Dr Dosa writes of his experiences in a care facility for people with dementia, and Oscar the cat threads in and out of the lives of the patients, their families, and the staff. He has taken on, somehow, the responsibility of being with the patient as their life comes to an end, and his presence has comforted their family members during the vigil at the end.
The stories are meaningful, and Oscar's behavior is mysterious and wonderful.
While Dr. Dosa was telling of the people with dementia, and his own health problems, I kept remembering another audio book I listened to by another doctor, called GRAIN BRAIN, where the author/doctor made almost miraculous improvements in people's health by having them remove grains, or grain related products from their diet.
How many people will be able to avoid dementia, thus the effect on their families as well, by being aware of the hidden inflammation in their brains, nervous systems, organs, digestive system, and joints caused by all the wheat, gluten, etc. in our food system?
In Grain Brain, the doctor told of even abnormal behaviors, such as nervous tics, or outburts, being caused by grain or grain-related products - people who were on pharmaceutical products of all kinds were able to be weaned off of them because once they stopped eating foods that caused negative effects, they got better. Sometimes amazingly quickly.
Since a great many people with some genetic heritage from Europe are negatively affected by grains, if you read Dr. Dosa's book about Oscar's role in the final days of people with dementia, please consider then reading GRAIN BRAIN as well, while the effects of dementia are still fresh in your mind. The emotional devastation of watching a person lose their memory, as Dr Dosa shares, as well as the physical and financial toll it takes on caregivers and family is terrible. That it may be preventable with simple dietary changes is tragic if people don't know that.
Making Rounds with Oscar is a moving book, well told, and because it tells us how hard it is to have a person lose their memories, it will hopefully motivate people to learn that it is possible to prevent some of this with nutrition and elimination of certain foods (GRAIN BRAIN, as well as other books on the effects of food on the brain and body)
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.
The author's personal journey is intriguing. Scary enough that I was turning on lights where usually I don't mind walking through a room that's dark. Hope to get over that real soon.
I love to come across interesting matching tidbits in various books by authors who probably never met each other. In one of Robert Monroe's books he mentions having traveled out-of-body to a place where there was a wand-like or rod-like tool there that he tried out. I think it was able to make a fire where pointed, and also a nearby man both lose and regain consciousness. In Graham Hancock's book Supernatural which I recently read, he discussed "wands" as being mentioned in both the older fairy-like myths and with aliens too. So, when Sherry Wilde mentioned in her book that the worker Greys had "wands" in their hands, it was an interesting commonality.
Also in common with Graham Hancock's book Supernatural, there were hybrids, spaceships, and interestingly near the end of the book another dimension was described of beautiful landscape and greenery like the fairy (aka aliens) lands told of in early human interactions with other world beings where humans would be taken away to, and if lucky be able to return from. In common with John Keel's book, Flying Saucer to the Center of the Mind, Sherry Wilde's Men In Black and the various greys and their supervisors are mentioned. The insignia patch was very interesting too.
In Michio Kaku's book Future of the Mind, he talks about travel across large regions of space where consciousness is transported to a waiting body as a vessel. (Also in the sci-fi book by Clifford Simak, The Waystation). And Sherry Wilde's main alien contact replied to her question as to whether he was a Zeta type of alien that no, he was an energy form that traveled far to do his work and his body is a convenient form to use for this work.
And, as in Dolores Cannon's Convoluted Universe series of books, there were many other commonalities, but especially that of the New Earth idea, a split, and the choice of some people to stay and some to go. Very interesting, and pretty much along the line that there is a spiritual awakening in the works, that earth is an entity and a version of New Age thought.
that wears sweaters and loafers.
This is, apparently and confusingly, a set of stories in series, that adds characters with each episode and spends some time reviewing and reintroducing and reminding the reader (listener) about previous events. The author and editor would have done well to just smooth all that out - it would work fine for "story time" at a school, but is annoying for an adult reader.
And, there is another bit of confusion here. The story could easily be made for children or young adults, except there is a bit of adult language in there, and at the end of the last story the author (as if afraid this was going to end up being a children's book) was heavy handed with foul language.
The characters Drew Hayes created are wonderfully imaginative and very 3-D, described in detail and with interesting personalities, gifts, and histories. The plot is adequate in getting the characters out and about and into and out of situations and interacting with each other.
It's almost as if these stories were published before they were given more time and effort and with a couple more drafts of work by the author with a good editor demanding *more!* this would have been a great book.
It was still enjoyable, even though flawed. Entertaining, and unfortunately due to the language, not recommended for kids.
This book was an "I hope it's worth it" purchase. And, it was.
The story is fantastic, gripping, and if time and life allowed it this would have been an "all in one sitting" book.
There is one part in the book that was emotionally moving for me (your mileage may vary) when Erich von Daniken tried to describe the experience that Tomy made possible for him when Erich von Daniken's Consciousness was able to leave his body and the author got to experience the Universe, from galaxies to microscopic atomic and smaller. What a fantastic journey.
The travel, the archaeological ruins visited, the cities and hotels and various foreign intelligence operatives and the manipulations and threats and death read like a mystery book, but when the author and his companions got home, danger and death was not left behind.
The narrator was a perfect fit. The only odd thing in the story is whenever the Iranian people are mentioned as speaking Arabic. In Iran, the language is referred to as Persian and I could only wonder if this was due to an editor rather than the author, who would know better.
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.
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