The World’s Most Haunted House

The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street
Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1974. A crowd of more than 2,000 onlookers gathered. National media reported jumping furniture, floating refrigerators, and attacking entities.

Decades after the publicity quieted, more than 40 hours of never-before-released interviews with police officers, firefighters, and others tell the story as it actually unfolded. In The World's Most Haunted House, listeners will:

  • Relive the experience, the terror, the rampant emotions, and the unexplainable events that took place in that house as they happened
  • Have access to revealing excerpts from actual interviews, police reports, and rare documents
  • Access unreleased audio, poltergeist sounds, and an old radio broadcast

With The World's Most Haunted House, return to 1974 and feel the Lindley Street experience from the inside. Find out why it is deemed the haunting that should have brought the paranormal into mainstream science.

©2014 William J. Hall (P)2016 Tantor

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"This work is a contribution to the nonfiction paranormal genre and one that needs to be read." (Edwin F. Becker, author of True Haunting)
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Misguiding title but still an interesting subject

Misguiding title to say the least, expected a lot more of the paranormal. interesting case but somewhat arrogant author.

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Interesting story but

Interesting case but I did not like the way the story was told. It listed a series of events in a monotonous clinical way, very straight forward. No suspense, I did not feel scared.

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Skilled Narration, Interesting Story

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This book is written like a literature review on the house on Lindley Street - the author, a professional magician in an effort to debunk the rumors about the haunted house on Lindley Street in Bridgeport, CT, draws his content from news articles about the home and first hand reports from documented police reports, paranormal research, and taped interviews with paranormal investigators, police, clergy, and the residents living in the home, the Goodin family, as the events actually unfolded over 40 years ago. It seems very scientific, not at all sensational. At first I didn't know what to think of this as it wasn't your standard atmospheric story of a haunted house - no mood music, no inflection to heighten what should be scary or supernatural... just Stephen Thorne's detached, neutral tone. I think he did Mr. Hall's book a great service with his excellent narration. If you want a neatly wrapped up story, you will be sorely disappointed. William Hall lays out what was available to him for his readers and leaves it to them to draw conclusions about the extraordinary and supernatural phenomena occurring in the Lindley Street home.



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My favorite passage was not one of the countless supernatural events occurring in the home, but rather, the conversation recorded between Ms. Goodin and the paranormal investigator who was trying to convince them they should all seek counseling as living in the house was clearly traumatizing for them. She wasn't having it and no amount of logic and empathetic reasoning could convince her that maybe they should give it a try. I don't know how Mr. Thorne was able to keep a straight face and continue narrating this particular passage in a completely neutral tone. I would have been compelled to give the voices character and inflection.

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Not what I thought it was gonna be

I was pleasantly surprised that this was more of a biography of the house than a story itself. If you’re a fan of the Sinister/Annabelle movies, you’ll enjoy this book!

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Save your money

It was a pretty mediocre story. Pretty disappointed, going to be submitting a refund on this one.

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heavy on the details

Very detailed recap of this very unusual series of events. This is the first book I've listened to about paranormal activities. The author did a good job of gathering information from a wide variety of sources.

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Superb!!!

Would you listen to The World’s Most Haunted House again? Why?

I've already listened twice, and read in hardcopy three times!

What did you like best about this story?

The dark journalism kept me on the edge of my seat!

What does Stephen R. Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He didn't. Plainly, the narrator didn't capture the scary edge to this book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, but mostly it gave me the chills horror lovers crave.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read William J Hall, you've really missed out! He's scary because he gets to the hard facts of a story in a fine journalistic way others don't. I couldn't put it down. Even better in hardcopy.

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So boring

The interaction between all the different characters in chapter 16 made me want to rip out my ear buds and toss my phone.Listen to one of Ed Warrens books.This was Garbage.

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FYI THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE A HAUTED BOOK.

Worst book Everrrrrrrr! The book just keep on going and going and going witout any substance. This is suppose to be about a haunted house yet still I wasnt interested or even scared with how the book was written and sounded. Omggggggggggggdont waste your money.

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loved it!!

Well read, referenced and documented. I enjoyed it all around. Thank you very much for the good listen!

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  • 05-31-20

A Well Written Account of a Little Known Case

This was exactly what I was looking for, a well researched, clear, well written account of a not very well known case of poltergeist activity. The writing style is straightforward and factual, giving weight to the events and phenomena being described.

I was slightly dubious when the Warrens pitched up but thankfully the writer sticks to the facts of what happened and doesn't give them any undue attention for their 'demonic' theatrical nonsense and they disappear halfway through. It also appears that the family involved in this case had no interest in promoting or profiting from the situation so that put the kibosh on the Warren's usual Modus Operandi to profit from other peoples misfortune.

If you are interested in factual accounts of paranormal phenomena backed by consistent witness testimony then this is the audio book for you.

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  • 09-01-17

Ed and Lorraine Warren Publicise Themselves Again!

I was quite disappointed with this book. In my opinion it is more 'fiction paranormal' as opposed to 'non fiction paranormal.'

It contains the usual description of Ed and Lorraine Warren according to themselves. This appears in all of their books and their constant self indulgent "trumpet blowing" soon becomes tedious reading or listening if you read their whole book series.

It is worth noting that Ed and Lorraine, according to another book written on this 'case' were asked to leave and not to come back by the home owners themselves. One of the first things Ed did, was to telephone all the media - national papers; local papers and television channels - all expensive calls on these poor people's own telephone to gain self publicity for the 'happenings.' If you were in the middle of having your life turned upside down by paranormal events i' am sure that the last thing you would want would be to have the media knocking on your doorstep!

Although the story in the main keeps your attention I would rather have heard from the home owners what their actual perspective was and how or if the problem was finally sorted for them.

The narration although good, does tend to get tedious after a while. Especially when the man is trying to portray Lorraine Warren's voice.

On the whole, in my opinion it is a reasonable listen provided that you bear in mind the above caveats. Other books written independently on this Paranormal episode are more objective and should be read to receive a better opinion.

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  • 06-21-18

Very informative

A balanced and scientifically fascinating account of this relatively obscure poltergeist event. Think "The Amityville Horror" by Jay Anson (which, incidentaly, is also worth a read), but not nearly so dramatic or sensationalized. More documentary-like. Highly recommend for people with a geniune fascination for psychic phenomena, rather than thrill seekers.

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