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Once again, Todd Haberkorn really knocks it out of the park with his performances of both Ed and Lorraine. It's nice, the consistency, as he has done the other Warren books.
This book is similar to Ghost Hunters, as it's a series of shorter cases mixed in with personal stories, as opposed to one long story. It's broken down into sections with several cases in each section.
I do really enjoy their books. And I love how Haberkorn brings them to life. They feel like real people, as they should, and that makes a difference. You care about them and the people they are helping.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Before I get into my rant, I must say that I absolutely loved the earlier books in the series. They were simple, fun, and at times downright scary. This one is none of the three.
Here is my summary of what I learned reading this book...
1. The authors REALLY want you to believe that ghosts / demons are real and that they are not crazy. I would estimate that a whopping 80% of the book focus on their reckless, illogical, and at times comical conclusions for the "paranormal" evidence that they find, instead of actually focusing on establishing a compelling plot / characters. Look, I love ghost stories because I love being scared. I don't necessarily believe ghosts or demons are real, and anyway you won't be able to convince me that they are in such a short story without plenty of empirical evidence. Be prepared to be subjected to hours of their bad logic, elementary arguments, and endless ramblings, with zero scares. You can actually listen to this at night, will put you right out.
2. The Warren's have really flawed interview techniques, as they utilize leading questions and often draw conclusions from loosely answered questions to fit their narrative. I couldn't help but to think of them as the "Fake News" paranormal team while listening.
3. I am now 99% convinced that the Amityville Horror story was made up, which is kind of funny given the fact that the book spends considerable time trying to convince you that it wasn't. There's just too much evidence that suggests they made it up for the publicity, and the Warren's do a 3rd grade job trying to rebut it.
4. The narrator is absolutely fantastic, and was the only saving grace for this mess. I recommend reading some of their earlier books with the same narrator. His delivery, combined with an actual ghost story....really illustrate the power of what the horror genre can produce.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I started this book soon realising that it was a mediocre read. I persevered but it got no better at all.
Unfortunately, through further reading of Ed and Lorrain's books, I have realised that Ed likes to talk, and talk, and talk about himself.
This book is unfortunately boring, unbelievable and lack credibility. I am a paranormal believer having had my own very bad experience. Having read the majority of Warren books I conclude that they are mainly too similar although the story is always different.
I do believe that the Warrens experienced many paranormal events but that they exaggerated these experiences and also used them for self publicity and an income derived from the books.
This particular book is awful and torturous to listen to. Don't waste your money or a credit on this one guys. The Warrens have written other more interesting, thought provoking books.