Rapping on the walls. Mysterious rains of stones. Furniture moving around by itself. Phantom voices. Unexplained fires. Invisible assaults....
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Keith Linder's reports of a spectacular haunting at his Bothell home became fodder for intense media attention....
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As the founders of the New England Society of Psychic Research, the Warrens are the world's most renowned experts in the paranormal, investigating thousands of supernatural events....
In December of 1982, when Tom Ross was 13 years old, he took a week-long vacation to Mammoth Lakes in California with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Almost from the moment they arrived at their condo, they experienced a near-constant barrage of bizarre phenomena that escalated over their stay, and seemed to follow them after they left. Items moved around by themselves, shades flew open when no one was near them, bloody tissues appeared out of nowhere, words appeared on windows in empty rooms, a blue haze seemed to hover near the ceiling, a door chain was broken from the inside by what appeared to be a clawed hand, and disembodied voices emerged from corners. The family was simultaneously terrified and amazed. Thirty-two years later, the four witnesses decided to tell their story. The audiobook contains a special bonus chapter not available in the print or ebook editions!
I was curious as to how much information I was going to know listening to their 13 O'Clock podcast and reading The Unseen Hand, so I was happy there was MUCH more being explored in the book. Theories were reviewed, which I found as insightful and new information.
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As a fan of the "13 O'Clock" podcast, which Jenny and her partner Tom (one of the people who experienced the titular poltergeist) co-host, I was intrigued to check out one of her books and I'm very glad that I did. It was strange hearing Jenny speak in a more "formal" way rather than the casual and chatty way that the podcast is presented but soon grew accustomed to the new style. Both her writing and her delivery is pacey and to the point without any unnecessary, over-descriptive sections that, for me, can get in the way of a good story.
Speaking of which, this particular story is the true tale of a short holiday to a mountain resort and the weird activities that happen to an extended family whilst they are there. The experiences start pretty much as soon as they step foot through the door with a series of small events that they each try and write off with very plausible, rational explanations but after the first few days so much has happened that they cannot deny that something paranormal is afoot. Once the family accept it and start looking out for things, the activity increases in frequency and strength.
I'd love to see a filmed version of this story, maybe as one of the many dramatised paranormal series that Travel Channel / Destination America crank out constantly.
The last few chapters are an analysis of the events with comparisons to other poltergeist cases, including a chapter from a sceptical perspective. The audiobook also has a special bonus episode not included in the print versions which details events that happened since the book was originally completed.
The narration in this book is so distracting. It sounds like she recorded it on her cell phone. I got through a few chapters and had enough. Besides the narrating, the story just wasn't interesting.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend, anyone interested in the paranormal, poltergeist phenomena, or anyone who likes hearing peoples experiences with the unknown.
What other book might you compare The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist to, and why?
I would compare this book to The Unseen Hand which is also a very well written book by Jenny Ashford, as they both cover poltergeist phenomena. The Unseen Hand is more like an Encyclopedia of well-known and less well-known poltergeist experiences through the ages. However The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist explores a very interesting poltergeist encounter that was experienced by Tom Ross and his family, in great detail.
What does Jenny Ashford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Jenny Ashford instantly captures your attention and brings an emotionally compelling element to the storyline due to her personal connection with Tom Ross, while articulating very well. As a listener I was on the edge of my seat and I couldn't stop listening.
Any additional comments?
This truly is a unique listening experience of an extraordinary encounter that has been presented in an exciting, and interesting way. Jenny Ashford never fails to disappoint!