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House of Spirits & Whispers: The True Story of a Haunted House Paperback – Sep 8 2005

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (Sept. 8 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738707775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738707778
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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UNLOVED. AND SPOOKY. Those were my first impressions of the old house. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By snuggybrinks on April 30 2008
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While this book didn't really SCARE me...and for some reason I like to be scared, it had some really creepy moments in it.

I enjoyed the book immensely, and it was an easy read. It was nice to see that the author remained in the house, and decided to learn to live with the hauntings.

A good read, and well written, I especially appreciated the drawings of the floor plans of the house as it helped me to visualize the areas of the house that she was talking about. I wish more authors would do that.

Another recent read along the same lines that I totally recommend is:

Overshadows: An Investigation into a Terrifying Modern Canadian Haunting
by Richard Palmisano ~ I gave it 5 stars and would have given it more if I could have :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Williams on Jan. 1 2009
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I can't say that I didn't enjoy this book because I did. I won't bother giving a synopsis as that's readily available above.

I grew very fond of the old gent that haunted the home as well as the two old fashioned sisters. I've experienced hauntings first hand and was very captivated by the author's experiences - at first.

As I read on, though, I found that the author lost credibility. The story went from an interesting haunting to Ms. Wilder's subsequent OBEs, astral dreams, multiple psychic consults, portals, recently dead from the funeral home across the street drifting through 24/7, etc. etc. By the end of the book I was expected an alien abduction as I think that's all that was left out.

I have an open mind, but I just didn't buy everything "documented" in this book.
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Annie Wilder's "House of Spirits & Whispers" is not your typical haunted house book, and believe me, I've read more than a few. Not that there's anything wrong with typical haunted house books, absolutely not. But this one weaves a strange spell; it's creepy and intense, yet strangely warm and comforting, like a favourite blanket. The author describes in rich, vivid detail her experiences as she buys, and eventually comes to feel comfortable, in her new house. Interesting details such as specific floorplans make you feel a real part of the proceedings, and the author has a real knack for storytelling; you truly feel like you're being taken on a guided tour of a house that's, well, full of surprises. I hadn't expected to enjoy this as much as I did; I prefer my paranormal books to be more down-to-earth, such as Elaine Mercato's fantastic "Grave's End", and Ms. Wilder has a tendency to be a little too new-agey for my taste, but that's a minor quibble when you consider just how enthralling this book is. I seem to always pick it up on a warm, dark, windy summer night, when all's quiet and I can open all of the windows and just settle in. I usually finish it in one or two sittings. If you love first-person paranormal books like the aforementioned "Grave's End" or Dorah Williams' "Haunted" and have been put off by this book's description, give it a chance. You may be very pleasantly surprised.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
"Whispers" of creepiness May 25 2006
By Pandora Spox - Published on
Format: Paperback
Pretty interesting first-person account of a haunting -- another scary ghost-ridden house that somehow compelled the owner to fall in love with the place at first sight despite its creepiness (see "Haunted: The Incredible True Story of a Canadian Family's Experience Living in a Haunted House" by Dorah L. Williams).

One of the first occurrences was pretty creepy -- the author heard a disembodied voice having a one-way conversation and it sounded eerily tinny and hollow. "It was frustrating to me that I could almost but not quite understand what the voice had said. Hollow and flat, with an odd metallic quality, the voice had been just indistinct enough to remain indecipherable. It wasn't gobbledegook, but most of the words seemed to be missing syllables or would taper off into nothingness." That's the sort of concept that'll keep you up at 3 a.m....

There was another intriguing and kind of funny incident wherein the narrator has an out-of-body experience and, in that state, decides to check the house for hidden money (after having found a can of old money, documents, etc. in the basement). She sees the ghosts of two sisters who lived in the house: "My feelings were a little hurt because they seemed to disapprove of me. I wondered if they objected to my astral search for money. I couldn't think of any other reason for them to be annoyed. I was still really tired and decided that not only did I not care if they were annoyed, but that I was annoyed with them for having an opinion about it."

The author ended each chapter with a tease of what was to come, which made for good segues but eventually got a little gimmicky/predictable formula-wise.

The incidents themselves didn't really build up a storyline-type momentum -- since it's a true account, that makes sense, but you still hope for reveals and revelations that just didn't happen. Yet I felt the author tried to build that suspense even if in the end she knew there were no cinematic climaxes. But it's still a well-told, engagingly matter-of-fact documentation of strange phenomena.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Spooky, quirky, suspenseful and even funny... Sept. 16 2005
By bookfriend - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just in time for Halloween! If you enjoy some real personality, quirkiness and spiritual questing served alongside your ghostly manifestations and other hair-raising events, then what are you waiting for? Throw this one in the shopping cart. Especially because Leon (the brooding, tobacco-chewing chief ghost at Annie Wilder's house) might get even tougher to live with if "his" book gets less than its due.

Full disclosure: The author is a friend, I took a look at the manuscript early on, and I've been to her magical, spooky house 8 or 10 times. Weird things definitely happen there. I stayed there one night and had a house-inspired, ghosty dream. In my dream, a little boy was standing in the room watching me sleep. Then a bunch of Annie's relatives started filing into the bedroom. Feeling a little self-conscious, I got up and left the room. That was when I found a new room in her house--one that doesn't actually exist (physically, anyway). It was long and narrow like a portrait gallery, and there were paintings on the wall that changed scenes when I looked away. One, I remember, started out as a picture of a nice white brick farmhouse, then changed to something else.

After I woke up and told Annie about the dream, she got an odd look on her face, and said that she used to have a painting like that. Yikes.

Her story is suspenseful, there's a full cast of characters and cats, and the writing is quite well done. There is a lot to sink your teeth into: she incorporates various alternative spirituality ideas and practices into the story as part of her life in the house--interesting and educational, too. Leon the Ghost becomes incorporated into the family and repair projects-kind of a "Ghost and Mrs. Muir" thing (without the romance). Read it. Annie really is an original. What else would you call a woman who is much more afraid of snakes than of being haunted?
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting reading Feb. 21 2006
By BarkLessWagMore - Published on
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This was an interesting book about a house filled with spirits of all sorts (none were too scary, however) but it needed some editing. The author has a tendency to skip around all over the place while telling her story which drove me a little nuts after awhile. I prefer things all orderly-like and this was too scattered. Still, I enjoyed the author. She seems like a fun, down-to-earth lady with a very cool home.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Haunted House Tale Sept. 7 2005
By Bonnie Jo Davis - Published on
Format: Paperback
Annie Wilder and her teenage children purchase a 100 year old home and inherit ghosts galore. Annie and her children immediately begin to have paranormal experiences that keep them awake night and afraid even in the day. Apparently the house is not only haunted but is a way station for those spirits crossing to the other site! Annie is open minded and soon learns to communicate with the ghosts and to help some of them cross over to the other site. This true life story is a compelling read that will keep you up at night.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thrill ride experience in book form Jan. 5 2006
By David W. Schrader - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very few books in this genre actually scare me. This book is one of the rare finds that truly does hold the reader captive from one heart pounding chapter to the next.

From the opening pages of Chapter 1 right through the end of the book, Annie Wilder delivers a fantastic true account of her experiences with the paranormal as it takes residence in her dream home.

I would reccomend this book to anyone that wants a genuine scare and doesn't mind looking over their shoulder for some time after reading it.

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