©2009 Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"Witness to Roswell is a well-researched, well-documented, and well-written account of a very important issue." (Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Capt. USN [Ret.], Apollo astronaut)
I had just finished reading the print edition when I saw the audio version available, featuring one of my favorite narrators, Eric Summerer. I immediately bought it, and I listened to it straight through. WOW - it is immensely enjoyable and definitely the best book ever written about the world's most famous UFO case - the reported crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947. It contains the eyewitness testimony of hundreds of persons living in the Roswell area at the time, and the tale they tell is amazing. I cannot envision anyone reading or listening to this book with an open mind - and still thinking the Roswell case is untrue.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Although I have had an interest in UFO stories since I was a pre-teen, it was more wishful thinking than anything. As far as Roswell stories, I was puzzled as to why they just didn't fade away. After listening to this book, I truly believe the Roswell incident did involve a crash of an extraterrestrial vehicle. Everything rings true including the government coverup and particularly the death threats to keep witnesses quiet. I do believe this is just how our government would act once they convinced themselves it was a matter of national security.
The information in this book speaks for itself. It makes me really angry that a handful of people can decide to keep this information from the rest of the world.
If you are at all curious about this subject, give this book a try. It is well-written and expertly narrated. Then, decide for yourself. Make an informed decision.
i thought i knew the story, but i was mistaken. it was very well put together, and the narrative quality was superb. i could not have been more pleased. it has been well documented, names, places, rank. a very in depth story and explanations i never thought of. this book is most certainly a must have for anyone even slightly interested in the roswell story.
The solid journalistic and investigative research that supported every statement in the book. Remember, the authors originally initiated their investigation in order to DEBUNK the Roswell UFO incident once and for all. But the more they investigated, the more that creepy evidence for the event itself, and its shockingly brutal coverup by the U.S. government, became clear, until their finished product (the first version of this book) ended up being 180 degrees different in its findings and conclusions, from what they expected when they began. I also appreciated their "trial of the facts to a jury" approach: what is the evidence on each side, and who has the preponderance of the evidence? Finally (finally!), someone has called the debunkers on their claims of "it's just circumstantial evidence" and "it relies only on eyewitness testimony." These are perfectly valid forms of evidence in any court of law - people have even been sentenced to death based on this very type of evidence! What makes this evidence so flimsy in the minds of the debunkers? Hmm? True, the Roswell incident does not rise to the level of "scientifically-established fact" (and how very many things we all routinely rely on in our day-to-day lives which do not), but the "alien theory" would actually be the hands-down winner in any court of law that heard all the available evidence. And this book, more than any other available on the subject, presents ALL the available evidence.
"The Roswell Legacy," by Jesse Marcel's son, Jesse Marcel, Jr., for further support that what the highly-trained Major Jesse Marcel originally found and reported was not the "foil, balsa wood and string" of a weather balloon, but materials never before recorded as having been encountered. The focus of that book is tighter, not as panoramic, focusing more on Major Marcel's discovery, the unique materials found at the impact site, his initial report and subsequent coerced "retraction" news conference, and the effect all this had on him and his family for the rest of his life.
Absolutely perfect narration and emphasis for this book.
The horrific, unconstitutional and illegal treatment of private citizens (such as death threats to a 12-year-old girl, among many others!) by the military, in order to silence any talk about -- a crashed weather balloon??
For the listener (as no doubt for the reader), this can get to be dry, stale and repetitive in places. Despite my intense interest in the subject, I found myself glazing over at several sections. (That may have had as much to do with the time of day and the low caffeine level in my bloodstream, I don't know.) That said, for its sheer comprehensive treatment of the subject (and it's many startling and engaging sections), this book deserves no less than all 5 stars. With the many first-hand and even second-hand witnesses starting to pass away, this book may (sadly) represent the "final, best record" on the Roswell UFO incident (much as I believe "Columbine" by Dave Cullen is going to represent the "final, best record" for the Columbine massacre).
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
Any conspiracy theorist would love to read this book. The information presented is interesting and leads one to believe there was some kind of cover up. Whether or not it was aliens is still undetermined in my eyes.
Its seems that the author was dedicated to doing extensive research on this book. Claims weren't
Interviews with eye witnesses weren't embellished to make the story better. Many of the accounts, ironically, produced more believability by exposing emotions of a nature of what you'd expect from normal people. Some people had nothing to say. Thats normal. Sometimes the message is in the way you completely change your life to cope. That also speaks volumes.
Especially interesting and eyeopening is the testimonial of a career officer who reveals his story in a notarized letter to his family after his death. I don't know of many respected souls who would work their whole life to build respect so that it could be thrown away in one instant. I suppose the military and government
I didn't expect much from this book after reading reports in the last 15 years, that the USAF had re-evaluated Roswell and come up with findings that showed no new evidence proved anything but that a weather balloon crashed and that
The witness accounts are eye-opening. The AAF activity after the event suggests this was no weather balloon. Now all they need is some physical evidence to complete their case. Well done guys.
I have listened to this audio book twice. Carey and Schmitt have interviewed over 600 people to get to the real story of Roswell. IMHO it is the most comprehensive book on Roswell.
By far the most memorable to me is Walter Haut's written testimony. I meet Walter years ago (I live in ABQ, NM) and asked him about Roswell. I always felt he knew more than what he was saying but after listening to Witness to Roswell I understand why. He did us a great service by revealing the truth in his letter. FYI, when I did ask Walter about Roswell back in the 80's he did say he believed everything that his fellow officers told him, i.e. an alien space ship crashed with beings in it.
He did an excellent job.
The real truth; we have never been alone.
To those with an open mind will love this book. I felt the evidence and testimonials were consistent and left no doubt in my mind on what really happened. The evidence provided is deep and people have been convicted of murder on less evidence than what is presented in this book.
Those who are skeptical will probably not be convinced until the aliens come. If you have been paying attention there have been more and more sightings. They are preparing us for a visit. They are not gods or demons just other beings who are technologically more advanced than us. The universe is teaming with life!
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
This was an enjoyable read for a fellow Roswellite who grew up in Roswell hearing the stories all my life. So many hear say evidence in Carey's work by someone who knew someone who saw something mixed in with a few death bed confessions that build a house of cards. There is certainly some truth to the story but it is hard to pick out with the multiple sites and multiple deviations in the stories of what must be the truth. No wonder there are so many conspiracy theories out there with this level of evidence and speculation. I suppose we will never know until someone truly does find the Holly Grail of UFO nirvana for certain.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Witness to Roswell is just that, they did their research and interviewed witnesses, and tried to interview many, who wouldn't talk. The big point the book makes is if this incident was just a weather balloon then why threaten witnesses with loss of pension, prison and even death. Clearly the government was trying to keep thing under wraps. It you are a skeptic then this book should change your mind or give you more understanding. The narration was perfect in my view as he sounded like a radio broadcaster of that era.
"Roswell - The Answer?"
Having read and listened, on podcasts, to an awful lot about Roswell and the UFO subject I decided to give this audio book a go because it was recommended to me, as a book, by another enthusiast. What can I say, an awful lot of information, well linked together and seemingly leading to the direction people want, UFO landings/crashes and a government cover up. There's a lot of info here that I'd never heard of before and I'd like to have it confirmed by other sources but in general, is this the truth, because its certainly thorough and full in depth and detail. The final part had me gripped and I must admit a shiver went up my spine and a big smile emerged on my face. You listen, You decide.
"Makes you think"
Just finished and have to say that this makes you think.......very well investigated and interesting all the way through. A highly recommended audio book
"Comprehensive account of a mystery"
Something significant happened at Roswell. There is no doubt about that. Recent accounts suggest it was a deliberate and perverse hoax in an effort by Stalin to cause panic in America in revenge for the US sheltering Nazi war criminals responsible for slaughtering and conducting inhuman experiments on Russian soldiers and civilians. The US military was well versed in cover ups for similar events on the west coast during WW2 (Japanese balloon bombs) However the scale of effort in keeping this event quiet and covering it up really does suggest something different. Witness to Roswell describes the scale of the cover up really well. You have to remember though it was 1947, the start of the UFO phenomena and at a time when captured Nazi weaponry and technology was being tested by the US military. This technology itself was 'alien' in the skies over the US but not necessarily from another planet.
The style was very good, not too sterile or self important. Can reach a broad audience.
Good pace, well narrated.
Descriptions of 'Aliens', goosebumps...
Very enjoyable and thought provoking. But please remember the Occams razor principle before reaching your own conclusion.
This is an excellent book that has been narrated well. The voice of Eric Summerer lends itself fittingly to the subject matter. You will not be disappointed.
"Fabulous, loads of facts"
This book is a huge mass of facts and witness reports. IS was amazing that all those people saw all those things and the government covered it up - why?
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