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.
I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible.
True to form, Palahniuk pens some of the most twisted F'd up characterizations in the business. Bizarre and disturbing, for sure. Prolapsed pearl diving, back alley foot jobs, Breather Betty dolls full of love, Punch a mime for $5, the bowling ball bans. What more do you want? Thumectomys, nightmare boxes, crab lice and Sasquatch cycles…yep. It’s in there.
Palahniuk’s style is undeniable. Cutting dialog, over the top eccentric characters, demented plotting, all sprinkled with a generous amounts of humor and satire. I would expect nothing less. Recommended for all Palahniukians.
This book will make you think with its displays of horror and disgust. I believe the author is reaching deep into the bag of perversion for every example he can find. he is absolutely a well researched writer. the overall message is very clear.
The stories were tasty tender bits, far superior to the overall house plot. Very entertaining and written with guts. Palahniuk doesn't hold anything back and the narrators do a splendid job. Haunted has beautiful gore with exquisite sexy death.
Just a guy looking for a good listen
I like to think that I have a high tolerance for disturbing and disgusting things. This is the first time that I have experienced a story which made me cringe and eventually pause the story. After ten minutes I resumed because I just had to know what happened next.
This book is billed as a collection of short stories. What I enjoyed about this collection is that there is a cohesive narrative which strings the stories together into a complete novel.
I have recommended this book to several people while reading it and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of either Palahniuk's other books or horror type fiction in general.