I got the audio for this book, which my book club was reading, since I was having such a hard time getting into the printed version. I figured if I was captive in a car as I made back to back three hour drives that I would be able to become immersed in the story. Unfortunately that did not prove to be the case. The book is painful - contrived, tedious, flat. I couldn't believe in the narrator at all, and believing in the narrator requires a big buy in from the beginning. The whole thing felt very forced.
I was all set to like this. I had heard a very interesting interview with Fred Alan Wolf on Insights At the Edge so had high expectations for this audio recording. But for some reason Dr. Wolf seems to have the mistaken impression that he has to ham up his delivery to make it interesting or to live up to his "Dr Quantum" persona. So the delivery was painfully corny to start with but the most disappointing part was the fact that there wasn't much depth to the content. This audio might work for someone who has never been introduced to "New Thought"/ Eastern approaches to spirituality or to the places where those philosophies intersect with science, but it seemed to me that, even if that were the case, there are better introductions to those ideas to be found elsewhere.
This was an engaging listening experience, in part because the material itself was a stimulating mix of quantum physics, evolutionary theory, spirituality and human potential - and in part because Lipton and Bhaerman speak to the listener (as in an interesting lecture or seminar) instead of reading from a text, which can often be a bit more wooden and dry. I listened to this on an eight hour solo car trip and the miles and hours flew by.
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