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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (June 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590208625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590208625
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An occultist's compendium of encounters and communications between humans and the spirit realms…This book will appeal to serious readers of the arcane and occult, who will also appreciate its extensive bibliography, whether they accept the author's premises or not." —Library Journal



"A highly interesting, accessible, even somewhat practical guide to elusive aspects of a unique culture arising out of a high place of thin, cold air." --Publishers Weekly

“Impeccable research, firm grasp of history, and clarity of writing reconfirm J.H. Brennan as the expert in the field of the paranormal.” -—Steve Peek, author of Coyote Dreaming

“J.H. Brennan is an expert storyteller who paints an often terrifying picture of how human destiny has regularly been changed forever by individuals convinced they were in communication with intelligences from beyond. In Whisperers, Brennan has created a unique and timely history of spirit voices that is both brilliant and utterly chilling.” -—Andrew Donkin, coauthor of The Terminal Man

"Highly readable…Here is the history that you didn’t learn about in the classroom…a challenging and thought-provoking book." --Christopher McIntosh, Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Exeter and author of The Rosicrucians

"From the hair-raising to the eyebrow-raising, this is a scintillating account of meetings with spirits through history. Whisperers takes us from an Egyptian guide to summoning Anubis, through a haunted house in ancient Athens, to the black books of the Middle Ages. It chronicles early anthropologists being hoodwinked by shamans, and gives an account of an area where so much has been written, Nazi occultism, that inspires confidence as well as horror. Hats off to J.H. Brennan!" --Mark Booth, author of The Secret History of the World

About the Author

J. H. Brennan is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Faerie Wars series of novels and many books on the occult, including Occult Tibet. He holds a masters degree from the University of Exeter.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Grundy on July 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
W. H. Brennan's history of the effect of spirits on human civilization is a great read whether you personally believe in spirits or not. Impeccably researched and footnoted yet written with lively and even entertaining prose, Whisperers will hold the interest of even the most diehard skeptic.

Those of us who have been calling for a new, more comprehensive paradigm for Western knowledge for ages will be absolutely thrilled by this book.

In recent years, the tide has started to turn against the strident voices forever insisting that magic and spirits are bunk, pure and simple. What we take for granted is changing. Discoveries in quantum physics continue to open doors to other realities, and people are less reticent to share personal experiences and their own understanding of esoteric phenomena. Even if physicists still cringe when people they consider to be 'fringe' thinkers mention the 'q' word, even briefly, writers do it anyway, the point of being that, seriously, there really ARE 'more things in heaven and earth' than are dreamt in the old philosophy.

What really impressed me is that Brennan doesn't need the 'q' word at all in his history, so compelling are the facts, and so good is he at documenting them. The book is based on his University of Exeter master's thesis. An earlier, shorter version received the imprimatur of formal academia. This is no small matter, since in past years it has been next to impossible to write on such topics without ruining one's academic reputation or losing funding or tenure or both. Brennan makes the point that professional academics have all the same information he has, but the threat of career implosion prevents them from publicly reaching his conclusions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jacks on August 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to A. Washburne's suggestion that Whisperers has `no sources, no cites' the book features a tightly-printed 8-page bibliography and some 426 end notes over 18 pages, all but a handful of which refer the reader to Brennan's sources for his central argument (which, incidentally, goes far beyond the John Brown story.)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rice on June 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book. Highly readable. Entertaining. What this book offers is not a grand theory of spirits and spirit contact so much as a secular overview of the evidence for humankind's involvement with the "spirit world" since its earliest beginnings through the present. Myself, I do not subscribe to any comprehensive theory as to whether spirits are real, or what their nature and goals might be, etc. But I deeply value books like this which draw together so much evidence with regard to spirit contact in all ages and explain and reflect on the evidence in simple and often elegant terms. The book is very well researched and very well documented and contains a lot of interesting references for further study in the field. I felt Brennan's criticism of the "skeptics" (those who discount the paranormal out of hand) were sound. The last few chapters of the book I found particularly intelligence and persuasive. But overall, it is an extremely ambitious and satisfying study. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Stephen Peek on September 5, 2014
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Impeccable research, firm grasp of history and clarity of writing reconfirm Brennan as the expert in the field of the paranormal. Brennan is known in the U.S.A. but he is and has been an authority on the paranormal in Europe for many years. With over 100 books published in his career, his brilliance at extracting forgotten bits of history to clothe his works always amazes me. If you are interested in the History of the Spirit World, this book is for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AE on November 19, 2013
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Wow! Finally an explanation that makes sense. He knows of which he speaks.
But then, any of Mr Brennan's books are worth their weight in gold.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Paul Blakey on August 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Though I enjoyed Whisperers, I felt that it fell short simply by not being bold enough. Perhaps the pressure of compiling a thesis made the author hesitant or overly conservative. I kept hoping for references that were more up to date, such as the extraordinary experiences of Mathew Manning and the mind boggling work of Jose Arguelles, but to no avail.

Don't get me wrong, there is quite a lot in the book that is worth knowing and thinking about, but as a whole it falls a bit flat.

Which is a shame because I have enjoyed immensely every other book that Brennan has written. Perhaps in the writing he failed to listen to his own whisperers ...

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