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Ghosthunter

An Audible Original Podcast
Narrated by: Ben Lawrence
Length: 3 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (311 ratings)

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"True crime and the paranormal collide in Ghosthunter... Much like Serial and S-Town, Ghosthunter starts off following the story of an eccentric man on a Quixotic journey, then morphs into a tale focused more on family and foibles than the supernatural." (Rolling Stone)

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Gripping, immersive and short.

This was an interesting one.
Thriller documentaries aren't really my thing but this podcast got me hooked immediately.
Between the characters and the narration this series found a sweet spot.

Unfortunately I think this should've been longer.
Literal years would go by during each episode but it never felt like it.
My immersion would break the instant a character would say.
"I haven't seen him in a while"
Even though I literally heard them talking a scene before.

All of this would get worse near the end with a rather anticlimactic ending.
Yes, that's how life works but this series was partly building up to a moment of human revelation.
A revelation that occurred in the passage of 5 seconds.

With all of that aside...
If you like strong narrated stories or documentaries give it a try.
If you dislike major time jumps and anticlimactic moments give it a miss

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Ghosts come in many forms

Be warned contains subjects of sexual abuse & domestic violence.

Jason meets his brother he never knew he had & after he dies sees his spirits & from there starts hunting ghosts. But also needing to know more about why he didn't know he had a had brother till he was in his late teens. Also wanting to know how did he get the scare on his face & why can he remember most of his childhood. This takes place over several years with what started with an article in the paper, Ben befriending Jason, accompanying him on some of his ghost hunts, while helping to work out what happen to Jason when he was young & who Jason really is today. Starts in one place & ends somewhere completely different. I found this a really interesting listen & binged it all in one day. If you're put off by the 'ghost hunting' aspect, this is a small part of the story & small part of Jason, this is more the foundation or backdrop of what sets of a journey of discovery.

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Not what I expected.

Well done. Enjoyed very much. Evoked alot of complex emotions. Not what I expected but pleased I stumbled upon.

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Brilliant

Sad and fascinating look at trauma. Very empathetic and wonderful story telling. What starts as a story on a ghost hunter is a haunting tale of abuse.

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Engaging but sad

Not at all what I thought it would be, but still engaging. At times it felt like we were eavesdropping so quite uncomfortable. but in the end Ben has respectfully told Jason story warts-and-all .

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Rivetting

Unexpected twists make this a compelling podcasts. Interesting examination on the shades of grey when looking at whether a person is good or bad.

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Captivating, emotional rollercoaster. Incredible.

This true crime podcast took me on an emotional journey from laughter to tears, anger to compassion. Ghosthunter shows us the incredible resilience of the human spirit It's a captivating complicated journey leaving you wanting more.

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Truth is stranger than fiction

A terrible and enthralling true life story that starts off in one direction and takes you to places you never expected.

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Loved it!!

Not what I was expecting, but this story spoke straight to me. #shareyourstory #ancestralhealing #everybranchandtwig

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Compelling

The wonderful narration and exploration of this story goes on twists and turns you don't see coming. This story reaches far deeper than I ever expected and will stay with me for quite some time. Highly recommend!

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  • Mignon
  • 25-07-2019

Really Interesting Character Study

If you're a fan of podcasts like S-Town you'll likely enjoy this. It's a mix of true crime and character study, with the added mystery of helping a man uncover his past. You hear from the ghost hunter himself, from various of his friends and family, and follow along on his quest to find his father. Note though, if you're looking for a podcast about paranormal investigation, this isn't it. The guy at the centre of all this just happens to be a ghost hunter.

The narrator is good, as is the production quality, and throughout it's touching, sad and interesting. Take care to heed the content warnings though, as life has not been kind to many of the people involved.

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  • Susan Rowley
  • 11-08-2019

Thought provoking reporting of trauma and recovery

This is a story that builds and ghosthunting is not it's focus. It is considered reporting of the impact of trauma and the winding path of recovery. I am glad I ignored the early mention of orbs and stuck with this thought provoking story.

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  • RavenRyy
  • 11-09-2019

Not what you may think.

I downloaded this as something Audible was giving away. If there was a charge after, I'd have paid. I was expecting a daft ghosthunter story, instead we get the story of the Ghost Hunter, Jason King. Ben Lawrence is a great narrator as this is his documentary and he spends a lot of time with Jason. Jason's story is unbelievable tragic and the horrors faced here are all very human.

Some episodes come with trigger warnings and I warn you that they are required. I am not joking or exaggerating that there are horrors here.

This series might not convince a sceptic that ghosts exist, but no one can deny that the past haunts the present.

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  • L Wood
  • 12-10-2019

A gripping story

Not at all what I was expecting but a haunting story of searching for something innocent and finding a harsh reality. I had to listen to this in one sitting, reduced to an almost zombie like state and am left with more questions than answers.

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  • James Whitehead
  • 25-09-2019

Everything a Character Study should be

Downloaded this thinking it was going to be a trashy pseudo science series that may irritate me. How wrong I was! Don't be mislead by the title and the first 15 minutes. This is a documentary piece about how the 'ghosthunter's' childhood trauma still affects him and those around him, in a fascinating character study. It is masterfully told and the author pulls no punches. The drama of the story is allowed to speak for itself.

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  • Donna Taylor
  • 17-08-2019

Epic

What an amazing story. Please can we have more like this. Well thought out and presented

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  • Peter Pritchard
  • 15-08-2019

What a great story

Don’t let the title fool you. We all have ghosts within....

A great production and couldn’t stop listening from the first chapter. Well worth 3 hours of my time!

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  • CMC
  • 15-09-2019

Worth a listen

Not what I was expecting but an interesting character analysis of a unique and challenging individual.

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  • tracey
  • 20-08-2019

brilliant!

excellent story has been very emotional at times but so worth hearing. don't delay listening go download it now you'll be gripped whole way through. ******star from me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-2020

Surprised me

This Audiobook is not what I expected at all. I'm a lover of the paranormal which is why the title drew me in.

Its a very interesting, sad and gripping story. Once I started listening I couldn't stop.

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