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Haunted Audiobook

Haunted

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.
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Publisher's Summary

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But "here" turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world, and where heat and power and, most important, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more extreme the stories they tell, and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that will surely be made from their plight.

Haunted is on one level a satire of reality television: The Real World meets Alive. It draws from a great literary tradition, The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, Frankenstein, to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest, which means his most extreme and his most provocative.

©2005 Chuck Palahniuk; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[The stories] consistently, powerfully transcend their macabre premises to showcase the heart beating beneath the horrors." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alicia A. Jenson 05-27-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Not for everyone"

    Everyone says "Shocked" or "disgusting" like this is a bad thing. When was the last time you were truly truly shocked by something? I don't mean the news, that is numbing. Palahniuk does shock like no one else. And not only that, he is a brilliant writer. If you don't finish it, you're missing out. There are some truly beautiful sequences in this book, it's not just "disgusting".

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Therman Oklahoma City, OK, USA 01-09-10
    Therman Oklahoma City, OK, USA 01-09-10
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    "Twisted & Wickedly Funny"

    The best review for this book is just reading all the other negative reviews talking about how offensive and tasteless Chuck Palahnuik is... the fact that he doesn't try to appeal to the lowest common denominator is so rare today. These stories are just fantastically wrong! Also, I can only think of a handfull of living authors that can write a novel with such poetically cadenced and inventive language. For anyone judging the taste level, don't forget that Jonathan Swift wrote about cannibalizing todlers for profit.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Baldwin City, KS, USA 08-04-05
    Rachel Baldwin City, KS, USA 08-04-05
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    "haunting, indeed"

    Previous reviewers have commented on the extremely graphic nature of this book, so I'll not belabor the point here. I will add that, as a pathology student who's assisted at autopsies, studied all manner of gross things, and not exactly a wilting violet, I was extremely disturbed by some of the stories in this book. Also, if you were bothered by the free download of "Exodus," you should not listen to this book under any circumstances, even if you find yourself trapped at a mysterious writer's workshop with a bunch of folks hell-bent on self destructing. "Exodus" is a children's bedtime story compared to much of "Haunted".

    That having been said, I'm glad I listened to this to the end. "Haunted" is well-written and well performed. The short stories intertwine to form a larger, and increasingly compelling, narrative about the lives of the trapped characters. In the first volume, there were a couple of stories so revolting I decided to stop listening; but I found myself so involved with the overarching story that I ultimately ended up listening to the last 3 hours straight through. Very good storytelling.
    Three gripes, unrelated to Palahnuik's gory prose: 1) Palahnuik can be very preachy, and beats his philosophic points until they're black and blue as one of his characters. While he's a good storyteller, Palahnuik can have a tin ear for parable, and the philosophy does not bear this repetition well. 2) Palahnuik overuses some constructions (e.g. "Still" to introduce a sentence), making different characters sound too similar. 3) Palahnuik gets important factual details wrong. This wouldn't be so bad, were it not for Palahnuik's careful correctness on closely related facts--showing that Palahnuik cared enough to do his homework, but is willing to dispense with any realities inconvenient to his storytelling. This is a sin that Palahnuik's creation Mr. Whittier would not tolerate, so I don't see why his real readers should tolerate it either.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Nelson Austin, TX 02-04-15
    Sarah Nelson Austin, TX 02-04-15 Member Since 2015

    Put your books into my ears!!!

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    "Morbidly Palahniuk"

    I fully enjoyed listening to this novel. There were times where I didn't want to get out of my car because I was so enthralled. The story was well written and not for the faint of heart. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrators. They all did a decent enough job, however, I felt as if they were too old for the parts they played.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 08-29-13
    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 08-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded

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    "I could not even finish..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I certainly could not understand the story that was supposed to thread all the short stories together. Some of these short stories were ... very strange but not strange or witty enough for me to like them.

    I certainly was haunted ... I could not even finish to listen to the book, mainly haunted in a sense of bored and not intriguing enough to stay tuned.

    Nonetheless, the performance by the narrators was good.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 01-29-13
    Kathleen 01-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What was that all about?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone, in to self mutilation.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something spiritual


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Can't say, no one seemed any better than any one else


    What character would you cut from Haunted?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 08-19-12
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Oddly thought provoking"
    If you could sum up Haunted in three words, what would they be?

    This is hard, three words.......I guess I'd have to stay with the headline. Oddly Thought Provoking!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the huge variations that always end up bringing you to the same place.


    Who was the most memorable character of Haunted and why?

    I was prepared for grossness, I was prepared for vileness to an extent that I had never seen before (yep I read the reviews lol). I wasn't prepared however for the thought provoking nature of some of the stories. It does have some elements of disgustingness, There are some stories that made me quite uncomfortable at times. I had to shake my head at some of the things that were going on. However at the end of the day what I walked away with was thoughful reflection. Partly because some of the stuff is so out there that you have to wonder if there are people like that in the world. You always come around to yes unfortunatly.....at least I did. Partly because the stories, make you think about the depth of people's hate for themselves, for each other and society. You almost find yourself hoping that you can find some redeeming factor in these people and their stories. I found myself asking.......Did they get what they deserved? Or is it a case of these people were so mentally unstable and desprately looking for something they were willing to accept anything. If you don't mind being uncomfortable and a little grossed out and alot stunned at the depths of depravity these characters show you will enjoy this book. If you prefer something a little lighter for an afternoon of quiet then you probably won't. I do not agree that this book is not for people who read Koontz and Patterson as one review read. I read both of those authors as well as this one. I do think it's important that you keep it in perspective for what it is. Take it out for a spin, do some thinking on it. I am sure that you'll walk away with a different perspective than you started with.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Milton, WI, United States 03-29-12
    Amy Milton, WI, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Do not Be fooled by the Title"
    What disappointed you about Haunted?

    I thought the title,


    What could Chuck Palahniuk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Change the title!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-23-12
    Chuck Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-23-12
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    "Too Hip for its own Good"

    I dig Palahniuk's other stuff, but the plot was all over the place with the series of supporting charters and their 'short stories.' I wish I had saved my credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly New Braunfels, TX, United States 08-03-11
    Shelly New Braunfels, TX, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Some what good"

    I love Chuck Palahniuk's books. The gore and stories where graphic and unexpected with some Halirous sceens in it. The narrators were awesome, but the story just didn't make enough sense and all flow together in the end. I was slightly dissapointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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