I enjoyed this book, but much of it has been on tv. There were some things that weren't and found that parts were quite interesting. Overall, good book with lots of information and well researched.
Lately I've become interested in UFOs since watching a film called I know What I Saw - I decided to see if there was an audio book with some more info - this one is awesome - detailed covereage of all angles of the issue - When you hear the reports from all of these pilots and military people and plain citizens as well you come to realize these things are whizzing all around. Im going to get the audio book on Roswell next.
The material is Amazing! It is backed up with facts that can not be ignored, You will never look at the UFO phenomenon the same way again.
Like many people, I have an interest in UFOs, SETI etc. but have steered clear of books on the subject for many years because because most exhibit the less-than-objective hallmarks of authors who have clearly 'swallowed the red pill' (to quote the Matrix) and surrendered their credibility to the world of conspiracy theorists.
Kean's refreshing work documents several incidents that aren't widely known and, most interesting to me, discusses the surprisingly extensive investigations that nations other than the U.S. have conducted into various sightings. Her sources are, for the most part, identified by name and possess good credentials; much of the book is actually their verbatim testimonials rather than Kean's editorial. Most reports and discussion were precise and specific, with counter arguments considered and rebutted.
I don't think that every argument was rock solid but, generally speaking, the quality was far better than any other book or documentary that I'm aware of. As a military pilot, I can say that she does a pretty good job of representing the technical aspects of many reports, though she does seem to be rather easily impressed by the "Top Secret" security clearance credentials that at least one of her interviewees possessed (these clearances are so common as to be almost taken for granted among Air Force pilots and in certain other military career fields as well).
I'm not going to completely revise my worldview based on this book, but I would say that it re-opened my eyes to the subject of UFOs to the point that I'll at least critically evaluate such reports rather than casually dismissing them as conspiracy babble.
Regarding the narration: rather than the simple expedient of using two narrators, a female and a male, to read the author's discussion and the eyewitness reports respectively, the producers employed a single, relatively monotone female voice. As a result, it's often quite difficult to distinguish between the author's discussion and the eyewitness narratives, to the point that it actually does detract from one's comprehension of the book.
This audible book had interesting content and seemed to be the result of many hours of dedicated work. Although right from the start, the narrator started to put me to sleep. I never realized the value of the narrator until this book. To add to the challenge, the writer dragged out the stories and seemed to repeat facts throughout the book. Overall, the interesting subject kept me tuned in and I recommend it if you are prepared for a legal brief.
The author rehashes older UFO incidents from the '40s through the '90s but spends most of her time reiterating her proposition that the US government and military are conspiring to hide the truth. OK, I'm shocked to discover what I've already known for 40 years.
There's no new information here, and the combination of the author's obsession with conspiracies and the reader’s monotonous voice make this almost a “must skip”.
I was hoping to get a serious update on the state of the UFO/UAP phenomenon. Instead I found a stale polemic.
I did not read the print version so I have no idea if it is better than the print version.
The author presented convincing cases of evidence that there is something flying around in our atmosphere that we have yet to identify. There is also substantial evidence to show that the US government is one of the least responsive governments in the world when it comes to UFO's. The majority of the book came off as an unbiased presentation of information. However, the last few chapters heavily leaned towards the belief that there are UFO's out there that are not of this planet, which there is no evidence of as presented in this book. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. The author clearly has done decades of research before writing the book and it is well worth listening to.
The narrator was hard to follow at times during some of the interviews because there was no change in tone, pitch or tamber for the different persons quoted in the book.
I place this book (The hard copy) high on my list of books I would recommend to a friend.
I found Leslie’s work to be a truly objective piece of journalism. She presents accurate information from credible sources and stays on topic. Fanciful tales of alien abduction, little gray men and unfortunate farm animals are left at east gate where they belong.
I would absolutely not recommend Heather Henderson as a narrator for any book. I found that I was forcing myself to listen to her through out the performance. Her voice seems to have no character and any feeling or emotion felt forced and fake. Only my interest in the topic at hand allowed me to make it through the entire book. This did not make for a pleasant listening experience. I am very grateful her voice is not used for aircraft aural warning systems. I have no doubt that flight crews would surely tune it out.
This subject can be discussed seriously and remain fascinating, with out the input of gold diggers and fame seekers.
Best Book so far on the subject. For any one truly interested in the topic I would recommend this book, but be warned the narrator takes some of the fun out of it.
For the great work Leslie, thank you. Thanks also to Audible for presenting this work. Sorry about he narration.
Prepare to suspend disbelief and give this book a chance. I was hopeful, but came away completely unconvinced and disappointed. There is nothing new here, just a rehash of the same conjecture and sorry eyewitnesses that every other work on this subject has dredged up.
If you believe the moon landing was a hoax, Evlis is alive and working in a gas station in Montana, and think 9/11 was an inside job this book may be for you.