Choke Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Victor Mancini, a medical school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: He pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be “saved” by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor’s life, go on to send checks to support him.
When he’s not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual-addiction-recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park.
His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 10 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 20, 2002|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,436 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4 in LGBTQ+ Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#17 in Dark Humor Literature & Fiction
#27 in LGBTQ+ Humorous Fiction (Books)
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Added bonus: if you don't mind your humor dark, this is his funniest overall work.
Victor then accounts the tale of his life, liberally interspersed with flashbacks to the times his mother broke out of prison or asylums to steal him back. Victor's best friend is a self-abuser who collects rocks to keep him in recovery. They both work in a Colonial-Era theme park, playing roles of servants and nobodies who more often than not wind out in the stocks at the village center.
Victor finances his mother's care by pretending to choke in restaurants. Once "saved" by a fellow human, he has found that people will offer money to keep him on his feet. He keeps an account of the names and dates from which different people "saved his life", and occupies his spare time sending thank-you notes to the hundreds of people he has scammed this way.
A strange relationship develops between Victor and his mother's doctor, Paige Marshall. Of course, Victor will discover that Dr. Marshall has extreme oddities of her own.
'Choke' is filled to the brim with oddities. One could almost describe it as having "too much information", but Victor is relentless in his descriptive narrative of comparisons and discoveries. From $exaholics to the insanities of the "nursing homes", old-people's diseases and hallucinations, behind-the-scenes accounts of the recovery meetings, and Victor's own recollections of his childhood, 'Choke' is one messed-up book.
Dude, if you like the bizarre, the psychotic, the deranged, the loony, the batty, and love to cheer for the lunatic protagonist, then you will love Palahniuk. 'Choke' is an amazing stream of meanderingly meaningless and subtly delirious mind-farts from the twisted brain of one Victor Mancini. And if you think he's bad, wait till you meet his mother.
When I started this book, I came in with my critics hat on. I thought, "A sex addict? Really Chuck? Maybe you're just trying to shock us some more so we won't notice that this book doesn't measure up to Fight Club." But the shocking nature of this book was necessary, and completely effective. In my opinion, it was just as good as Fight Club, if not better.
The main character is a guy with mommy issues and a sex addiction who creates heroes by having fake choking attacks in the middle of crowded restaurants. He takes you through past and present to discover a sad and surprising reality. I can honestly say that it's the only book I've ever read that made me want to throw up, but still kept me reading.
Choke is not for children.
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I award this 4 puppies and an icecream.
I read this after reading Fight Club and, possibly because Fight Club seemed so familiar because I'd already seen the film lots of times, Choke seems fresher, funnier and - dare I say it? - a better book.
The cast of characters is consistently sketched out and both the dialogue and plot are sharp, witty and take unexpected turns.
As with all his books, I would not recommend this for someone whose sensibilities are easily offended, but if you are familiar with his work, you should not be disappointed. If you like Brett Easton Ellis, he's similar, but is funny as well.