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
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
"Longer than it needs to be.."
Interesting story but it took far longer than necessary to tell. There is far too much focus on mundane items or details which can be very frustrating, this is why the book is as long as it is. Not a fan and won't be listening to any more by these guys, sorry.
I enjoyed this book.
(potential spoilers ahead)
The narrator was easy to listen to, and I felt his voice added the right tone to the book. He read at a good pace, and his inflections added to the feel of the story.
Some reviewers damned the addition of the sexual parts, not understanding the need for them. And whilst they made me uncomfortable at times I felt that it added to the malevolence of the entity. (spoiler: The entity is made up of thousands of souls, male mostly, all exerting control, the needs, wants, urges of all these souls will cover many things, and to shy away from this topic would have been a mistake I think. The author dealt with it in a sensible way, not too crass and explicit.)
The story itself was good, it had a decent chill factor. The story is told from all four family members points of view (with the addition of a few other points or view when needed). I didn't feel that this made the story too choppy or hard to follow. Instead it was good to hear from each person what they were experiencing/feeling/thinking.
I felt the ending was original enough and well done.
Overall I was impresses with this book.
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.
"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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