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Publisher's Summary

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But "here" turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world, and where heat and power and, most important, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more extreme the stories they tell, and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that will surely be made from their plight.

Haunted is on one level a satire of reality television: The Real World meets Alive. It draws from a great literary tradition, The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, Frankenstein, to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest, which means his most extreme and his most provocative.

©2005 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[The stories] consistently, powerfully transcend their macabre premises to showcase the heart beating beneath the horrors." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Etan
  • Valley Stream, NY, United States
  • 01-16-11

Grotesque for its own sake

I've read and enjoyed most of William Burroughs work, so I can claim a strong stomach. I've also read/listened to "Fight Club," so I know what this author is about. Palahniuk pushed past my limits. His characters destroy themselves and each other through vicious stupidity. Ultimately, they convinced me not to care. This is the first time I've deleted an audiobook from my computer and iPod without finishing it. I didn't faint or gag; I got annoyed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Edmund
  • Lake Worth , FL, USA
  • 08-11-05

Not for the fainthearted

Well read, well written and horrific in the stomach churning sense, but sometimes you just have to turn it off and take a breath...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Darien
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  • 06-08-05

Haunted

A warning should be posted with the book listing about the explicit, graphic violence and sex. Some people, including me, are not familiar with this author. The book is well written, but I was truly shocked and disgusted. I am halfway through, and I am torn between not wanting to hear anymore depravity and wanting to find out how it end and just how bad it gets before it is over.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Absolute Genius

There have been only a few books that I've re-read immediately after fininshing, but this is definately one worth reading twice, maybe even three times. While the stories are indeed shocking and entertaining in themselves, Haunted as a whole turns out to be an immensely acerbic observation of modern society, especially our inability to rise above the need to feel victimized, even if it means becoming victims of our own selves.
This was the first book I've ever "read" by this author, but I'm already a devoted fan.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Nikki
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • 08-23-08

Grotesque

This book was grotesque in the most beautiful way. True to Chuck's style, he brilliantly shows humanity by conveying the true ugliness within us all. I loved it. If you don't want a book that promotes thought and critical thinking, this book is not for you.

Brilliant.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Awesome!

This author is sick, twisted, extremely funny and disturbing all at the same time! I enjoyed this book very much. It isn't for the faint-hearted in terms of overt sexuality and other wonderfully lude subject matter.

The narrators complimented the story very well. I won't give too much away, but olderly-sounding women discussing oral gratification makes me giggle ... Loudly!

A dark, wonderfully awful tale of how rotten humans can be!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Creatively Raunchy!

Not recommended for dinner listening! Not for the easily grossed out. Chuck Palahniuk is thought provoking as usual, without failure to make you laugh. If you like a twisted story (or a bunch of twisted stories) give Haunted a try.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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no thsanks and a warning would be nice

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

if the story had been scary instead of horrify not as in spooky but as in disgusting un interesting and off putting.

What was most disappointing about Chuck Palahniuk’s story?

why would any normal person want to hear three different acounts in revolting detail about three young male adelwscents killing or mutilating themselves in the process of graphic perverse forms of masterbation?? horrifying and disgusting but NOT "haunted"

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

the narrators were good hence the two stars but seriously dont do it!

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

the writer is very good but what a waste of his talent!

Any additional comments?

the book is misnamed the title suggests ghosts and horror but it is not thiss it is gross boring and not scary series of tales

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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just... I don't know

Any additional comments?

I love most everything that Chuck write's but I just couldn't connect with this one at all. I sort of feel bad about that too. The violence was so over the top it didn't ever feel real, ok, a few moments "got me", but mostly it was just comical, not darkly comical, just not believable. I couldn't connect with any character at all, perhaps that's because of the SUPER ANNOYING NAMES that they have. Those names made them less memorable, perhaps that was the intent. I'd agree with other reviews that overall this seemed like a book of short stories connected together with a storyline that just didn't hold it together. I just had to get to the end, but nothing there made it any better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sorry, but I regret using a credit for this.

Would you try another book from Chuck Palahniuk and/or the narrators?

Probably. The author is spoken of well here at Audible, and one reviewer even forewarned that this was not the book to introduce oneself to Palahniuk. I wish I had followed that advice. Almost all of the narration was well done. However, I got it into my head that the lead narrator, the teller of the tale and not portraying a character, was doing a impersonation of Rod Serling and I just could not get that image exorcised while listening.

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

I'm really not sure what genre this book should be listed under. I do not consider it a Horror novel, as no part of it was frightening to me.

Which scene was your favorite?

"Aubible hopes you enjoyed this selection". The signal that I was done with it.

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

Some of the characters back stories were compelling, but none (to me) were riveting. The novel is well paced, I suppose.

Any additional comments?

This was by far the longest it's taken me to finish a listen. I kept going away from it to listen (sometimes relisten) to other selections. I realize the author has many fans, and I am sure for good reason. I just did not care for this book personally. It didn't necessarily shock, disgust or terrify me. Sadly, it just bored me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful