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Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal team up on this unprecedented and intellectually vibrant new framing of inexplicable events and experiences.

Rather than merely document the anomalous, these authors - one the man who popularized alien abduction and the other a renowned scholar - deliver a fast-paced and exhilarating study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction, but a vital and authentic aspect of life.

Their suggestion? That all kinds of "impossible" things, from extra-dimensional beings to bilocation to bumps in the night, are not impossible at all: rather, they are a part of our natural world. But this natural world is immeasurably more weird, more wonderful, and probably more populated than we have so far imagined with our current categories and cultures, which are what really make these things seem "impossible".

The Super Natural considers that the natural world is actually a "super natural world" - and all we have to do to see this is to change the lenses through which we are looking at it and the languages through which we are presently limiting it. In short: the extraordinary exists if we know how to look at and think about it.

©2016 Walker & Collier, Inc., and Jeffrey J. Kripal (P)2017 Tantor

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"A cohesive reframing of the 'pantheon of the unknown'...A thought-provoking, intelligent reconceptualization of supernatural events." (Kirkus)

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great book but hard as audio book

I really enjoyed the book but what I found to be most difficult was the fact that one narrator did both voices. I think things would have been clearer had they had two narrators or if he would have changed voices or something along those lines to differentiate between the two different authors in the chapters that they were writing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I will be reading more fromm Strieber

This book was perfectly placed along the path I am on, a path that has been blowing my mind at every step.

There is a lot of good stuff in this book from Strieber and from his co-author, Kripal. Kripal gets a tad too academic for me at points but it was worth it for the insights and ideas he provides.

As each chapter begins it is a mental game to figure out which author is speaking as there is no notification as to who authored each chapter. That could have been smoother.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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DON'T LET THE TITLE DECEIVE YOU!

I listened up to chapter 5 hoping to hear something of value until I couldn't take it anymore and had to stop. For one, the narrator sounded pompously monotonous but I could overlook that if I was receiving good information. NAH! The author just went around and around "intellectualizing" but really saying nothing. What a waste of time and money!

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  • Bill
  • CLEBURNE, TX, United States
  • 07-15-17

Disappointing

When I was right out of high school I got the UFO , flying saucer bug ,I read just about everything on alien abduction until I realized that every book was saying the same thing basically except for one book communion by W. Striebler. Then 35 years later I read this book. I'm sorry but he can't make his mind up what happened to him. I know this genre is way out there but W. Stiebler is way, way, way out there. He does everything from making stuff up to imagining what he saw or what it means. Totally off on all alien books I've ever read. I just don't believe him. I will not listen to another book of his ever. He says his self he has millions of haters. That is because he is unbelievable. One minute it's aliens he says then it's not , then it's his on brain making his self see this stuff. Give me a break. Just terrible!!!! You want to read about true alien stuff read the book Alrea 51 the Author is a Pulitzer Prize winner and then read Phillip Corso's book The day after Rosewell. He is retired army colonel he worked at the pentagon and was secretly appointed to examine a lot of the artifacts ( technology) from the crash as well as over seeing reverse technology on the items such as night vision , particle beam technology and Kevlar.

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  • Don
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 04-30-17

30 Minutes in, don't know if I'll make it.

Would you try another book from Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

Probably not at this point.

Would you be willing to try another book from Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal ? Why or why not?

Probably not. It sounds like a dry droning rehash of theories you can get from any number of books.

How could the performance have been better?

Don't particularly like the narrator. Meh.

Any additional comments?

At a loss for words right now. It is late and maybe I should have waited, but expectations were high (don't know why.) This likely shouldn't sway your decision to buy the book for yourself. But I wouldn't be surprised if others join me in some respects...Especially the narrator.

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