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Pygmy

Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

"Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism. Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of this thoroughly indoctrinated little killer, who hates us with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire of an American xenophobia that might, in fact, be completely justified.
©2009 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"[A] potent...cultural satire...[full of] characteristically scathing observations....[A] singular, comic accomplishment." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Hilarious....Palahniuk leaps over the line of good taste - and lands squarely on his feet." ( Booklist, starred review)

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Disappointed

What would have made Pygmy better?

I expected more of a story from such a strong writer who wrote such interesting stories like Fight Club, Diary and Invisible Monsters.

This feels like it's talking about female orgasms as a prelude to his newest book, Titled something something.

What was most disappointing about Chuck Palahniuk’s story?

Predictable.

What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

It was okay. He stayed mostly in one accent then at one point did a Chinese accent then back again. Wierd.

What character would you cut from Pygmy?

I remember none of them to really think it would make a difference.

Any additional comments?

I love Chuck's work, this is why this book stings a little bit. Upset.