• The Haunting

  • By: Nicole Garcia
  • Narrated by: Lou Schocken
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-17-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Nicole Garcia
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ever wonder how much your life would change if you won a million dollars? Well, that fantasy is about to become reality for one lucky winner of the new reality game show The Haunting. Six people will enter the contest, but not everyone will win. In fact there can only be one winner. A drug dealer, an exotic dancer, a drug addict, an entrepreneur, a district attorney, and a rich kid are each desperate in some way, whether they need the money or are looking for something different and need breaks from their boring everyday lives. It may seem that these contestants have nothing in common, but that's not the case. They have one very important thing in common: their desperation to win the prize. But winning the money is going to be anything but easy. Not only will they have to spend a full 24 hours together in a haunted mansion, but they will have to overcome their weaknesses and make alliances with their competitors just to survive.
The many people who have visited Waverly Mansion have gone missing and never returned home to their loved ones. Are these contestants so desperate that they would risk their lives just to win money? A million dollars can mean the difference between life and death to some people, but there are many questions you need to ask yourself. Is the money worth the torment and anguish you will have to endure in order to win? What about your life? Is dying the price you are willing to pay in order to win that amount of money? Can these people survive long enough to claim the prize? Or will their desperation take hold of them and sabotage the others' chances at winning the game? Who deserves to win the money when no one is really the person he or she appears to be?
©2014 Nicole Garcia (P)2015 Nicole Garcia
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3 out of 5 stars
By Cyndi on 01-20-16

Good Suspenseful Short Story!


I enjoyed the story line a lot. The mystery was fun, I had no idea what was going on which makes for good suspense. The sex was a little far fetched but was hot regardless! I gave this book 3 stars because there wasn't anything specific that I loved about it and because I can't give 3.5 stars. The characters were fun but the book was too short for me to be able to get attached to them. If this book had been longer I think it would have been a solid 4 star book. It felt a little jam packed for a 2.5 hour audio, there was so much going on so fast that I really had a hard time getting into it and just as I did, it was over. I would have liked to get to know the characters more and would have loved to have the circumstances drawn out more to make it even more suspenseful. The way I felt about this book may also be a result of the narration. Lou Schocken has a great voice and a lot of range but I think he made this book seem a little choppy and he did nothing to help me get attached to the characters.

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4 out of 5 stars
By J and M on 03-01-16

Interesting little novella

This is an interesting little novella. I wish I could actually give 3.5 stars. The concept of a group of people trying to stay in an alleged haunted house for 24 hours to win a prize, is very reality TV, which is very popular today. It really had some great twists and a great story line. There were strange moments like when everyone was dying around them, our two main characters didn't have any problem getting in the mood to fool around. Yet, even that didn't make me want to put it down. It felt like maybe two things were going on and I wanted to know what was going to happen with both, but the timing was a little strange. I really like the concept and overall story of the book. I almost wonder what it would have been like with a full blown novel or just a little longer to flesh out a few more things. I'm enjoying this author also. I was given this audiobook as an ARC. This is the second book I have listened to from this author and I'm enjoying her. I look forward to more.
Lou Schocken, the narrator, also did a great job. I always worry about male narrators with their female voices. But, he had a good one. And, he also added all the right inflection and feeling of what was happening in the moment.

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4 out of 5 stars
By PATRICIA on 08-13-17

Takes you for a ride!

The setting of this book is what caught my eye at first. Being a romantic suspense listener, I couldn't wait to see how Nicole Garcia wrapped a reality show into this novella. Stay in the house overnight and be the only one left in the house and you win $1 million! Doesn't sound that hard, but from the start, there is mystery and intrigue. Jace and Kelly are two that want that money no matter the consequence, but as they see their competitors leave the competition one by one, things get crazy..and they become crazy for each other! With all romance and suspense, this short will keep the you entertained!

Lou Shocken has a wonderfully deep voice and sets the mood for this thriller. He kept the pace, fear and passion going throughout the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gyrithe on 07-08-17

That Voice..

first. what a fantastic voice Lou has. it is amazing. So deep and good. wow.
I love the whole gameshow host feeling I get from this audio book. I can just see people turn on there tv's to watch this reality show. a pretty sick reality show But people want to be intertained. And hey. if I could get a million $ to enter. I would.
again when it comes to Nicoles books i want more. they are really good and easy to get through. So not the last time I listen to her books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kristy Heinicke on 09-12-15

Lou made this book even sexier!!

Q- Would you listen to The Haunting again? Why?
A- Hell yes I would, listening to Lou is just heavenly.

Q- What did you like best about this story?
A- The way Lou jumped from character to character... not only did he just read the book, but each character had it's own voice,as performed by Lou. He did such a good job that I wasn't confused as to who was talking at the time.

Q- Which character – as performed by Lou Schocken – was your favorite?
A- I loved all of the charcaters performed by Lou, but my all time favourite would have to be Jase... when he was reading out Jase's parts, I had to pause them & re-listen, it was truly sinful & delicious all at the same time.

Q- If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A- Not everything is as it seems

Q- Any additional comments?
A- Please Nicole have Lou as the narrater of ALL your audiobooks, he just makes your books soooo much better. What I had read was amazing & what I had listened to made that amazing book become spell binding.

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