The audio of this book did not turn out to be as bad as some other reviews below suggest. Though it is improvable but is listenable. I am not a big believer in mediumship or angelic revelations but this work, even if it might be purely a fiction, seems to have been written with a lot of thought and imagination. It does have some trappings of New Age and that is why I reserve a bit of healthy skepticism.
What made me a bit wary was the claim of this book that Thomas was killed in India. This seems to be retelling of a popular myth as the contemporary biblical scholarship, both secular and religious, now discounts this story as apocryphal. The fellow mistaken from St. Thomas was actually Thomas of Cana , a Persian merchant who escaped to India with other Christian refugees in 4th century CE. I was wondering if Purusa was real St. Thomas whether she would have still made this claim about St.Thomas' death in India which is now known to be spurious, based on a mistaken identity.
Having said that there is a lot in this work that is thought provoking. It is basically retelling of classical Hindu philosophy of Advaita , or Non-dualism, in a New Age format.
For a more orthodox and time-worn reading of non-dualism philosophy the reader is advised to refer to the works of Adi Shankara, the 8th century Indian mystic who reconciled Buddhism and Hinduism. Another classical Hindu work that comes to mind, which contains the same exposition, is "Yoga Vashishtha". A more contemporary and Christianized, and yet somewhat conservative and orthodox, reading and practice of his philosophy is also available from Self-Realization Fellowship founded by Paramhamsa Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi (available on audible). The present work refers back to Course on Miracles, a work I am not very familiar with but would definitely like to check out after listening to this work. On the whole, I recommend this book but with a little caution however.
Anyone interested in the teaching of A Course In Miracles or any other non-duality teaching,this is a must read. It's interesting, entertaining and full of zingers. The ending is quite remarkable. I have gone to many of the authors workshops and have no doubt he had a very real experience with his ascended visitors. It is deep and if u don't understand concepts of non- duality you may want to start with something else. But get to it eventually! It will fill your world with wonder and awe.
No. Poorly read. The subject was interesting, but the Readers were horrible. I might recommend the Hardcopy Book.
The 'Universe' concept was interesting.
Wisecracking Ascended Masters?
The Author's voice was uninspiring.
The female Reader started out bad, you could hear her stumbling over commas, though she grew more proficient by the end of the book.
The male Reader didn't start out too bad, but was emoting like the announcer in a commercial by the end of the book.
I'll probably listen to A Course in Miracles, so I guess this book did its job.
I wonder if I can return this Book to get the money to buy the one it was advertising.
If those two clowns are Ascended Masters, I think I'll take up Buddhism.
no the narration was HORRIBLE!! all three of them are horrible. one sounds like Christopher Walken as a computer that breathes heavily, the other guy sounds like a movie announcer and then there is Doreen Virtue. LOL
the story and the attempt at being funny was a bit disappointing. the way it is presented makes it very hard to believe. he conveniently asks questions to try to convince the reader/listener that what is happening is real. the way the 2 "teachers" talk to him seem quite unbelievable. just seems like a big plug to buy the book Course in Miracles. he must have some connection to the original author.
What a terrible choice of voices. The narrator / author has a speech impediment and gasps his way through even one sentence? Confused as to why they did not use a professional. There is a radio announcer / game show host as the other male voice? And there is this silly attempt at 'coolspeak' throughout the book that just detracts completely. The author sounds totally wooden even though they are his own words. Terrible. I'm sure the book is good but the audiobook is a disaster.
Terrible terrible voice. Cannot get one sentence out without gasping, is completely wooden and his silly attempt at coolspeak completely detracts from the message. Very hard to listen through unfortunately.
Please re-record this using suitable voices for the characters portrayed. This is a disaster.
I guess I am new to the Course of Miracles literature, which is why I have mixed feelings regarding the book. This at first seemed to be the writing of someone well versed in the Course of Miracles who used a fictional story to emphasize the concepts of the Course he felt were important in gleaning the basic tenets of the Course. Then I thought, many people probably believe the book is Non-Fiction, a direct message from God via messengers. At that point I did not know what to make of it. I am sure everyone differs on which fork in the road to take. At the end I do get the strong sense that this is a Non-Fiction book in the mind of the author. The narration is a mixed bag, does not overly impede the listening experience but certainly does not enhance it. I guess in the end it makes you think, at least for the more spiritually minded audience.
This is almost unlistenable. Why would they not have employed three real actors for the roles?
As far as the book itself goes, Renard's attempts at humour made me cringe, although the content is pretty good if you're into ACIM.
Consider yourself warned!
Loved the sarcasm and humor, it made Gary come off as an average Joe, like me. I've been putting off the Course in miracles but after listening to The disappearance of the universe, I feel it made The Course seem more unattainable. This subject usually reads like a text book or lecture, lacking humor not this one. I just wished this version wasn't abridged.
The content of the book and its conversational delivery of Course material is invaluable. It shaves years off study and assures you read the Course from a context that is not from your past. It helps the new student navigate the language and levels of the course so as not to unnecessarily delay your experience while caught up in vernacular or the all to common mistake of confusing the metaphysical content and the literal content. Read this book several times along with the Course. It is a priceless companion.
Yet, the delivery is nearly painful to listen to. The"acting" to keep the content of the conversation and inflections meaningful as well as relative to the content is like a middle school play of Shakespeare. You get the content but the delivery is so off at times it's distracting. The author gets to hire out a voice and professional to do what he can not so the listener won't be distracted by his labored breathing and monotone inflections. The other two actors try their best but there is no chemistry. I would be honored to be the voice for the next two books in the series. If it's Gary again, I will stick with the book form and not pay for the audible. And I forgive it all. Joe. Mookdi at aol dot com.