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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I think you'd enjoy it more than I did if you really love aimless memoirs, if you don't mind this man "tooting his own horn," so to speak.
Don't misunderstand me. I don't have to have a book about the paranormal be intense and terrifying. I loved Gary Jansen's "Holy Ghosts," and it didn't contain anything about malevolent forces. But it was because Jansen drew some pretty thoughtful and surprising conclusions about the haunting in his home. I don't feel like Cranmer did in "The Demon of Brownsville Road." He spent so much of this book recounting his family's and his own accomplishments in the military, politics, and religion as if he were trying to "buy" credibility to his story.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Maybe "Paranormal Intruder," or "A Sudden Light."
Which scene was your favorite?
The only story out of this book that really was worth reading to me was his son's first encounter with many entities in his bedroom, the "blue room" that seems to be the heaviest spot of activity. His description of their appearance was interesting, but it only took up one very short paragraph.
What character would you cut from The Demon of Brownsville Road?
The author. I don't think I would get along with this man very well. He is so caught up in telling the reader about how much he has accomplished in life. I am patient with authors seemingly going off-topic for a bit in order to tie it in and clarify their meaning or further polish their story. Cranmer didn't. He wasted practically the whole first half of the book telling you how amazing he was in the military, how he could have been a great clergyman (or really a great "anything" he wanted to be), how he made enemies by cleaning up the corrupt police force, how he almost single-handedly stopped an illegal gambling ring in his hometown. He gives proof of his own ego in how, in one moment of family drama, he and his son got into a fight one night that was "instigated" by the demon. He is just embarrassed to death that all of the local news crews showed up on his lawn to document his arrest. But by his description of it, he is almost proud of the fact that he is such an important person that the news crews would even show up at all, that he gets so much attention, even if it is negative attention.
For this reason, I almost feel cheated. I feel like he should have titled it "Bob Cranmer: A Memoir" or something to that effect. I bought it because I wanted a story about a haunting, and it only half (or less) that. It was about his life, and he gave so much unnecessary and exhaustive context. It just felt useless.
Any additional comments?
I don't feel better or satisfied for having listened to this audiobook.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I would highly recommend it. I didn't agree with the other reviews that said he was preachy; I thought he was just telling the facts and what he believed, I didn't feel like he was trying to talk anyone into converting to his religion.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked them all for different reasons. They were a family in turmoil but their love for each other was very evident.
What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He wasn't too dramatic; just stating the facts.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I loved that the family and even the dog and cat stuck together and fought together. I also liked that he gave the history of himself, his family, the house and the land.
Any additional comments?
It's a good mix of history, love, and horror.
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