Very intense and terrifying audible book. Listen to this with caution and not around kids.
having said that, this book is incredibly interesting and intriguing with many aspects of Catholicism I was not aware of. My curiosity was tugged and twisted to the point I had to finish the book.
just one more thought.....either the Warrens were the great fraudsters or they were completely telling the truth. I don't think there is any middle ground to find the truth.
I don't think I would because I've already heard it. Maybe in a couple of years.
The fact the these cases are true. I believe strongly in God and good, therefore it only stands to reason that evil also exists.
He did a great job with the voices. I like the way he put inflections in Ed's voice,
Not necessarily - the information can be disturbing, so taking breaks is necessary. The stories are broken into nice sections making it easy to find stopping points.
The cases described in this book are amazing to listen if not undesirable to believe. Ed and Lorraine are amazing people and God bless them for doing what they did and even more importantly for spreading the word. Evil exists and our best weapon is God and love.
I hope there are more people with Ed's gift out there someone to help.
And everybody please.... Get rid of Ouija boards!!!
Let me preface this with an admission: I am a Catholic, a practicing one, and I believe that the possibility of possession exists. That being said, I also believe the stories in this book are just that...stories. While possession by demonic forces is possible and has happened, I also believe that such cases are extremely rare and the vast majority can be explained by mental illness or deception.
As for Ed and Lorraine Warren, theirs may certainly be a case of chalatanism but I'm not convinced of this, at least not in all cases. It is possible that they began their career with the belief that they bore some esoteric gift for discerning demonic forces and that they could use this gift to help free people under the influence of such forces. This would certainly predispose them to see supernatural forces at work in what were, in fact, mundane events.
However, while they may have begun career with wide-eyed naivete, at some point they must have either seen the reality of the situation or else were so truly deluded as to see themselves as modern day crusaders in a personal army at war with Satan. If the first is true, then they are charlatans worthy of our scorn. If the second is true, then they are mentally unstable people worthy of our pity.
At one point in the book, Ed Warren asks a demon to describe himself. The demon says, and I am quoting:
"I have a horrible face, I have much gross hair on my body. My eyes are deep sunk. I am black all over. I am burnt. I grow hair. My nails are long, my toes are clawed. I have a tail. I use a spear."
This is such a cartoonish description of a demon, like something pulled straight from the pages of a cheap pulp or comic book. If Ed Warren truly believes such things, then he must truly be naive and simple of mind. Unfortunately though, he is more likely just giving us a portrait of the devil quite prominent in the 1970's and thus playing to the gullibility of the masses.
I bought this book after watching The Conjuring, whichis a great haunted house tale and succeeds as a horror movie. The main characters are Ed and Lorraine Warren and I wanted to get an idea of who these people were, or at least who they claimed to be. Unless you are similarly curious though, I would skip this book. It is wholly unbelievable.
Say something about yourself!
I found it rather one sided, its written from the catholic point of view and very conflicting as to their church beliefs. its not all that scary. I felt its full of allot of fluff to get people to go to church. to me I found it to be as mixed up as the christian religion ! but someone did a good job writing the book. listen for yourself. your views may not reflect my views. I find the entire catholic religion screwed up anyhow.
I'm a visual artist. I listen as I work. I'd love to connect to listeners w similar tastes so I can cont. to discover great reads. Cheers!
The reader was great and some of the stories scary and entertaining enough to keep me listening. However, as we get deeper into the audiobook, an agenda for religion, self aggrandizement and martyrdom surface- some of them so far-out they made me chuckle.
If your interest and enjoyment of The Conjuring brought you to this book, then by all means, download it. It is as sensational, fun, and suspenseful as the movie. In that same vein, however, I'm confused by the number of reviews calling this horrifying. If you suspend your disbelief, some of the stories are thrilling, but that's as far as I'd go. I'm not a total skeptic either. I've purposely visited "haunted" hotels and houses for the history and fun. I believe in ghosts. But a demon car and green goo etc.? Bah! I will be keeping my Ouija board, thankyouverymuch.
With this book, as in life, I'd say: Be open minded, and you'll enjoy it. But not so open-minded that your brain falls out.
At the top - one I will most likely listen to again. I've always been very curious of the angelic realm and the powerful, unseen mysteries that surround us. This book brings back the curtain on the malevolent realm and gives us a better understanding of what we're dealing with, how to keep it out of our lives, and the horrors that can encompass our lives if we are not careful.
Since I can't think of one particular thing, that's probably the point. I like that this book covers every facet of demonic activity in depth.
I liked the scene toward the end, where Ed was dealing with the possession where the demons revealed themselves as Cockney Brits... I'm sure while it was far from humorous at the time, I did find some humor in the portrayal of events. It was border-line silly, and that - for me - helped to lighten the mood of such a dark topic. Not unbelievable in a compromising way, but the conversation was just ... okay, it was funny, I laughed out loud.
Not one moment, but the realization that this brought on of how much of a sacrifice it was for the Warrens to endure this lifestyle in order to help and bring light to so many.
One reader was pretty disturbed and indicated that he couldn't finish it. PLEASE finish it, because the end is where instruction is given to discourage malevolent presence, how to deal with it if it does appear, and which signs to look for if you think you may have a manifestation. The main message of the book is saved for last, and it is a positive one.
Eclectic, veracious reader hardcover,paperback, ebooks, and audible books. Also have an appreciation for many types of prose.
Well written and narrated. Pinot confusing or melodramatic.
His voice was easy to listen to but he needs to work on his ability to do female voices . His were not realistic and made the narration a little choppy.
You don't have to believe for it to be real!
Enjoyable as fiction or nonfiction
Yes, it's a good read and will put your nerves on edge.
It's a bit like other exorcism books, such as Deliver us from Evil, but better.
Todd did a very good job of narrating.
I did want to listen to it all at once, but it took a few days due to my own issues. It was worth the listen and I would again.
I really enjoyed this book over all. Any book that can still give you a case of the nerves while in mid day traffic on a freeway, is definitely a good book. I can't say it's scary, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat a moments. There are a few inconsistencies with the story, but they are overshadowed by the story as a whole. I'm sure you'll enjoy the book.