Tell-All

Tell-All

by Chuck Palahniuk
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Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk

For decades Hazie Coogan has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine "Miss Kathie"  Kenton, veteran of multiple marriages, career comebacks, and cosmetic surgeries. But danger arrives with gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie’s heart—and boudoir. Soon, Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written a celebrity memoir foretelling Miss Kathie’s death in an upcoming musical extravaganza. As the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans and for posterity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441735126
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Edition description: Playaway Edition with Earphones
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk’s ten previous novels are the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by David Fincher; Survivor; Invisible Monsters; Choke, which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg; Lullaby; Diary; Haunted; Rant; Snuff; and Pygmy. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, a nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Hometown:

Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1962

Place of Birth:

Pasco, Washington

Education:

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

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Tell-All 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
A book full of Hollywood/Broadway name dropping; some obscure, some common. AND, every time a name is dropped, it's in bold print. Just plain irritating. This is the second Chuck Palahniuk novel that I've read, and I've come to the conclusion that he always has to have some kind of gimmick. Why not write and just tell a story? To add fuel to the fire, the story has already been done. I guessed the true villian pretty quickly. I will admit though that I did get a few laughs from the dialogue/scenarios towards the end of the book - but not enough to ever, ever read Chuck Palahniuk again.
Ninja_Dog More than 1 year ago
While many of Palahniuk's long-term fans have been disappointed in his last three novels, this is the first novel he's written that has disappointed me personally. While minimalist stylings are all well and good, this novel never gets beyond the tricks and tactics to tell a good story. Literally the first half of the novel is all surface description and Bret Easton Ellis-esque name-dropping, leaving you to wonder what action is really taking place, if any. By the time you make it to the second "act" of the novel, you have a short story's worth of action taking place, which is mildly funny, but not as powerful as many of his other ideas. There are three to five characters in the novel, but even that number is debatable, as there is little to no characterization or dialogue in the entire book. By the time you reach the third "act," you will have long since guessed the plot twist. I consider Palahniuk to be one of our best living authors, so to be this disappointed is a tough thing for me. What I think he's doing is getting a book written before the idea had any time to germinate. He's got the momentum with his audience and publisher to turn out half-baked novels every year, but how can this be fulfilling to anyone? I think if he had slowed down a bit and allowed the characters to spend more time in his mind, they would have had more to say. "Tell All" is still a better novel than many contemporary stories, but with a narrator that tries to take the best qualities of the narrators from Diary, Fight Club and Survivor, well-read Palahkiuk enthusiasts will only see this as a flawed Frankenstein built up from past success. Instead of Tell All, read the three novels listed above, or Bret Easton Ellis' "Glamorama."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, another year waiting for a palahniuk book, and another year i'm waiting until he gets back to writing like his eariler novels. I've been a fan of his for a long-time and have read all of his books; and its true that most people who have read most of his books, particularly his earlier ones hold him to a high standard. But I think its fair because he's had 7 books to get back to form and he hasn't done that yet. Firstly on the plot/narrative: I agree with the eariler review, for roughly the first half of the book, there is no progression in the story at all. It consists mostly of one long introduction to the world of Katherine Kenton and Hazie Coogan, even though I couldn't get a good grasp of the latter's character. And considering this is chuck's shortest novel, this was a huge problem for me. Even when the plot gets going, there isn't much that is happening. One of the few positives I found was that Chuck definitely toned down the grossness and sex compared to his last two books. He isn't looking to pile one outrageous thing on anohter this time. On the social commentary about celebrity obsession: I didn't think it was as strong or didn't convey much originality in the ideas it put forth. On the characters: In my opinion, there was no character development at all, particularly for the Hazie character. And finally on the plot twist: I could see it coming a mile away. Overall, its slighty better than his last two books, which isn't saying much. It still retains his trademark writing style, but without a strong story to back it up, its more style than substance. Moreover, this book just isn't funny at all. I'd recommend to wait for it to come on paperback or just get it from a library.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
Tell-All was decent. Was it as good as some of Palahniuk's other works? No. Was it still fun to read? Yes. I think the reason why many people are trashing this book is because they hold Palahniuk to a very high standard that he created for himself. With books such as Fight Club, Choke, and Survivor, fans expect "great" from Chuck Palahniuk. This book was "good" but it did not reach "great." Tell-All started out kind of slow but it gained momentum throughout the second half of the book. I wish it would have been longer because the second half was really good. Overall, a good book, but not great.
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I love Chuck Palahniuk but this one completely missed the mark. Not even worth it for free. What a shame.
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daredog More than 1 year ago
Read all of Chuck's books. Not my favorite. Hope the next one rocks.....
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