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The Haunted | [Michaelbrent Collings]

The Haunted

They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way. But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home. The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.
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Publisher's Summary

They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way. But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home. The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.

©2012 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2014 Michaelbrent Collings

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    Michaela M. Nelson 07-07-14
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    "New Owners Beware"
    Where does The Haunted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first horror book. I couldn't stop listening. Ranking: 9


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

    The first was when Sarah realizes the cold feet she is snuggling with in bed, were not of her husband's, but of a ghost.


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

    No, but I look forward to more. Paula's warm voice and obvious seasoned acting skills hooked me from the get-go till the very end. In particular, her ability to shift voices and sounds - especially in heightened fast-paced dramatic scenes, kept me on the edge of my chair.


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

    When Father Mike was coaching the couple to voice their commands in ridding the intruders.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected some sort of resolve/twist at the end, but didn't see this one coming.

    I'm not usually drawn to horror stories, but, Michaelbrent's "The Haunting," story was more powerful due to likable couple and the journey we took with them. Paula Slade's narration seemed perfectly in sync with Mr. Collings' intent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    gary 01-25-15
    gary 01-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Never again with this writer"

    I stuck to this book because it made me some what mad that I waisted a credit. The book made no scene at all! The only thing that haunted me about this book (and still does) is that it was about an 8 hour listen & the name Cap was spoken about 2 to 300 times, took up a good hour of it. And another 50 times for the saying ( Stove Pipe Hat)! If I ever listen to another book with cap & stove pipe hat, I will return it! WAIST OF A CREDIT!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Cook Keene, NH United States 11-26-14
    Thomas Cook Keene, NH United States 11-26-14 Member Since 2004

    Die-Hard Cubs Fan

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    "Paranormal Snoozer"
    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    An overwrought detailing of supposedly paranormal events by a frustrated English major. Every detail examined from five different angles, the listener is forced into the characters’ minds and tortured with drawn-out ponderings of what could POSSIBLY be happening…?! Need to be titillated with soft core soap opera-style sex…? Seems all these two have on their minds when they aren’t droning on about imaginings of possible explanations (times three or four) for these drawn-out, boring events. Don’t waste your time or money here – get something like “Paranormal Intruder” instead…


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

    Just made me much more aware of following reviews...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was adequate. Material was awful, so she had little to do to make it interesting.


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

    None of which I can really think...


    Any additional comments?

    Torturous writing made these minimal events drag on for what seemed like hours. If I want drawn-out childish details of sex and "true love," I'll read some old Dean Koontz.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Dahlonega, GA, United States 10-27-14
    Robin Dahlonega, GA, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2010

    Love a good mystery (especially a British cozy cottage mystery), action / adventure , and really love a good scary / horror book.

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    "BORING"

    repetition usually helps someone to remember something, but when the author repeats the same BS so many times that it is almost a third of the book, that is just too much repetition. then there is all the lists of stuff.... I don't care what she found in the boxes in the kitchen moving boxes, or how many pieces of covered furniture, or .... lost sympathy for characters in first 5 minutes, ready for them to die in next 5 minutes. First story??? should not have been written, how about the second story, too bad you didn't write that one, it might have been better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Timiney 10-06-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Painful to listen to on so many levels"
    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    The story itself is boring with the author attempting to use so many contrived wordy descriptions of the mundane to make them sound more sinister is beyond annoying. It's extremely repetative in phrases.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michaelbrent Collings again?

    Not likely.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The woman who reads the book has a voice that is more horrifying than the story itself. I would never buy a book read by her no matter how good the story may be. her voice is like nails on a chalkboard.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissappointment 100%


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this book. It's not scary and it is poorly written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan vR Ohio 08-31-14
    Meagan vR Ohio 08-31-14 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "Real fail here."
    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    It is cliche, predictable, and lacks any sort of substance or plot. Basically a string of paranormal experiences with the woman screaming over and over and over. You keep hoping to hear some backstory or character development but it just never happens. How on earth was this a "NYT best seller"? This author took a boring title, threw together a male and female for the ol' "young couple in a new house", and just picked scary situations from different movies for them to be in. OMG thank goodness for the audible no questions asked return policy.


    What was most disappointing about Michaelbrent Collings’s story?

    The paranormal situations in some cases were actually interesting! Why on earth didn't he develop the characters or storyline? Could have been a great haunted house story despite the cliches.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It didn't sound like the narrator could have been in any way one of the characters from the book. It sounded like grandma reading you a bedtime story.


    Any additional comments?

    Why did this book happen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 08-12-15
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 08-12-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "The plot was good and horrific"

    This was a pretty good horror. He seemed to get a LOT into three days. It’s three days of intensity that just keeps getting worse and worse.

    Sadly I listened to this on audible and he has a propensity to add in a lot of words when someone is freaking out… like “It’scomingit’scomingit’scomingit’scomingit’scomingit’scoming!” On and on and on and on. This is my second book of his and I was hoping when I heard the same type of thing in the first that it would just be in that book, but nope, it’s here too. I get it when you’re reading and the author is trying to really grind the terror into your mind but when listening to it, well, it just gets annoying.

    Speaking of the narrator, Paula Slade, was amazing. She nailed the characters and all of the really intense emotions. Being in a haunted house as a pregnant woman must suck and Paula was able to bring the true horror to her acting. I loved every minute of her narration. The audio was also well done and never missed a beat, which was great because (other than a few hiccups) I didn’t ever want to stop this.

    That being said, the hiccups mentioned were a few. I’m surprised it took the couple so long to try to leave. I mean, you’re pregnant, you’re in a creepy house. They are separated for a lot of this which is hilariously stupid. Maybe if you do not know you’re in a horror it doesn’t matter but once things start happening that I cannot explain, I would be calling my hubby or the ghostbusters, someone! Which leads me to my next question… is this how people actually react? I love Michaelbrent’s writings and he does have some twisted ideas but the fact that they stayed in the house for so long just kills me!

    His writing style is appealing but the over and over words that he does (while listening) drives me insane. I seriously wanted to fast-forward the audio. That makes me really sad. I don’t want to miss any of the horrific events and if I fast-forward I’m definitely going to miss something!

    The plot was good and horrific with a nice twist at the end though. YAY! I think the ending makes up for some of their stupid choices. But again, I’m not in this so maybe I would make some of the same choices if I were. I sure hope I wouldn’t!

    My second listen of Michael’s but I hope it will not be my last!

    Audiobook provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ramirez's 01-14-15
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    "great ending"

    A little long in the description of things but a good book! And a great ending!

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    Steven M Shefler 11-05-14
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    "Hauntingly Wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Haunted in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, enthralling, suspenseful.


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

    The ending was unexpected.


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

    She truly made the characters come alive for me. I would now listen to anything Paula Slade narrates from this point on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but sadly, had to split it up into a few sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    My first foray into audiobooks and definitely not the last!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 10-30-14
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 10-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Rene

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    "Excellent! Very entertaining!"
    Would you listen to The Haunted again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the story, especially the ending, which was a surprise!


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

    The Sixth Sense.


    Which character – as performed by Paula Slade – was your favorite?

    Cap!


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

    A thriller that will surprise and haunt you...


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book as a great one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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