This isn't the most entertaining ufo book I've ever read--it's not intended to be. You're not going to find the kind of kooky, urban-legend-y paranormal campfire stories most books in this genre have. What you WILL find are clearly presented, well-researched accounts by credible and competent people about experiences they've had with UFOs, the evidence gathered about those experiences, and the conclusions they and the author reached about them.
Anyone with an interest in the subject--and ESPECIALLY people who think the whole subject is nonsense--will find this book fascinating.
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.
Thank you, Menocu®
Compelling assembly of testimonials and evidence from authorities and respected sources. A bit too invested in the extraterrestrial hypothesis for me, but honestly so, at least.
The author interviewed pilots both commercial and military, as well as, police, and government officials. These witnesses to UFO's were from all over the world from Brazil, Peru, US. UK, Spain, Iran, Belgium and point in between. She goes onto show that many witnesses get smirks, or are demeaned for reporting what they say or saw. Especially pilots who lose their jobs if they indicate they saw a UFO. Her point is if so many reputable witnesses claim to have seen UFO's with evidence then why is it not a security threat? It is most likely the most severe threat to the world if these aliens have threatening intentions. Why not really take a global look at this? Many pilots have shot at UFO crafts in the past, yet governments and the media keep it under wraps. If you have interest in this mystery, I recommend this read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UK expat, married, kids, writer.
More evidence and less citing of dodgy witness reports and tired old stories that have been debunked multiple times from multiple angles.
She did well with the subject matter but whether consciously or not she adopted to use slightly humorous voices when quoting people.
Anything by Nick Pope would have been cut, along with the born again UFOlogist Fife Symington. Oh good lord and that whole Rendelsham Forest bit.