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House of Spirits and Whispers: The True Story of a Haunted House

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  365 ratings  ·  45 reviews
We had been instructed to enter by the back door. That's the part of the house where the old man had lived. It was where he still lived. Turns out he was watching us that day too, silent and heavy as the air, bound to the earth and his former home. In 1994, Annie Wilder and her children moved into a 100-year-old house in a historic Mississippi River town. Beautiful but spo ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published September 8th 2005 by Llewellyn Publications (first published September 1st 2005)
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This would have made a much better book if it had been sold as fiction. The stories of the hauntings were just too pat & concise to be believable, and there was very little historical information to add any support. So purchasing the book as a "true story" just left me feeling a bit ripped off.

Technically the author's writing was fairly good, but she did have a serious habit of sounding way too cheesy way too often.
Well I picked up this book thinking it would focus more on historical facts and some data the homeowner had discovered. Yeah.... not so much data and more hippty dippty New Age malarky. Her writing is very good, but not one of the sparse stories in this book connect together cohesively or even seem very plausible. It's a good read if your into energy's and chakra's but not so much if you like interesting facts and history.
I am always interested in "regular people" having an experience which they are unable to explain. Unfortunately, this isn't one of those stories. It started out as though it would be, but at one point, the author introduces the idea that she regularly has out of body experiences while asleep. In other words, this is not an objective person telling this story. Much of the alleged haunting is told through feelings, not facts, and most of the experiences she claims to have lack any witnesses or vis ...more
Fairly well-written but a little too 'pat' in my opinion. (And I've had my own supernatural experiences.) What I mean is, any time the author can't explain something she puts it down to the supernatural. (Okay, she tries to explain things sometimes, but often jumps too quickly to the supernatural or paranormal explanation.) And one thing she repeats quite a lot is having supernatural or out-of-body experiences while waking from sleep. Most likely what she is experiencing is sleep paralysis. Some ...more
Laura (booksnob)
Oct 03, 2009 Laura (booksnob) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura (booksnob) by: Mary
I really enjoyed this story of a haunted house in Minnesota. Since I grew up in a haunted house, it brought back lots of memories for me of strange happenings and frightfully entertaining experiences. I am glad my current house is not haunted but recognize that I am surrounded by spirit guides and loved ones who have past on. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the "other side". It was a fun read for this time of year.
Not bad- The author is a little new age-y for my tastes but it was an interesting story and the writing was decent.
Although I enjoyed this book for the most part, and found it exceptionally easy to read (except for the most annoying use of the word "gotten", which should not exist in the English language - it sounds awful!), I didnt learn anything new from it. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting Wilder's account of living in a haunted house to reveal, but I thought there would be more: That by the end of it I would have a greater understanding of my own "paranormal" experiences, but alas! I do not.

I found out about this author and book from another book - The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories and Legends. I am very intrigued by this sort of subject matter. While looking through Nearly Departed I realized the stories were labeled with their MN city on the top pages. I wondered if my hometown, Hastings, was in there. I looked in the index and sure enough - Hastings. I was so excited as I thought the story was for sure going to be about the LeDuc Mansion. The mansion is close to my ch ...more
I can't remember where I heard about this book, but I decided if it was free to check-out at the library, I was game. The story moved along at a good and relatively interesting clip in the beginning, even if the writing was a bit amateurish. I enjoyed the suspense of the 'find' in the basement dirt room and the images of her cat, Theo, standing on his hind legs gave me the shivers, but once she hit the astral travel, the out-of-body experience, etc. she completely lost me. I was on that road to ...more
Annie Wilder tenía la sospecha de que la antigua casa de 100 años, estaba encantada, pero nunca pudo imaginar los misterios y aterradores encuentros que empezaron a ocurrir cuando ella y su fami-lia se mudaron a esta nueva morada. Ecos discordantes, golpes en las paredes, imágenes luminosas y misteriosos susurros, que pronto pasaron de ser hechos inexplicables a verdaderos encuentros fantasmales. El incontrolable terror llevó a Annie a investigar el pasado de su nuevo hogar y a recu-r
THis is a true story about the character, Annie Wilder, living in a new house filled with numerous ghosts. This is her experience living in a spooky house. It tells from Annie's perspective, from talking about the minute she walks into the house and her presence in the house. She describes how the ghosts interact with her, and what "signs" they give, to show their line of communication (such like conversations, pounding walls in the middle of the night, touches on the shoulder, appearances at ra ...more
I think it was valant attempt at writing this woman's real life experiences in the old Victorian. But there was so very much that happened. I find it hard to believe most people would continue living in the house. I mean, at one point she had a ghost trying to slip into bed with her. Her reaction was to try and understand that the ghost was lonely and confused. I have to say, psychic abilities or not, I would have been out of that bed, down the stairs and out the front door in two seconds flat. ...more
This is a fast, short read, pretty well packed with ghostly appearances, poltergeist activity, strange visitations and the like. I wanted to know more of the history of the house and the former inhabitants, but there wasn't as much of that. It was more of a factual tale of the things that happened to Annie and her family and friends as they lived and moved through the house. I would have liked more of a timeline as well, but even without definitive dates, the material was pretty clearly chronolo ...more
I want to believe that the author really had these experiences. It's always fun to flirt with the unknown and Annie has definitely accomplished this. I enjoyed contemplating the floor plans of the home, the restoration aspect, and the idea of protective spirits. The night of the furnace at the end of the book was terrifying (partly because I have a penchance for reading in bed, alone, late at night). On the other hand, she did dive into the hippy dippy realm pretty heavily in the second half of ...more
I have always been interested in the paranormal especially nonfiction which is what drew me to this book. It definitely is not an edge of your seat, sleep with the lights on type story and I appreciated that about this book. This seemed to be a no embellishment just the facts ghost story I would give it a 3.75, the only really thing that turned me off a bit was how the author did a sort of a flash back late in the book almost like it was a part that she forgot to put in earlier. All in all a goo ...more
*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
This was a really fun book! I really enjoyed the way she described her old home and instead of making it scary, she made it sound interesting and magical!
There were a few parts in the book that made me a little scared but it probably had to do with the fact that it was late at night and I was sleeping alone! This book is not the least bit frightening althogh there are definantly some creepy things going on in her home.
Jessica Gottschalk
I really dug this book. Recently I read another book on true hauntings (which shall not be named here) that, while intriguing, was very poorly written -- I'm talking bad grammar and sentence structure nearly nonexistant. THIS book, however, was crafted with a wordsmith's grace and written so that I felt like the phantom characters would appear in my room at any second. Wonderful job, Annie. This book comes highly recommended!
Bark's Book Nonsense
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.
When I first started reading "ghost stories", I read them for the scary story. That evolved into wanting to hear about the history of the home / haunted place. Now I find I enjoy the description of the architecture. I appreciate the layouts of the home, but photos of the old buildings would be lovely (an intrusion, I know, but still...)
Ms. Wilder came across like a person I would love to meet and be friends with and love to spend time in her house. However, I wish she stay more focused on the spirits in her house when telling her story and not all the philosophies she was experimenting with or reading about. Besides that, I truly believe her story and felt sad too about Leon.
Today is Halloween and I felt I must add a book about ghosts to my list. The author purchased a house somewhere in Minnesota that turned out to be haunted. It is interesting to learn who these ghosts are and why they are there. So much must go on in the spirit world that most of us are not aware of!
Annie describes living in a haunted house with her children in funny, down to earth humor.I love how she shares they're experiences and they come to think of the spirits as almost part of the family.I would have to say Leon is my favorite spirit by the way she describes him.
This book gave a different perspective on ghosts. It actually talks about some friendly ghosts that live in this woman's house and how they all have a unique bond with humans. Some parts are creepy, but its fascinating to see that things like this have actually happened.
This book was pretty good. It took me awhile to get through it because it didn't grab me. I did get some good info from it. Unfortunately, I have never connected to a ghost (I guess I'm too grounded for that) Wish I could meet one at least once.
Terrible. This author is so gullible that everytime she reads a book she begins experiencing it, past lives, hauntings, esp. There are a lot of good books about haunted houses, stay away from this one! Not scary, not convincing, not good!
This book was heartwarming, spooky, and suspenseful! I couldn't put it down. I will probably read it again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who is a "believer", and also any skeptic. :)
Pretty good, real-life account of one woman's experience living in a haunted house. This book causes me to have many questions, which is good considering book club gets to talk with the author.
A pretty good ghost story. I would have liked more history on the house and previous occupants, but I don't think she had it at the time she wrote her book.
Weirded me out a little, but was an excellent quick read ... lol, glad to get it out of my house and back in the library where it belongs ;)
This book was very tiresome, not slot happens and the writing was plain. Didn't finish it as there was no grip or reason to carry on.
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Annie Wilder is writer and proud mother of grown children who admit to seeing some strange things in their childhood home. Wilders first book House of Spirits and Whispers is a true account of her experiences living with ghosts for more than a decade. She regularly hosts haunted tea parties in her spirit-filled Victorian house nestled in a sleepy Mississippi River town in Minnesota. Her haunted ho

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