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The Bell Witch: An American Haunting | [Brent Monahan]

The Bell Witch: An American Haunting

Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate", the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to knocking and gnawing sounds before finding its own voices. With these voices and supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family. The extraordinary tale recounts the only documented case in U.S. History when a spirit "actually caused a man's death".
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Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate", the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to knocking and gnawing sounds before finding its own voices. With these voices and supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family.

This extraordinary tale recounts the only documented case in U.S. History when a spirit "actually caused a man's death". The then local schoolteacher and later senator, Richard Powell, witnessed these strange events and recorded them in a diary for his daughter. He died in 1948. His astonishing manuscript fell into the hands of novelist Brent Monohan, who edited it for this retelling.

©1997 Brent Monahan (P)2003 Books in Motion

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    Donna Queensland, Australia 06-19-12
    Donna Queensland, Australia 06-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Quite Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bell Witch the most enjoyable?

    I listen to and read books like this for two reasons. Firstly, entertainment, and secondly, because I myself like to write in the horror genre, and naturally anything I read or listen to can spark ideas for my own, original work. The Bell Witch introduced a little twist to the poltergeist phenomena that I have actually already incorporated into something I'm writing, but listening to this has given me a clearer idea of what I need to do to be effective, and has encouraged me to keep going with my project.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bell Witch?

    When it was revealed why the 'witch' had come in the first place.


    What does Cameron Beierle bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He did the voice for the 'witch' in a way I never would have come up with in my own head, and he managed to make it sound quite eerie in many places. I can still hear it now :) Also, for me at least, it's always easier to listen to a book written in an older style than it is to read it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not sure, something about revenge, maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't care if this is non-fiction or fiction, really. I was quite entertained all the way through, and that's all I ask from a book :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    robert Irvine, CA, United States 03-18-11
    robert Irvine, CA, United States 03-18-11
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    "Engrossing Story with Great Payoff"

    Really exceeded my expectations--I have no idea where the fact in this retelling ends, and where the fiction begins, but found it absolutely believable and engrossing throughout. And I really liked the ending (the "reveal"); sets itself apart from typical ghost stories through a rare subtlety and attention to character.

    Yes, the narrator has a very unusual voice, (at times I wondered if he was computer-generated), but I quickly accepted it as the sound of the hickory strewn frontier! And he does a fantastic job as the voice of the witch.

    Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 07-10-12
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 07-10-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Unique Thriller! Narration was solid"

    Scary as hell! Dont make the same mistake I did by listeneing to this while trying to fall asleep.
    Narration is solid and added to the drama more than most audio books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 10-05-11
    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Unseen powers..."

    Listeners who criticize this book as boring and not scary have been reading too many Stephen King novels.Think of this book more as the recollections of an aged great grandfather told around the fireplace. You wonder how accurate these recollections are but, if true, they are terrifying. The story may seem to drag a bit at times, with similar activities occurring in a number of episodes--but remember, this is taken from someone's actual journal and is not a piece of carefully plotted fiction. I am assuming, of course, that Mr. Monahan did not create any of the events described or any of the thoughts of the original journalist, only updated some of the language and perhaps excised portions not relevant to the story.

    Make sure you finish the book--the ending is quite startling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 12-29-08
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 12-29-08 Member Since 2008
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    "The Bell Witch"

    When I first started to listen to this I was a little distressed because the narrator sounded computer generated, but after getting about 10 minutes or so into it I realized that he was actually a pretty good narrator and did an outstanding job with the voices, particularly those of the "witch". This is a very interesting book and I would highly recommend it. I was still left wondering whether or not the story is true. By that what I mean is whether or not the account was just edited by the author from a diary that belonged to Richard Powell or whether or not he took these highly documented accounts and expanded upon them with his own theories.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Johnston PITTSBURGH, PA United States 06-04-13
    Vicki Johnston PITTSBURGH, PA United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2004

    Amazon junkie!

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    "Kept my interest..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a true story, but it was an entertaining story.

    It is a journal of the haunting of the Bell Witch written by someone who allegedly has first hand knowledge of the occurrences related. The writing style is old fashioned giving the story a feel of authenticity.

    If you believe, or suspend disbelief, you can imagine how terrifing it would be to live this story!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Piketon, OH, United States 02-13-13
    Larry Piketon, OH, United States 02-13-13
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    "A VERY INTERESTING BUT DISTURBING GHOST STORY"
    Would you listen to The Bell Witch again? Why?

    YES, I LOVE GHOST STORIES AND HAD HEARD ABOUT THIS ONE FOR YEARS...I SAW THE MOVIE THAT WAS MADE A FEW YEARS AGO.

    I LOVE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO BOOKS WHEN I AM ON THE ROAD, WHICH IS VERY OFTEN. I LISTEN TO THEM ON VACATION AND TOO RELAX.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE GHOST STORY AND VIOLENT ACTS THAT HAPPENED...IT IS VERY DISTURBING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GIRL AND THE REASON FOR THE HAUNTING.


    Have you listened to any of Cameron Beierle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, IT KEPT MY INTEREST THE ENTIRE AUDIO BOOK


    Any additional comments?

    REMEMBER THIS AUDIO BOOK HAS A VERY DISTURBING TALE TO TELL. WARNING WARNING WARNING.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 05-21-12
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2005

    Ann

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    "Great performance, Interesting story."

    Although this is a long book, I remained interested in the story as it unfolded. Much credit goes to the good reader. At times it seemed the author was providing too much background information, but these moments didn't last long. The writer gave great details regarding the various family members, the ghosts, the hauntings and the witch.

    I will recommend this story to others - at least to those who aren't troubled by stories of ghosts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley woonsocket, RI, United States 01-18-11
    Kimberley woonsocket, RI, United States 01-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "The Bell Witch"

    Well done, keeping you in the "other world" till the very end. Made me go on line to research the subject further. so "kudos" for that.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Riverside, CA, United States 01-15-11
    Sarah Riverside, CA, United States 01-15-11
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    "fascinating read (or listen)"

    Numerous reliable witnesses and evidence legitimize this haunting. This family's story is frightening and fascinating, and I couldn't stop listening. This would make a great movie, if it isn't already.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • janien
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    "Far fetched."
    Would you try another book written by Brent Monahan or narrated by Cameron Beierle?

    No issues with narrator however average book.


    What was most disappointing about Brent Monahan’s story?

    It would have been more believable had the ghost not talked!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cameron Beierle?

    Yes absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Worth getting for fun factor if on offer but there are many more worthy books to read out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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