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 very surprised on how good this novel was. I almost had tears in my eyes during some of the chapters. This is an adult horror, make sure no little ears anywhere close while reading this! I liked this so much i'm looking for my next download by the author.
Being scared, not knowing what was going to happen next.
The house warming party
Claire and Julian. I would want to know why they kept their mouth shut about what was happening and not protect their kids sooner.
I was disappointed how the book ended. I understand the house's hold over them but it had a kind of "let's get this story over with" feeling to it. It did have me scared throughout and I wanted to listen to it in 1 sitting, just couldn't though...you know, had to get back to real life. Plan on listening to other books by Bentley Little and/or narrated by Dan Butler. His voice put me in the character's mind, not being able to judge between real and imagined, which made the story creepier. Could have done without the sex scenes. Didn't understand how it played into the story line...maybe to prove the house's hold over anyone there???
This is what happens when you do a poor job of rewriting Poltergeist with awkward political dialogue, and sex scenes that are apparently written by giggling 18 year old boys.
Better than this one.
The emotion in the readers voice should have better matched the dialogue.
Yes, the audio version adds an extra dynamic to the characters and gives life to the uneasy energy of the story.
The ending was surprising and worth reaching. It was touching and came close to bringing me to tears.
No, I have not listened to any of Dan Butler's other performances.
I did not have any extreme reactions to the book, although I came close to crying near the end.
This book perfectly fulfilled my itch to hear an engrossing, spine tingling ghost story. Well written with constant forward movement, this story covers all bases and lacks any major plot holes. It's terrifying, gory, sad, and at times 'R' rated. Very clever and modern for the old "move into a new house" angle - not typical in the slightest.
Yes, the intensity of the story carries very well throughout the story.
The way the author builds suspence and keeps you interested not just in the story but in the characters too.
His voice and style fit the tone of the book very well.
I think the mother is the most memorable. Her emotional reactions to the incedents seemed very real and relatable.
Once the nature of the entity was reveiled the idea seemed counter intuitive and perhaps not as well connected to real life accounts of hauntings as the rest of the story was. I had a hard time reconciling that. But overall, the book was great.
This was the first book of Bently Little that I have either read or listened to, I will certainly look up this author in the future. Bently was able to give extra depth to the story by allowing the reader a look into the crumbling psyche of the characters as their new home scares them to the brink of insanity. Butler's narration is pretty spot on for the book. I had been craving some good haunted house stories lately, this was a pretty good fix.
Spooky, Scary, Spooky
Meg. The daughter seemed to be the most frightened and real.
The oldest of evil
I'm a huge Stephen King fan. In fact I've read or reread most of his stuff. This story was right there with SK's stories. My husband walked up on me while I was listening to a very scary part...I jumped and screamed when he tapped my shoulder to get my attention. Seriously engrossed in the story.
This one was a creepy, fun, spellbinding story. I could feel myself in each of the character's place in the story. It seemed hard to tell sometimes for me and for the characters involved, if they were doing things because of their own internal struggles or because the haunting caused them to do it. Especially in the beginning.
It was defintely a suprise ending. I did not see it coming. Sad, but a conclusion, which this reader personally likes to have in a scarey story. I would definately read it again. I have already recommended it to some of my friends who like haunted stories.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
Better books available.
It was fine.
Yes,because they would have to give it an explaining ending.
This book had great potential. It was like the author got tired of writing it and was lost for an ending. It needed a conclusion of the build up of facts. Could have been great because the story was intrigueing.
"Genuinely unsettling, well written horror"
If you've listened to or read Bentley Little's The Collection (also on audible), you may well be wary of trying this book - even as a pretty hardcore fan of horror as a genre, I found stories in The Collection difficult to listen to (and often to stomach). Don't worry though - The Haunted is a much easier listen, and well worth the download.
It's a fairly standard haunted house story, but it's very well written and honestly compelling. From the comfortable, engaging trials and troubles of an american middle class family, the narrative turns in a heartbeat to something much more disturbing and other worldly. You find yourself waiting for the next thing to happen, but you're often genuinely surprised when it does. Unlike The Collection, which was very much about short, massive shocks, this is much more subtle. I've been very disappointed with horror releases on audible lately, but this book is a very welcome change from the general trend and well worth a credit.
...a modern day family moved into The Marsten House from 'Salem's Lot?'
That's the vibe I get from this novel and that's no bad thing either. In fact it's meant as high praise as 'Salem's Lot is one of my all time favourites,
I thoroughly enjoyed The Haunted and listened to it in two sittings (like the Father in the book I'm an artist who works from home) and it kept me hooked the whole time. The characters were all likable and believable, reacting in realistic and natural ways to the horrors that unfold and there a times when it's really quite unsettling. This is also due in no small part to Dan Butler's excellent narration.
The only downside is I now want more Bentley Little on Audio but there's none to be had. Hopefully the success of this will lead to more very soon.
Original story about a family living in a haunted house. The author has done a good job on characterisation,. The haunted house themes are all here and updated. The narrative has been updated but there are a few cliches. This didnt knock my socks off but it was entertaining. The narration is really well done.
wanting to break the hold of king barker and koontz i thought i would start with bentley little's the haunted and i am very pleased i did this is an excellent listen well wrote and well read with some genuine moments of terror.Not many books can cause me to hold my breath but at points in this book i had to remind myself to start taking in breath before i passed out.would highly recommend this to all lovers of said authors above i promiss you will not be dissapointed
"A truly unsettling contemporary haunting tale"
Amongst the very best I have heard, this modern take on the haunted house scenario by Bentley Little, is a very engrossing listen and is truly scary in a way that is so engaging as you have a sense of deep sadness for the family as you see them being used and played with in such a horrific way by the thing that lives with them in the house.
I can or will only say, the wet black earth and the boy
Dan Butler performed all the characters well and his narration was very good all round.
I was creeped out by it.
At times I felt sorry for the characters, I especially was affected by what the became of the boy and how he was treated by that thing.
Bentley Little is an extraordinarily unique writer who's books I find truly fascinating .He manages to write his characters so vividly by describing something as ordinary as describing their shoe size and by some strange alchemy makes them become so real valid and truly alive. I have become addicted to his writing style.I wait in hope for more of his books to be made into audiobooks, so I can buy them.
This a fantastic book with a great story,its so creepy too you can so get into the book and the perry family
A must if you like the ghost stories,its interesting from start to finish,and a little sad too.
"Everything a horror audiobook should be"
Very well written and expertly narrated. Very atmospheric, chilling and moving in parts, brought to life extremely well by one of the best narrators I've heard.
"Dont argue just get this"
I like them nasty, really nasty and my horror scale is way up there and this suited me to the bone. It had everyhting, good story, good atmosphere a likeable happy family with dark past and even darker future as they find out in time. I really got the creeps with this one a d it was the least scary scenes that packed the punch. I hope to hell the author does some prequeals with the Spanish explorer and the spanish missionary who briefly enter the story for its backdrop as those sub plot characters deserve treatment of their own. Last book to engross me this much was Pet Semetary, I knew a paragraph in this was a blast.
The subtle menace and the sense of the demon's multifaceted presence also the relationships of these characters.
Oddly the two sub plots that explain the history of the place, the spanish explorer whos horses and soldiers lose the plot and that blackened hand cooking in that pit that was a great bit.
Bit of both at various stages but i like my horror to scare
The narrator brought this to life and was so empathetic with the characters in the story...but please please please Mr Little I wanna know more about those Spanish characters and that hand.
"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.
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