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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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    Jessica 06-08-12
    Jessica 06-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"

    The Haunted is a fast paced ghost story with like-able characters. It was much creepier than I expected and just different enough from the run of the mill haunted house stories. Dan Butler's narration was great. He managed different voices for the characters which is something that grates on me with other narrators.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Angus, Ontario, Canada 05-24-12
    Jason Angus, Ontario, Canada 05-24-12
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    "Very dark, Very Good!"
    What did you love best about The Haunted?

    Almost everything, from the writing, the characters, the plot, and the narration was all great. But what I really liked was how personal this book felt. One of Little's best, that's for sure.


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

    No I have not, but I will now.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a lot of fun to read, despite it's bleakness. Bentley Little is, however, known for his sense of humor. Do not look for that here. This is a book that is dark, bleak, and full of despair as the Perry family loses control of their average, every day lives.

    The story is about an innocent family haunted by their new house, but it reminded me of self-abuse spinning out of control, the unknown anger and angst of adolescence, the fear and desperation of a child stuck in a family haunted by its past and current abuses. This book is about what's not in your control, and how what's good and average can turn to bad and abnormal at any time.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Queensland, Australia 06-19-12
    Donna Queensland, Australia 06-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gotta Love Bentley Little"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, if any of my friends read horror. I've read a lot of 'haunted house' stories over the years, and this one managed to be fresh and interesting and really captured my imagination.


    What other book might you compare The Haunted to and why?

    I wouldn't really compare it, personally. It's different enough, to me at least, to stand alone.


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

    I don't think I've heard any of his other readings...


    If you could rename The Haunted, what would you call it?

    Oh man... I'm a writer and naming my own stuff is hard enough, I don't think I'd think of anything better. This title suits the book perfectly, and was certainly enough to make me buy it without a second thought (the author's name helped, too!).


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a Bentley Little fan. Occasionally his stories go off on strange tangents that to me feel like they fit with the rest of the story, but this is NOT one of those books. I'll be listening to this one again, no doubt about it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marci portland, OR, United States 03-05-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2006
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    "You had me until...ugh"

    I'm still giving this book three stars because most of the story was good. It was entertaining, I was buying the plot, it worked. Then things changed towards the ending, it's like Little's editor quit, or like someone else wrote the ending. It was bad. It yanked me out of my suspension of disbelief and made me say "really, that's the best you've got?" It wasn't that I didn't like "the end" of the book, the whole story just fell apart with about 20% left to go.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JRM 01-26-13
    JRM 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Who needs the mall?

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    "More Bentley Little!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I loved it and when I finished it, I purchased it for a friend as a gift.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julian was my favorite character. He evolved completely from start to finish, but one thing was constant - his desire to protect his family.


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

    Julian again, although Dan Butler did a fantastic job with every character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Why can I not find more Bentley Little on Audible? I hope Audible is working feverishly to make all his books available for download.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Timberville, VA, United States 12-18-12
    Hannah Timberville, VA, United States 12-18-12

    “The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.” The Night Circus

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    "Fell very short of initial expectations"
    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    (Spoiler alert:) The reactions of the family to these disturbing scenarios seemed extremely unrealistic. The reluctance to communicate between family members and the refusal to wake others when things went bump in the night seemed less than plausible. I get that the presence in the house drew them in... made them do things they weren't quite aware of but all were in possession of their mental faculties most of the time. The sudden bursts of rough sexual acts caught me off guard and left a sleazy aftertaste. The ultimate climax of the book just didn't seem to follow the flow of the story.

    The almost constant repetition of certain bits of dialogue became obnoxious. "I'll kill you both..." and "take off your pants" were repeated so often I found myself rolling my eyes each time, thinking that the author must consider the reader/listener awfully inept at recalling plot points. Also... the writer's expressions could use a bit of diversity. Another expression that grew old entirely too fast was "persue/follow this line of questioning."


    Has The Haunted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I will always be an occasional listener of horror fiction.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    During dialogue, the narrator's tone never seemed to match the mood of the context. When a character cried out in panic, anger, lust, or fear the narrator sounded bland, bored, or conveying the exact opposite emotion.


    What character would you cut from The Haunted?

    Rick, the owner of the print shop. He was really only an occasional distraction who served little purpose in the overall plot, other than to convey Claire's distaste for Julian's friends.


    Any additional comments?

    There were excellently written thrills and incredibly bizarre moments that made my nose pinch with revulsion and disgust. Bentley's capability to write gruesome or thrilling fiction is unquestioned. I was properly scared a number of times... but I was able to predict the ending about an hour and a half before the book's conclusion and found myself so disappointed to be proven right.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 04-01-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2007

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "Based upon reviews, I expected scarier fare...."

    Based upon reviews, I expected some truly scary, King-esque spookiness. Besides a couple of noted scenes, the scariest aspects I found in this novel was the complete lack of communication of the family and, that, despite being a full-time lawyer with a work-from-home husband, the wife still did ALL of the housework and laundry. There was also a bit too much political ranting for my taste (whether the writer leans right or left, I prefer my horror, scifi, etc to be politics free, escapist fare.) Finally, I felt the culmination very slap-dash and unbelievable.

    But, there were a few spine-tingling scenes and the narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life, so I gave this 3 stars.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Ghost Story That Delivers The Chills"

    I love a good, scary ghost story. The problem is that so few of them are downright scary. I've been burned time and time again by stories that hint at the creepy or take you right up to the edge of something scary, but can't pull the trigger. "The Haunted" remained in my Wish List for some time because of this.

    You can imagine my delight, then, that when I finally took the plunge and downloaded the book, I found "The Haunted" fulfilled its scary promise. In addition to being scary, Bentley Little gives us characters we can relate to and root for. A haunted house story (and believe me, that's not a spoiler) means very little if we can't be bothered to care for its victims. We care a great deal for these victims, as Little has made them real people, with real pain and real joy.

    Although I found the conclusion a little unsatisfying, this was largely offset by the powerful emotional reaction the author is able to elicit. "The Haunted" is not perfect, but it is very, very good. A must-read for those who, like me, are always on the hunt for a good, scary ghost story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    thomas bronx, new york, United States 05-12-12
    thomas bronx, new york, United States 05-12-12

    I love reading horror books and being scared!!!!

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    "GREAT BOOK!"
    What did you love best about The Haunted?

    I liked alot of things about this book. i love the story, their was plenty of twists turns and scares along the way. the Narrater was great and the ending was sad but still really kool.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i liked all of the characters in their own different ways


    Any additional comments?

    if your thinking about getting this book, dont hesitate. its worth the money and if you love horror and a good story then its the perfect read for you.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 08-29-13
    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Both good and disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would probably not recommend this book as one of the better novels of our time. I am an avid King reader, but I often find that King gets too lost in details and aspects not always relevant to the plot or even the over all feel of the novel. In Bentley's writing, I appreciated that there was never a dull moment. However, like King, he included unnecessary sleaze that at times was somewhat disturbing. My personal preference for horror is actual horror, rather than sexual or violent gore. I also found the novel heart breaking in places. The ending was horrible and made no sense.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bentley Little again?

    I would give Bentley one more chance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have a favorite


    Was The Haunted worth the listening time?

    yes and no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jonathan
    Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    7/16/12
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    "What if..."

    ...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.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    3/2/13
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    "Gah!"

    I've never had to stop an audiobook before because I'm so scared. Maybe that makes me a big jessie, or maybe it shows a really great listen!



    Julian and Clare move their two kids into a new house; all of them start seeing visions of some sort that scare them silly, but they don't share their fears and stay where they are. The sense of evil escalates until a finale you don't expect slaps you in the face!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • fiona
    Ireland
    9/15/13
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    "haunted house"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/3/14
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    "A truly unsettling contemporary haunting tale"
    Where does The Haunted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    I can or will only say, the wet black earth and the boy


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

    Dan Butler performed all the characters well and his narration was very good all round.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jason
    Brough, United Kingdom
    12/1/12
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    "very pleased"

    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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    7/6/12
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    "THE HAUNTED"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    1/24/13
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron
    MELTON MOWBRAY, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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