because I kept daydreaming while listening to this. Suddenly the day's To Do list became more important, or remembering something that happened, ANYTHING but having to listen to the speaker go on and on . . .
Because this audio book cost so much, I thought "it must be me . . . keep at it". But, I've bought so many other audio books by now that are interesting and informative and delightful ways to spend my time. This was set aside in favor of other books, many other books.
I've been trying to get through this for a few months now, tried again today to continue on, and simply gave up and skipped to the end to listen to the last segment in case there was a conclusion.
The speaker speaks too slowly, and speaks with a tone that I associate with "pompous" (although, strangely, there is a similar speech pattern in author Eben Alexander, MD, but I didn't get the same feeling)
There were some interesting bits of information, but it was a long wait between, with a lot of words to listen to. The essential information could have been presented in about 2 hours.
I recently bought The Genie Within, and recommend that for people like me, who just want a teacher or informer of information to just GET TO THE POINT.
Also, I'm going to avoid any further meditation-related audio books that refer to Budda or anything in the Buddhist tradition. It's starting to bring out the worst in me when I hear one more strange Buddhist short story that's supposed to make me have a light bulb moment - but it's too strange to make out any point. Suddenly my hand shoots up in the air and makes a mouth puppet and I blurt out "Blah, Blah, Blah" and I remember that Indiana Jones scene where some guy was spinning and swirling a sword and Indiana Jones pulled out a pistol and just got the fight over with. Maybe I'm not at a point in "this life" where talking in circles is useful to me.
This was a waste of money and time. I wonder if it's too late to return this.
Brandon Sanderson is a new author to me, and reviews were good. I downloaded this huge audiobook and wondered what was in store. The beginning was a little rough for me - like being thrown into the deep end of a pool. The author doesn't coddle the reader and we are plunged directly into another world with new words that aren't defined and meanings are discerned by the conversation, actions, or later on in the story.
That was an interesting experience for me, and I could either have chosen to be annoyed at having to work a bit or intrigued by having to discover meanings on my own. By about the 4th hour of the audiobook things started to settle into place - the world, the people, the new words, the culture and characters.
Well, in four hours some authors are starting to wrap up their book, but Brandon Sanderson was just getting warmed up. The plot is deliciously intricate and it takes time to weave happenings together and it's so fun to watch the individual characters develop and then anticipate the moment various storylines come together.
The imaginative details are impressive . . . I always wonder how people can think up these physical details.
A great experience. On to Book 2 of the series . . .
The one chapter that interviewed the Weaver family and looked back at what is known as the Ruby Ridge incident had a great impact on me. It was painful to hear about, but educational as well - I had not read behind-the-scenes information and the history changed for me.
The other chapters, where the various heads of political or activist or anti-this or anti-that groups, and their members, were interesting and at times amusing. In the end, all the people featured seemed to be of a similar personality type and maybe they got into their respective groups or ideas simply because of where they were born or who they were around.
The book started out strong and ended quietly. Jon Ronson is an excellent investigative journalist and I learned a lot, but because he can see the humor in life and people, the stories were easier to listen to.
People who don't read miss out. I almost missed out on this one due to the slow start of the story, but thankfully the book gained momentum after about half an hour or so, picking up more with each chapter.
Peals of laughter from deep in my chest, lumps in my throat, sometimes tears in my eyes that were left from laughter or some emotion that was brought forth from the writing.
In the movie Avatar, there is saying "I see you" and this is something that the author brought forth in this book again and again. We see humanity, with faults and gifts, angry, kind, childish, witty, mean, or compassionate. We see humanity through the various people described, observed, or met in this road trip, and especially in the unfolding of one character and the evolution of the other.
I started out knowing this was a fictional book, but midway couldn't help doing an internet search just to make sure. Because I hoped it was not. But, it is.
I hope the sequel will be put on Audible too. A book to bring forth the best in the reader as we are given moments to contemplate, be thoughtful, and maybe come out at the end of this book a little better for the experience.
The funny parts were really funny too. I love it when an author can make me laugh.
Excellent and perfect narration.
This was fun to listen to, but what was great too was the discussion afterward with the Professor of Theater who discussed Oscar Wilde, his work, his life, and how this play fit with society and people's ideas in that era.
Well, I clicked the "Series" word under the author's name and checked out the list of the books to come, and skipped to the last book listed, Book 15, and read a review there that makes me feel that this is a series that will be fun to listen to and shows promise with a good evolution of character.
The first book in a series is not always the best, but this book shows me that this is going to be enjoyable. The ratings average of over 4.5 usually means I'm not going to be wasting my time either.
Off to Book 2 . . .
I guess this could make for a good movie, or series, because there is something of an epic here. The author has a brilliant technical and physical imagination, and has done a good job of thinking out what the various effects would be for certain technical or physical situations and it's a lot of fun being surprised by the results detailed in the story.
However, after a stint of reading author Larry Correia's books, this book seems lackluster in imagery and creating visual descriptions, characters and scenery. Terminal World seems to be a "B" effort instead of an "A" simply because there is so much lacking in sensual imagery. It's more like looking at a detailed blueprint than at the actual work of architecture - the beautiful building.
The story does start off slowly, and because it is a bleak future survival story, I often stopped and went off to another book for fun then returned to this one. (While highly technical, this is a book low in humor, and I just prefer books that have either wit, sarcasm, or a skewed viewpoint to spice things up) In the latter half of this book there was a more hopeful storyline and I was able to complete the rest of this book - and the latter part of the book was better than the first.
The narrator spoke quickly, almost too staccato in delivery, but had a clear and understandable intonation. Various narrators have different "accents" they can call on, and I was a little perplexed at the choices of a French and Jamaican-like accent for a few characters in a future that is at least 5000 years from now . . . but . . . okay. There are some narrators that excel at changing voices from character to character, and there are some narrators that excel at reading clearly. I think reading clearly is the strong point here and nice try with throwing in a couple of accents here and there.
I'm sure there are technically-minded people who will love this book and appreciate it, but I'm giving myself a virtual gold star for at least finishing it.
I am interested in this information but so distracted by the strange narration that I cannot listen to this audio book anymore. I don't think I got past the first chapter. I did slide forward and listen to a few seconds of future chapters and think I would be interested in this information that is not widely available so will get the regular book version.
The strange pronunciation of words, with words ending in a higher intonation at the end when normally there would be a downward intonation, the mechanical speaking rhythm, and weirdness of speech made it very difficult to focus on what was being said.
Doesn't anyone check (Editor?) (Producer?) on the narrator's work? One bad narrator can have a negative effect on an author's years of hard work.
Right at the beginning of this book there was a story of a client in the Los Angeles area, in the "San Francisco Valley" . . . hmmmm. Should that have been read as the "San Fernando Valley?"
I try to be understanding and flexible about narration, but this is so bad that I cannot get the information I am interested in. At least not in audio form.
WOW . . . . What I remember from this book: You can ask protection or ask blessings in a ritual form from some of these entities (I didn't take notes): God, Jesus, Ra, Isis, Thor, Odin, Angel Raphael, Angel Michael, Mother Mary, and probably more. Some of these entities are in charge of various cardinal points and in some of the asking you must hold your palm either down or to the side and move your arm either down or across your chest to make a symbolic cross motion. (Longer up and down if you are a Christian)
You can mix salt with water (measurements given) and put it in a spray bottle and stand in the 5.4 Foot "exact" circle and turn around spraying the bottle, but make sure when you stop you are facing East (or was that north? or west? . . . I should have taken notes. There was something about North . . . I think Odin was in the North and was in charge of protection of the night entities or was that Ra in his fiery chariot crossing the sky? . . . )
Is a person supposed to use up the whole spray bottle of salty water? If so, what if the bottle runs out when you facing the wrong direction?
Important: You shouldn't Astral Travel if you are on a metal spring bed.
Back to the 5.4 FOOT exact diameter circle. Since there are 12 inches in a foot - does the ".4" refer to 4 inches or forty percent of 12 inches? . . . it's hard to be *exact* without knowing that answer. There is a 50 percent probability that the protection circle could be made not exact depending on the answer.
In all the books I've read about astral travel, the unseen dimensions, consciousness exploration, etc . . . this has the most layers of one person's personal belief systems and rituals overlaid throughout.
I think there is an audience for this book - there are people who believe in and give their power over to named entities and find comfort in rituals and rules and association with Names and magic-ness.
But for those people who are exploring the Greater Reality, seeking an understanding of why we are here and what *here* is, this book may feel like a step back and rather restrictive. The people who are Inner Explorers have also broken the bonds of belief systems and there is a lot of bondage to Names and belief in *their* power in this book.
If you are seeking rituals and protective invocations and circles . . . this book is for you.
At the end of this short audio book there is mention that the author got an English degree and wrote something about the evolution of consciousness and something about physics was mentioned as being part of the research and topic. While listening to this short audio book I was sincerely wishing there was a bit more meat to it and less sizzle. Some inclusion of that research into physics that was mentioned might have helped. Perhaps another book in the future along that line would be nice.
Maybe part of the evolution of consciousness is that New Age-y types are starting to read more about physics and Scientist types are starting to see how consciousness is part of physics. And, as in a Venn Diagram, there is an intersection where Consciousness and Physics are *observed* (ha!) together and both types of people are reading the same books.
In other Audible books I've listened to recently, published in 2013 or 2014 on past lives, or Near Death Experiences, or Out of Body Travel, etc, some type of reference to physics-related descriptions keep cropping up. Some authors devote at least one or more insightful chapters to physics in these books. The cross-leakage between Spirituality and Science is becoming more evident. This Audible book is firmly inside the Spirituality circle only. It is a very Love-and-Light and New Age sweetness work.
If a person is feeling down and looking for encouragement, wisdom, and knowledge of the energy body and what they can do to avoid or clear up negativity and for a beautiful loving Affirmation to use for protection and confidence . . . this will be a good choice.
The narrator's young and sincere voice fit this book perfectly.
Open-minded skeptics will find this informative.
Elisa Medhus stated at the beginning of this book that after her son's death she read and researched books about the afterlife.
She specifically mentioned Tom Campbell's work, which I also find useful. (He is the author of the My Big TOE trilogy and has over 200 youtube videos to learn from)
The format of the book seems to be in chapters that are on a particular topic to do with what happens after death, or some aspect of reality beyond what most people are familiar with.
Within the chapters are transcripts of basically three people: the author, a "translator" (a medium who can see and converse with her son) and her son.
The questions the author brings to the many sessions are very good questions. Some of the follow up questions are perfect. I've read books to do with Consciousness and the construct of reality, why we are here, past lives, reincarnation, near death experiences, out of body travel to the astral and beyond, and some physics or science books related to these subjects, and have had some of these same questions. I'm so glad to have found this book and get quite a few questions answered.
The last portion of the book answered some pretty important questions people often have - such as what about animals, plants, rocks - do they have consciousness or souls - what about God? - what about Jesus? - what about other famous enlightened people - Budda? Gandhi? others? what about angels - more really interesting information about animals (like our pets who can be with us through various lives and even multiple times in one lifetime) and also about those that endure suffering - and what about suffering people? what about these physics theories? what about telepathy? or that tunnel? or what about people who believe this or that or nothing at all?
Sometimes the chattiness of the transcribed conversations did get a tad annoying, but it was a whole lot better than stuffy science wording. So, unless the target audience is conservative scientists who need to open up their limiting belief systems, the book is just fine. The foul language didn't upset me and was simply true to the transcripts.
Mentioned at least twice in this book was the 3-dimensional net like system on the "other side" with interesting comments about that.
Excellent and informative.
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