When two such teachers appeared before Gary Renard in 1992, he chose to listen to them. (And ask a lot of questions.) The result is this startling audiobook: An extraordinary record of 17 mind-bending conversations that took place over nearly a decade, reorienting the author's life, and giving the world an uncompromising introduction to a spiritual teaching destined to change human history.
©2004 Gary R. Renard; (P)2005 Hay House, Inc.
No. Poorly read. The subject was interesting, but the Readers were horrible. I might recommend the Hardcopy Book.
The 'Universe' concept was interesting.
Wisecracking Ascended Masters?
The Author's voice was uninspiring.
The female Reader started out bad, you could hear her stumbling over commas, though she grew more proficient by the end of the book.
The male Reader didn't start out too bad, but was emoting like the announcer in a commercial by the end of the book.
I'll probably listen to A Course in Miracles, so I guess this book did its job.
I wonder if I can return this Book to get the money to buy the one it was advertising.
If those two clowns are Ascended Masters, I think I'll take up Buddhism.
no the narration was HORRIBLE!! all three of them are horrible. one sounds like Christopher Walken as a computer that breathes heavily, the other guy sounds like a movie announcer and then there is Doreen Virtue. LOL
the story and the attempt at being funny was a bit disappointing. the way it is presented makes it very hard to believe. he conveniently asks questions to try to convince the reader/listener that what is happening is real. the way the 2 "teachers" talk to him seem quite unbelievable. just seems like a big plug to buy the book Course in Miracles. he must have some connection to the original author.
What a terrible choice of voices. The narrator / author has a speech impediment and gasps his way through even one sentence? Confused as to why they did not use a professional. There is a radio announcer / game show host as the other male voice? And there is this silly attempt at 'coolspeak' throughout the book that just detracts completely. The author sounds totally wooden even though they are his own words. Terrible. I'm sure the book is good but the audiobook is a disaster.
Terrible terrible voice. Cannot get one sentence out without gasping, is completely wooden and his silly attempt at coolspeak completely detracts from the message. Very hard to listen through unfortunately.
Please re-record this using suitable voices for the characters portrayed. This is a disaster.
I guess I am new to the Course of Miracles literature, which is why I have mixed feelings regarding the book. This at first seemed to be the writing of someone well versed in the Course of Miracles who used a fictional story to emphasize the concepts of the Course he felt were important in gleaning the basic tenets of the Course. Then I thought, many people probably believe the book is Non-Fiction, a direct message from God via messengers. At that point I did not know what to make of it. I am sure everyone differs on which fork in the road to take. At the end I do get the strong sense that this is a Non-Fiction book in the mind of the author. The narration is a mixed bag, does not overly impede the listening experience but certainly does not enhance it. I guess in the end it makes you think, at least for the more spiritually minded audience.
This is almost unlistenable. Why would they not have employed three real actors for the roles?
As far as the book itself goes, Renard's attempts at humour made me cringe, although the content is pretty good if you're into ACIM.
Consider yourself warned!
Loved the sarcasm and humor, it made Gary come off as an average Joe, like me. I've been putting off the Course in miracles but after listening to The disappearance of the universe, I feel it made The Course seem more unattainable. This subject usually reads like a text book or lecture, lacking humor not this one. I just wished this version wasn't abridged.
Necessary aid to A Course in Miracles. Love & forgiveness are the requirements for salvation. We have no choice... It's already done.
Thank you Gary/Thomas.
My spiritual side loves the message, but the cynic in me finds it hard to get over questioning the source of the material, as the "automatic writing" concept is not a new one. Some previous examples: "The Book of the Law" (Aleister Crowley), "Seth Speaks," (Jane Roberts), "the Law of Attraction" (Esther and Jerry Hicks).In all of these works an entity appears, and it explains a version of Buddhist mysticism, and repackages it for a western audience.
The audience, generally unfamiliar with this line of thinking, finds it liberating, empowering, and life-changing, since this is the first time they have heard this information. In this case, the audience is for practicing Christians specifically.
Don't let my cynicism stop you. In fact, I do agree with the philosophy being taught in this book, and I do believe we can be conduits for messages, it's just hard to take it seriously when this idea has already been done so many times before.
Another book I did find life changing was Living Buddha, Living Christ. Yoga and meditation are also ways of practicing the message and daily life. Theosophy, Carl Jung, and Madame Blavatsky are also good places to research as well.
Best wishes on your spiritual journey.
A Course in Miracles is difficult of approach. My copy gathered dust on my shelf for more than 20 years. Then I read The Disappearance of the Universe, and the Course in Miracles opened lika a flower.
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