It's taken me a week to digest Naoki's ideas. First, the book is amazing. There were a couple of moments when I felt tears come, and others that made me laugh out loud. But, mostly there was wonderment.
How articulate, how perceptive, how beautifully observant he is.
What most struck me is how Naoki described thoughts, he observed that most people think in a linear fashion, and store and access memories that way. He said his memories are stored like in a pool (it's been a week so I don't remember the exact words, just the concept) - and that's why he forgets things he's been told over and over again.
Also, at thirteen years old Naoki was talking about how most people relate to things because they are *in* Time and Space. Which, I assumed, meant that his consciousness had access to, or maybe more identified with?, a viewpoint that is outside of Time and Space?
Naoki's observations on Time and Space, which is one perception or way to experience reality, were fascinating.
I am glad that I heard this book, and feel it expanded my mind. It definitely touched my heart too.
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.
I didn't realize there were so many iconic memory triggers in my life. The story line is average and the characters are good - nothing spectacular - YET, this audiobook was a lot of fun, and it just kept getting better as it went.
The strength of this story is in the great detailed references tucked into the characters' journey (a virtual roadtrip plot in the version of a quest/competition.) I didn't know I had so much trivia tucked away in my brain cells and having these cells *poked* was fun.
And . . Max Headroom! Wil Wheaton does an awesome Max Headroom!
I was in the mood for something light and distracting and was hoping this book would work. It was better than expected.
5 stars, just for all the happiness it brought as the story unfolded. It changed my perception of the past . . . made it brighter somehow.
Spiritual-, metaphysical-, and consciousness-related books interest me. I'd read some negative reviews on this book, so held off. But, thought I'd give it a try now.
I have no idea who this man is, but also have no idea who most of the authors whose books I read. So, I thought I'd ignore the negative comments and see for myself.
40 minutes into this audiobook we are *still* in his childhood and I have no idea WHATSOEVER what this man has accomplished and has to contribute to the edification of me or anybody else.
Perhaps he has a brilliant observation that I would be interested in. But how long will I have to wait to get to it? Maybe he should have started with that and then gone into his detailed personal history afterwards for anyone who is interested. As a footnote. Or an Appendix. Maybe the linear approach is not the best for all books. We all have a childhood and most childhoods can be summed up in 30 seconds.
I skipped forward a bit to see if it gets better, but gave up. Nothing interesting.
At the same time I bought a couple audiobooks with Alan Watts speaking. The total opposite. Alan Watts talks about ideas, life, and makes brilliant observations that make for "light bulb" moments as I listen. I feel enlightened and expanded listening to Alan Watts share his thoughts.
After 40 minutes of this audiobook I was wondering when I was going to find out what this man has to share - any Insights?, Observations?, Experiences?
Perhaps they are in this audiobook, but I prefer books that GET TO THE POINT. Maybe this book is one where I should be enjoying the journey and not focus on the destination, but so far it's a boring trip, and I'm going no further.
Really interesting series. Book 3 leaves off with a feeling that there will be a Book 4.
Still miss those great sound effects from revised narration of Book 1. And especially in the middle of this book, where there was a lot of dialogue between humans, wished that more accents or perhaps regional distinctions in speech patterns were used. When there planets that were colonized by Japanese, or West Africans, or Russians, or Europe, or planets with names like New Glasgow, or Norwegian names, for example, there could have been more usage of regional accents to keep characters distinct for the listener. And, the aliens in Book 1 had such interesting speech. At one point in Book 3, the narration got so bland that one of the Krall aliens sounded just like Captain Mirukami. The sound effects of Book 1 would have helped keep characters distinctive.
The interesting usage of science, genetics, and physics via the technology along with some creative twists make this series worth reading. The strength of this series is the imaginative use of futuristic tech and the creative worlds and settings. Medium strength is plot. The weakness is in the often juvenile banter between characters that are highly intelligent and strong minded and that once a character has a certain set of personality traits, that is where they stay. The same few quirks are not enough to make a character. They could be deeper, maybe a bit flawed, and thus show change and growth. They aren't quite as shallow as a cardboard cutout, but not quite 3-D either.
Still, this is a very exciting series. Not perfect, but even in imperfection a lot better read than most.
This is an exciting series. Not perfect, but really interesting because a lot of thought has been put into technical and biological innovations and human ingenuity.
The fantastic sound effects of the revised narration of Book 1 are missed. The banter between characters is still the weak point of the book, but the innovative uses of science, genetics, and tech stuff makes up for areas the author can improve on. Also, maybe the author can do less repeating and explaining of what has happened before or what is happening now and give the readers some credit for having some intelligence. It really drags down what should be an action scene to insert so many lengthy explanations and reminders.
With regard to narration, the "acting" was very good. But, mis-pronounced words could have been caught by an editor - for example - the word "envelop" (to surround, like the atmosphere of a planet) was pronounced "envelope." But, this seems to happen too often in audiobooks and hopefully at some point someone will care enough to insert some type of editing or quality control in the creation process of audiobooks.
And, it is strange to have characters from Book 1 lose their accent (like Thad going from an old gruff tough military man with a tinge of Eastern European or Russian accent in Book 1 to a younger man with a bland American accent in Book 2) In Book 2, too many characters without accents or distinct inflections in on a consistent basis made it harder to tell who was talking. Sometimes everyone started to sound the same. In Book 1 it was a lot easier to distinguish between characters.
Yet, the story is so interesting, the concepts and surroundings and broad scope so fascinating that this is an audiobook that is hard to turn off. I'm looking forward to Book 3.
This is, apparently, a re-done audio version after too much negative feedback on the previous narration of book 1. And, it's excellent. I love the sound effects and especially the speech of the aliens.
The story is exciting and manages to convey danger and death without having to go into great detail on gore . . . which is what some other authors seem to specialize in. Thankfully, the specialization in this story line is of human inventiveness when in a pinch.
Like the recent book The Martian, this story kept me interested and amazed at how much science and tech know-how could be squeezed into a story line and only make things better.
I didn't hear the previous version of narration to make a comparison, but this version's narration is good. My only wish is that there wasn't so much "chuckling" as people spoke. I never hear people chuckling in real life, and this book was full of it. Also, the "banter" written into the story line was the weakest part and felt awkward and often immature - which didn't fit since it was often between characters that had Ph.D's or were leaders.
I'm already some hours into book 2, and have already bought book 3. Unfortunately, in Book 2, there is a voice change on one major character, Thad, who in Book 1 is introduced as a former Colonel of some other earth colony world, and speaks with an accent tinged of Eastern Europe or Russia. In Book 2, the character Thad suddenly has the voice of a much younger man with an American type of accent. (Note, as of this date, there *are* three books in the series, but if you click "Series" you will only see two books. Click the author's name to find the third book in the series) Also, in Book 2, there are apparently none of the great sound effects (so far at 6.5 hours in) that were in Book 1.
I love writing that can make me laugh. There's one scene written in this book that had me laughing really hard (Hank in the space shuttle going to meet the general.) The rest of the book is pretty even throughout with wry humor, wisecracks, and Hank's continuous self-deprecating viewpoints. It's awesome that Steven Campbell can keep up a high rate of humor throughout the book.
The narration is good, and most characters are identifiable by voice, although the narrator is a bit limited in variety in comparison to Fisher Stevens or Bronson Pinchot. Liam Owen is perfect as the voice of Hank, with dry wit, snarky, sarcastic and long-suffering tones modulating Hank's speech and inner voice.
It's a book that manages to be funny and still have an interesting and inventive plot and pretty good action scenes.
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