People are becoming more interested in Consciousness and are reading books related to this topic. Power vs Force is a very interesting book, well-written, with findings, sources, and interpretations concentrated without excess wordiness.
And, after listening to many Audible books that used professional narrators, I got a bit spoiled and have expectations of enunciation, interesting inflection, and no hissing "S" sounds. Some author-read books come out fantastic - like William Shatner's autobiography, or Tom Campbell's My Big TOE trilogy. Others are okay. And some seem to undermine the author's work, like this audiobook.
I hope this book will be read by a professional Narrator. It is simply too important to be cast aside because listeners can't abide the author's own reading. If the author had been standing at a podium, reading this book in front of an audience, he would have lost the audience. At times he sounds bored or as if he isn't paying attention to the meaning of the words he is reading but is reading automatically.
With a deep gravelly voice that maintains a slurred monotone, broken only at times with the hissing of words that end in "S" letters, despite my intense interest in the words, I had difficulty getting the meaning of the words due to distraction and frustration. Only by the 20th chapter had I gotten used to the author's voice.
Yet, I am going to listen to this audiobook at least one more time. The information and findings are fascinating. With the number of people who have been posting feedback with frustration on the reading voice, I hope this book will be re-read professionally and given a greater and more positive exposure to many people. It's a valuable work by the author.
Sometimes humor doesn't work for everyone, and I am not certain why. This series had good reviews, but didn't make me laugh.
BBC makes some really good shows, so most of the time quality writing, acting and production is going to be the result. Yet, there may be cultural differences, or maybe it's just that humor is not going to appeal to everyone everytime.
It was okay . . . but not worth getting the next episode
I bought this audiobook strictly because I appreciate Kevin Hearne's work in the Iron Druid series . . . which has interesting plots, characters, historic research, and best of all wit and humor. Of course, I've seen the Star Wars movies, but haven't bought any other Star Wars books. And, I've been a life long science fiction reader, noticing that recent science fiction has become better with scientific details that enrich the reading experience.
This story was good, but maybe I've become spoiled with the attention to detail that authors like Ben Aaronovitch, Stephen W Bennett, Andy Weir, and Larry Correia put into their writing. As a reader (listener) I enjoy surprising details that spice up a story and build the different world. There were some here, but not enough - and I've become spoiled by other writing that raises my expectations for imaginative details.
Kevin Hearne's strength in his writing is the interaction between characters, which was the biggest weakness in Stephen W. Bennett's Koban series. Kevin Hearne is fantastic with his observations of subtleties under a spoken conversation - the expressions, motivations, and underlying emotions between humans - and in this book, with non-humans too - his writing shines when there is such interaction between characters. Thus, the main characters Kevin Hearne introduces have depth and are interesting, if they are main characters. Some interesting mention of other types of environments and characters were left 2-D, unexpanded.
The story plot moves forward nicely, not twisty, but adventurous. The narration is fantastic and the sound effects are fun and appropriate to the story.
It's great family-friendly entertainment.
After reading the Koban Universe series to date, I hadn't bought this little audiobook, the description didn't attract me. But, now I did and it is a lot of fun to revisit the same characters and settings. I hope there are other longer books in the works, and this was to just give the readers a little something in the meantime.
It was great.
This is a really good guided meditation, and after having listened to quite a few of these, I realize we go through phases with them. Sometimes they do sound a bit alike. The very nice touch of the beautiful woman's voice that comes in from time to time makes this guided meditation different and I really enjoy how it serves as a lovely accent.
Up front, I want to say that I used to be very religious and spent a lot of my time listening to the Bible be taught to me "Chapter by Chapter, and Verse by Verse" - at least 10 years of my life was very devoted to spending my time this way.
So, as Rick Strassman's book brings up this or that verse, it's old familiar territory for me. But, it's like going back to a house you grew up in - it's smaller than you remember.
The DMT experiences recounted by the test subjects, still fresh in my mind since I had just listened to DMT: The Spirit Molecule 5 days earlier, were attached to various verses in the Hebrew Bible (or the "Old Testament"), and the significance wasn't that much of an "aha!" for me and I must be missing the deep personal connection Rick Strassman is getting from putting these verses together with his research.
About halfway through the book, I couldn't stand it anymore and purchased some comedies, like a palate cleanser, just to get some fun back into my brain. Then I got Graham Hancock's book Supernatural - which heavily references Rick Strassman's research work as presented in DMT: The Spirit Molecule and does an excellent job in finding similarities and patterns throughout human history of humans experiencing and interacting with similar places and entities - although the names may change from fairies to aliens. Supernatural is a superb and brilliant work and is a fascinating listen.
And, yesterday I picked up where I left off in this new Rick Strassman book, back to old and sometimes contradictory biblical verses, and it was not a good listen.
After listening to Graham Hancock's brilliant observation of patterns of similarity in Supernatural as humans interacted throughout our evolutional history with other dimensions and entitites, this latest work by Rick Strassman paled and seemed to be missing something.
I really enjoyed DMT: The Spirit Molecule. But, not this book. Maybe I am not the right audience for this book . . . it was tough for Rick Strassman to pierce the force field of resentment toward religion that I now have. I realized I have a belief system in place that religion is limiting and controlling and as I listened to these old verses again, that belief system only got strengthened. And, I am trying not to operate under belief systems, so this book made me feel negative emotions - in particular . . . annoyed and irritated . . . and not at all did I feel as if I was learning anything interesting or new.
Plus, the narrator has a nice clear voice, but it sounded like a reading of a textbook or the voice used in those old films at school.
Sorry, this book is a "2" out of "5", but because I shouldn't let my personal negative feelings toward religion affect the rating, I am bumping it to a "3" all around.
I recently listened to Rick Strassman's, MD, book DMT: The Spirit Molcule and Graham Hancock's book Supernatural heavily references Rick Strassman's research throughout the book. And, because I had listened to John Keel's book Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind, it was a very enjoyable experience to listen to Graham Hancock tie together many similarities in human tales of fairies and such and current ufo abduction experiences.
Also, his observations and gathered information on human dna is fascinating.
But, most interesting of all were the similarities of humans experiencing the same places and entities throughout time, as is evidenced by ancient rock art all the way up to the reports by inner explorers upon their return after experiencing DMT.
And snakes . . . lots of snakes reported . . . symbolic?
Nicely narrated, this book was a fascinating listening experience.
There were some British references I didn't "get" in this radio comedy - and I think I laughed out loud only twice for the whole listen.
There was a lot of clever over-the-top humor written throughout. I suppose that was a laugh track being used, because I rarely agreed with the laughter supplied.
Still, I admire well-delivered clever and witty remarks, and there were some - but not enough to buy the next download.
I hope I can return this audiobook - I've struggled through almost 4.5 hours of it, hoping that the story would kick in and get my interest - but it's not happening. And, it is a 19 hour book and I have no interest in investing any more time into this.
The main character is so 2-dimensional that it is hard to have any empathy with him. The story is dark and the descriptions of scenery and events and people just need something . . . more . . . to be interesting.
I see that this book got many awards - maybe the good stuff comes further into the story - but no more for me thank-you-very-much. Not every book works for every reader / listener, and in this case, it just didn't work out. Even the much praised multi-cast reading is just okay.
For 4.5 hours of time, not much has happened of any interest in this story, and there's no point in going further.
Funny, "Brilliant!", clever . . .
If you are feeling stressed, or are bored, or need some laughs and entertainment . . . and "get" British humor (which isn't that different after all)
this is one way to brighten your day . . .
I got the series, from 1 to 4, but it looks like there might be some individual episodes available as extras. Found a Christmas special that sounds like it wasn't in the series . . . so fun continues for a little bit more.
Great writing . . . excellent acting . . . funny . . . made me laugh out loud quite a few times
I'd been wanting to listen to this book, but so many of the Consciousness study books bog me down with physics, philosophy, or science and I have quite a few that I am having to go back to again and again and still haven't finished because I either can't comprehend them or they are eye-glazers.
Thankfully, DMT The Spirit Molecule is written in an easy-to-understand narrative style. Of course, like many of the "left-brain" MD or PhD authors, the first few hours of the audio book are spent laying out a scientific and educational foundation on the topic to be covered. Defining terms, giving the history, and current state of things . . . then getting to what happened in their own work.
As with other books I've read by researchers, there is a lot of bureaucracy and some politics involved with studies done in areas at the edge of the accepted norm, and it is amazing any meaningful research ever gets done to push the "cutting-edge" out further. The frustration translated to me, the reader/listener. And, it is a similar theme to Candace Pert's book Molecules of Emotion, another book called The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, and Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake.
The experiences the DMT injected volunteers related upon "return" were interesting. I had heard descriptions before of some of the entities, but never of "spider people" - yet the day after I finished the book I saw a photograph of some ancient rock art and there was one of the entity types I had previously heard of, and which were mentioned in this book, AND there were some drawings of entities that could be called spider people.
The narrator made this book easy to listen to. And the writing was great, with a human touch and interesting personal reflections. Unlike some of the other scientifically-written Consciousness-related books I've bought I was able to finish this in 2 days, because the writing is so interesting and understandable, while other books have languished for months.
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