Written by:
Chuck Palahniuk
Narrated by:
Richard Poe

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2005
7 hours 15 minutes
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of the New York Times bestseller Choke and the cult classic Fight Club, a cunningly plotted novel about the ultimate verbal weapon, one that reinvents the apocalyptic thriller for our times.

Ever heard of a culling song? It’s a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling song kill, whether spoken or even just thought. You can find one on page 27 of Poems and Rhymes from Around the World, an anthology that is sitting on the shelves of libraries across the country, waiting to be picked up by unsuspecting readers.

Reporter Carl Streator discovers the song’s lethal nature while researching Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and before he knows it, he’s reciting the poem to anyone who bothers him. As the body count rises, Streator glimpses the potential catastrophe if someone truly malicious finds out about the song. The only answer is to find and destroy every copy of the book in the country. Accompanied by a shady real-estate agent, her Wiccan assistant, and the assistant’s truly annoying ecoterrorist boyfriend, Streator begins a desperate cross-country quest to put the culling song to rest.

“A harrowing and hilarious glimpse into the future of civilization.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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Terrible. A waste of a credit. Tried three different times to listen to it and still couldn’t

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Keith H.

Well-read, but honestly not Palahniuk's best work. His fixation on random details & somewhat odd methods of elaborating on them kind of distracts from the story.

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Yes, it's Palahniuk, which is usually an amazing experience. This book proves he has bad days, too. This book is NOT his best.

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Stacy S.

I listen to this book for almost 3 hours and it was the worst book I have ever listened to. Too many details and not enough story. I stopped listening after Chapter 20.

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Jodi J.

strange and less exciting than previous CP books..still decent though

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This book was not at all as expected by the summary. It went in directions that was not expected, and not in a pleasant or suspenseful way. There were so many things that not needed, the graphic sexual descriptions were disgusting and the part about probing through his "ass" was disgusting and uncalled for. Absolutely disgusting, made me sick to my stomach! The writer also did not need to include thing about the mistreatment and unspeakable things done to animals. If I wanted to know how animals are treated when being raised for food I would find that kind of book to read! This was a terrible thing to hear and just another that made me sick!!! The writer also repeated things over and over from one section to the other as if the reader would not know these facts unless they were repeated several time. Locations jumped around. Situations were unreal. It's almost as if the writer has his own issues and needs to say terrible things! He just wants people to be exposed to his grouping of disgusting words. I would not recommend this book to anyone!!! EVER!!!

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