I was hoping for more. I find the Ancient Alien Theory fascinating, and there were moments of interest in this work, but no real narrative. This felt incomplete, more like a primer for more in depth works. I have not explored any other works by Sitchin, but perhaps The 12th Planet should be considered more of a companion work?
The relationships outlined (and that's all they were: outlines) piqued my interest, and I wished to explore them further, but that was not to be. As everything else in this book, narratives were left hanging, and massive expanses of time were jumped to and fro, in the most jarring of ways.
The 12th Planet cannot stand on its own.
I have to admit, I didn't make it past the mid-way point of this one. The author uses jarring transitions and hokey and predictable "connections" as a device to string together the vignettes into an overlong and preachy narrative, which bashes the listener/reader over the head again, and again, and yes, yet again with the not so subtle social message screamed throughout the story. I trudged on through to the middle of this story in hopes of FINALLY reaching the end and my reward (which I hoped would be an amazing revelation that would make all my suffering worth while) however, the story and reading got so incredibly insufferable that no amount of genius could make listening for another 9-10 hours worth the pain. Save yourself the 20 hours of misery and skip this one.
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