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Haunted | [Chuck Palahniuk]

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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    Barbara Ventura, CA, United States 02-17-08
    Barbara Ventura, CA, United States 02-17-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Really worth it"

    I loved this audiobook! Brilliant story, excellent narration, and completely original. I've read a few of the author's other books, which are always great, but this one is the best.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 05-17-05
    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 05-17-05 Listener Since 2004

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    "Only thing frightening about this book..."

    ...is that I paid good money for it. It is sick and lurid. The only redeeming value is the quality of the narrators. But, if you like to read about calamities to body parts and bizarre behavior...help yourself.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Katy, TX, USA 05-04-05
    Ann Katy, TX, USA 05-04-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Disgusting"

    Guess this book delivers what the review promised. One story was more than enough for me. Stomach turning.

    13 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    John Draper, UT, USA 06-15-05
    John Draper, UT, USA 06-15-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Not worth money, good thing it was free."

    Yuck! I have young children and, with that in mind, could not finish this one. That's all I'll say about the story.
    As well, the reader sounded like she had a lisp. It was very distracting and this book did not need any more negatives, believe me. Delete...

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ricky 09-27-05
    Ricky 09-27-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Who reads this kind of stuff????????"

    This book is all about gratuitous gore and grossness. That there are actually people who enjoy this type of trash encourages me to triple lock my doors. If you want a good read, pass this one up.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Fred St Petersburg, FL, United States 10-08-07
    Fred St Petersburg, FL, United States 10-08-07
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    "Suprised"

    Not your average ghost stories. Not for the average reader.

    For those who are ready to face the ghosts in the mirror, or out your window, these chapters will delight those who have found the benefits of being found out.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Sue Plamp 07-02-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Unfortunately Limited Vocabulary"

    I can tolerate foul and/or crude language in fiction -- even Stephen King at his worst is okay ("Christine"), and, although I hate to give my age away, I even truly enjoyed "A Boy and His Dog" by Harlan Ellison. Why? Because in these stories the language generally fit the characters who uttered it, and became a believable part of the story.

    I sought out this book because the cover, the description, and the reviews made it seem an interesting read. And I love ghost stories. However, I was really disappointed at Palahniuk's use of language. It served no purpose other than to distract from the story. I was unable to get past chapter 1 without just turning it off in frustration.

    Mr. Palahniuk apparently is overly absorbed with backsides, and unfortunately only appears to know one word with which to identify said portion of anatomy. I prefer my authors to possess a bit broader vocabulary.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth south san francisco, CA, USA 03-14-06
    Elizabeth south san francisco, CA, USA 03-14-06
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    "Haunted"

    I haven't finished this book yet, but I wanted to say something about it right away. This book made me sit up in bed, hang my mouth open in shock, and my eyes looked like the guy's on the front of the cover. This book is well named; not because of ghost stories but because the content of this book will haunt my brain and keep me shuddering for a long, long time. Do not buy this book if you are easily disgusted, easily offended, or overly sensitive. I laugh at the work of Stephen King but this book disturbs me. I wish I could write a book like this!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Lincolnshire, IL, USA 08-30-05
    Joseph Lincolnshire, IL, USA 08-30-05
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    "I don't get it"

    I had 7 hours of flying time in 3 days and wanted a good book to listen to. I read the reviews and thought this is exactly the book I wanted to hear. I was completely disappointed. The common story line from the get-go was hard to follow and I found myself totally confused by the characters and what the heck was going on. I gave it a good shot, but after a total of 4 hours of frustrated listening, I am going to delete this book from my IPod. It just did not make any sense to me and as far as it being scary and riviting, forget it... I might as well have been listening to random words for those 4 hours. What a waste of money!

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Bobi California 12-04-07
    Bobi California 12-04-07

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    "Terrible"

    This is the first book I've ever reviewed here. Don't waste your money, or book credits, on this book. I am a long time fan of horror stories – Stephen King, Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell – but I stopped listening to this horrible book when there was only 2 hours left. The story is so ridiculous it isn’t even enjoyable. Right, a woman who had enough meat carved out of her buttocks and thighs to feed a dozen plus people is able to walk into the room and eat her own flesh. I don’t think so. With that much muscle mass gone, she wouldn’t be able to walk, much less come out of the shock itself. It isn’t even funny. Much less believable. The author has to make a story believable, even if it is “fantasy”, or its just meaningless gore. This was the point at which I deleted this book out of my Audible Manager. I will say that some of the short stories within the novel were interesting. I purchased by book based on the free excerpt – Exodus. That story was interesting. Most of the rest of the stories were poorly written and didn’t hang together well as short stories.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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