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Haunted Audiobook

Haunted

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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.

What the Critics Say

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

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    Flagnar Boise, ID USA 08-28-16
    Flagnar Boise, ID USA 08-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh"

    The first hour was great, shock horror left me cringing from the boy in the pool. After that is was a jumble of mediocre horror stories trying to tie it together with a bunch of writers locked in a house.

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    john 08-26-16
    john 08-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Gross"

    W O W. It took awhile to finish because I could only take so much at one time.

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    Lia 08-15-16
    Lia 08-15-16
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    "A Sordid, Seedy Disaster of a Book"

    I wish it was possible to UNhear this book. I kept waiting for the redeeming turn, the interesting twist, SOMETHING to make it worth the hours I spent listening... It never came.

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    Nick 08-06-16
    Nick 08-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love the story, no chapter times????"
    What would have made Haunted better?

    It was impossible to find where I was because the chapters in the book are not marked in this audiobook. very dissapointed


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    Tabitha Borchardt 07-12-16
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    "Beyond fiction."

    Too honest to be fake. Loved it immensely. Would recommend to everyone without any reservation.

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    Francis Kaczkowski 06-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Waste of time"

    Disgusting without being the least bit entertaining. Can't care about any of the characters. Can't care about the story. Self indulgent and worst of all boring. Can't understand why anyone would consider this s horror novel. Nothing scares here. More like a 14 year old writing gross out stories

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    Misty Dawn 06-08-16
    Misty Dawn 06-08-16
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    "I hesitate to review books I love...."

    But I feel I should at least try. It's difficult to put into words exactly how brilliant this book is on so many levels, and even more difficult to recommend to the masses. That being said, if you're are here to be enlightened, not just entertained...if you aren't easily offended by every single taboo that can be conjured and brought to light through the power of your own imagination, PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK! And if you do, and you won't or can't appreciate one of the greatest satirists since Mark Twain, PLEASE, just leave...don't post a negative review and keep others from the thrill of this amazing ride. Thank you, and ENJOY!

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    MCV 12-07-15
    MCV 12-07-15
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    "The overarching story made no sense."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change 2 things. First, make the overarching story actually actually relevant to the short stories. Second,


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There are several stories about one of the character's daughter. I think they should have been combined into one section instead of spread out.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    He did very well.


    Did Haunted inspire you to do anything?

    I like the over arching story mixed with short stories. Would be an interest concept to try.


    Any additional comments?

    Great concept, but bad execution.

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    Sean Driskell 12-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Difficult to follow"
    What disappointed you about Haunted?

    I expected a horror novel, instead it was a confusing story that was hard to follow.


    What could Chuck Palahniuk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He goes into very elaborate tangents that take so long you forget what he was originally talking about. Also, the characters don't have names, instead the characters have titles like "The Earl of Slander," and "The Duke of Vandals." ... Whatever that means


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had a computer voice, worse than siri, more like Stephen Hawking. The rhythm is constant like a computer.


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

    Disappointed. I read Damned and was looking forward to reading Fight Club until now. The writing style is hard to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the short stories in this book are good, but its hard to tell when the short story ends and the writers retreat picks up again. The story that goes on during the writers retreat is stupid. Cutting off body parts so they can get famous. I found myself saying "huh? Thats just.... stupid."

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    PinkPunkRockPrincess 10-19-15
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    "Even More Disturbing Hearing It Aloud"
    What did you love best about Haunted?

    I love this book, it is one of my favorites of Chuck's. It is not a book for everyone, but hearing it aloud made it even more disturbing, in a good way. All of his books are great.


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

    I have not listened to any of the narrators' other performances, but they all really worked well in this reading. It was truly perfect for this book.


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