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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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    Amazon Customer Ely, NV USA 03-09-13
    Amazon Customer Ely, NV USA 03-09-13

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    "Vile, weird, and funny all in one"
    Where does Haunted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ok, this was my first Palahniuk book, but I really liked it. It was vile (Sir Gut Free), weird (Lady Baglady), and funny all in one. This is the way I like books. I also like that it's 23 short stories all lumped into one main story. I will certainly read Palahniuk again.


    What other book might you compare Haunted to and why?

    There is no book like this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had several favorites from the different short stories. But, I would have to say Cora getting her revenge on her co-workers was one of the best.


    Who was the most memorable character of Haunted and why?

    Oh wow, I can't say. I liked many of them for different reasons.


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    Bill provincetown, ma, United States 03-08-13
    Bill provincetown, ma, United States 03-08-13

    I like horror, science fiction, transgressive writing, and some nonfiction.

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    "a little funky, but enjoyable"

    It's really a collection of short stories connected to a larger story. It's a clever idea and an enjoyable piece of writing, but it's not for the easily offended.

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    L. McRoberts Connecticut 01-20-13
    L. McRoberts Connecticut 01-20-13

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    "Disturbing but riveting"
    Would you listen to Haunted again? Why?

    I got this to play in my car during a road trip with my 19 year old daughter. She is a huge fan of Palahniuk and wanted us to have something to listen too during a long boring drive. Disturbingly riveting the story provides a very interesting story of a "team" of anti-heros who are strangely confronted with weird conflicts. For some weird reason, it reminds me of Watchmen, the hugely popular graphic novel.

    We did experience technical difficulties and was unable to finish the book because the second half would never download. Still curious how it ends.


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    William Huntsville, Texas, United States 09-12-12
    William Huntsville, Texas, United States 09-12-12
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    "Loved it"

    I really enjoyed this read. The way the chapters were parted out. Yes, there were some parts that were hard to swallow but a good read.

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    Kathryn Bakken 05-26-12 Member Since 2007

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Literary Cynical Icy Horror"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a book that is recommended with reservation and only to a certain kind of friend. Palahniuk's coldly removed writing style is not for every taste but he does bring a sly perspective to, shall we say, unsavory moments. But it's so interesting and unique that I do sing its virtues to various pals. Then, of course, I would sit back and wait for the inevitable phone call from them asking why in the world I would recommend this book. This is based solely on the gang busters opening 'short story' GUTS. I just tell them that this story is a litmus test and stomaching it (ha pun) means you are worthy to continue reading. If you can get through that you can get through anything.

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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its hard to like any character in this book and I don't think they're meant to like. The main framework of the writers on the retreat is full of horrid people with nary a redeeming virtue. But I do love the odd names they're given even though this further serves to remove you from them. It has an icy dehumanizing effect... but that's probably a good thing because considering what these characters do to themselves you'd probably never finish it if you cared about them.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There were a variety of narrators, many of whom are faves such as Scott Brick, but I liked them all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me nauseous but I think that's the point!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the structure from framework narrative, to poem, to personal short stories written by the authors on the retrea

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    David Damascus, OR, United States 11-20-11
    David Damascus, OR, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Not scary at all"

    Everyone keeps saying this was so scary. Not a single point in the entire book was scary. Still, with some very interesting, crazy stories, this book was OK. But trust me, nothing was actually scary in these stories, just grotesque, disturbing style of horror. Still a good read/listen.

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    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 05-17-05
    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 05-17-05 Listener Since 2004

    Schippee

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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.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kenji New York, NY, USA 06-27-07
    Kenji New York, NY, USA 06-27-07
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    "Disgusting"

    Utterly disgusting and funny.

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    Brandon North Little Rock , AR, USA 12-29-08
    Brandon North Little Rock , AR, USA 12-29-08
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    "Disturbing"

    This book is only of particular taste to read. However, it expands your thoughts and immagination beyond what is comfortable for the average reader. It is kind of like a modern day Tales from the Crypt if you like that sort of reading.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Arlington, TN, USA 09-04-05
    Steven Arlington, TN, USA 09-04-05 Member Since 2009
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    "I should have known."

    I should have known what I was getting into when reading a book by the same man who wrote "Fight Club," but I was a bit shocked by some of the gore. The story was well put together, but I got bored with the seemingly drawn out nature of the book. Maybe the abridged version would be better.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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