I listen to alot of Books. I mean ALOT of books. If I review it, it means it must have been worth it.
So this book was not the movie, as alot of the reviews state, and that is fine. But where it goes wrong it that it has very little, (almost none) of material relating to the Mothman. It is all about UFO's. The book pretty much just consists of account after account of UFO signings, encounters, and visitations. This is all fine if the book was entitled "Strange UFO Encounters" but it wasn't. It was titled the "Mothman Prophesies" and it just didn't have anything about either the Mothman or events surrounding his sightings. The book is interesting and well done. It just doesn't have anything in it about the topic that made me what to listen to it to begin with.
More about everything else but Morhman..... Tried to listen to the whole book but couldn't ..... Never did get to the bridge collapse in Point Pleasant WV and I only had an hour left to listen .... Not worth the money
I knew this book was written in the 70's when I purchased it but it seemed like it might be a "classic" and therefore worth a listen. He discusses a number of peculiar events surrounding the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Among these events are sightings of mothman, UFO, strange phone calls, visits from very disorganized MIB agents, etc. However, the author really fails to offer any kind of theory about the cause or meaning of these events. He dismissed extraterrestrial contact out of hand stating simply that extraterrestrial life does not exist and to speculate otherwise is just silly. Then he turns around and blames all these peculiar events on malicious beings in the psycospere, but fails to give any theory as to who these beings are, why they like to make crank phone calls, what their ultimate goals are etc. After listening to the book, I just cannot understand why people seem to like it so much or why is still gets mentioned thirty years later.
The stories are interesting enough. The narration is pretty good.
The thing that bugs me the most is the Endless comments that basically is the author saying, "Look how important I am! Seriously. I'm that important. Everyone knows who I am, even people not interested in UFOs. I really am kind of a big deal!" I was kind of able to ignore the constant patting self on the back to get through the first half. The second half and this issue gets worse. This probably would have been a great book on "What ifs" and "Maybe" but for the endless ego stroking.
No, just the author.
I have not, but he does a very good job reading Keen's ego stroking. I would love to hear him read a better book.
Yes, never read or bother listening to anything from Keen again.
You wrote a book, Mr. Keen and that's great. Not many folks have written and had published any sort of book. With that said, get over yourself.
Once you read something this bad you never go back. No No A thousand times no.
I'm going to the Hornblower series just to clear my head
Craig Wasson is a great Narrator, that fact that I made it halfway though the book is all on him and not the writer.
Remove all the crap that has nothing to do with the story. There is so much endless details of encounters and reports that further no story narrative. 70% of this book is glorified unrelated padding.
If you are in a hospital and suffering from a neck injury that leaves you fully paralyzed. Pray to the gods this is not the book your brother brings to you to listen too why you are laying in bed and powerless to move. Beg to be unplugged.
Although I am typically disinclined to award much of anything with five stars, I did in this instance in part because I felt it was seriously underrated here and felt I needed to try to restore some balance. It is an exceptional read. I don't think many books offer the kind of dense information (anecdotal and researched) this one offered. Let's be honest, the subject matter isn't bad either. I personally hate the subject of UFOs and was relieved that this was not about that as such. I very much liked his general take on things as well. He didn't fall in lock step with any particular group, and tended to abandon (to a great degree) preconceived ideas. That made for a far more credible read, whether or not you come to his ultimate conclusions (I do not, but appreciated much of his logic) and did find merit to many/most of his conclusions/observations along the way. Whether you approach this as fiction or non-fiction, the read is addictive and moves at a good clip. I enjoyed it very much…and yes, I double checked the doors before I went to bed. Excellent read. By the way if you like this, I would suggest my other top choice this year, Michelle Paver's, Dark Matter--completely fictional but very believable. I am certain many true and similar stories out there have happened before. Cheers!
Chilling, eye-opening and strange.
Nothing to compare to.
What a great book. I'd never heard the story of the Mothman in any other form, whether it be TV or other, this was my first experience. I was trapped in listening to it from the beginning. I found myself going running or biking just so I could listen to some more of the story.
The deeper Keel takes you into his experiences during the "Year of the Garuda" the more you find yourself questioning the things you "know" about the world around you. Presented in a style more reminiscent of a collection of articles than a single narrative Keel brings the reader into an ever more strange, and increasingly threatening microcosm consisting of true believers and the seemingly omnipresent phenomena that haunt them. Perhaps the most disturbing part of the book is Keels own decent into paranoid madness. The electronic "malfunctions", the men in black, a phone line issue that seems more than happenstance. John Keel finds himself no longer a simple documentarian, but a player in this wild and terrifying "game". In his search for an explanation Keel develops a strange and disconcerting hypothesis, connecting all the wild experiences that have been happening around him. Mothman, Indrid Cold, Strange Lights in the Sky, The Men in Black, for Keel they are not separate unexplainable phenomenon, for John Keel, they are all related and about a purpose that at best is indifferent to the pain and fear they cause, and at worst, enjoying the suffering they bring.
When Keel begins to express just how deep he went down the rabbit hole you get a feel for just how "real" all these unbelievable things are. Is there a Mothman? Are their Aliens? Are the Men in Black listening to your phone calls? The reality of these things becomes inconsequential, for Keel believes them to be true. By surrounding himself with "true" believers and immersing himself in all the "unexplainable" events surrounding Point Pleasant Keel falls into madness. Paranoia takes over and we see that, even were there no validity to the amazing events of that year, the power of belief held by those people possessed a danger of its own.
The narrator is nothing special, he reads well but with little panache
Even if its only in your mind, it doesn't mean its not real.
LOVED IT. And it still gives me the wiggins