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Haunted

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Chuck Palahniuk

Narrated By: Various

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2005

Duration: 13 hours 53 minutes

Summary:

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three 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.

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  • Marcus Johnson

    I'm a fan of this author but this book is a wildly graphic ride that leads to nowhere. Hard to follow as it alternates between character back story and their connected story. The narrators are hit and miss but it could have been the stories they were reading as well. I feel like I read the script for a snuff film that you find on the dark web....and maybe that was the point. In the end, I was happy when it was over.

  • Joe Cobb

    An extreme book and quite the plethora of male and demale narrators to keep your ears perked as character stories change. A must for gore fans and not for the faint if heart.

  • Memphis Mel

    Don't waste your time. Kept listening hoping it would get better, but finally gave up after disc 4. How does this guy sell his trash?

  • Anonymous

    A flawed but very good group of stories. As others had noted, not for the weak of stomach. Overall, some very innovative and frightening stories. But, lots of problems and laziness on the part of the author. The stories are independent, with a central story holding them together. But the central story falls apart at the end. Characters that are dead are suddenly standing there with the others. And statements like, "now we could split the royalties 11 ways," were wrong because there were only 8. Sloppy and lazy. This is my 3rd book by Palahniuk, and they all seem to have problems wrapping up at the end. But lots of good ideas, and the oppressive darkness only Palahniuk can evoke.

  • Fan of Chuck

    You really have to be a fan of Chuck to get through parts of this book. So this is not for the weak stomach or those that haven't read Choke. I loved it. One of my favorite of his works. Well read and a must for the demented anarchist that are members of his growing cult.

  • Lupe Villa

    It was terribly boring. I didn't even finished it. I sent it back. I don't recommend it.

  • Jennifer Haley

    Well, this novel is not for the faint hearted. I had some difficulty rating it as I don't think that it is any great literary work, but I have to give credit where it is due. Some of the scenes are so horrific that I can't get the images out of my head. So, I have to admit that Chuck has a way with gruesome, revolting, details. Read it if you enjoy being shocked--As always, I walk away from his novels with such a sad feeling about the human race--he has such a dark view of human nature.

  • James Koren

    As other reviewers noted, quite gory and bizarre. Nothing wrong with that per se, but also bored me to tears! A real yawner after you get past the initial shock. Couldn't finish it, on to something better.

  • Dewey Stevens

    Reading the blurb describing this book, I don't get it at all... I must have missed that day in English class... I did not like the book at all, and sent it back unfinished.

  • Tony Clements

    The story dragged on and on. The jumping from poems and stories back to the main tail was hard to follow. On the upside I enjoyed the readers that helped keep my interest.

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