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First there was the insomnia.Then there were the support groups that helped him sleep.Then Marla Singer turned up, muscled in on ascending bowel cancer and ruined everything.Then he met Tyler Durden. Then came Fight Club.

Fight Club is the psychological story of a man's descent into an underground world of violence. Mild mannered product recall specialist by day, tortured insomniac by night, our narrator meets Tyler Durden - part-time projectionist, banquet waiter, soap-maker and anarchic genius. Together they create Fight Club. In Fight Club our narrator, and men like him, can escape the monotony of their daily work-dominated, consumer-driven, image-obsessed lives. In Fight Club you can escape who the world thinks you ought to be.

Soon there are Fight Clubs in basement bars in towns and cities across the country; men with cuts, bruises, stitches, missing teeth wherever you look, and Tyler Durden has become an urban legend. But when Tyler invents Project Mayhem and things begin to escalate, there's only one thing to do: shut down Fight Club.

But have they created a monster they can't control?

Chuck Palahniuk's visceral and unflinching cult novel stars Patrick Kennedy, Sam Hazeldine and Elaine Cassidy. 

Cast:

The Narrator - Patrick Kennedy

Tyler Durden - Sam Hazeldine

Marla Singer - Elaine Cassidy

Big Bob - Martin Sherman

Doctor/Boss - Nigel Whitmey

Recruit One - Danny Mahoney

Mechanic - John Schwab

Ted - Sam Dale

Glenda - Jane Slavin

Chloe - Ayesha Antoine

Dramatised by Tracey Malone and Ed Whitmore.

Produced by Heather Larmour.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Odd and awkward

Fincher's film adaptation is now immortal, being adored by critics, fans, film students (which is when you know it's gone too far) and having been copied, referenced, quoted endlessly since it's release. One of the things I loved about it was how innovative it was, playing around with ideas of story and cinematic storytelling, which keeps it fresh to this day. The story's anarchic tone lends itself well to this, so when I heard BBC did a radio adaptation, i was fascinated to see what the result would be. It was finally released, and after listening, well... I think the main issue is the runtime. Try as they might, and they did, the story doesn't work in one hour. This version is based on the novel and not the film, and while some elements of the novel are acknowledged, it feels like a poor man's audio summary of the film. A multi-part adaptation of the book would have been appropriate and very probably would have helped set it apart. As it stands, you hear a lot of the same infamous quotes, the same infamous moments, the same infamous rules, and you end up wishing you were watching the film instead. The performances aren't bad, they work with what's available, and if the writers were simply given a one hour slot to work with, then I really sympathise. That said, not particularly worth the price of admission.

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  • 18-08-20

very good

really well done, I only wish it was longer. the production was very outstanding as was the voice acting.

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  • Simon Wood
  • 07-08-20

Too abbreviated

For decades, the BBC has down amazing dramatizations of novels, but in recent yrs and with changing listenership tastes, they've felt compelled to do abbreviated adaptations of less than an hour. You can't do justice to the story. For Fight Club, like so many adaptations like it, it's more of a mood piece than a story. If you've seen the movie, you can follow it, but if you haven't you'll have a hard time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-07-20

loved it! It feels very much like the movie.

great! very entertaining. I thought the cast did a wonderful job and it was an enjoyable experience listening to the adaptation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-19

its ok

it was ok not any batter good story, bad preformance...i woudnt give it more than 5/10