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The Punished

Narrated by: Jeffrey Kyle Carpenter
Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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There is no way out.

The house takes them, flies in the web, and won't let them go.

The house is beautiful and silent as a tomb.

There are children at play, pretending to live as their souls are sucked out of them.

There is no way out. The doors are locked and the windows hammered shut.

Some have been there for years, their minds warped into insanity by the fear and pain. Curt is new and can't understand why no one speaks and why the only sounds come from the night. He wonders what it is that comes out of the basement when the sun goes down.

There is no way out until you are cold and stiff.

©2013 Peter Meredith (P)2015 Peter Meredith

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  • Joseph
  • Converse, TX, United States
  • 01-21-16

Bleeping Wow!!

Too real scary! Fear, frustration, failure! No ultramacho hero to save the day, no easy out, no aw come on B.S. last minute saves. Real courage is terror overcome, but it has a price.
Only a very few people really know if they could risk damage and even death to save themselves or someone they love, and that's because they lived it. Each new threat is an uncertainty to how u will act. We like to imagine we would be a hero when we r young, but really we're scared kids projecting toughness, because weakness invites attack in those places, especially those places where evil is the system, from top to bottom.

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Those poor kids

I'm a huge lover of haunted houses and a firm believer in places and things holding memories of previous people and events. I'm also a nurse and a mother. The torturing of these kids sent a chill through me but at the same time I could not stop listening to it hoping that they would be saved. I wanted to hate one of the characters for what he did but at the same time my heart ached for everything he must have had to endure. The psychological warfare that went on and on. And even with escaping will they ever truly be free. Having to relive it every day in their head. One thing I felt was lacking and unbelievable is the fact that these were all underage kids but nothing was mentioned about schooling them. I know many foster families that still are responsible for the kids going to school. Tutors could have been brought in and made slaves of the house as well the make it more believable. Other than that I loved it. Was a very on the edge of your seat suspense that left you wondering and wanting to know what was going to happen next.

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a truly terrorizing story

the story was awesome and I loved the intelligence of Kurt, being a 12 year old boy, he was brave!! the narrator was on an ok level but wasn't free flowing was more like reading very slowly. but this would make an excellent scary movie

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slow. to get started but delivers near the end.

Very slow to get started but delivers near the end. It's worth a monthly credit.

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  • Scott
  • Clearwater, FL
  • 09-27-15

Excellent Listen. Its a must have book!

Would you listen to The Punished again? Why?

YES! This book takes you to a place where you've probably never been.

What did you like best about this story?

The subject matter. Very refreshing and new but full of dread.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kyle Carpenter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. He is a good narrator but reads a little too slow.

If you could take any character from The Punished out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Curt. He deserves it!!

Any additional comments?

This book takes you to a world of dread. I place where you have to shake your head and remember you aren't in it and be thankful. Makes you wonder if this isn't real somewhere out there. The audible version of this book make it so much more real than just reading the book.I know because I have done both. If you are in to a different kind of horror, get this book.

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Effectively creepy suspense novel

Without spoiling anything I will highly recommend this novel and ensure you that the mystery reveal will be unexpected and worth the wait. Very disturbing in a good way!

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Good creepy story but was it rated "T"

I think this was a creepy story but I felt like it was written for teens. I have to figure out how that is identified. The sweet teen love scenes were cute but not my thing. I wanted a scary ghost story, which this certainly had the base for and is worth a listen. I just got tired of his little girl voices and found it hard to think scary.

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Good book. Bad narrator.

I enjoyed the characters and story. Author had a good command of tension.

The story telling was severely marred by a narrator who thinks a significant voice needs to be sloooowww. In addition to which he cannot pronounce “especially”. He pronounces it “expecially”. Unfortunately it’s bad enough to jar one out of the story as well as be a word the author uses about 15 times in the book. This makes it worse in the handful of times the narrator pronounces “across” as “acrossed” and “larynx” as “larinix”.

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Perfect for Audiobook format

If you could sum up The Punished in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful Horror Dessert

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

"The Punished" begs to be compared to Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" or Clive Barker's "the Thief of Always." Like those books, "The Punished" follows a young kid, essentially alone facing terrifying damnation and death. There's a mood of an impending doom looming over the main character and you're not quite sure what is happening or why until the end.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kyle Carpenter – was your favorite?

Kurt is a fun character as voiced by Jeffrey Kyle Carpenter. There's plenty of moments where Kurt struggles to figure out "what the hell is happening and why" and the listener agrees: "I don't know either, Kurt, but that S*** is pretty F***ed up!"

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

OR ELSE

Any additional comments?

I love this book because it plays out like a cheap horror movie in my mind. This book seems like it was written to be read aloud and listens like you envision a campfire tale should. There's not a whole lot of deep meaning or eloquent writing -- it's a pretty surface level "what you see is what you get" kind of story but it does the horror, suspense and action well. Literary Cake: not nutritious or complex, just sweet and filling.

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Thrilling! Suspenseful! Imaginative! Creepy!

Now one of my favorites! Masterful psychological and supernatural thriller! My heart was racing by end!

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  • Mrs J Greenhalgh
  • 09-03-15

shh !!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Punished to be better than the print version?

havent read the print version.

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

what i remember most about the book, was the sheer terror of the children as night descended,

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

the narrator was very slow in speech at first, i felt i wanted to wind him up abit.However this was soon forgotten as the story developed.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

dont go in the basement.

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  • Deb Jacobson
  • 05-03-17

What a shame

The story had promise however the narrator with the pronunciation of much used words; i.e. "especially" pronounced "ex-pecially" was a cringeworthy turn off.