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Loyd Auerbach
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16 Dec 2003
Ghost Hunting is a common sense approach to the investigation and resolution of cases of reported ghostly happenings, including apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists. The reader quickly grasps what parapsychologists think ghosts are and how to best deal with the phenomena and the experiences of the people having them. Ghost Hunting covers the investigative process from the initial call and assessment to the on-site investigative techniques and technology.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing (16 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579510671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579510671
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 769,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable read! 28 Sep 2005
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If you are interested in the Paranormal and want a book that contains a full scope of useful information, written in a way that is enjoyable to read and easy to follow, this is your book! It does not use a whole list of complicated scientific words throughout, but still manages to contain all the information you require without losing anything. I would highly recomend this book and other by Loyd Auerbach to and budding ghost hunter or parapsychologist!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Repetieive short book starters guide really 12 Aug 2014
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Fairly informative, but very filled out and repetitive ok for newb's however will struggle to hold most peoples attention
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Dry Read. 14 Jan 2004
By Kikaida - Published on Amazon.com
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I understand that Mr. Auerbach is quite versed in his field and highly respected amongst his peers however this book falls short.
During the first few chapters I got the impression that Mr. Auerbach just banged them out over the course of an hour or two. It came across as very impersonal and at some points bordered on arrogant.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that what he is presenting is wrong. It's just he has a very simplistic approach to his facts. Also he leaves little to no room for other explanations. For example, the small section I read on the Ouija board more put it into the light of "Subconscious manipulation" and disregarded any other notion that it is anything else but a toy. Chalking up all the bad experiences that so many people have experienced as "Coincidence" or them searching for or creating problems for them selves. That to me pretty much sealed it. Granted that is correct to a point but it is not the final say in the subject as he would have you believe. He is so convinced of his own expertise that if it doesn't fit his mold or ideas it's just simply wrong (my impression).
Now I'm not some New-Age moron, neither do I believe in fairies and dragons. I fancy my self a scientist and a student, with an open mind. However this book is written in more of a presentational manner of explaining 100% all paranormal phenomenon. As if it has all the answers....It doesn't.
I bought three books on the subject at the same time and this was the one I was really looking forward to the most but I must say that I am quite disappointed.
Lots of assumed facts presented in a very rushed manner.
Some aspects of "Close mindedness" are very apparent.
He conveys a sense of "No other explanation so I am right."
He makes up your mind for you.
I'm sure he has experienced things that most of us never will, BUT in this field it is still for the most part theories and speculation. His grand experiences doesn't make him a good writer either.
He has not cracked the code, other wise he would have been on every cover of ever magazine. On every news show and be worth BILLIONS. By reading this, you'd think he had.
I had to put it down half way through.
I started reading Southalls book and talk about a breath of fresh air. I will keep you posted as I delve deeper, but the first couple of chapters are very well written and have been quite enjoyable to read.
If you are really interested in the subject, do your self a favor and get more then one book. The murkiness of this field requires a lot of cross-referencing, get as many pieces to the puzzle as you can but never force them together.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to any ghost hunter's library 18 Dec 2003
By Pamela R. Heath - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolutely fabulous book! It explains in clear and simple terms the basics of parapsychology, what kind of techniques and equipment are useful in ghostbusting, and what questions should be asked (both privately and of your colleagues and witnesses), all delightfully illustrated. What I like best is how well it lays out the do's and don'ts to keep the beginner on the right track and out of trouble. It's a must-have book for anyone with an interest in ghost hunting by one of the true leading experts in the field!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Books on This Subject 6 Dec 2007
By Brahman1888 - Published on Amazon.com
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Having just joined an established paranormal research group, I wanted to read some books on the actual process of investigations, so I would have a better idea of what to do while out on the field. I've spent much of my life studying paranormal phenomena, but up until now, have not been able to get hands on, so to speak.

This book is exactly what I was looking for, as it covers everything from how to use the equipment to conducting interviews with potential clients. It is very detailed and informative for anyone who takes this subject as seriously as I do, and while some of the reading is rather dry, or even slow paced; the fact is, you can immediately put this stuff into practice when going out on an investigation, hence my reasoning for the five star rating.

Any amateur can take a camcorder and a voice recorder and claim to be a ghost hunter; but if you want to make this a serious endeavour by starting your own group, or joining an existing one, you owe it to yourself to read this book first. You'll learn quite a bit from 'professor paranormal'.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Basic & Typo Central... 4 Dec 2007
By William Cogswell - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping to get much more from this book based on the author's reputation, but the material is basic at best. It's more of a Ghost Hunting 101 pre-course. What was extremely irritating about this book was the number of typos. It seemed almost every page contained a typo that any fifth grader could have picked up on. The horrible editing on this book was a real distraction.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Longwinded 24 July 2008
By T. L. Paige - Published on Amazon.com
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I respect Loyd Auerbach immensely, but the chapters in this book are so longwinded when it comes to psi abilities that it leaves non-psychic investigators out of the loop. I understand that Mr. Auerbach is a mentalist but when writing a book with the subcaption: How to Investigate the paranormal, you'd expect it to be for people of non-psychic ability as well.
Overall the book is informative if you have "medium" abilities but does little for the regular investigative scientist.
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