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.
Here is an example of a book I should have looked at a bit more closely before purchasing. The promo audio clip sounded alright, as did the squib on Audible. This was a tedious book. Long-winded, purported non-fiction with no unifying theme that was apparent, other than the author is the only man alive clever enough to find space aliens behind hang-up phone calls and other natural disasters.
From the outset let me say that I did not expect this book to be the same story as the movie. I did some research before purchasing it. This book is ok for someone who is looking for stories that are the equivalent of campfire stories or bizarre stories you may hear from friends after a good bottle of wine. Don’t look for scientific facts here because the author is more concerned with telling the stories that people have related to him, no matter how strange. Over all the book really goes nowhere and gives little illumination into the mystery of the Mothman sightings. It just wanders from one strange story to another leading the reader into a state of boredom rather than intrigue.
I admit I was suckered in by the title. It was a clever ruse, to call it something like Mothman Prophesies. It spends very little time on the so-called Mothman and even less time on any prophecies. For that matter, it's a meandering diatribe of a collection of every UFO and hair-brained X-files throw away story you've ever heard. And if you're anything like me, who's up-to-date on these types of stories, nothing new at all was expounded in this poor excuse for an "otherworldly" tome. When I listen to a book like this, I wonder at the level of mediocrity of content that is considered acceptable to put into print or on tape. It sounds to me like they sold the concept before they sold the book, and what they delivered, the work, fell far short of the mark, but the publisher was not willing to take a loss or figured that there are enough suckers out there to buy it that it would make it worthwhile. Apparently he was right, since I bought it, and it's no surprise that Hollywood optioned the rights...I'll bet the screenplay will have more of a story line than the book even if it has the depth of an '80's music video. Don't waste your money...the movie HAS to be better...
I thought that this book was supposed to have a mothman in it. This book does not even contain a measily little moth. I thought that it was a horror story, like the movie (which was really good). Instead, this book is all about UFOs. I hate UFOs. They mess up our corn.
One of the most compelling books I have ever read. John Keel investigates the UFO phenomenon from an objective standpoint and discovers that the truth is far more bizarre than the bogus stories the standard UFOlogists can dream up.
The title is somewhat misleading as the book is not about mothman, though he is mentioned. It is also true that the book is nothing like the cheap garbage movie that bears the same name. The producers of that movie merely bought the name so the could produce some trash and make a quick buck.
I would also like to address those reviewers that feel the book is a bunch of disconnected stories. You obviously missed the point entirely and Mr. Keel explains his point in detail in the first few chapters. The point is the common connection between the stories. The point is that all sorts of other weird things happen in the same places and at the same times that UFO sightings are recorded. All of these things must therefore be part of the same phenomenon.
If you have on open mind and the ability to read a story objectively without forming a "belief", prepare to be glued to your earphones for 9 hours.
Oh my. It was very hard to take this audio book seriously. It is the digital equivalent to a campfire ghost story. Or am I being mislead by extra-terrestrial beings and mysterious men in black suits. I jumped into this without doing any research. Bad move on my part.