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The Unseen Hand

A New Exploration of Poltergeist Phenomena
Narrated by: Jenny Ashford
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
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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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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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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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Great Listen<br />

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