Disgusting without being the least bit entertaining. Can't care about any of the characters. Can't care about the story. Self indulgent and worst of all boring. Can't understand why anyone would consider this s horror novel. Nothing scares here. More like a 14 year old writing gross out stories
But I feel I should at least try. It's difficult to put into words exactly how brilliant this book is on so many levels, and even more difficult to recommend to the masses. That being said, if you're are here to be enlightened, not just entertained...if you aren't easily offended by every single taboo that can be conjured and brought to light through the power of your own imagination, PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK! And if you do, and you won't or can't appreciate one of the greatest satirists since Mark Twain, PLEASE, just leave...don't post a negative review and keep others from the thrill of this amazing ride. Thank you, and ENJOY!
I would change 2 things. First, make the overarching story actually actually relevant to the short stories. Second,
There are several stories about one of the character's daughter. I think they should have been combined into one section instead of spread out.
He did very well.
I like the over arching story mixed with short stories. Would be an interest concept to try.
Great concept, but bad execution.
I expected a horror novel, instead it was a confusing story that was hard to follow.
He goes into very elaborate tangents that take so long you forget what he was originally talking about. Also, the characters don't have names, instead the characters have titles like "The Earl of Slander," and "The Duke of Vandals." ... Whatever that means
The narrator had a computer voice, worse than siri, more like Stephen Hawking. The rhythm is constant like a computer.
Disappointed. I read Damned and was looking forward to reading Fight Club until now. The writing style is hard to follow.
Some of the short stories in this book are good, but its hard to tell when the short story ends and the writers retreat picks up again. The story that goes on during the writers retreat is stupid. Cutting off body parts so they can get famous. I found myself saying "huh? Thats just.... stupid."
I love this book, it is one of my favorites of Chuck's. It is not a book for everyone, but hearing it aloud made it even more disturbing, in a good way. All of his books are great.
I have not listened to any of the narrators' other performances, but they all really worked well in this reading. It was truly perfect for this book.
Yes. I've read his work before, and I'm generally a fan.
Not particularly, unless we're talking about the being gross for the sake of being gross genre.
It was adequate. Maybe it was even good, but the material just didn't support the performance.
It's a tough book to review. As far as the writing goes, everything was top notch. But as I stated in response to an earlier question, it was just gross for the sake of being gross. There was no real driving factor. I mean, I like some screwed up stuff, and it was for this reason that I went looking for books that fit that criteria--leading me to Haunted. That said, the stuff that happens in this book is just repulsive for reasons that really don't even drive a story so much as leading into the next domino of nasty.
Personally, it's not the unadulterated content I crave for some kind of sick blood lust, but, rather, I want to hear/read stories that don't hold back in any way when dealing with disturbing topics; and that's what bothers me about this book. It didn't really offer anything but being disturbing. And that's what made the gross actually feel gross, in a skin crawling kind of way. The plot development sucked, the characters were all psychopaths, and the reader is supposed to be lead to believe that they are just adhering to 'human nature' when they are caricatures of the monsters within the human species. As a writer myself, it was just really unrealistic and unrewarding.
"You feed me my own ass!" Wow what a brilliant horror satire of the state of Americans. The ultimate reality TV story.
Stories to horrify and make you cringe!
So often I felt sick with the feeling of being in the scenes. Plum deep into the darkest depths of human imagination and on a bookshelf in the study will be "Haunted" by Chuck Palahniuk.