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

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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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

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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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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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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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 11-11-12

Could have been a great story.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No

Would you recommend The Haunted to your friends? Why or why not?

Better books available.

What about Dan Butler’s performance did you like?

It was fine.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes,because they would have to give it an explaining ending.

Any additional comments?

This book had great potential. It was like the author got tired of writing it and was lost for an ending. It needed a conclusion of the build up of facts. Could have been great because the story was intrigueing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • barc2003
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 11-01-12

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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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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  • Debra Bis.
  • Newton Highlands, MA, United States
  • 10-09-12

HAUNTED BY PRODUCT PLACEMENT

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I enjoy a good thriller as much as the next gal, and never tire of tired plots. But, this was the first ghost story that was HAUNTED BY embedded advertising, the kind of product placement that insinuates itself into movies. Now, how can you escape, suspend disbelief enough to get into this twisting, interesting plot of a blobby monster thingy causing trouble in a nice New Mexican suburb, when you are reminded at every twist and turn, of the our all-too-real consumer world? Everything from brands of breakfast food to television programs leapt out of every dark, shadowy corner.<br/><br/>I am not talking about one or two mentions, but a constant barrage of ads. Loved the book, but feel SLIMED. YIKES, those ads were the scariest parts of the book!! Instead of asking, "Who done it," I ask, "Why'd the author do it?"

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

IF, there was a conspicuous absent of PRODUCT PLACEMENT, the story has merit for its genre.

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  • Kristin
  • EAGAN, MN, United States
  • 09-10-12

Great haunt!

Would you listen to The Haunted again? Why?

The narration was great. It was a good ghost story...I could really picture the characters and places.

What did you like best about this story?

The bizarre things that happened to the family.

What about Dan Butler’s performance did you like?

Great voice...creepy at times!

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

Yes but couldn't.