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Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Poe

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.

Carl Streator is a solitary widower and a fortyish newspaper reporter who is assigned to do a series of articles on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In the course of this investigation he discovers an ominous thread: the presence at the death scenes of the anthology Poems and Rhymes Around the World, all opened to the page where there appears an African chant, or “culling song.” This song turns out to be lethal when spoken or even thought in anyone's direction–and once it lodges in Streator's brain he finds himself becoming an involuntary serial killer. So he teams up with a real estate broker, one Helen Hoover Boyle–who specializes in selling haunted (or “distressed”) houses (wonderfully high turnover), and who lost a child to the culling song years before–for a cross-country odyssey to remove all copies of the book from libraries, lest this deadly verbal virus spread and wipe out human life. Accompanying them on this road trip are Helen's assistant, Mona Sabbat, an exquisitely earnest Wiccan, and her sardonic ecoterrorist boyfriend Oyster, who is running a scam involving fake liability claims and business blackmail. Welcome to the new nuclear family.

On one level, Lullaby is a chillingly pertinent parable about the dangers of psychic infection and control in an era of wildly overproliferated information: “Imagine a plague you catch through your ears . . . imagine an idea thatoccupies your mind like a city.” But it is also a tightly wound thriller with an intriguing premise and a suspenseful plot full of surprising twists and turns. Finally, because it is a Chuck Palahniuk novel, it is a blackly comic tour de force that reinforces his stature as our funniest nihilist and a contemporary seer.

Author Biography: Chuck Palahniuk's four novels are the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402524974
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Edition description: Unabridged, 5 cass., 7 hrs. 30 min.
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 6.38(h) x 2.65(d)

About the Author

CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of fourteen novels—Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club—which have sold more than five million copies altogether in the United States. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1962

Place of Birth:

Pasco, Washington


B.A. in journalism, University of Oregon, 1986

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geekjane More than 1 year ago
Reading a Palahniuk novel is like watching a David Lynch movie written by a more literary Howard Stern: completely off the wall, usually mildly offensive and nearly impossible to dismiss. Certainly not for the conservative or oversensitive, his novels are incredibly intricate, smart and darkly funny. The movie Fight Club has generated a huge amount of success and cult following, and that was based on a Chuck Palahniuk novel. I really enjoyed reading Lullaby and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed watching Fight Club or another film adaptation based on Palahniuk's other novel Choke. The basic summary (if you could even make one short enough to call it a summary) is all centering around a culling song, or lullaby that has the power to kill a person after you sing it to them. Carl Streator is a journalist investigating SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome and he's not coming up with new explanations until he happens upon this culling poem and it's correlating presence at each victims family home. Once he discovers the truth behind the tragic deaths he embarks on a journey of destruction and discovery with the colorful and powerful Helen Hover Boyle, that will change his life and the world forever. I love the descriptions of the characters in the book. They are each so colorful and eccentric that you really start to care for them no matter how much more vile and corrupt they become. It is difficult to compare Palahniuk's style to any other authors because it honestly is more like it's own language. He is probably the author that influenced me the most to want to be a writer. Something about how he is able to mix fascinating story with his own views and opinions really inspired me. I am going to try and read another Palahniuk book called Diary next and then possibly will read Invisible Monsters which is set to be made into a film later this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since a book has really pulled me in like this one did. I thoughly enjoyed every word of it.
Carolineshine More than 1 year ago
Chuck Palahniuk is a writer like no other. His books are original and spectacular and while you know his writing style, you never quite know what you're getting yourself into when you start reading one of his books. Not surprisingly, Lullaby is no different. Lullaby is one of those books that you'll think about over and over again, not quite knowing why. It's not a bad thing, though, because you're reminded of how you felt when you read it. Chuck is an awesomely creative (and probably crazy) artist. Chuck is the man.
daiyonna More than 1 year ago
Haunted is still by far my favorite, but Palahniuk has provided me with yet another great read. I had such a hard time putting it down and I completely read it in two days. I loved that you never knew where it was going next and every time you think you have figured it out, he surprises you again! Crack it open and get to reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow I had never read any of Chuck Palahniuk stuff before my roommate got me to read this book and I have to say that is a really good book and that Palahniuk is an amazinig writer... I will definately be reading more his stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only flaw to this book is that there's not another 200 pages attached to the end (that, and there's no sequel). Lullaby is one of the best Palahniuk novels I've read. Its disturbing, imaginitive and funny. In other words, its a Palahniuk book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the perfect book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sick, twisted, entertaining read - Chuck P is great!
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Very creative and well thought out
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I really looked forward to this book and was not very impressed. It wasnt terrible but his other work is so great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lullaby is an intriguing and thought-provoking read from a great author. The characters are engaging, and like some of Palahniuk's other works, this is one of those stories that you can read over and over to find new things you hadn't noticed. It's similar to Fight Club, in that it takes on a whole new life after you have learned the ending, and as soon as I finished it I wanted to read it again. It also poses the moral question of "if you could kill someone with just a word, would you?" which I find fascinating, since there are so many implications concerning how and why someone would use that power. I highly recommend this book, and I have loaned out my copy of it to several people who all loved it. Chuck Palahniuk delivers again!
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By far one of my favs! So well written, and unique....Palahnuik is a master at wordplay, and originality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I finished this book I had to read it again! And I don't have time to read books twice but I knew I was missing some really great dialogue because I was reading to fast. It is the most ridiculous story when you think about it but the telling of it is some of the funniest s**t I have ever read. I am buying Fight Club today and am hoping it stinks so I can get some work done. Kudos to the guy in US magazine who recommended it but now I am hooked on Mr P!!!
EMcCarthy More than 1 year ago
Fans will find this novel an especially well-wrought addition to their Palahniuk collection. With savagery, the author takes on practitioners of witchcraft, and subjects them to his trademark brand of merciless examination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you start this book, you will not want to put it down. It always seems like everything is going to be explained on the next page. The way Chuck Palahniuk writes is full of detail and very descriptive. This book is definitely not meant for an easy Sunday morning read, you need to be in a good state of mind for this book. It took me a few days to read this but it was well worth it. I wish somebody would make this into a movie.
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One of my favorite books by chuck. Very creatve story that makes you think.
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