Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Meakin on 28-06-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By StealthyRaccoon on 23-03-18

Historical/Scientific Look At Poltergeist Activity

Where does The Unseen Hand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First time I've used Audible.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Enjoyed the format of the book. This is a historical progression of poltergeist cases broken up into different categories of activity from least to worst.

Have you listened to any of Jenny Ashford’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listen to Jenny and Tom's "13 O'Clock Podcast" and watch some of their videos on YouTube. Jenny has spent a lot of time researching information on these books which is impressive. The show gives a more general overview of paranormal and true crime cases.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The historical progression and increase in activity from each chapter to the next keeps your interest the whole time. The audible version is almost 12 hours which I binge listened to over a week.

Any additional comments?

Jenny and Tom are very practical and no b.s. in their approach to the paranormal and true crime cases...also very funny. I would recommend the podcast for audible listeners since it's just as good as this book. Still no sign of that raccoon in the book though...there was a talking mongoose.

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5 out of 5 stars
By lisa evans on 27-12-17

Great explanations

Another great book from Jenny, will be buying all books and any future releases looking forward to volume 2 of THE FACELESS VILLAIN

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