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Editorial Reviews

Dorah Williams’ real-life ghost story begins like so many others: A young family moves into a historic mansion, its untold history and baroque trappings portending supernatural secrets. Nevertheless, this is no fiction, nor is it cliché: The Williams matriarch’s memoirs aren’t so much terrifying as bewildering, vaguely eerie. At times Williams’ ghosts are playful, almost childlike, and they don’t necessarily forebode a horrific ending for the house’s inhabitants. An uncanny experience nonetheless, Haunted receives a suitably spooky send-up from established documentarian Katina Kalin, who captures the warmth, wonderment, and worry of this vigilant mother. Kalin cuts through whatever incredulity might belie Haunted, and lends authenticity - even a sense of familiarity - to the Williams family’s plight, so that listeners will empathize with their paranormal predicament.
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Publisher's Summary

It was an irrational decision. Despite having just moved into a beautiful new house, the Williams family gave in to an odd, overwhelming desire to purchase and move into a Victorian home they had come upon by chance. They were curious, of course, as to why the house had, in the past, such a high vacancy rate - no one ever seemed to live in it for a long period of time. But that curiosity didn't last long, because shortly after moving in, strange things began to happen. It became abundantly clear that the home's past owners all had a reason for leaving: fear. The Williams' new home was haunted. At first, the family tried telling themselves there were logical explanations for the strange things they all were witnessing. But before long they came to accept the fact that they were sharing their home with ghosts. Haunted is the Williams family's story from the point of view of the mother, Dorah. Through her chilling reminiscences, we witness the all-too-real goings-on in the house. And we join the family as they seek a way to bring an end to the paranormal events that were occurring with ever more frequency and intensity, and learn why the events began in the first place.
©2002 Dorah L. Williams (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By GI Joe with Kung-Fu Grip on 03-16-14

This purchase will haunt me for a long time

What disappointed you about Haunted?

The story was dry and meandering. I just couldn't bring myself to care about the events or the characters, and I tried! There was zero chill factor or creep factor. I have never been so bored by paranormal events. I couldn't make it much past 60 minutes before I pulled the plug.

What could Dorah L. Williams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I can't think of anything. It just didn't appeal to me on any level.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katina Kalin’s performances?

NO WAY! Her narration only added to the problem. I felt like I was five, sitting in the floor of the public library and Miss Katina was reading us a story before nap time. Her portrayal of child characters drove me insane. She used a voice that reminded me of how some people talk to children like they have the intelligence of a doorknob. Her use of a "baby talk" voice elicited actual frowns and grimaces from this reader.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mega disappointment! I like non-fiction stories that approach the paranormal from middle ground, letting the reader shape opinions and personal atmosphere based on their own perceptions. I was never able to concentrate on the aspects of the haunting because I was too busy not enjoying this book.

Any additional comments?

It didn't work for me at all. The performance was pretty bad BUT that is me. I love stories like those built around Ed and Lorraine Warren's experiences so perhaps I'm tainted. If you like the kind of ghost story one would find haunting the pages of "Good Housekeeping" or "Reader's Digest"... this is your story!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rene Bellis on 08-16-14

Excellent and entertaining book! Enjoyed it!

Would you listen to Haunted again? Why?

Yes. I love stories about real haunted houses and this one was chilling and intense.

What did you like best about this story?

How the family held together during the haunting.

What does Katina Kalin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A very good story teller who brings you right into the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really, but I found it so good I didn't want to stop listening to it. I'd definitely listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy true haunting stories, you'd enjoy this book.

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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kayleigh on 02-20-17

Really enjoyed this book !

I loved all of it but I think the ending was a wonderful way to end this kind of book :)

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3 out of 5 stars
By David Billingham on 02-29-16

Decidedly Average

Good story with dubious sections, rendering the story less believable. Average narration with poor characterisation.

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