Yes, because the info is accurate in regard to true exorcism. The narrator is very good.
It is not Hollywood.
Hostage to the Devil., because Malachi Martin was an exorcist and the five case studies presented were enough to make you lose sleep. You do not read it at night.
Ed Warren was my favorite character. Very real.
The most interesting tidbit is not a tidbit. The overall presentation and clarity left much to the imagination.
Please do an audio book for Hostage to the Devil.
it was a pretty good listen overall, I didn't struggle through it at all. the story is pretty solid but it is more of a biographical piece than a horror, so if that's what you're looking for this isn't that.
Accountant addicted to Audiobooks. I was never a reader until I started my Audible Subscription.
Scary, informative, thought provoking
The various stories about the demon encounters and how to avoid attracting it.
Very Good book. I have been very fascinated by ghosts and the paranormal, but am no fool in going and looking for them to accidently open a door way or bring one home. This book is very informative and I really enjoyed learning more about the Warren's. If you enjoyed The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious. This is an audio book you need to listen to.
Honest information, fascinating subject
PLEASE, someone tell the narrator that the "T" in "often" is SILENT!!!! Other than this foible, it's pretty good.
I love the emphasis on the cautionary advice about not messing with black magic, even for fun. This is no joke.
To many deep silos of interest that have little to nothing to do with one another. Hence, audible works for me. Oh, yeah, and let me have a smart phone with a rotary dial.
I love ghost-hunt reality shows--the less obviously faked ones. I've heard of the Warrens for years, and I was expected a muddled episodic collection of "cases" and had low expectations. I was pleasantly impressed; whether any of it is true or not, it was well enough written in the several indepth cases that they were immediately engaging like a horror movie; I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. And there's always the tickle that there just "might" be some truth here, and that gives any "based on real events" horror property an extra little kick.
The specific blocking and tackling the Warrens use to drive off hauntings and such. The author alternates the case studies which have lots of documentation with answers they've given during Q&A where they answer relevant questions to what they were doing in a general sense, from even lectures at various college campuses. It actually worked quite well to make a coherent book. All tied together quite skillfully by the writer.
Some of the case studies, and the avuncular way Ed would question the family actually made me laugh out loud. I mean, here's this teenage girl talking to her "boyfriend" on a ouijia board every night (!) until he cuts her off and she's heartbroken. (Hey, who needs the internet to meet your "soul" mate from home--Like a low tech version of online dating!!). Only this soon brings through a whale of a haunting. Hasn't this girl ever seen a haunted house movie? Don't date dead people!
Well, Ed was asked about people who have no religious views, and he said, "You may not believe in God, but these evil spirits DO, so we work with the crosses and holy water and so on just like you've seen in some movies. So there...you need not believe, but it's more fun than fiction with the faint "what if," and the story is more credible than I would have thought. It builds as fairly believable. But you certainly don't have to believe as long as the devils and demons are turned off by exorcists and religious imagery.
I imagine lots of people passed on this because they figured it was "all in" or "all out" belief wise, but I'm here to tell you, if you like,say, Ghost Adventures or the Exorcist, it might still be a fun read for the Halloween season - it was for me!