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The Disappearance of the Universe | [Gary R. Renard]

The Disappearance of the Universe

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?
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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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    Nikki Whitten 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    I was entertained. acting was terrible. story is not really believable but it has a great purpose. so with that in mind, di with it what you will!

    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 2013
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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 Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-10-13
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2009
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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 2015
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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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    Suzanne Hadlock Utah 03-17-15
    Suzanne Hadlock Utah 03-17-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Will listen again, & again..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Striker 02-16-15
    Ted Striker 02-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Mixed Feelings"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fletcher, NC, US 01-15-15
    Amazon Customer Fletcher, NC, US 01-15-15 Member Since 2002

    Marion Whatley

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    "Superlative."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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