-11-19

Good story

This reminded me of a bizarro Version of joe hills horns
A well narrated adventure that prunty fans will enjoy
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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