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Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned about Ghosts

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Star of Kindred Spirits and paranormal investigator Amy Bruni shares stories from her years of experiences with ghosts, organized around thirteen truths that guide her approach to the supernatural.

Amy Bruni, co-star of Kindred Spirits and one of the world's leading paranormal investigators, has learned a lot about ghosts over her years of research and first-hand experien
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I've always loved things that go bump in the night......including ghosts.

Being drawn to the unexplainable and the supernatural, I had high hopes for Amy Bruni's Life with the Afterlife. So many of us have been long-time fans of Ghost Hunters and her own program of Kindred Spirits. But there was much to be desired here.

Amy Bruni has been fascinated with spirits since she was a child. She goes on to explain her own encounters with those of her family members. There's no denying that she's experien
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
I struggle with giving books low star ratings. I don't want to discourage people who might be interested in this or any other book, but I can't in good conscience recommend this.

The problems were apparent from the start. The book uses a font size so large that it would offend middle-grade readers. So, that's a sign that they couldn't get enough content from the author for a normal-sized book. Then, and perhaps most egregiously, this book is poorly written. Not only does this reflect badly on the
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read my full review:

My opinion: This book captured my attention IMMEDIATELY. I enjoyed the format of weaving in paranormal research, show accounts and personal experience. In my humble opinion, it gave the book a bit more personality rather than straight research or straight personal account, which comes off to me as more "one man syndrome" vs. a respectable scientific source. To me, it made the book very warm, approachable and readable.

I have to say, personally, I enjoye
Christine Whittington
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I bought Amy Bruni's book after reading an intriguing review of it in the New York Times. I had not heard of Bruni or her wildly popular Travel Network show "Kindred Spirits" before reading the book. Bruni also has a paranormal travel business called Strange Escapes, which sounds fascinating. The NYT review concluded that the book could be fascinating to those who do not believe or are on the fence as well as those who do believe. Like Bruni's ideal audience, and Bruni herself, I believe that th ...more
Katie Followell
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Truly, my review is biased because of my own knowledge, research, and opinions about the paranormal.

Here's what I loved about 13 Truths:
Amy does something that I've been really wanting from the TAPS/Ghost Hunters ensemble. I've been itching to hear them talk more extensively and detailed about theories and the process of investigating for years, and she's really delved into some interesting topics in this book. I actually dog earred (don't come for me, it's my copy) because I want to research
Jenna Gareis
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
The memoir of Amy Bruni- a paranormal investigator known for her work on the shows Ghost Hunters and Kindred Spirits.
4/5⭐️s (I listened to this on audio and really wish the author had read it. That’s partly why I choose to listen to most memoirs - to hear the author tell it.)

1. I totally would have been a groupie during the Victorian spiritualism movement because I LOVE these ghost shows. 2. In this book Amy recounts some paranormal experiences but what I found most interesting were her reason
Christina Mandich
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book for people who are interested in the paranormal and are fans of ghost hunting shows. I am both. I consider myself a skeptical believer who is a ghost hunting show junkie. The author of this book, Amy Bruni, was originally part of Ghost Hunters, a show I watched religiously in the early 2000s. This book contains her insights and lessons learned from years of investigating the paranormal. It’s infused with her warm personality and humor, which makes it very readable. My favorite ...more
David Devine
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amy Bruni does a wonderful job in her down to earth way of describing life as a seeker of the unearthly. She takes you behind the scenes of her show, Kindred Spirits, explaining what goes into making the show a hit. Amy describes her life long experiences with the unexplained. She does an amazing job of breaking down the various aspects of investigating an alleged haunting, from the gear to the mindset needed to when wandering through darkened rooms. There are numerous anecdotes of her experienc ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
For those addicted to reality shows featuring ghost hunting and the paranormal, this book by Amy Bruni, formerly of Ghost Hunters and now partnering with Ghost Hunter sidekick Adam Berry in the Travel Channel's Kindred Spirits, will hit the spot.

Bruni's fascination with ghosts goes back to her childhood sighting of a ghost outside her window and parents who encouraged belief in the paranormal. Her take on ghosts is that they are merely human beings who gave passed on to another plane of existenc
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very poignant informative information on The Who, what, where, when and how to investigate history properly to seek answers to the known and unknown.
I faithfully watched (the original) Ghost Hunters and its subsequent spin-offs, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Academy. I currently watch Kindred Spirits and Ghost Nation (the new incarnation of Ghost Hunters leaves much to be desired.) I follow Amy Bruni on Facebook and when she announced that she was writing a book, I quickly added on Goodreads to my "to-read" shelf. Fortunately I was first on my local library's list to check the book out once it was released.

It's an enjoyab
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've always liked reading myths, paranormal or just weird things. I don't really know much about Amy Bruni, I wanted to read this because I like the subject matter. I watched Ghost Hunters in the early seasons but don't think I ever watched when she was on. Didn't have cable anymore to watch SYFY, nothing against Ghost Hunters. I liked the way Amy spoke in this book, that I'm going to watch Kindred Spirits soon.

This book was easy to read and I was able to finish it in about 2-3 days. Amy talked
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
OK....if you are a fan you have heard/seen all the stories she tells but what you don't know is the background or at least not all the background. Amy (and Adam's) approach seems to be that of things learned from or in spite of people they have worked with. For a first book Amy did a brilliant job of getting everything she wanted to say down on paper. In this day and age of instant publish I think we have all become immune to the editing or lack of. In the case of this book, Amy's editors and an ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given this book through a giveaway in return for an honest review. Thanks to the author, publisher and goodreads.

I've been a fan of Amy Bruni for years, being a fan of Ghost Hunters and her newer show Kindred Spirits. When I saw that she had written a book, I was very interested in reading it.

However, I was disappointed - and I hate to say that. I felt like the book couldn't decide if it wanted to be a how-to book or a personal story of Amy's life. The writing was disjointed,
Tangled in Text
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've always been hesitant but still open to the idea of ghosts and was skeptical yet intrigued enough about this book to request it. So thank you Grand Central for sending me a review copy of this book.

I've never heard someone talk about ghosts so fondly or realistically as Amy did. I've never watched her shows and I didn't know anything about her till I read this book, but I wouldn't mind looking up some of the episodes she references now.

Her passion for communicating and understanding the why
Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
Life with the Afterlife is pretty much a memoir slash advertisement for the author's shows. I have never watched an episode of Ghost Hunters, and had never heard of the show Kindred Spirits until now. I am, however, interested in reading about paranormal activity, but didn't find enough of that in this book.

The title clearly points to "Truths" the author learned through investigative experience, but so many pages are devoted to her own story. How she got into the TV business, who she became fri
Joe Jones
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off I was not familiar with the author's television show Kindred Spirits before I read this. I did feel like I was missing something at times because of this but she still did a good job explaining things. (side note--I did go back after finishing the book to watch several of the episodes she references and it did help me understand the book better).

I read this for the Halloween season and did enjoy it quite a bit. I liked how she never talks down to the reader or people who do not believ
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: done
‘Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned about Ghosts’ by Amy Bruni and Julie Tremaine is an interesting book.
I had never heard of the show ‘Kindred Spirits’ but the ghost experiences are eye-opening.

Each chapter talks about how they go about doing what they do and some of what they learned while interacting with ghosts.

I kind of wish photos of locations would have been included (or even of the equipment used). It would have saved time so I didn’t have to look up some of the historic places
Matthew Barker
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Amy’s work as a “ghost hunter”. Her compassion, sincerity, open mindedness and sense of humour are great on TV and complement her forensic way of approaching paranormal investigations. This book blends all of that and sprains how and why she has helped shift the approach to paranormal investigations away from jumps and scares and sensationalist narratives, to the dignified and respectful search for truth of those people who are no longer living. Her work isn’t about caricatures of scary s ...more
Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This book captured my attention immediately. I've mentioned before having taking paranormal studies courses in college where we covered UFOs, manifest destiny, ghosts & spirits, the afterlife, reincarnation, and other paranormal phenomenon. I jumped at the chance to read and review this book.

I really liked the formatting of this book which weaved together information about paranormal research (historically and present), personal experience including how her career develooed and grew, and some be
Dustin Spencer
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a book!
I am a huge fan of Amy Bruni, and the show she has Adam Berry, Kindred Spirits. When I heard this book was coming out, I just knew I would need to get it. Reading it was such a wonderful experience. I felt like Amy was in the room with me, just chatting. I loved having other peoples thoughts, opinions, and experiences in the book, including people like Greg and Dana Newkirk, Chip Coffey, Adam Berry, and John Tenney. It really showed how this field really is like a family with a lot
Katie Dively
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Amy’s first book. It was a fun and very easy read, filled with meanderings on her approach to investigations and the dead, behind the scenes stories, and a touch of history. As an amateur paranormal investigator, ghost show junkie and two-time “escapee” who has had the privilege of investigating with many of the names in this book (we were on the Queen Mary B340 investigation trip!) — I give it two thumbs up! The only downfall for me was that I didn’t learn much I didn’t alr ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book captured my attention immediately and over all was a quick read. It reads like Amy talks which I thought enjoyable. I've watched all the Kindred Spirits episodes and thought the book did a great job of highlighting many of the interesting aspects of some of the episodes. I really enjoyed how Amy brought in different voices and experts to help bring new perspectives to tell the story. If I had one criticism at all, is that some thoughts got repetitive. She would restate the same concept ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A very laidback read. I have been a fan of Amy and the way she investigates for awhile and was excited for her book. If you’re looking for how tos and wanting to learn the real ins and outs of investigation this book isn’t for you. But it’s more a “history” of her investigations and what she got out of them - what she learned and how she grew as an investigator. I personally enjoyed the behind the scenes stories and the realizations. It was more like I was sitting down and having a chat with Amy ...more
Oct 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Amy Bruni, along with her Kindred Spirits partner Adam Berry, is one of my favorite paranormal investigators because of her compassion. In her book Life with the Afterlife, she shares her own experiences that helped shape her philosophies of the paranormal. This is extremely interesting, though many of the stories she shares are probably already known to the reader. I'd recommend this to those who are looking for a good ghostly nonfiction book. ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say this is the easiest 5 stars I have ever given! I have a passion for the paranormal and when I heard Amy Bruni was writing a book, I knew I needed it! I loved the ways she broke down everything and the quotes from other investigators! I think that this book opened my mind a little bit more, made me want to find my own answers, and gain my own opinions of the paranormal!

I would definitely recommend if you believe in the paranormal or not!
Joelle Young
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a very easy read. Being a long time Ghost Hunters fan I was very excited to get this book. After reading this book I have now began streaming Kindred Spirits which I have now cried during 2 episodes. Loved hearing Amy’s story and would love Adam to follow suit.

Even if you know nothing about the author still a wonderful and insightful look into one person’s experience with the paranormal.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this debut book from Amy Bruni. I've been a fan of her television ghost shows since way back int he beginning with Ghost Hunters. I even had the opportunity to see her speak live with Adam. There's just an honesty about Amy that I think added to the reliability and intrigue of this book. If you are interested in the paranormal and also interested in stretching your thinking this is the paranormal book for you! ...more
Mystic Miraflores
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a fan of "Ghost Hunters" from the beginning and also of the more recent show "Kindred Spirits". Reading this book is like visiting with old friends: Amy, Adam, Chip, Jason, Grant, Steve, and Tango. I remember Amy's first appearance on "Ghost Hunters". She seemed to come out of nowhere and I wondered who she was and what was her expertise. However, over the years she has impressed me with her levelheadedness and compassion. Her voice in this book is very down-to-earth and honest. ...more
Carly Santos
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
such a good book! very informative to Amy's life, how and why she got into ghost hunting. I glance into behind the scenes of Ghost Hunters and Kindred Spirits and some experiences that didn't make it to air on the shows. If you are a long time fan of Amy when you are reading this book all you will hear is her voice, she wrote very much life she speaks. Any ghost or paranormal fan will enjoy this read, but a long standing fan will drink it up like water!! ...more
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