I listened to the whole book, simply because the narrator was awesome and gave a fantastic performance.
Surprisingly, I laughed only a few times. The book is full of wit and sarcasm and fantastic twists on historical events, cultural beliefs, and even word roots. That kept me going, but I had been hoping for some laughs.
There was a lot of sex, often it was unnecessary and cheapened the story. There were too many dirty words. And, if I were a deeply religious Christian, I would find many parts of the story and biblical or historical interpretation to be blasphemous. Or, small-minded.
I wondered if this book was written to be controversial and hopefully attract attention.
I had previously read the author's first book, Practical Demonkeeping, and that was funny, made me laugh, and was good humor. There were light sexual references, but the book was fairly clean. I had intended on going through all this author's other books based on how funny the first one was, but the sexuality in this book is juvenile and if another book is as heavy on sex as this one is, it'll be the last.
I enjoyed reading most of Patrick McManus' books, and also recently discovered Jim Bernheimer's books, and they were able to provide laughs, good stories, and keep it clean. A good author should be able to get laughs, tell a good story, and not have to use sex or curse words.
While listening to this book, I got the feeling that the author (or someone) did a lot of research first, and then wrote the story, ticking off a list of all the references and twists to be included. The middle of the story really lagged, and the humor didn't return till near the end, but even then it was feeble.
The narrator was awesome, and I continued listening just to hear his outstanding rendition of voices and accents.
Richard Martini continues his casual discussion of Consciousness as seen through his experiences with friends, or their past life hypnotic regressions, or by what experts have to say. I like the conversational tone and easy going manner.
Some of the Consciousness-related books delve deeply into philosophy or physics and the books by Richard Martini give me a breather and some fun. I'm still struggling to understand some of the harder books, and won't review one until I finish it, and despair that I'll ever finish or understand (slightly) some of the tough Consciousness exploring books with all the speed of light, protons or electrons going through 2 holes, and discussion of space and time . . .
It's a Wonderful Afterlife's 2 books, and the Flipside book before that, are a pleasure and easy reads and remind me what got me curious about the whole subject of a consciousness beyond our brain matter. Richard Martini has lots of stories, and connections, and it's fun listening to him.
I like the casual conversational way Richard Martini narrates this book about paranormal experiences, the reality that is beyond the physical senses, and the continued Consciousness that survives beyond the body.
Okay, it's so casual that if he flubs a sentence, he just stops and re-reads it. No professional editing here. But, that's okay. It's not like I've got a lot of people in my life I can talk to about these things, so I just imagine that I'm actually having someone talk to me about past lives, life between lives, consciousness that continues, the evolution that appears to be going on from life to life, the groups, and what experts have to share.
There's a broad range of topics covered here, and because many of the stories related are peoples own personal past life hypnotic regressions, or interactions, much was new and thus interesting.
I like these books, but do wish the photos were in a pdf, they sound interesting.
William Buhlman's other books, his youtube or podcast interviews and talks, and his How To Have an Out of Body cd series have made me already familiar with his work. So, I wasn't sure what to think when he announced he was making a fictional book.
But, after reading and listening to Adventures in the Afterlife, I "get it." Many of the experiences he has previously talked about are in here. And, like many other authors or teachers or experiencers of OBE in a greater reality usually not perceived by many people, the stories shared were previously offered in bits and pieces. By writing this book, William Buhlman was able to share various experiences in a linear fashion. This makes things a bit easier to grasp. Not that his experience was linear, but by this type of presentation, the "other side" was introduced in a more organized fashion.
If you enjoy this book, be sure to read the books by Robert Monroe, Richard Martini, Michael Newton, Annie Kagan, Elisa Medhus, Gary Zukav, Eben Alexander, Brian Weiss, and if you want to dig deeper, want to "pop the hood, and see how it works" then read Tom Campbell - all these authors are on Audible.
The great thing abut Adventures in the Afterlife is that it works to introduce people new to the concept of a greater reality, and also serves to make sense of all the bits and pieces people have heard from OBE experiences.
Interesting listening, mind-expanding concepts.
This isn't a laugh-out-loud all the way through the book type of humor, but it is a memoir done by a man who has made quite a few questionable decisions around wild animals, yet lived to tell his tales. And, he is humble enough to tell stories where he has been in quite a pickle. He is probably more expert with animals than he leads readers to believe, or one of the luckiest men on the planet. The humor comes from the stories that he tells at his own expense, a quiet, keen and gentle observation of animals and of humanity.
The circle of life that is so obvious to people who live with wild animals was a bit of a shock to me, the births, seasons, and death of animals that come and go through the pages. Some of the animals with names, who had years of interaction with the safari guides, had personalities that are recalled and treasured by Peter Allison and made an impact on me. I am so glad that they are recalled in a book and that I could know them just a little.
For anyone who enjoys animals, even if it just our domesticated dogs and cats, this memoir will be fun reading. For people-watchers, this book is just as fun since the people who came to take part in a safari came from all over the world, and Peter Allison described their traits or quirks with as keen an eye as he described wild animals.
If you are pretty certain that you'll never be able to go on a safari in your lifetime, then reading this book is going to bring you very close to the experience. Without the bug bites, mice, dirt, heat, and snakes and large predators.
And, not being an adrenaline junky, it was interesting to see the way a brave person thinks - both in deciding to do something I would never do, and then seeing how he managed to survive, and then look back on it with self-deprecating humor.
Peter Allison has had a lot of exciting adventures in his life. I'm glad he shared them.
This series of experiences shared in one book are a very enjoyable way to learn about China and some of the Chinese people encountered at a time when there is a great change in their country.
The narration is Fantastic! because George Backman speaks the Chinese names in Chinese, so it is a fascinating listen to hear a sentence start off in English, break into the Chinese name pronounced authentically, and resume in English.
Peter Hessler lived in China many years, speaks the language, and lived in neighborhoods where he was the only foreigner. His experiences with neighbors, businesses, authorities, and with other non-Chinese people living, working or studying in China are really interesting and sometimes funny and poignant.
The book also includes his move back to the US west, and readjustment to American society and people. Which is also an interesting point of view and also a bit humorous.
There have been some great personal memoirs written lately by people who walk amongst us, not rich, famous, or powerful, but simply people who share their lives. In comparison to some autobiographies I've read written by famous people, I have to say that the regular folks who have written their stories have written better books. (Well, with the exception of William Shatner . . . he writes a pretty good memoir)
Josh Hanagame writes gracefully and humbly of his life and sometimes it is painful to be with him as he shares less-than-graceful moments, but other times I burst out laughing, and felt twinges of pride and triumph for him too.
Books give us a chance to squeeze more experiences and thoughts into one lifetime, and I feel enriched by what Josh shared of his life.
The narration by Stephen R. Thorne is perfect - he has a kind voice with a quiet undertone of humanity and humor.
Far Journeys is the second of Robert Monroe's trilogy and is my favorite. I've read the actual book twice already but listening to the audio version is a real treat.
Kevin Pierce is awesome as the narrator.
Journeys Out of the Body was interesting, but described Robert Monroe's observations when he was still questioning his experiences. In Far Journeys, this second book, there is more about his out of body experiences and Robert Monroe is a good writer. Even though I've read this book before, his eloquent usage of words makes revisiting his book just as enjoyable as before. I'm looking forward to the audio version of the third book of the trilogy, Ultimate Journey.
This single book had a tremendous impact on my life and beliefs. It was a catalyst in a mind expanding search for more information and changed the way I spend my time . . . this life.
I'm not certain this book is for everyone, but if a person is looking for answers as to why we are here, who we are, what we can do in this lifetime . . . there were quite a few answers in here (for me, your mileage may vary.) And, the story that winds through these pages is simply amazing.
It's another of many books that are becoming available these days about Consciousness beyond the brain matter contained in our skulls.
Lots of smiles and laughs in this series. Especially fun are the current references tied to books, tv shows, and recent movies - such as Star Trek, Dr Who, even the most recent version of Sherlock for example. This last book had me racking my brain for where I had heard the name Jon Snow before . . . and the references are just part of the action or conversations and could easily slip by someone . . . for example someone who has no idea what a Dalek is (as used when describing a dress that flared out like a Dalek . . . )
Luke Daniels is great as the narrator - I really enjoyed his narration of a book called 600 Hours of Edward - and didn't realize it was the same narrator until reading some feedback. He is very talented and has a broad range. The only accent I had question about was the Scandinavian or some type of Northern, Snowy region accent that sometimes sounded like an accent of Pakistan or India. But I love his version of the Irish Wolfhound Oberon. I know people have commented that it is somewhat Scooby-Doo-ish but it is perfect for the series.
I'm really looking forward to more books in this series. They are written smart and manage to lighten the heart.
This is a compilation of lectures that makes for easy listening in small bites. Definitely worth listening to repeatedly.
Alan Watts' voice is full of a positive energy, so listening to him speak is somehow uplifting. But, it's the ideas and observations he shares that gave me "lightbulb moments" and changed my perception or point of view, a little.
Little seeds were planted along the way as I listened and I wonder what will come of them. In a way, I wish this kind of audiobook was listened to by many people, but I know that I wouldn't have been interested in this ten years ago, and perhaps a person interested in Reality Shows or what the Kardashians' are wearing might not be interested in observations on life, consciousness, and humanity viewed as a whole or individually.
I guess this is a perfect listen for someone interested in why we are here, who we are, what we can do, how we can do it . . .
Alan Watts is a recent discovery for me, and surely at the right time for me.
Meditation has been a struggle for me. My perception of meditation has changed for the better from this short audiobook. Breaking aspects of meditation into components and their possible effects or usage makes sense and helps me as a student trying to learn a new skill by myself. The light undertone throughout his discussion is helpful.
The internet has made it possible for me to find some very good Teachers and Alan Watts is a real find. I am still listening to another audio book that is a compilation of various lectures he made, and it too is really enjoyable.
Alan Watts' voice is *positive* and energetic - it's fun to listen to him.
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