The Bell Witch

  • by Brent Monahan
  • Narrated by Cameron Beierle
  • 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate", the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to knocking and gnawing sounds before finding its own voices. With these voices and supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family.
This extraordinary tale recounts the only documented case in U.S. History when a spirit "actually caused a man's death". The then local schoolteacher and later senator, Richard Powell, witnessed these strange events and recorded them in a diary for his daughter. He died in 1948. His astonishing manuscript fell into the hands of novelist Brent Monohan, who edited it for this retelling.


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Customer Reviews

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Unseen powers...

Listeners who criticize this book as boring and not scary have been reading too many Stephen King novels.Think of this book more as the recollections of an aged great grandfather told around the fireplace. You wonder how accurate these recollections are but, if true, they are terrifying. The story may seem to drag a bit at times, with similar activities occurring in a number of episodes--but remember, this is taken from someone's actual journal and is not a piece of carefully plotted fiction. I am assuming, of course, that Mr. Monahan did not create any of the events described or any of the thoughts of the original journalist, only updated some of the language and perhaps excised portions not relevant to the story.

Make sure you finish the book--the ending is quite startling.
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- Diane

Quite Interesting

What made the experience of listening to The Bell Witch the most enjoyable?

I listen to and read books like this for two reasons. Firstly, entertainment, and secondly, because I myself like to write in the horror genre, and naturally anything I read or listen to can spark ideas for my own, original work. The Bell Witch introduced a little twist to the poltergeist phenomena that I have actually already incorporated into something I'm writing, but listening to this has given me a clearer idea of what I need to do to be effective, and has encouraged me to keep going with my project.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bell Witch?

When it was revealed why the 'witch' had come in the first place.

What does Cameron Beierle bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

He did the voice for the 'witch' in a way I never would have come up with in my own head, and he managed to make it sound quite eerie in many places. I can still hear it now :) Also, for me at least, it's always easier to listen to a book written in an older style than it is to read it.

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

Not sure, something about revenge, maybe.

Any additional comments?

I don't care if this is non-fiction or fiction, really. I was quite entertained all the way through, and that's all I ask from a book :)

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- Donna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-24-2012
  • Publisher: Books in Motion