Ghostland

An American History in Haunted Places
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.80 hours)
Product Number: Z100115465
Released: Oct 04, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524703660
Narrator/s: Jon Lindstrom
Publisher: Books on Tape
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One of NPR's Great Reads of 2016 "A lively assemblage and smart analysis of dozens of haunting stories absorbing[and] intellectually intriguing."—The New York Times Book Review An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country's most infamously haunted places—and deep into the dark side of our history. Colin Dickey is on the trail of America's ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie homes," Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as "the most haunted mansion in America," or "the most haunted prison"; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living—how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made—and why those changes are made—Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we're most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.

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Author(s): Colin Dickey
Original Publish Date: Oct 04, 2016

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Author(s): Colin Dickey
Product Number EB00635050
Released: Oct 04, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101980217

Professional reviews

"One might expect that listening to a book about ghosts should be avoided at night. However, Colin Dickey's history is more academic than scary, and Jon Lindstrom's narration reflects that approach. As such, there's no risk of sensationalizing the topic. But this more formal narration style may limit the attraction to the audio. Although the narration varies in pace and tone, and Lindstrom's voice is comfortable and reassuring, the nonfiction tenor of the material is strong. One difficulty in this performance is that it's often tough to differentiate the author's words from quoted materials. Listening will work best for those who have an interest in the topic. S.C.E. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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