This book was so poorly written - felt like a prompt style writing with plug in attributes. The historical content was so boring I fell asleep and I love historical fiction. The gratuitous aggressive sex scenes might have been appropriate if they clearly related to the story but they seemed to be there for shock factor and I found that insulting. I have nothing against a good raunchy read or a scene that is injected in a story to reveal or shock but even these scenes were utterly lacking in anything I could imagine to be interesting. I had to fight off sleep through most of the book. Boring!
No way. A bad book doesn't make a bad genre. That would just be silly
No but I did not have an issue with the reader. How can you blame a reader for a terrible read?
Most of them.
I wouldn't listen to The Haunted again--the story only barely scratches deeper than the surface of the ghost story it contains--but I would recommend it. Creepy, engaging, and a mostly satisfying end mean it's a good choice for a horror novel. There was a lot of potential in this story, and if it had gone just a bit deeper, it could have been really awesome.
Wow! This book was amazing. I have downloaded so many supposedly scary books and found myself disappointed on about 90 percent of them. This one was not only exceptionally written, but it was actually scary! The reader was terrific, the atmosphere was eerie as heck, and the characters were believable. This was my first experience with this author but I am anxious to try a few more of his works.
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it was somewhat more than an average horror story. The characters demonstrated courage and perseverance through a difficult situation of owning a house that was haunted. It's a story with a definite twist at the end. A reader will notice that he/she is being pulled into the story and the author made sure to construct characters that a reader could relate to.
The author went through great pains to incorporate a historical piece to the story to make it feel as if it is real. I found myself wondering if this story had some truth to it and wanted to do some research to find out if there was an area of New Mexico that had a horrible past.
I would have to say Julian because he was a genuine character. I thought he was somewhat of an ideal father and he was very strong throughout the entire story. Dan Butler did a good job of using inflection and tone to bring the story to life.
" The house made sure to give the Perry family more than they had bargained for!"
This was one of those stories that make me REALLY glad it was on sale when I bought it. Reviews were mostly positive so I bought it but there wasn't a single thing about the story that met even modest expectations for me.
The horror story cliches, family members, even the kids, not wanting to share horrifying things with each other to 'protect' the rest of the family, going into rooms where 'voices/thoughts' are saying 'don't do it'...if you can think of something obvious or dumb it was used. Minutae that was intended to set the scene was too tedious to not fast forward through.
The performance was uninspired but that may have been due to the material the performer had to work with.
This is definitely a book that could have used a good abridgement or heavy editing, maybe then I could have made it all the way through and maybe I could have worked up a bit of empathy for some of the characters.
Suicide by Advil? Really?
At the house-warming party...the noise the "man" made...imagine the noise from "The Thing"...the orignal... creeeepy.
The entire family was memorable.
The uncertainty of what would happen next
Julian because he knew what needed to be done.
Very entertaining novel. Held my interest all the way through.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
There were so many gruesome and scary things going on constantly throughout the book, making it hard to put it down.
Mr. Perry. He was a good husband/father and Bentley LIttle made his character very lovable.
He narrated it perfectly.
This book was dark, gritty, bleak and horrifying and such a great read! It has some really creepy moments that aren’t normally found in haunted house movies. I loved the bizarre history of the haunted house. There was so much excitement in this book and I couldn’t put it down! The ending was unexpected and not at all how I imagined it would end. It was a sad ending but great for the story.
Little's haunted house story is not the most bizarre or esoteric out there, but it's got something maybe even better: it's scary. Not necessarily keep-you-awake at night scary, but certainly shiver-as-you-listen scary.
The characters can be grating, but partly because they are very familiar -- the way the parents relate to their kids can be extremely frustrating, but the same is true for all the real people I know who act the same way.
Basically this is a great haunted house yarn, told in a compelling way by Dan Butler. Highly recommended.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
I'm no prude,but I would lessen some of the more sexually explicit, and more evil sce[nes. That scene with the mother hanging her children was a bit much.
Like I said before. I think the story could have been just as good, if not better without all of the sex aand graphic violence. I actually thought it was a YA novel before the sudden switch.
He did bring life to the characters, expressing every family member endividually.
It problably could. But, I don't know what the rating would be. Not sure it would be one I personally seet[
No, To be honest, I haven't finished the book It was just getting too graphic but I do intent[[to return, about 3/4 done.[[