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Haunted Audiobook

Haunted

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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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    Bill 06-09-15
    Bill 06-09-15

    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.

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    "Recommended for all Palahniukians"
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    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.

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    Samantha 05-21-15
    Samantha 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Reaching"

    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.

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    Des Rock 05-18-15
    Des Rock 05-18-15
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    "Spanking the ghost"

    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.

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    Ronald Shaw Weirton, WV 05-06-15
    Ronald Shaw Weirton, WV 05-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Just a guy looking for a good listen

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    "Very very good"

    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.

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    Joshua 03-06-15
    Joshua 03-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "This book requires some thought to fully enjoy"

    If you didn't get a deeper meaning out of Saw, or didn't like the movie altogether, save your credit. This book isn't for you.
    The people saying, "The charters aren't realistic", or ,"The story isn't believable" very clearly missed the point. This is not a story that can be taken at face value. The characters aren't going to be realistic, because the characters each represent a part of human nature, or our culture. Their stories are philosophical statements about the media and what we want out of it, or contain a deeper "moral". Just like Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead require more thought than understanding the surface story to enjoy, so does this book. It was an excellent book, and very well written.

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    Shelby 01-06-15
    Shelby 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you!"

    Opening my eyes to my favorite part of my childhood all over again. Beautiful simple story time, I love this book!

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    Brittany 01-01-15
    Brittany 01-01-15
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    "Psychologically twisted in the best way"

    I was a little unsure of whether to begin this book on my 10 hour car ride to my parents house due to all of the warnings in other reviews; however, I took the chance and I'm glad I did. It's definitely a book for people intrigued by what people are capable of.

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    Jessica 04-19-14
    Jessica 04-19-14
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    "Hyperreal horror"

    I was looking for a horror story that would sink into my bones and found it here.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 09-29-13
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "A book is as private and consensual as sex"
    Where does Haunted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there for one reason, Twisted and fearless in this twisted-ness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whittier; can't tell too much but because he is a classically corrupt, twisted, fiendish type of dude.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hmm, can't say...a voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and No....sometimes you just need to process what you just heard for a minute....chew on it ((wink))


    Any additional comments?

    If you like dark, dirty, twisted and taboo this book is sooo for you!

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    Graeme Sydney, Australia 09-29-13
    Graeme Sydney, Australia 09-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Do you like ickiness?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - but only those who like to get down and dirty with their morals!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think you can go past St Gutfree and the opening story. Listen and squirm! The story about the anatomically detailed dolls runs a close second - I almost had to pull my car to the side of the road at certain parts of that story - its hard to drive, squirm and cringe at the same time!
    The one thing I would add to this is that there are really no "likeable" characters in this book, and as a group they become despicable. Thats what makes it fun ;)


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Narration was excellent - probably the best I've heard in an audiobook. Perfect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Icky!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, and intend to go on a "Chuck-a-thon" over the next few months!

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