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.
I have listening to this book a few times now and each time I get something new from it that I didn't get the first time. I've learned so much from Gary, Pursah & Arten and am forever grateful for their words of wisdom & encouragement. I have started applying some of the forgiveness techniques whenever I have any sort of problem or an "un-settling" feeling come up... and let me say what a difference it has made in my life already. I highly recommend this book, and I have gone on to purchase two more of Gary's books as well. Bravo.
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.
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.
Terrible!!!! All the sexual content was a big turn off. At one point I wonderred if Gary's sex drive was what this book was published for. Wish I could get my money back
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!
The Disappearance of The Universe is my favourite book of all time and this audiobook is a great way to refresh these timeless ideas of healing in your mind. This audiobook does not contain the entirety of the book yet still is absolutely totally incredible!
Here are some words to describe my experience of this book: Dogmatic, judgmental, immature, hypocritical, contradictory, arrogant, vulgar, condescending, sarcastic, hostile, offensive, and poorly written. And if you read other reviews about this book, you will find most of these descriptions contained within many of those reviews as well as this one. From my experience… this is an inexcusable presentation of a theoretically spiritual philosophy (supposedly based in love and forgiveness). Perhaps the actual ACIM is a course based in love and forgiveness and this book is a massive disservice to it - I cannot say at this time as I have not read it (ACIM) - yet. If this book is theoretically (a self proclaimed) accurate representation of A Course in Miracles, then my instinct but would be to avoid ACIM like the plague. A major premise of this book is that the universe in which we exist is completely meaningless and a horrific nightmare mistake which simultaneously does not exist in any way, shape or form. ...As far as my experience of this book goes, this book is a horrific nightmare and exponentially more meaningless than it claims our universe to be. I purchased the audiobook after seeing many positive reviews, one in particular recommending reading it prior to reading ACIM in order to be able to understand A Course in Miracles better.
There are many Amazon reviews previously written explaining more specifically all of the adjectives I have used to describe this book - so please refer to them!
Essentially, there are a multitude of more enlightened and compassionate spiritual books and texts available - my recommendation: take a pass on this one and perhaps either read the actual A Course In Miracles or look elsewhere altogether.
One recommendation I do have is to check out Paul Selig's channeled books (among many other excellent options).
interestingly, I scanned through this book in a bookstore several years ago & was completely turned off by what I read in it at that time, choosing not to purchase it. Unfortunately, I was lured into purchasing it at this time after seeing positive reviews - thinking maybe I had assessed it too harshly at that time. I should have stayed with my first instincts and impression as this book is what is harsh (and not my impressions/assessment of it).
I certainly did not learn anything new or revelatory in Gary Renard's book. As one reviewer stated it, it is even unhealthy. However, if you wish to believe that your life here and now (or any prior or future lives) are completely and utterly meaningless, while simultaneously being entirely nonexistent illusions) …then forge ahead! Indeed, this world is not as solid as we may believe it to be, but I certainly do not believe our experiences here are utterly meaningless - I am very open to different perspectives on what it is we are doing here and why, but I find many of the premises of this book to be contradictory nonsense, honestly. If the premises in this book were true, then whoever we are and how we came to be here would apparently be a preposterous joke.
To me this book is a spiritual charade, not enlightening or helpful. Lastly, this book is theoretically teaching true forgiveness. Well, if the two "ascended masters" written about in this book actually exist, I certainly wouldn't want them to be my teachers in forgiveness as they are very intolerant and sarcastic. And. as an extension of that, I certainly hope they would not be representing Jesus' true message - since, as far as I can ascertain, Jesus truly taught only love - not hypocrisy, judgment, intolerance and arrogance as is reoresented within the writings in this book.