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The Haunted | [Bentley Little]

The Haunted

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Bentley Little (P)2012 AudioGO

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    CARMEN PHOENIX, AZ, United States 02-19-13
    CARMEN PHOENIX, AZ, United States 02-19-13
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    "VERY SCARY"
    What made the experience of listening to The Haunted the most enjoyable?

    Being scared, not knowing what was going to happen next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Haunted?

    The house warming party


    Which character – as performed by Dan Butler – was your favorite?

    James


    If you could take any character from The Haunted out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Claire and Julian. I would want to know why they kept their mouth shut about what was happening and not protect their kids sooner.


    Any additional comments?

    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???

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    Joe Ringgold, GA, USA 02-17-13
    Joe Ringgold, GA, USA 02-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Rambled on. Found myself wishing it would end."
    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Better than this one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The emotion in the readers voice should have better matched the dialogue.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It ended.


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    Raven913 Austin, TX United States 01-14-13
    Raven913 Austin, TX United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Atmospheric and creepy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Haunted to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audio version adds an extra dynamic to the characters and gives life to the uneasy energy of the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was surprising and worth reaching. It was touching and came close to bringing me to tears.


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

    No, I have not listened to any of Dan Butler's other performances.


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

    I did not have any extreme reactions to the book, although I came close to crying near the end.


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    s SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 12-22-12
    s SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 12-22-12

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    "Excellent Scary Story"

    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.

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    cjquik 12-14-12
    cjquik 12-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A very well told story but the ending........"
    Would you listen to The Haunted again? Why?

    Yes, the intensity of the story carries very well throughout the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author builds suspence and keeps you interested not just in the story but in the characters too.


    What does Dan Butler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and style fit the tone of the book very well.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Haunted and why?

    I think the mother is the most memorable. Her emotional reactions to the incedents seemed very real and relatable.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2010

    Hope

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    "Good Haunted House Read"

    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.

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    heidi 11-23-12
    heidi 11-23-12
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    "Huge New Fan"
    If you could sum up The Haunted in three words, what would they be?

    Spooky, Scary, Spooky


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Meg. The daughter seemed to be the most frightened and real.


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

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The oldest of evil


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    D. Nelson 11-14-12
    D. Nelson 11-14-12 Member Since 2012

    Mema

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    "Spooky....."

    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.

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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 11-01-12
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Your Typical Haunted House Story"

    Truly creepy. This may make you want to keep the lights on. It is a truly scary story of a family moving into a haunted house. Would love to see this made into a movie.

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    Sandi Denmark, Australia 10-31-12
    Sandi Denmark, Australia 10-31-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The Haunted"
    What did you love best about The Haunted?

    Bentley Little has written a story that keeps your interest. The suspense is dark and constant, and doesn't let up for the entire story. I will certainly listen to more of his stories.


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