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.
Well, the first 2 books were funnier. And, at least very interesting characters weren't getting killed off. And, there is an opening for another sequel. But, the writing has to come from the heart, and this book didn't have whatever the first 2 had. But, the narration made it worthwhile, and it was a busy story . . . entertaining at the very least, just for the narration.
The books we read or listen to have an effect on us, and when I've had enough of crass or greedy behavior, I need to escape to comedy or a story where people are decent. This fit the bill.
The story is interesting, and the writing is subtle and sophisticated in its observations of human behavior.
The narrator is excellent and makes the story come alive.
After listening to Alexander McCall Smith's books, I feel much better.
I loved listening to this conversation between two thoughtful and wise people, one who asked great questions, and the other who gave such interesting answers.
When people have gotten old, and have spent their lives examining ideas and had time to think about what they have learned - and then share the good stuff . . . I want to hear the distillation from their brains.
These six conversations were so fun to listen to. Obviously, skimming through human history in about six hours isn't going to make for deep study, but it does make for fantastic fly-on-the-wall listening as two great minds interact.
A special and unique experience.
Jon Ronson sees and explains people in society very well. Usually he shines a light on individuals who have had an effect on society. This time we look at how society has had an effect on individuals.
The internet has made the effect of behavior and opinion transact rapidly. The very real damage that has been either self-inflicted or inflicted by other individuals or groups of people who opine on one issue or incident has been examined via several lives that have been affected through the internet - which has made communications rapid worldwide and the cascading effects instantaneous and public.
There are serious consequences and lives have been damaged. Yet Jon manages, once again, to convey irony and humor and manages to lighten the heaviness without insulting or damaging anyone further.
The narration, as usual, is outstanding, and the stories are considered and make one think.
Based on what looked like 4.5 stars, and of course, I forgot that the great reviews are on the first page and the not-so-great reviews are on the following pages . . . I spent my time listening to this book . . . wondering what was so great about it.
I reached the end and realized I had just listened to a basic story, and there was no spiritual deep meaning beyond what would be normal to a story . . . dreams that come true etc etc.
I should have read the second page of reviews and saved time. Basically it's a fairy tale that an adult can listen to, and kids too because it's clean without being silly. So, it's good for a family car trip, but maybe an adult wouldn't want to pick this over other books otherwise.
This story is well written and wonderfully narrated. The plot, the detail, and the reading . . . if something distracted me for any reason, I would go back so as not to miss anything.
This Near Death Experience is different than most, maybe a little more "technical" in the observations. It would still be interesting for a new reader of this topic, but the people who have read more books about expanded Consciousness, including Out of Body Experiences, will pick up on more of the shared and in-common details related here. So, in a way, this might be on a more advanced level in terms of describing a NDE.
This is actually great for people who are interested in the intersection of expanded consciousness along with interests in physics, dimensions, time, entities-beings-personalities, the Self experiencing this lifetime, and the part elsewhere . . .
William Buhlman's book Adventures In the Afterlife, and Robert Monroe's trilogy are a fantastic way to get ready for Natalie Sudman's book if you haven't done much reading in this genre. Natalie's recollections are sophisticated, detailed, and perhaps baffling to someone new to the idea of expanded consciousness and reality. I've read a lot in this topic area, and there are parts I had trouble with and this is a book I will have to listen to at least once more to improve understanding.
Along with Tom Campbell's My Big TOE trilogy, Natalie Sudman's Application of Impossible Things would be in a category of "popping the hood and seeing how it works" books on expanded Consciousness and the human experience.
First off, just want to mention that the Narrator, Kevin Pierce, is so good at his job that it is easy to not notice how professional he is. And, the editor too. I always notice when an audiobook has flaws, and when the production is so smooth, it is easy to take it for granted. Kevin Pierce pays attention to what he is reading, so his voice is a perfect presentation of the sentence written. And, whoever edited this audiobook was paying attention too. It's smooth listening, and there are no annoying errors to distract from the listening.
I have the actual book Ultimate Journey. I thought I had read it, but was often surprised while listening to the audiobook because it was as if I was hearing something new.
I love listening to wise old people who have had time to think about what they have learned. In this final book of Robert Monroe's trilogy, he has had time to explore further, and updates us on previous explorations - the people or entities and places he has revisited - and what he has learned since.
His writing is still beautiful, matter-of-fact, and rich in good advice, observations, reflections, and wisdom.
The trilogy is a treasure for someone interested in why we are here.
The narrator is fantastic - a lovely voice. Unfortunately, the narrative has a lot of repetition from the previous book. The entire book's format is presented as a debriefing of an entity who managed to escape a long term trap, thus the story line is very heavy on information in the format of indoctrination. I ended up having to relisten to the back end of the book a couple of times since I either fell asleep or started to daydream about other things.
What I couldn't decide was if this book was most heavy on bureaucracy, military, religion, or intelligence propaganda. The syrupy references to their far away ("benevolent") leader and their ("superior") organizational system reminded me of how people of North Korea speak of their leader and country, always heavy on the loving praise - as if their very existence depends on correct and expected devotion and praise.
The disdain for the "undesirables" inhabiting human bodies and disregard for Earth is creepy. The message is that pretty much anyone on Earth wasn't wanted in the rest of the Universe and were dumped because they were either criminals or non-conformists and free-thinkers. The disparaging attitude toward inhabitants of this "Prison Planet" is similar to the attitude toward natives when North America was first explored, had missionaries and soldiers come in, then settlers take over.
This could be an entertaining few hours if you imagine you are in a classroom with the narrator in some uniform with a long wooden pointer, telling you what the history of the situation is, what the current situation is, what is correct to believe, what is planned, and how wonderful their side is (even though they can't figure out how to fix things and plan on leaving their workers trapped, have no regard for current occupants of Earth - unless some want to join them - and no regard for Earth - except for possible use in their invasion of more distant sites.)
The undercurrent threading throughout is set to appeal for people who want to think of themselves as "special" and want to identify themselves as one of the missing and trapped entities. Belonging and believing appeals to some, so it might work.
There is poor or no editing on this audiobook - was it too much trouble to actually listen to the "finished" audiobook before releasing it? Repeating sentences overlap where the reader stopped and restarted.
Recent book purchases have had a thread of out-of-body-experiences popping up in the story line, and it happened in this book. Near the beginning, the nurse who is in telepathic conversation with the alien being recovered from the well-known Roswell UFO incident is told that she is going to be out of her body, and suddenly she was, experiencing a view of the room from above.
This was to give her an understanding that the body is a vessel containing an immortal being. Then, the alien being proceeded to explain how it's own body is just a doll-like tool, about Earth and galactic history, biology, science, control of beings, an invasion of Earth by "the Empire" and subsequent removal and takeover of Earth by "the Domain" the group the alien belongs to.
It's a fascinating story, and I've bought the second book, looked up the author, read the website, and also, by doing an internet search, found a pdf file letter by Bill Ryan of Project Camelot / Project Avalon stating that this is a hoax, with ideas rooted in Scientology, pointing out some discrepancies based on words not used in earlier times, and stating that the author has painted himself in a corner by presenting this as true.
While listening to this book, I recalled a youtube video done by Jim Humble, titled The Story of Earth, and it was about how he played a part in selecting Earth to be a Prison Planet. Also, related to Scientology, reincarnation, past lives, and ancient high technology, and also controversial to some people.
Many works of fiction are based on partial truths, and if I only look at this as a brilliant work of fiction I can feel secure that I am not gullible. The writing is brilliant, creative, imaginative, and meaningful.
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