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The world's most famous demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were called in to help an average American family who were assaulted by forces too awesome, too powerful, and too dark to be stopped. It's a true story, supported by dozens of eyewitnesses - neighbors, priests, police, journalists, and researchers. 

The grim slaughterhouse of odors.... The deafening pounding.... The hoofed half-man charging down the hall.... The physical attacks, a vicious strangling, failed exorcisms, the succubusm and the final terror which continued to torment the Smurls. 

In this shocking, terrifying, deeply absorbing book rivaled only by The Amityville Horror, a case also investigated by the Warrens, journalist Robert Curran digs deep into the haunting of the Smurl home in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, and the unshakeable family bonds that helped them survive. 

©1988 Ed and Lorraine Warren, Robert Curran, Jack and Janet Smurl (P)2016 Graymalkin Media

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Very detailed account. Well read!

I have listened to a lot of these paranormal books and Ed and Lorrain Warren stories are the most complete accounts. They are read by Todd Haberkron who brings the tales to life. I did not' laugh out loud' as one reviewer said. I went to look for another book read by Todd. I would highly recommend this book.

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Interesting Paranormal Story Skewed by an Agenda

I'll start with the most distracting thing about this book and that's the performance. I have seen it mentioned in other reviews but I didn't realise it would be so simultaneously laugh-out-loud funny and off-putting at the same time - it's every time the reader puts on a feminine/child-like voice for Janet and the daughters. It's at once hilarious and distracting, completely taking you out of the story.

Speaking of the story, it would be an interesting account of odd happenings with no real explanation except for the fact that everything is skewered and projected through the religious views of the Smurls and the Warrens. I knew going into this that I had to put to one side that they would try to explain everything inside of a Catholic specific context. But it was so over-poweringly pushed onto the reader with no alternative explanations or theories being offered it did make the whole thing feel like a concocted tail that fit their specific world view. If they had have sort the advice of neutral scientifically minded investigators as well this would have been a much more interesting listen.

To me, this whole case was a poltergeist manifestation that took on a religious bent because of the views of the Smurls and that was reinforced by the presence of the Warrens. You will often find that poltergeist cases that are reported by non-practising religious people, agnostics or atheists never manifest as 'demonic'. It's all about the mind and world view of the person/people the events are happening to.

I very much doubt I'll be bothering with another Warren book.

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loved this book

loved it, great narrator and easy to listen to. On to he next book.

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  • Jan
  • 15-08-16

Great read

Loved the story but wish there had been a different ending. This one will give me nightmares!

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  • Jeffrey veals
  • 11-06-18

One of Ed and Lorraine's Less Interesting Stories

This book tells the story of Jack and Janet Smurl, their children, and Jack's parents, who lived in a duplex. Both sides were said to have an entity going in between both halves of the house. The story goes through the haunting of this family and the several attempts to rid the house of the demonic presence that was terrorizing the family.

This is the third book in the Ed and Lorraine series of books that tell different stories about various hauntings that have taken place. This one happens to be my least favorite so far, which is weird, because I think it had the most stuff happen. It could be because the ending felt rushed or something else, but the Warrens were hardly mentioned and I usually like to hear more of their input.

So, I'm going to give the book a solid C rating and, since Todd Haberkorn is one of my favorite narrators, he will continue to get A's from me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-17

Scary story, creepy performance (not in a good way

Todd Haberkorn is the man reading this story, and when he lends his voice to female characters he tries to act out in a way that sends shivers up my spine; it's ridiculous, annoying and profoudly unappealing. When he is acting out little girls it's even worse. Use you're own voice, Todd!

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  • connie watts
  • 08-02-17

wow

I feel horrible for their family and friends that were being tormented.. I hope that they can carry on with a peaceful life and rid of the demon.

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  • JoAnn G.
  • 15-03-17

A Fan ofEd and Lorraine Warren

I am a big fan of Ed and Lorraine Warren. I admire and have the utmost respect for what they do abd the love and care they feel for their fellow man. I hope one day I can at least be half the Demonologist they are and through Ed have gone on a he of us that I might actually meet and learn from Lorraine some day. God bless Ed and Lorraine Warren, Amen.

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  • 22-05-18

Great Story

This was a lot better than I expected and seems a more convincing account than something like Amityville
Engrossing and detailed it really gripped me from start to finish

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-16

Well written

I feel bad that this family had to endure such a horrific encounter. I hope that they were finally able to obtain peace. The book was well written and kept you interested throughout the whole thing. Todd Haberkorn does such a great job narrating this book, he's one of my favorite narrators! I recommend listening to this one, these things really do happen...evil does exist and we need to be aware of it.

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  • christy cridlebaugh
  • 17-09-16

Astounding

I have often wondered about how this family was doing. I will keep them in my prayers. Gb ~♡

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  • S. Winchester
  • 08-07-16

Scary, but a little repetitive.

The book starts off fairly enjoyable and creepy. The story is paced well, and you really get to know all involved. In the last few hours though, it does start to drag some. It's the same stories and interviews over and over. Do we need to know about every night they were kept awake due to banging or saw a figure? We don't.

Again, the narration is really well done.

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  • Kate 33
  • 02-09-17

Worst narration ever

I think I got into this book a whole hour and 30 minutes and I just couldn't take it anymore. If your ears are better than mine, go for it, but I couldn't take it anymore. More power to you! It was so irritating that I couldn't even focus on the story. Because of his voice, I actually got mad at the story. I found that to be rather strange…

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