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Misguiding title to say the least, expected a lot more of the paranormal. interesting case but somewhat arrogant author.
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This book is written like a literature review on the house on Lindley Street - the author, a professional magician in an effort to debunk the rumors about the haunted house on Lindley Street in Bridgeport, CT, draws his content from news articles about the home and first hand reports from documented police reports, paranormal research, and taped interviews with paranormal investigators, police, clergy, and the residents living in the home, the Goodin family, as the events actually unfolded over 40 years ago. It seems very scientific, not at all sensational. At first I didn't know what to think of this as it wasn't your standard atmospheric story of a haunted house - no mood music, no inflection to heighten what should be scary or supernatural... just Stephen Thorne's detached, neutral tone. I think he did Mr. Hall's book a great service with his excellent narration. If you want a neatly wrapped up story, you will be sorely disappointed. William Hall lays out what was available to him for his readers and leaves it to them to draw conclusions about the extraordinary and supernatural phenomena occurring in the Lindley Street home.
My favorite passage was not one of the countless supernatural events occurring in the home, but rather, the conversation recorded between Ms. Goodin and the paranormal investigator who was trying to convince them they should all seek counseling as living in the house was clearly traumatizing for them. She wasn't having it and no amount of logic and empathetic reasoning could convince her that maybe they should give it a try. I don't know how Mr. Thorne was able to keep a straight face and continue narrating this particular passage in a completely neutral tone. I would have been compelled to give the voices character and inflection.
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I was quite disappointed with this book. In my opinion it is more 'fiction paranormal' as opposed to 'non fiction paranormal.'
It contains the usual description of Ed and Lorraine Warren according to themselves. This appears in all of their books and their constant self indulgent "trumpet blowing" soon becomes tedious reading or listening if you read their whole book series.
It is worth noting that Ed and Lorraine, according to another book written on this 'case' were asked to leave and not to come back by the home owners themselves. One of the first things Ed did, was to telephone all the media - national papers; local papers and television channels - all expensive calls on these poor people's own telephone to gain self publicity for the 'happenings.' If you were in the middle of having your life turned upside down by paranormal events i' am sure that the last thing you would want would be to have the media knocking on your doorstep!
Although the story in the main keeps your attention I would rather have heard from the home owners what their actual perspective was and how or if the problem was finally sorted for them.
The narration although good, does tend to get tedious after a while. Especially when the man is trying to portray Lorraine Warren's voice.
On the whole, in my opinion it is a reasonable listen provided that you bear in mind the above caveats. Other books written independently on this Paranormal episode are more objective and should be read to receive a better opinion.
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