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.
YES.... this felt like an extension of the movie. The only way to improve it would have been have Lorraine Warren do her vocals. But no matter. This book was a home run. You need more books of this caliber out there.
The stories,,, though I know there are many more not yet told...sequel please..?
He is a fantastic actor/ reader. Don't use any other reader if there is a followup with just Lorain.
Some of it scared the crap out of me... I will say that. I had nightmares for several days. I never get nightmares/
Audible this is your clue to get more compelling supernatural Christian nonfiction books out there. There is a market for it. This book needs a sequel. I have seen enough UFO crap. This is you next target to make money.
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.
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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 loved this book. anything with the warrens in it is very interesting. i always loved to see them on unsolved mysteries when i was a kid and they have been involved in any case that interests me. 10/10 would listen again
I would. I love nonfiction and history books and this has the same feel as those. This book definitely had the potential to be cheesy and literally unbelievable. Instead, the way the book was narrated and written made it clear that this was a factual telling of these people's experiences - despite the topic, it feels straight forward and no-nonsense. The lack of theatrics really makes you really consider what they are talking about and it's much harder to be dismissive of what they say regarding ghosts, demons, and bizarre phenomenon that most of us will (hopefully) never experience. I wouldn't say I found Jesus reading this book (there is a lot of talk about religion, but no attempt to convert anyone - just giving the facts as they see it), however it did persuade me that it might be a good idea to stay away from haunted houses and Ouiji boards.
I felt like I was listing to a documentary. The narrator did a good job distinguishing between the different voices without making it character-y, and helped contribute to the no-nonsense feel of the book.
I think the one provided is right on the money.
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.