I'm one of those people who believe that 99.999% of all 'UFO' sightings are easily explainable as natural phenomena, hoaxes, schizophrenia, or misidentified aircraft. However, there is that .001% that defies explanation...
This book approaches the subject of UFO's in that same light, using ONLY the most credible reports from people who have nothing to gain.
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.
This one is for the reader who wants documentation and verification of reports with names, dates and specifics. It's not a "story" book at all, but an excellent recounting of reports submitted by notable people, verified and testified to by other people involved in the incidents at the time. Ms. Kean is a thorough research reporter and leaves little doubt that we should not be so quick to dismiss odd occurrences simply because they are inexplicable. If I recall correctly, most of the witnesses simply indicate they do not know and cannot explain what it was they saw or experienced, only that the reported incidents did occur and were inexplicable by our current state of knowledge.
Not light reading, but well worth the time spent doing so.
Lucian A, Sperta
If you are not aware of the history of UFO and its beginings, this book is excellent for you. If your'e a UFO follower as I am, this book is redundant in its information. UFO followers this book is not for you, Its a definitive repeat -in which most of this can be read or seen on YOUTUBE, it is very well written filled with lots of information and excellent in its research, she did her home work, this is for the lay person. Well it was good listening and I was more drawn into this information and the reality of our New reality....we are, and have been, and are being visited....a fact that cannot be denied. And I like to add I witnessed a UFO in 10/2004. I am a believer.........
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.
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.
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.
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.