5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5½ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2010. ISBN 9781441735065. $50; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
As housekeeper and confidante to has-been movie star Katherine Kenton, Hazie Coogan tends to her employer's every wish and need. So when a tell-all memoir about the aging actress threatens to surface, she goes to extremes to prevent it from seeing the light of day. Though the plot of New York Times best-selling author Palahniuk's ( latest novel is rather bizarre and unsatisfying, Hillary Huber (The Art of Social War), a relative newbie in the audiobook narrating industry, does a superb job of voicing the Thelma Ritter-esque housekeeper and lending a vintage Hollywood feel to this audio production. Die-hard Palahniuk fans and those with a penchant for old-time Hollywood references will likely want to give this a chance. Others will find it tedious, needlessly redundant, and annoying—certainly, it's no The Fight Club.—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO

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