The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.
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I was not impressed. It's a pretty typical haunted house story. The characters are bland. The medical parts were poorly researched. Probably OK if haunted houses are your thing, but nothing special.
Who needs the mall?
Yes! I loved it and when I finished it, I purchased it for a friend as a gift.
Julian was my favorite character. He evolved completely from start to finish, but one thing was constant - his desire to protect his family.
Julian again, although Dan Butler did a fantastic job with every character.
Julian's actions at the end of the book. You'll have to experience that for yourself to find out if you agree with me.
Why can I not find more Bentley Little on Audible? I hope Audible is working feverishly to make all his books available for download.
Anyone who would enjoy finding a hyperbolic political diatribe in the middle of what is presumably a ghost story. If I wanted the author's political opinions, I would hope to read them in an editorial - not a work of fiction.
No - I didn't bother finishing this one.
The narrator seemed fine.
I was surprised didn't see anything coming . Very very good !!! I want more
I really liked this book, at fried the it took me a minute to get into it, but once all the haunting really started and the mother started researching the past and events that had happened on that land, I got hooked..I do hate that the grandfather and father had to die, but the dad knew what he had to do in order to keep that being away from his family and everyone else.. that part I kind of didn't understand but it was still a good part.
Life is too short to so many good books.
The dark scenes described by the author
His voice and intonation are appropriate
Yes, maybe it will be better into a TV series.
The Haunted starts as a common but promising supernatural novel. Common because it rests on a recurring elements in the genre stories, such as the family of father, mother and two children who will live in a small town.
Of course, the house is old and has a basement, from which emanates a bad smell. The author can create a drizzly weather, but the plot will develop without much coherence and creativity. Sometimes Bentley Little seems to know very well how to resolve and move on to an outcome.
I have to say that this is the first time I cried because of one of his books. I'm use to not being able to sleep. But the ending really did me in. To sacrifice ones self for your family is pure love. Little's writing has always drawn me in; and this was no different. He managed to bring out every one of my emotions with this this book. FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY!!!!
i read this when i was a kid and i never understood the story the structure of the story i could not get a handle BUT when you do and stay with it cause im picky and this was great, not the most original in the chemistry of the character development but great in the outcome. This is some weirdish. Thank You i would Highly recommend to Ketchum Kilborn Laymon Fans. spooky stuff
N0 BUT THEN VERY RARELY READ ANY B00K M0RE THAN 0NCE ANYWAYS! :)
A GENERAL FEELING 0F BEING ILL AT EASE AND IMAGINATI0N GETTING BETTER 0F ME AT TIMES - EEK!! :0
N/A GREAT J0B!
YEAH CRIED QUITE A FEW TIMES - SPECIIALLY AB0UT THE LITTLE B0Y , MILES, THEY'D L0ST AND H0W IT AFFECTED JULIAN AND CLAIRE'S MARRIAGE/RELATI0NSHIP.
VERY ATM0SPHERIC AND HAUNTING ST0RY . - G00D 0NE!
"Satisfaction not necessarily garanteed"
The characters are reasonably well realised, in a Stephen King 'ish vibe. The reading is good without going over the edge into hopelessly melodramatic. It would probably be seen as having more of a creepy, rather then a full on horror vibe by many true Horror junkies.
For me, I found the back story to the haunting a little bit light on concept and detail, but depending on your point of view you could also see it as wonderfully open-ended; so again it is very much a matter of personal taste.
I would not say it blew me away, but it was interesting enough that I would pick up another Bentley Little book in the future. If you are expecting an adrenaline fuelled roller-coaster scare fest you might be disappointed. On the other hand, if you are prepared to take it on its own merit, then it should a reasonably entertaining experience.
The story is pretty decent up until the last five chapters or so. It wasn't so scary that I had to turn the recording off, as some other reviews I read stated. It was okay. I'm glad I got this one for free.
very good and sad 😔
scary and emotional, well recommend :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
"Not exactly exciting"
I wanted to enjoy this, but certain sections were just unbearable. Some of the sex scenes struck me as a little misogynistic, and the"novel within a novel" parts were just dull. I'm a fan of Little's short stories, and was very disappointed by this.
"He decided not to tell her"
The family was fairly likeable, and there was clear effort to avoid cliche in their characterisation. There were one or two startling images, and for a time my curiosity was aroused as to what was going on.
I quite liked the historical flashbacks, as they added variety.
But the thing that annoyed me most was the failure of the characters to discuss things. In some cases it was understandable, but the second time Julian withheld important information from his wife, it just felt stupid.
Made it a bit more scary, perhaps?
The main problem was that the cause of the horror was generic and vague. Random supernatural stuff apparently happens, and although characters respond to it, they seem to get on with their normal lives a little too easily.
I found myself comparing this to Ramsey Campbell's Midnight Sun - that book has a similar plot, but tons more atmosphere.
Differentiated the characters' voices a bit better.
I think he put a fair effort into expressing the characters' anxiety, but as I wasn't feeling it, it came across as a little bit over the top. So I can't really blame the narrator there so much as the material.
No, it was overlong for such a nebulous idea.
It felt like one of those obscure films on the Horror Channel stretched to 10 hours.
An odd observation (by no means a criticism) - by mentioning the Wii, the DS and so on, Little successfully gives the story a very up-to-date feel, so it's actually quite jarring when Steve Jobs is referred to as being alive (which he obviously was at the time).
"What a load of predictable rubbish"
So awful from the cliched "cursed land" theme to the fact the author got his characters muddled towards the end. About as scary as the Teletubbies. Read "The Woman in Black" for a perfect example of a less is more classic frightener without the gratuitous rubbishy "shockers".
"The best haunted house book in a very long time!"
I've liked most of them but this is definitely top to date. I have been listening to audiobooks for over a year now and this is the first time that i kept listening to this book in the car, at work, at home and before going to bed.
The grandpa going to the house to prove Julian it was not haunted
Everything, he made the story very entertaining and played each character in such a way that you could almost see the story as if it was a movie.
Best haunted house story since the Exorcist, creepier than Pet Sematary.
I enjoyed it very much; I could not stop listening until I finished. I don't remember not wanting to put a book down or stop listening since Pet Sematary.
"No overly impressed."
This wasn't a bad story, I just didn't find it very 'horrory' at all. I remember listening to 'The Secret of Crickley Hall' with the lights of and getting the feel for it. Feeling the atmosphere pressed upon me. I did not get that feeling in the slightest with this book.
The story itself was ok, but I found it to be incredibly predicatble. It didn't give me that 'I have to get back to listening to that book' feel I get from other titles.
I'm not too bothered due to the fact I got it with a credit, but I would have been disappointed if I paid for it. I just expected more.
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