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Rapping on the walls. Mysterious rains of stones. Furniture moving around by itself. Phantom voices. Unexplained fires. Invisible assaults. The symptoms of poltergeist activity are well known, but what is a poltergeist, really? Is it some type of demon, or an angry spirit whose only mission is to cause mischief and destruction? Is it the unconscious energy of a troubled living person, somehow affecting the environment from a distance? Or could it all be simply fraud or misidentification? In this comprehensive book, well over 100 cases of poltergeist activity, from the first century to the present day, are summarized and examined. All the best-known cases are presented, from Borley Rectory to the Bell Witch, from the Great Amherst Mystery to Gef the Talking Mongoose, from Rosenheim to Tina Resch, from Enfield to the Entity. A large selection of fascinating and lesser-known accounts from all over the world are also included, and all contain testimony of the most eerie and extraordinary events. In addition, the book contains in-depth discussions of distinct patterns, stages, and theorized causes of poltergeist phenomena, drawing from some of the best research in parapsychology, neuroscience, and quantum mechanics, as well as a skeptical perspective to provide a grounded overview. The Unseen Hand is the ultimate one-stop-shop for listeners interested in poltergeist disturbances throughout history and the theories behind what causes them.

©2017 Jennifer Ashford (P)2017 Jennifer Ashford

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A very interesting and thought provoking listen...

Jenny Ashford is an delight to hear. Well spoken and very knowledgeable about things most people never heard about.
I found her and Tom Ross on 13 O'clock podcast.(which is amazing by itself)
I haven't had a more entertaining "read" in quite awhile. I am so glad I found them.
Now it makes me want all her stuff now.
Great job Jenny...keep them coming

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Historical/Scientific Look At Poltergeist Activity

Where does The Unseen Hand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First time I've used Audible.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Enjoyed the format of the book. This is a historical progression of poltergeist cases broken up into different categories of activity from least to worst.

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

I listen to Jenny and Tom's "13 O'Clock Podcast" and watch some of their videos on YouTube. Jenny has spent a lot of time researching information on these books which is impressive. The show gives a more general overview of paranormal and true crime cases.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The historical progression and increase in activity from each chapter to the next keeps your interest the whole time. The audible version is almost 12 hours which I binge listened to over a week.

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Jenny and Tom are very practical and no b.s. in their approach to the paranormal and true crime cases...also very funny. I would recommend the podcast for audible listeners since it's just as good as this book. Still no sign of that raccoon in the book though...there was a talking mongoose.

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Great explanations

Another great book from Jenny, will be buying all books and any future releases looking forward to volume 2 of THE FACELESS VILLAIN

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Great book

This reads more like a reference manual. So much great information. I love the audio, but think this would be better to own a hard copy to make notes etc

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Great Book

Overall a great book! I found the author on her podcast and she brings the same mentality to her book. They're two things keeping this from giving the review a five star. First, the third chapter seemed a little pointless to me. It goes over briefly dates and situations when poltergeist activity was reported. I felt this chapter could have been summed up in one sentence. "The earliest case of poltergeist activity was this date". The second reason is the audio recording wasn't great. The room is was recorded in gave a slight echo and it was distracting at times. I would recommend upgrading the audio equipment or sound proofing the room you record in. You could tell this is the same room she does the podcasts in. Keep up the good work Jenny!

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awesome book

being a fan of the paranormal I enjoyed this book. Awesome job by Jenny Ashford.

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Fascinating and informational

Fascinating read, lots of information. Great starter book for those getting into paranormal and poltergeists. One of my favorite authors and podcaster. I learned a lot about poltergeists and got some facts on some cases I'd only ever heard about.

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Amazing and I love it

What did you love best about The Unseen Hand?

It is very well written and so helpful

What did you like best about this story?

I have always been interested in poltergeist phenomena and this has a lot of great info

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

No this is the first one, but now I will get some more

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

Not sure

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you'll get your money's worth

If you could sum up The Unseen Hand in three words, what would they be?

intriguing, insightful, well worth it

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

have not but will

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

too long to do so but great listen

Any additional comments?

Based on the 13 O' Clock podcast this caught my attention.

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Intriguing!

Well written, with lots of information for each case. The book is divided in to sections by what type of manifestation occured. The author's voice makes for a relaxing listen. If you love the 13 O'Clock Podcast, you will love this book. I had it on my wish list since I heard it was coming out. I would totally recommend this one!

I received a promotional copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated here are completely my own.

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  • Daniel Meakin
  • 06-28-17

Superb :)

What made the experience of listening to The Unseen Hand the most enjoyable?

The performance from Jenny is great. What made it enjoyable for me is that it was varied stories of paranormal activity--all the demonic possession stories i just don't find enthralling at all but obviously expected a few of them.

What did you like best about this story?

I think the outright obvious amount of research,planning and writing shows one thing.
Jenny knows what she is talking about. It feels tremendously convincing. Also note--the fact that Jenny doesn't just say "oh, it's all real" and openly says (and chooses to leave in the ones where deviation has been used)

Have you listened to any of Jenny Ashford’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, It was the first book of Jenny Ashford's that i've read.
I'm a regular listened to her podcast 13 o' clock though.
I feel the delivery on that is better, but only because it's in a more relaxed setting. I couldn't compare it to another book though.

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

I actually did,but at 11+ hours i really think it's too long for the majority of people to actually do it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-23-20

Contains Many Lesser Known Cases

This was an enjoyable bedtime listen. It contains many lesser known accounts of poltergeist activity as well as some more well-trodden ones. It is divided neatly into different types of reported poltergeist phenomenon such as water-producing, fire-producing, violent etc which works well in terms of case comparison.

The narration (by the author) is clear and consistent although at times it can feel a little rushed. My only negative comment would be the interjections of the author's own personal opinions/theories as to the validity of the cases and the causes of poltergeist phenomenon. They can be a little distracting and detract somewhat from the enjoyment of the account being given. That's not to say that she should not give her opinion on what she belives poltergeist activity to be but an explanation in the introduction/first chapter would have been adequate. Instead it gets repeated at intervals throughout the text.

Overall this is highly recommended for anyone interested in this subject and for anyone seeking out more obscure cases.

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  • j k thornton
  • 07-06-18

Great Listen

Great overview and summation of the cases
Fan of this author's work and her 13 o'clock podcast.

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  • 08-13-17

A great book of historical poltergeist and paranormal stories.

The unseen hand was a fascinating and interesting eye opener of paranormal poltergeist encounters over history and around the world. Jenny Ashford has a informative variety of manifestations and cases. This book has great points of views with good argumentative conclusions. Its a great listen if you appreciate theology and paranormal hypotheses and love to get lost in the historical stories and background of poltergeist activity and the paranormal. I highly recommend this audiobook and I look forward to future work. Thank you for a great read.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-21-17

The Ultimate Poltergeist Compendium!

What made the experience of listening to The Unseen Hand the most enjoyable?

Just the sheer amount of events compiled together was enough to warrant 5 stars. I liked how it was all laid out and the author didn't thrust her opinion onto the reader/listener.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unseen Hand?

It was nice to hear about occurrences outside of the US for once as well.

Have you listened to any of Jenny Ashford’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Being a fan of Jenny's podcast "13 O'clock" and not having listened to any of her other books, I did miss Tom's insight into things and their funny banter but over all I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • Kassandrah
  • 06-01-17

Truly one of a kind

Where does The Unseen Hand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Unseen Hand is captivating throughout. It will draw you into the fascinating poltergeist stories in a way that hasn't been presented before, while leaving you wanting to hear more.
It is by far my favourite listening experience.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a unique book about poltergeist phenomena. It tackles the fascinating topic in-depth and is incredibly well researched and presented.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book was very well written and I loved hearing it through the convenience of an audiobook. Jenny Ashfords enthusiasm and dedication to this book and the topic made the entire listening experience unique and a delight.

Any additional comments?

Jenny Ashford continues to grow as a horror fiction and non-fiction author. Drawing the reader in with her research and the way she presents the stories, it offers the reader/listener a refreshing and exciting experience.
I highly recommend her work.