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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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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. <br/><br/>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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Robin
  • Dahlonega, GA, United States
  • 10-27-14

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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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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Predictable

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change how quickly one is able to figure out what is going on, drag out the suspense.

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

Nope

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

I think she did a fine job of reading the story. There's a few parts where the book calls for an adult to talk "baby talk" to another adult. It's really friggen obnoxious. I literally was grinding my teeth to make it through those parts. Thankfully, it only happens 4 times. I think the author has a nice voice, then again deep voices sound more pleasant to me than high pitched ones, so it's a personal preference. At least she doesn't have a lisp like some unfortunate books I've wasted credits on.

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

This books plot has been in several movies. "I see dead people."

Any additional comments?

The story is interesting and the reader does an ok job. It's not scary, the plot has been done numerous times (I mean NUMEROUS times), but if you have a spare credit to throw about it's not a bad story. From other reviews I was expecting to be scared out of my wits. That didn't happen. I suppose if you're sheltered from horror stories this might scare you. For a veteran horror fan, this will just make you think, "Oh.. this story again" as you search for a scarier book to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Heard it all before

First, the narrator made a clicking sound when she talked, I compare it to the sound people with dentures make when they themselves are talking. Her narration all together just didn't do it for me. I don't feel she was the right one for this job. As for the story line, meh. The beginning of the book spent WAY too much time on internal monologue with the characters. At one point I said out loud to myself, "Alright, I get it" with a roll of my eyes. I'm also pretty sure the author took bits a pieces from popular horror stories and weaved them all together. Think; Rosemary's Baby, Beetlejuice, The House on Haunted Hill, etc.
At no point was there a plot twist and the whole story line was predictable. The only reason I listened to this book the whole way through was because I paid for it. I kept wishing for it to be over already.

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Not too bad.

I truly did not see the end coming. This was a great book you will enjoy!

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One of the worst books I've read.

This book is boring and just a rip off of The Haunting, The Others, The Exorcist, Twilight Zone and other better books/movies/TV shows. The ending is not shocking as others have reviewed it to be. I saw it coming very soon on into the book.

The only horror of this book is that it just goes on and on and on. It really should have been a short story.