Say something about yourself!
If I do, I will read it. This book is a great case for a professional narrator.
As an intellectual person who appreciates solid research, logic, and critical thought, I expect every author and researcher who presents a theory or hypothesis to do his/her reader the honor of following the purposeful and thorough steps of investigation and research.
While I do appreciate Wilcock's enthusiasm on this subject (one, by the way, of which I personally don't need convincing due to experience and belief), that same enthusiasm seems to have precluded his need for proof in the old "if X then Y" formula. Too often he presents a collection of examples or instances and then makes the claim that the point he wants to make is obviously true. Obviously? Perhaps to Wilcock. And perhaps to those of us who believe. But unfortunately, even those of us who do believe can identify presumptive conclusion and weak presentation when we hear (or read) it.
I wanted more investigation and more research, and less recitation of others' findings. In this way, I wanted more Wilcock.
I wanted less exclamation of Wilcock's own amazement and shock. I want to be left to have my own feelings of amazement and shock when consuming research and hypothesis. In this way, I wanted less Wilcock.
There are very few authors who can narrate their work well and professionally. To write and to perform are two very separate talents, and the remarkable combination is rare. (Graham Hancock is one author within this genre that I consider a select exception.) Wilcock, unfortunately, is very hard to listen to. His presentation is a combination of excited and plaintive, with emphasis and inflection that, I'm sorry to say, I found myself comparing to the whine of my six-year-old daughter when she's too tired and too hungry.
I really wanted to listen. And I did. But I could only do it in very small doses. A 19-hour audio book taken in medicine drops of 5 minutes at a time (sometimes at increased audio speed to help me get through more faster before I had to stop listening) makes for a tedious commitment. Getting through this took me a very, very long time. I found myself seeking other books on similar subjects that were better written and better narrated just to help me get through this one.
I love that Wilcock has pursued this subject. I appreciate that he has put himself out there and that he is opening the minds of many through his work. I believe he is saying something that is very worthy. He is on to something that more of us should be.
I may choose to read him again. Mind you, that's read, not listen. I will opt for print. Because skimming and silence are beautiful things.
The book starts off well. Lots of interesting examples that suggest some kind of global mind connection. Then he gets stuck in the weeds for hours talking about the significance of ancient symbols and Egyptian inches. This seems largely irrelevant to me. While he's going on and on about the pyramids he claimed that some of the stones used in the construction weighed over 70 tonnes and that this is more than can be lifted by any modern crane. This is so obviously false it completely defeated my suspension of disbelief. If he's willing to make such a dumb false statement it discredits the whole book. I struggled on for another 10 minutes and then gave up.
Read Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock. If you already have then this is a waste of time for you.
Truly amazing book, amazing science but it was the scientific reference that really allowed me to expand my thinking and understand this as truth. This book is certainly the best way to start your journey into spiritual and scientific awakening. As an atheist previously before this teaching I can honestly say this book has changed life for me in the best possible way. Buy. This. Book. Just the fact you found it means you need answers, and believe me this book had those answers and then some.
Best thing about the book: I like the vast collection of stories and studies on this topic. The Author clearly did exhaustive research and I appreciate his efforts to present the disparate datum in a complete collection. Worst thing about the book: I have been studying esoteric teachings for a while, not "Advanced" but by no means a Novice. I found the Author's repetition of information and refusal to move beyond his need to convince the Reader that the Source Field exists to be draining on my attention.
The anecdote about the inventor of the Polygraph test and his subsequent studies into "plant consciousness" were really eye-opening. Throughout the story, there are "Ah ha!" moments that pop up and make me glad I have stayed with it.
First let me state that I was glad David was narrating his own book. I watch him on Gaia TV and he has an affable personal style that I really enjoy. But I am disappointed with his reading of the work. David reads like he is giving a presentation to a group of children; dramatic in a theatrical way that comes across as pandering and cloying. If you read this David: PLEASE read like you are having a conversation with intelligent adults and it will be great!
I am on Chapter 7 of 20 and already looking for my next book, soo....I have to say "No". I will continue to listen because the information is strong, but due to the repetition of certain anecdotes and all the time the Author spends "convincing" people of why it's ignorant to deny the field, the book is longer than it should be.
This book perfectly illustrates why it's important to weave a narrative thread around research and not just present studies with your personal opinion splashed about. It's hard to feel like I'm going anywhere with this book. Rather, it's a collection of tid-bits that I will mostly forget. I think David would benefit greatly from a strong co-author and a narration coach. I hope he goes this route because the subject matter he writes about could not be more interesting!
David's insightfulness is awe inspiring! truly important read for the inquiring mind, thank you!
I loved David's performance and hope he will continue to do this for all his works.