This book is a very nice overview of modern astrophysics and in particular the role of black holes in astrophysical processes. The author is an astrophysicist / astrobiologist and knows his subject well and presents it with a kind of warmth and care that is infrequent in popular science writing. The author narrates the book himself and does a wonderful job of it. This book is a nice complement to other books such as "The 4% Universe" and "The Day We Found the Universe".
This book is a well done history of the emergence of the idea of galaxies or island universes from the 19th to the mid-20th century. The people such as Shapely and Hubble are portrayed with their foibles as well as their more admirable qualities. The narration is quite good.
I am only a few hours into this unabridged book but am finding it fascinating so far and wanted to share my enthusiasm.
The author presents a great deal of well thought out information on a wide range of topics relating to the "source field", which might otherwise be referred to as cosmic consciousness. This includes info on 2012 prophecy, alt science, scientific data, astronomy, astrology, ancient history, mythology, telepathy, dreams, consciousness, ascension, the nature of time and I would expect a great deal more in the next several hours of the recording. Numerous references are sited as well making further investigation into topics of interest quite easy.
As for the comments about the author's reading style, I thought he did a great job. I enjoy hearing an author read his own work, especially with this kind of material. Narrators are great for fiction but I think its nice to hear someone who has a thorough understanding of the material read. To me, Wilcock has a fine voice and an upbeat but in no way annoying inflection. He is obviously not just reading but explaining, slowing down or stressing content where appropriate.