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The Disappearance of the Universe Audiobook

The Disappearance of the Universe

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What would you do if you were sitting quietly in your living room when a mysterious couple suddenly appeared from out of nowhere, and then told you they were "ascended masters" who had come to reveal some shocking secrects of existence and teach you the miraculous power of advanced forgiveness? Would you call the cops? Call a psychiatrist? Call out for pizza?

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.

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    Master Yoda 01-02-09
    Master Yoda 01-02-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Classical Advaita Vedanta in a New Age format"

    The audio of this book did not turn out to be as bad as some other reviews below suggest. Though it is improvable but is listenable. I am not a big believer in mediumship or angelic revelations but this work, even if it might be purely a fiction, seems to have been written with a lot of thought and imagination. It does have some trappings of New Age and that is why I reserve a bit of healthy skepticism.

    What made me a bit wary was the claim of this book that Thomas was killed in India. This seems to be retelling of a popular myth as the contemporary biblical scholarship, both secular and religious, now discounts this story as apocryphal. The fellow mistaken from St. Thomas was actually Thomas of Cana , a Persian merchant who escaped to India with other Christian refugees in 4th century CE. I was wondering if Purusa was real St. Thomas whether she would have still made this claim about St.Thomas' death in India which is now known to be spurious, based on a mistaken identity.

    Having said that there is a lot in this work that is thought provoking. It is basically retelling of classical Hindu philosophy of Advaita , or Non-dualism, in a New Age format.

    For a more orthodox and time-worn reading of non-dualism philosophy the reader is advised to refer to the works of Adi Shankara, the 8th century Indian mystic who reconciled Buddhism and Hinduism. Another classical Hindu work that comes to mind, which contains the same exposition, is "Yoga Vashishtha". A more contemporary and Christianized, and yet somewhat conservative and orthodox, reading and practice of his philosophy is also available from Self-Realization Fellowship founded by Paramhamsa Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi (available on audible). The present work refers back to Course on Miracles, a work I am not very familiar with but would definitely like to check out after listening to this work. On the whole, I recommend this book but with a little caution however.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia proceeds 06-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A metaphysical masterpiece"

    Anyone interested in the teaching of A Course In Miracles or any other non-duality teaching,this is a must read. It's interesting, entertaining and full of zingers. The ending is quite remarkable. I have gone to many of the authors workshops and have no doubt he had a very real experience with his ascended visitors. It is deep and if u don't understand concepts of non- duality you may want to start with something else. But get to it eventually! It will fill your world with wonder and awe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 09-06-14
    Joseph 09-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Basically an Infomercial for A Course in Miracles"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Poorly read. The subject was interesting, but the Readers were horrible. I might recommend the Hardcopy Book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The 'Universe' concept was interesting.
    Wisecracking Ascended Masters?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Did The Disappearance of the Universe inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If those two clowns are Ascended Masters, I think I'll take up Buddhism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dara DEER PARK, NY, United States 05-31-14
    Dara DEER PARK, NY, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "very questionable"
    Has The Disappearance of the Universe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    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


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Khalifa City A, United Arab Emirates 08-23-13
    Deborah Khalifa City A, United Arab Emirates 08-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible casting"
    What did you like best about The Disappearance of the Universe? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Disappearance of the Universe to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Was The Disappearance of the Universe worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record this using suitable voices for the characters portrayed. This is a disaster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 01-10-13
    John 01-10-13
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    "Course of Miracles Intro, I guess"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 11-21-08
    Marilyn Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 11-21-08
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    "Even Worse than Expected"

    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!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angel New Haven, CT, United States 08-01-08
    Angel New Haven, CT, United States 08-01-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and educational"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A new found freedom.."

    A whole new way to look at forgiveness that brings profound peace and spiritual freedom in a world of turmoil and pain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Tedesco 07-23-16
    J. Tedesco 07-23-16
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    "Hire People To Do What You Can Not"

    The content of the book and its conversational delivery of Course material is invaluable. It shaves years off study and assures you read the Course from a context that is not from your past. It helps the new student navigate the language and levels of the course so as not to unnecessarily delay your experience while caught up in vernacular or the all to common mistake of confusing the metaphysical content and the literal content. Read this book several times along with the Course. It is a priceless companion.

    Yet, the delivery is nearly painful to listen to. The"acting" to keep the content of the conversation and inflections meaningful as well as relative to the content is like a middle school play of Shakespeare. You get the content but the delivery is so off at times it's distracting. The author gets to hire out a voice and professional to do what he can not so the listener won't be distracted by his labored breathing and monotone inflections. The other two actors try their best but there is no chemistry. I would be honored to be the voice for the next two books in the series. If it's Gary again, I will stick with the book form and not pay for the audible. And I forgive it all. Joe. Mookdi at aol dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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