While Erich von Daniken's material is EXCELLENT and definitely worthy of 5 stars, the narrator was so bad (IMO) that I am having a hard time finishing this one. It may just be a personal idiosyncrasy, but I think this narrator does a great job of making the material seem BORING, with his antiquated non-expressive reading and phony-sounding radio-announcer voice... makes my ears gloss over after just a few minutes and leaves my mind wandering. It reminds of the most boring of educational films I saw in school as a kid... like the ones from the 1950s... awful!
I am going to buy the Kindle version (I hope there is a Kindle version!) of this book and read it myself, as I know the content is fascinating - I just can't stomach the narration. Wish I could give this book the 5 stars that the book deserves, but with this narrator, I just can't.
The other Erich von Danikon audio-book (Twilight of the Gods) that I purchased at the same time as this one is EXCELLENT (as is the narrator) and I do plan on purchasing at least one more (probably more) of this author's audio-books - but will definitely listen to the samples first to make sure the narrator is good!
I always enjoy listing to a good audiobook, even more when I can learn something at the same time, as one often does listening to historical fiction. The Red Rooster is a perfect example of a just-right blend of great story-telling that also lets you learn about a period in history... what daily life might have been like for people in German-occupied France - and how normal, every-day people rose to do heroic actions when faced with horrific circumstances.
The cruelty of the Nazis to Jewish populations is very well-known, but this book tells more of the story, of what life was like in occupied France; how terribly difficult it was for everyone (outside of the Nazi party and soldiers), and how the human spirit is so incredibly resilient that it can rise above even the worst situations.
The character development is outstanding; multiple story-lines all very interesting, and how they all fit together in a complex web made a very powerful and moving story. I have read several books by this author, and have always been impressed by excellent writing, making me never want to put down his books until I reach the end... and then I'm sad that it is finished!
The narrator did an AMAZING job with this audio-book. She excellently portrays multiple characters with a variety of very well-done foreign accents and voices - really outstanding!
This seemed like an hour of dis-jointed rambling with maybe 5-10 minutes at the end that had any helpful info related to the title at all.
In the first few minutes of this book, Kriyananda talks about how he was going to talk about Yogananda, and how this book could really be seen as a 'continuation' to "Autobiography of a Yogi" (I couldn't believe the ego! For him to place his work in the same category as Yogananda's is so laughable it's beyond ridiculous!) Then he goes on spending the next few hours talking only about himself, down to the smallest details of his childhood - incredibly boring to listen to, and I doubt anyone cares about his little imaginings unless they are one of his followers. He loves to go on and on about himself, and throws in a lot of his opinions on everything, with no references to Yogananda the whole part I listened to.
Like the other reviewer, I finally had to give up... I couldn't take any more of his breathy/breathless fake-silky-sweet cooing.
I am very disappointed with all of the audios I purchased by him. He has a lot of books that have "by Yogananda" in the title, but they are NOT by Yogananda at all - he is just writing in Yogananda's name, claiming that Yogananda told him "Write that down! I've never said that before!" and such. I wish I had realized that when I first bought some of his audios - I never would have purchased them if I knew then what I know now. (Do a search for "Ananda Uncovered" to see some very interesting info, including several legal documents regarding the "Swami"). I was looking for material by Yogananda, not this guy who *claims* to speak for Yogananda.
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! Fantastic story, excellently narrated. I wish there was a sequel - I'd buy it in a heartbeat! :)
The ONE thing that I think would make it better to have this in printed format was the dates... Because the story goes back and forth between different dates/ years, it was a bit hard to figure out what order things happened, because I had difficulty remember what happened in which year... but this is probably just because I'm forgetful... LOL! Others may not have this problem. :)
I'd like to be able to flip back and forth between chapters and look at the dates before each one. (It might help if the chapters were titled with the date, rather than "Chapter 1... Ch. 2..., etc.)
But GREAT audio despite this one tiny drawback. One of my new Audible favorites, for sure!
Erich Von Daniken was, I think, one of the very first to suggest that we have been visited by extra-terrestrials in our ancient past (as well as today), and that the stories and tales ('myths') handed down from that time is what has evolved into some of our many religions today. He makes a very strong case and every book of his that I have read has been just excellent! Very convincing for anyone with even a half-way open minded view.
This is "f_ing" HILLARIOUS! I can't remember when I've laughed so much at any audio-book - all parents should have this for instant stress-relief! The narrator could not have done it any more PERFECTLY than he did - absolutely BRILLIANT! My new top-of-the-list FAVORITE Audible book!
This book - in it's original book form - is awesome! But this version is highly abridged... SOOooo much that it loses all believability, since all of the background, many supporting details, references, images, and MUCH more has been left out. I would say this is a VERY bare-bones and meat-less version of the book, which is really a shame, because it may be the only time some people ever read/listen to a Sitchin book, (or any of the Annunaki story), and they are NOT getting a good representation of just how much study and scholarly work went into them. For the original book, I would rate it 5 stars. For this VERY abridged recording, 1 star. It could have been so much better if it hadn't been so severely abridged. I think you're better off skipping this version, and getting the real book instead.
I have either read or listened to a few of Sylvia's books, and this is definitely my new favorite! I have a brand-new level of respect and love for Sylvia - all that she has been through, and she is still looking out for other people, caring for them, loving them, forgiving those who need it (even the former husband who forced her into bankruptcy and caused her public humiliation!)
I don't know that I could be as gracious - but then, after reading her book, I doubt I could live up to most of her humanitarian work and loving people. From the love and care given to the little girl who's mother basically abandoned her, leaving her in Sylvia's care - and Sylvia took her in and loved her and raised her as her own, to her strength in dealing with (and leaving) an abusive husband as soon as she saw even an inkling of a hint that he might start abusing their children, Sylvia has endured more hardships than many ever will, and come through it all with a shining, loving spirit, and a heart that loves God and desires to help her fellow man reach their full potential. I never knew she was a school teacher and found that really interesting - and I bet she was a great one!
The book is beautifully written, with humor, style, and grace; the story completely engrossing (I listened to the entire 8-hour book in 2 days). And although I really do like to listen to Sylvia read her own books (I love her low, gravelly voice that sounds much like my own - only better! LOL!), the narrator did a fantastic job, reading with great expression and very much in the same style that Sylvia would have read it herself - sometimes I would forget that I wasn't actually listening to Sylvia herself! Hillary Huber was really a perfect choice for narrator, if we must listen to someone other than Sylvia herself.
I know I'll be listening to this one again, and it has become an instant top-of-the-list favorite in my Audible collection!
As another reviewer pointed out, this seems to be a more Eastern-flavored story of Jesus (which makes sense, given author's background), with very little that corresponds to any actual historical or Biblical documentation. But I knew that when I purchased it, so was not bothered by it. I enjoyed Deepak's narration - he always seems to have a calming and gentle manner about him that comes through in his reading (and writing). Though the story wasn't terrifically exciting or adventurous, it was interesting, and an enjoyable listen, which I'll probably listen to again some time.
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