Von Daniken has been one of my favorites for years now. He courageous, incessantly inquisitive, and a smooth talker. It was, therefore, with some excitement that I began listening to this book - ready to receive the mysterious knowledge like an after dinner treat.
When Erich began about the Voynich Manuscript, I heard myself exclaim"Yippee."
It all became more intriguing when he brought Crespi's treasures and the Book of Mormons into play and I thought to myself "well this is going to get really interesting!".
Alas, Erich never brought the loose ends together; repeatedly getting off-track with sanctimonious recriminations against those who have treated him with disdain in the past. Of course, I get his frustration with the scientific community and his disgust with the lies and the attempted attacks at his credibility. However, if he wanted to write a book about that, then he should have called it like "The Abuse of Scientists Against Erich van Daniken", or something similar. Of course the title conveniently allows him to address his grievances surreptitiously, but I didn't appreciate his slight of hand at all.
In spite of repeated promises throughout the book to address the Voynich Manuscript enigma, he never does so, and conveniently lets it go for the last 50% of the book. So, after reading Erich's abbreviated notes on Voynich, what one knows about the manuscript is less than what can be gleaned from Google during a quick 5 minutes browse.
His frenetic hither and thither weaving seems to be specifically designed to confuse the reader into not noticing the large gaps and holes in his arguments and attempts to "set the record straight." Perhaps van Daniken should stop penning books now, or get a decent editor to read his work, and point out the vacuities in his arguments and prose.
Mr Flynn must be both well read and an arduous researcher. Not only has he masterfully inter-weaved the "alien" theme into the historical background of European 14th century life, but he has done so with sensitive balance between the two seemingly different universes. The whole tale is further bound together by the periodic return to modern day research by modern scholars, whose discoveries serve as skeleton for the intrigues of the past.
The writers acuity and detailed knowledge about Medieval, life - music, religious, social, historical should receive high accolades, while his philosophical, and humorous gems sparkle throughout.
Even Mr Flynn's aliens are different as they don't resemble of the stock-type aliens we have been presented with in the past and this, in some manner, helps to maintain a focus on the human interaction and drama, instead of making it a typical sterile science fiction sequence of events.
The performer should also be complimented by his most artistic and insightful rendition of this work. Perhaps the book would have less impact if performed by a lesser artist?
I tried to find another book by this author, but the other book seems to be less favored, so we shall wait.
Cowan seems to be one of those well-balanced New-Age writers (perhaps calling him a New Ager is somewhat of a misnomer); he style is easy on the ear and he manages to clarify his concepts with easy and accessibility.
Unlike so many other, Cowan seems not to suffer from the excruciation of over-inflated ego, and his down to earth but serious and honest attitude makes it a pleasure to listen to his reflections.
This writer/philosopher realizes that truth is relative to each person's view point and he allows amply for the reader's varying insight.
Well worth the read, and perhaps should be read a few times over an extended period - I suspect one will gain much every time one listens to the book again.
One grump, however, but this is not the author's fault. The first ten minutes or so are repeated twice and a similar repetition occurs somewhat later again. This is purely bad editing and Audible should really be more careful with this process. Why would the finishing quality of an audible book be of a lower standard than a properly printed book?
I only listened to the first 20 minutes, and then couldn't stand the incessantly noisy and intrusive music any more.
Is this many truly trying to convey profound spiritual truths while forcing you to listen to the most atrocious and overpowering music?
The topic sounded interesting, although I wondered how one could limit a thorough conversation about something so extensive and far-reaching to less than 60 minutes. Now I know - hash job - stringing loose thoughts together under the guise of insight.
Audible should have an option to exclude people from searches and selections.
And now I have wasted a full credit.
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