Where do I start? How about with the fact the author states that dark-skinned asians from outer space drive mysterious black VW Bugs and come to our planet to mutilate cattle, make prank phone calls, pretend to be government agents, and take suprise photographs of us while hiding in our living rooms?
I can't believe that 'literature' like this got published but hundreds of authors get rejected every month.
And the money the author accepted from Hollywood for the rights to develop a movie based on it would have been better invested in nursery rhymes.
It amazes me that this guy actually has made a living since the 1960s writing this stuff.
He takes credit for every original thought that UFO folks have had (because he 'wrote a paragraph' about it earlier). But discredits some of the folks he interviews while trying to make others look more believable.
The book isn't about the mothman - which he describes as being everything from a 10 foot chicken to a nude dark 7 foot tall woman with wings. It's about nothing in particular; just a collection of accounts in the late 60s and early 70s that he 'investigated.'
It's hard to listen to the book without being insulted by the author's attempt to even make you belive some of this stuff.
Like a proverbial 'train wreck' the only reason to continue to listen is to see just how far out on a limb this guy can go. Just when you think he's managed to completely confuse everything that you've ever heard about UFOs; he'll take it a step further by telling you that these same aliens will cause your phone lines to screach and then send poltergeists to your house just for kicks. Obviously no one ever told him that UFOs, Ghosts, & Demons are about as different subjects as Vasectomies, Home Shopping Channes, and Oil Changes are.
Save your money.
Save your sanity.
Save what's left of your good taste.
Don't buy this book.
You've been warned.
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.
My love is for what I do not know.
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.
I like the topic and the production value and narrator were flawless
It is a topic I enjoy a lot even if I am on the skeptic side
No, but he was perfect on this one.
There already is, that made me buy this audiobook and the movie is one of my all time favourites
Awesome work, two thumbs up.
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
There is no way I am going to pass this book up! I have been a huge fan of stories such as this and either if it's real or not, everyone should have an open mind about this very subject! Fantastic!
I don't understand why this book is rated so low, or gets such poor reviews. I found it both fascinating and very creepy at parts. Dragged sometimes, but over all I thought it was a great read/listen!
So I read this book to conquer my fear. It all seems so fantastic, I'm not sure I can believe (which really helped with my fear of aliens) I like the narrator and the subject kept my interest. I had never heard of this before and have not seen the movie. He is an expert at building conspiracy theories. I do wonder if it's true or if he's just a bit touched.