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Author Stead was a Victorian-era journalist who used the press to influence societal mores and politics. He was famous for pioneering tabloids and for dying aboard the Titanic. Stead believed in the spiritual realm. He studied psychic phenomena and was versed in obscure terminologies used to define and categorize psychic experience. Narrator Scott Woodside’s curious and encouraging tone guides listeners through Stead’s sensational tutorial. Psychic phenomena are described at face value, then reviewed again using theories regarding functions of the unconscious. Then the book details and classifies various ghostly encounters. Woodside’s friendly fireside voice doles out Stead’s persuasive rhetoric. Listeners will become educated on psychic phenomena. Both believers and unbelievers will get goose bumps when hearing Woodside recount the ghost tales.

Summary

Many people will object - some have already objected - to the subject of this book. It is an offence to some to take a ghost too seriously; to others it is a still greater offence not to take ghosts seriously enough. One set of objections can be played off against the other; neither objection has a very solid foundation. The time has surely come when the fair claim of ghosts to the impartial attention and careful observation of mankind should no longer be ignored. In earlier times people believed in them so much that they sought their acquaintance; in later times people believe in them so little that they will not even admit their existence. Thus these mysterious visitants have hitherto failed to enter into that friendly relation with mankind which many of them seem sincerely to desire.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Olde Worlde Lingo Becomes Irritating

A stretch to call this ghost stories at all. Disappointing if that's what you want.

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No!

Sorry awful…. Not for me in any way shape ie:ghost or ie: real world

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  • Jim Mastertone
  • 27-05-14

Not a collection of ghost stories at all

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you are doing research on paranormal phenomena in general.

What was most disappointing about William T. Stead’s story?

It wasn't a story at all, but a collection of essays on all things supernatural. Not a bad collection at that, but a completely misleading title.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

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  • Kerri
  • 04-04-21

Get a Brit!

If you are going to tell stories of old English spiritualism please get a British narrator. While I find that Scott Woodside has a good voice, he is not best suited for this. I am looking forward to hearing him read Poe.

The book is more tiresome than scary. Don’t know if it ever gets to ghosts. Not going to finish it. I can only take so many accounts of astral projection in the Victorian age. If you are into that and don’t mind having an American read it, you may enjoy it. At least I didn’t pay for it.

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  • Ericka Wilborn
  • 15-03-22

So Unbelievably Boring…

This author has taken a scintillating subject and made it sound like a high school social studies text! Ugh!

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  • Tonya
  • 19-04-21

Um, Boo

Wasn't scary at all. I want real horror like The exorcist horror or the Amityville horror stories like that that will leave you shocked after you read it