I'm already on a repeat listen of Discovery. There's too much information to absorb, and as Tom Campbell described once, "It's like drinking from a firehose"
This information on how our reality is constructed, who we are, what is the big picture - including that very large part that most of us aren't aware of, why we are here, how our choices and behavior matter . . . it's important information to me.
When I think, however, of the people in my life that I would like to share this information with, or recommend this book to . . . I realize that this isn't going to be of interest to them. They aren't looking for explanations . . . at least at this time. And, ten years ago when this book first came out . . . I wouldn't have been interested in it.
So, I'd recommend this book to someone who wonders about things, wants to know how things work, thinks about the Who, What and Why of things.
Thankfully, the author is a person who has a good, if slightly wacky, sense of humor and that makes the trek easier and the journey a lighthearted one.
I bought the paperback trilogy, but found it hard to read. The Audible version is delightful because Tom Campbell's voice is intelligent and warm and he tells his corny jokes with no shame whatsoever. He made me laugh and smile at times, but most of the time I just try to keep up and absorb information about Consciousness, Physical Reality, Non-Physical Reality, and why, what and who we are.
The information he provides is very valuable.
This is a long audio book! But Rupert Sheldrake has a lot of territory to cover since he explains the history of science, the prominent scientists and their theories and discoveries, the changes over time, and shows the present state of science.
As a lay person with a general education, not focused on science, I realized there was a lot left out in my education as I listened to a lot of new information that I wish I had learned in school. I also found that Rupert Sheldrake made previously boring science interesting and relevant. More teachers should teach like he does.
With regard to the narration. There have been some audio books where I wondered who was talking - the author? was this a quote? In this book, especially in the first half of the audio book where there is a lot of history and various early scientists are being quoted, there is a lot of over-the-top acting by the narrators doing *voices* for various scientists. I guess these are supposed to be accents for people in old England, or France, or Italy, or early colonial? America. Because Rupert Sheldrake's own voice is quiet, dry, and calm, the accents come across as jarring. However, I never had to wonder *who* was talking. It was pretty clear that Rupert Sheldrake was quoting someone. I do think the narrator(s) doing the quotations could have been just as effective without going over-the-top.
In the second half, Rupert Sheldrake reads some of the quotes himself, so the quotation *voices* are less, plus now that he has established the history of science, and laid out the foundation for the present state of science, he doesn't have to do so much quoting.
The second half was much more interesting. Rupert Sheldrake makes brilliant observations and points. Science is controlled and restricted by money, and by the human beings - scientists who limit the boundaries and usefulness of scientific research by where the funding is given. Amazingly, a lot of the restrictions of where science is now is simply by the refusal of many scientists to examine certain topics.
They won't even look! Rupert Sheldrake lays it all out.
The Intention Experiment and The Field were more in line with what was a new-age stage a lot of us were going through. There seems to be some recoiling from the extremes of new age-isms and some balancing going on - examining science - and even in science there is some movement to a middle ground where scientists are considering Consciousness.
The Bond seems to reflect a pulling back from a new age tone - although Lynn Mctaggert was more science based than other authors in the same group of authors we all read at the time - and this book is one science discovery after another - with social and cultural meaning and implications extracted.
It's interesting to see humanity's current condition and what appears to be a rapid evolution. Lynn McTaggert has made some fascinating connections and observations and the book is a positive experience.
The narration was fine.