I enjoyed the Native American stories that were preserved from people who have passed on. It's always important to document oral history and folklore.
After listening to John Keel's audio collection Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind (Audible) and Graham Hancock's book Supernatural (Audible) - plus a couple of other books on UFO/Dimensional experiences, there were some portions of the story, plainly and well-told, that reminded me of those 2 audiobooks.
This book is almost entirely a first-person account, while the other books are overviews that dip into specifics and then analyze and make some conclusions or theories. So, those portions of Mr. Derenberger's experiences that made me think about what other authors have written were the most interesting.
The epilogue addressed some of the similarities I wondered about.
The narrator was good, maybe a bit "dry" or mechanical but very clear and clean in voice.
The book's tone is honest and sincere and has a bit of humor in it. Some of the information given to the author may not have been true, but the experiences related ring true.
Sometimes I come across inhumanity, rudeness, or hateful behavior. And, I need something to detox the poison. Something to stop my brain from replaying horrible cruelty over and over again. These books do the job.
In the past week I've gone through the first five of the series of fifteen. And, am about to start book six. I'll probably want to save some of the books for later, because surely there will be another awful person who will cross my path and who will deliberately squat and poop on it sometime in the future. . . .
. . . if you ever want to immerse yourself in a virtual world of kind people, with a few foibles that make them interesting, with a few problems to overcome, then the gentle, intelligent, and subtle humor of Alexander McCall Smith . . . perfectly narrated by Lisette Lecat . . . will find you in a soul-restoring experience.
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.
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