This is a book I'll have to go back and listen to again. Not for any lack on the part of the author, but because I always have a tough time with physics.
I'm really interested in metaphysical explanations and seek a greater understanding of consciousness. But it seems the authors of books that explain these things like to start with a lot of physics and some philosophy before getting to consciousness or metaphysics.
Of course, any good teacher will start with the basics, so apparently an understanding of consciousness means learning about space-time, the speed of light as a constant, protons, neutrons or galaxies, the double-slit experiment and its implications, dimensions, the senses, perception . . .
The explanations in this book come from another angle, and I appreciate that very much since I struggle so much physics. I grasped only about 50 percent of this book, so I'll go back again as I do return to these books to get a better understanding the next go round.
The narration is excellent, and if I want to be nit-picky there a few moments that a good editor would have cut out as the reader stopped, and re-read a sentence, probably with the expectation that it would have been edited.
People are becoming more interested in Consciousness and are reading books related to this topic. Power vs Force is a very interesting book, well-written, with findings, sources, and interpretations concentrated without excess wordiness.
And, after listening to many Audible books that used professional narrators, I got a bit spoiled and have expectations of enunciation, interesting inflection, and no hissing "S" sounds. Some author-read books come out fantastic - like William Shatner's autobiography, or Tom Campbell's My Big TOE trilogy. Others are okay. And some seem to undermine the author's work, like this audiobook.
I hope this book will be read by a professional Narrator. It is simply too important to be cast aside because listeners can't abide the author's own reading. If the author had been standing at a podium, reading this book in front of an audience, he would have lost the audience. At times he sounds bored or as if he isn't paying attention to the meaning of the words he is reading but is reading automatically.
With a deep gravelly voice that maintains a slurred monotone, broken only at times with the hissing of words that end in "S" letters, despite my intense interest in the words, I had difficulty getting the meaning of the words due to distraction and frustration. Only by the 20th chapter had I gotten used to the author's voice.
Yet, I am going to listen to this audiobook at least one more time. The information and findings are fascinating. With the number of people who have been posting feedback with frustration on the reading voice, I hope this book will be re-read professionally and given a greater and more positive exposure to many people. It's a valuable work by the author.
After struggling through a few Consciousness books where physics and philosophy were the main focus, at last a book with more "aha!" moments than "banging-head-on-a-brick-wall" moments has been found.
These ideas are written by an author who has the ability to teach (make complex information understandable and even fun) and is narrated in a way that makes listening enjoyable.
The rapid evolution of humanity's consciousness is discussed with interesting points about radio, tv, computers, the internet, even Facebook. AI and nanotech . . . this author has fascinating observations about where humanity is now, how we got to this point, and probable future developments.
This book is going to be listened to again, then the "banging-head-on-a-brick-wall" books will be listened to again. Maybe next time the better foundation provided by this book will make the other books easier to understand . . . .