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Chasing Spirits: The Building of the "Ghost Adventures" Crew

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  494 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Take a look behind the scenes of the Travel Channel’s hit show Ghost Adventures with paranormal investigator Nick Groff as he shares his favorite explorations of the supernatural. From recording strange voices during his dusk-to-dawn lockdowns at “haunted” places to a face-to-face encounter with a spirit at Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles, Nick reveals an inside perspe ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by NAL (first published October 1st 2012)
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Dec 17, 2012 Wendi rated it really liked it
When discussing this book before reading it, a buddy said it was pretty good, that the voice of the book is very true to the voice of the author.

Keeping that in mind I went into reading this book with an open mind ready to be entertained. I was not disappointed. Nick Groff is that guy everybody wants to be pals with in school. Totally funny, slightly crazy, completely mischievous. And it doesn't seem to be traits that have left him as he's grown up.

If you have read Zak Bagans book this is a gre
K.M. Montemayor
I have already read Zak Bagaan's Dark World and I am Haunted . When I learned Nick Groff, another GAC guy, had written a book, I had to read it too.

With Nick's book, I feel like I'm getting a different perspective on some of their most active investigations. In addition, I learn his background, how he got interested in the paranormal, and how GAC came into existence.

The most interesting part of the book for me was his detailed explanation of what really happened at Linda Vista. I've seen the
Nov 06, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
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I read this book immediately after I finished Zak's book Dark World. Even though I enjoyed this book I didn't find it as interesting. I probably shouldn't compare the two but it was difficult not to when I read them one right after another. Nick's book is more about how GAC got its start and how they started the show than it is about paranormal experiences and the field of paranormal investigation.
I really loved the beginning. I though Nick did a great job explaining how hard it was to get re
Dharia Scarab
Nov 05, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it
A biography and An interesting history of how the Ghost Adventures Crew came together and the TV came about. Less about the actual shows and more about how it impacted the Nick.
I picked this book up because I love the Ghost Adventures. However I never expected to get so wrapped up in it that I did not want to put it down. There were some points that made me shiver and think hard at others. There were several points in the book that made nod my head in agreement. I believe in ghosts and the paranormal. I just loved how to the point Nick Groff was and how he let who he is show through his writing. It is a book that I will reread several times and I have a feeling that it ...more
Chasity Nicole
Jan 24, 2015 Chasity Nicole rated it really liked it
I really thought I'd enjoy this more then I did. Now I loved the book, but I thought I'd really, really love it. I do love how Nick describes his favorite locations and gives behind the scenes detail of things we don't see in the show. I love how he explains how Ghost Adventures started. Is fascinating to see how everything fell together like it did.

I love how he goes into detail on the history of locations like they do on the show. I find it all fascinating to one degree or another. I love the
K.M. Lowe
Jan 23, 2015 K.M. Lowe rated it it was amazing
I bought this book for my husband to read. We are ghost adventure fans and we were thrilled to know that Nick had a book out. Of course we are desperate to read Zacs book when it comes out in Feb, but this was a good read! Nick is always in the shadow of the programme and you never really get to see his true colours. I was interested to learn about his up bringing and what made him who he is today. He reminds me of my son growing up, so I know what his mum must of went through. lol Daredevil is ...more
R.G. Calkins
Apr 14, 2013 R.G. Calkins rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the candid look into Nick's journey and into the life of a paranormal investigator. His story of an encounter at a young age, which led him to Ghost Adventures is truly a great read. The book covers his varied interests from ghosts, to music, to filmmaking. If you enjoy reading about the paranormal, entrepreneurship, or success stories, read Chasing Spirits.
Stacey Jones
Aug 06, 2015 Stacey Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am a pagan by choice but I was raised Baptist. I had to change because my father died and he became my guardian angel. The Baptists do not believe in such things, even though the bible teaches about ghosts and demons. Your book was good. I did not like having the flow of the book getting broken by questions by fans, these could have been put at the front and end of the chapters, not in the middle. As a pagan, I would never tell my , do not have any but I do have a child, fans (child) th
Jun 16, 2014 Theresahpir rated it really liked it
I am NOT a fan girl. In fact, I rarely watch Ghost Adventures anymore, finding Zak's personality and style of investigating simply insufferable. But...I AM a paranormal investigator with an interest in reading everything I can on the paranormal, including the stories of other investigators in this field.

Since Zak's lil' autobiography has skyrocketed in price, I picked up a very cheap copy of the Ghost Adventures' origin tale from Nick's point of view, and am very confident that I chose wisely!
Curtis Nash
May 05, 2016 Curtis Nash rated it liked it
Very interesting for those in the field, as Mr. Groff tells how he made his entrance into the field of paranormal research. Being a regular guy, he is great at translating certain questions and topics for the layperson, leaving polite language and discourse aside, answering questions that those who have a passing interest may have. If you are familiar with the Ghost Adventures TV show on Travel Channel, but it is not absolutely necessary in enjoying this book. It is filled with what you might ex ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Lupita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal

It was very well-written, and I loved how the book took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of how "Ghost Adventures" started. Short & sweet! Highly recommend it for GAC fans!
Nov 26, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This book was a fast read. It provided a lot of insight into the ghost adventures crew and what it's like behind the scenes
Jun 13, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
I love the show Ghost Adventures, so reading about how they started was interesting and I enjoyed learning about the "behind the scenes" info. The only thing I did not like at all about this book was the writing. I'm not a perfect writer by any means but I felt this book was written the same way I wrote papers in high school. I think I know what the intention was, because it was written exactly how he talks, so I think it was trying to be conversational but there were some parts where I was like ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
I bought this book for my daughter because we are huge fans of the show Ghost Adventures! It was a somewhat selfish gift, because I also wanted to read it ;-)

Nick Groff has had a fascination with the spirit world ever since he was a young boy - especially after a terrifying encounter he had with a spirit in his childhood home. His curiosity about the spirit world and his desire to create meaningful and cutting-edge films merged and eventually became the well-known Travel Channel series Ghost Ad
Rebekah Jade
Jan 14, 2016 Rebekah Jade rated it liked it
I found this book interesting as I am a big fan of the ghost adventures show and the paranormal. It was written cohesively but tend to be dull in some parts.

Recommend to fans of the show and anyone who wants to get into paranormal investigating, Nick does give some good advice.

I liked the part on the full account on what happened in the Linda Vista Hotel. I remember that episode and wanted to find out more on what happened.

I also liked the fact he put in some of the history of the places they v
May 26, 2014 Hotavio rated it really liked it
A fan of the Ghost Adventures tv series, "Chasing Spirits" gave me some insight into the mind of the least vocal of the crew. The book reassured me that Nick is the anchor in this endeavor. He is the most level-headed of the crew in that fame hasn't noticeably altered his persona, yet his adventures and the tv show have caused him to mature. I found myself inspired by his determination to fulfill his dreams of breaking into the film industry in the face of financial insecurity.
Overall, the book
Jan 08, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
I'll be honest: I'm a bit of a Ghost Adventures fan. As such, I recognise that someone unfamiliar with the show is unlikely to want to read Nick Groff's book, Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost Adventures Crew.

However, despite regularly watching the show (which is of great entertainment value), I've never been in much of a rush to read the books associated with it. But then curiousity got the better of me. The more I watched it, the more curious I became about how three unknown guys fro
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Chasing Spirits is the story behind the popular 'documentary' show, Ghost Adventures, that investigates haunted locations around the world. Currently in it's fifth season on The Travel Channel, it is hosted by Nick Groff, Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin. Even though I hadn't heard of the show, I was looking forward to reading Chasing Spirits as I have a fascination for the paranormal. I find the idea of things that go bump in the night intriguing, though if I was ever to confront a ghost I would ru
Brigg Sabol
Nov 20, 2013 Brigg Sabol rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I just finished reading Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew . Both books are pretty different and you can't really compare the two. Both are great and if you're a fan of the show you'll enjoy each of them. But in the end... personally, I think I liked Chasing Spirits: The Building of the "Ghost Adventures" Crew better. Once again both books are totally entertaining, full of personal insight and behind the scenes stories, ...more
Angie Fehl
I did like this book but I didn't love it as much as Zac Bagan's book. The writing wasn't as engaging, less refined(there were a few sentences here and there that were jarring to read, the way they were worded, had to read a few times to get what he was saying) and this book seemed less about the not-aired stuff from GA episodes and more about Nick's experiences in the world of film production. There are still interesting stories here, and it was cool to read his experiences on some of the most ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 28, 2013 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best autobiography's I've read in quite awhile. Nick Groff and Jeff Belanger made a book that not only told Nick's personal story, but answered 'Ghost Adventures' fan's most favorite questions, ending with equipment definitions that were detailed and informative. As a bonus, Nick included websites and group information for further research.

Nick Groff gave us his story from when he was young and surviving his own personal 'adventures' such as a Near-Death experience, which he
Jan 01, 2015 Lynne rated it really liked it
Well, if you watch the show, this is exactly what a book by Nick would sound like. I'm a big fan of memoir-ish books that actually sound like the person who supposedly wrote them, and this fits the bill. It was interesting hearing how the three dudes from the show met, and the story of Nick meeting Aaron made me even more sure that Aaron is my favorite. I know Zak is coming out with a book soon (which I will obviously also be reading), but I'm really hoping Aaron eventually comes out with one, t ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
A very interesting read. As a fan of Ghost Adventures from the very beginning, I have always been enamored with their style of investigating. I'd recommend this to anyone. Nick doesn't try and force you to believe anything: he simply wants to share his experiences with the world and offer a little insight into what he's seen and done. Brilliant read, and I'm not often the kind to read nonfiction memoirs/autobiographies! Well done, Nick! GAC forever! :)
Apr 30, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it
I have long been a fan of the show "Ghost Adventurers" and Nick is one of the founders and crew of that show. He writes about his life and how the show came to be, his experiences in filming and other projects. Most of all he writes about how his encounters have changed him for the better. How visiting the asylums and prisons touch his heart. He describes the job of ghost hunting and the equipment and how things are done on the show and elsewhere. It isn't often I can't put a book down but I was ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
After enjoying The television show ghost adventures for many years, I really enjoyed this inside look by Nick Groff on how they got started together, and how Nick Groff has become so fascinated with the paranormal. I found his writing style to be very easy to read and He gives you a very real glimpse into his life.
Patricia Gallant
Feb 15, 2016 Patricia Gallant rated it really liked it
I have read Zak Bagans books. Nick Groff talks about Ghost Adventures from a different point of view, and also about Zak. I love the television show Ghost Adventures, and though Nick Groff is no longer on the show, I really liked reading his side of some of the investigations.
Susan Langer
Nov 13, 2014 Susan Langer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

This is a great book for those who love learning about the paranormal and especially for Ghost Adventure fans. I recommend the book highly.
Mar 22, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing
The show is awesome and I found Nick Groth's detailing of how the GH crew came to be entertaining. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the show.
May 08, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Another fun perspective on the making of "Ghost Adventures." It's cool to hear about Nick's life, GA and how the show was made, and other projects that he's been involved with.
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