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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Hooked Newbie

I am probably very close to the age Laura Palmer was and would be today if she had made different choices. I got married very young, though, and was too busy to watch the new sensational show Twin Peaks. This is the first I've read or seen about the show. Now I need to go back and watch the whole thing and watch the movie and then listen to this again! I'm sure I'll get much more out of it then I did this first time.

This was a really well done narration by Sheryl Lee. Yes, there is whispering which is hard to hear if you're commuting in a car (when I mostly listen to audiobooks) but her performance outshines any small defects. Her voice, tone, inflection and cadence are all spot on for the material. Her voice goes from a seemingly happy 12 year old who gets the best gift in the world for her birthday to a strung out prostitute whose life is coming unraveled. And then there's Bob. Her voice for Bob is incredibly creepy and she goes back and forth quickly and seamlessly as Bob and Laura have their conversations.

Can't wait to find out more.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Determined

Clint is determined to stay off the grid. He doesn't want contact with anyone at the company he helped build, his soon to be ex-wife or anyone else besides the beautiful woman he met two months ago. When she doesn't answer the door for a promised breakfast, Clint knows something is wrong. He begins a search that will lead him much further than he ever imagined and draws back into a world he just wants to leave behind.

I enjoyed this book. Beth and the other women captives were a light spot in an otherwise dark story of kidnapping, manipulation and betrayals at all levels. Just when you think you have it figured out, another twist happens and you don't quite know who Clint can trust.

The narration was good if a little slow. I sped up to 1.25 speed. Nolan did a good job with most of the voices and he was able to keep the feel of the writing flowing throughout the listen. Some of the female voices could use some work but other than it was a really enjoyable listen.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Insightful

Great starting point to learn Edgar Cayce's background. This book pretty much takes you from his birth to death with many of his readings detailed. There was much doubt in Mr. Cayce but it's clear his faith helped him through all of the many rough patches in his life.

He was uneducated but far from stupid. He was a principled man who refused to profit from his gift. The only thing I wish was more clearly explained was why the hospital failed. If all the players and Cayce's intentions lined up according to the readings then why could it not survive the Depression? It was never explained. Other than that, this was a wonderful listen that really detailed Cayce's early life and his relationships as well as the struggles he faced and the doubts he went through in order to give as many people the benefit of his gifts as he could.

I will be reading more on this gentle, humble man.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Ring of Power with Attitude

Jake is a lonely boy fending mostly for himself in the streets of the middle east. HIs mother died and his archaeologist father alternately doesn't have time for his son or willfully refuses to understand the dangers he faces. Jake does have one friend and, together, they begin exploring the forbidden tunnels of his father's recent dig. Jake soon finds a ring and puts it on his finger. The ring will not come off...for any reason. Then it starts talking to him...soon Jake is in much more danger than anything he has ever known.

This was an entertaining listen. Smith is smart, sassy and brutal to the point insanity. When he can't convince Jake, he cajoles him and when he can't push Jake into doing what he wants he resorts to threats. Jake soon meets Nava, the woman of his dreams, and once he does, he has to battle everyone he knows and more to keep her safe. Will Jake learn the nature of Smith before it's too late? Will Nava ever see him as anything other than an eighteen year old boy and competition for her job?

I would have like for it to be a little longer with more background and more fleshed out characters. Jake's learning of the ways of the ring could have been more developed as well. The story could have easily been seven to ten hours which is a decent length for an audiobook and often worth the credit.

I received this audiobook for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Mesmerizing

I kept turning the book back to make sure I heard and understood every word. Graham's logical analysis breaks down mainstream views of the history of civilization on earth. He also calls out mainstream scientists (even specific scientists) who would rather perpetuate a lie rather than use newly discovered evidence to update and keep accurate our knowledge of the history of man on earth. It's quite tragic that so much evidence is ignored, hidden and left to rot in storage because it doesn't fit with the mainstream theory of evolution. Evolution has been thoroughly trashed and found to be wrong again and again. It's time to rewrite the history books!

This is not another ancient alien case. Graham argues instead that a sophisticated society with advanced technology once lived on earth. There is evidence of this civilization everywhere and Graham spends a lot of time on the specific places and things that prove his theory. He asserts that this civilization was wiped out in the great flood cataclysm that every society in existence today remembers in some form and that is a proven fact of the geological record. What followed was a few survivors that attempted to keep the technology and knowledge alive but, for the most part, a complete amnesia of society as to what existed in the past. We have quite literally had to rebuild from scratch. Read this book and do some of your own research! It will change your mind about every history lesson you've ever had. Every archaeological find validates this 'alternative' history theory more.

Graham does a serviceable narration of his own material. Much of it sounds quite dispassionate but there are areas where you feel the intensity of his belief in his findings.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

All the Makings...

This story could have been great...should have been great! It has all the elements of a really scary campfire story, with depth to certain characters and a compelling storyline. In the end, though, it kind of fizzled out and there was a certain amount of repetition. Coupled with the barely passable and extremely slow narration, this story is just OK for me. The beginning is very strong and I think that with some work...fleshing out more characters, more backstory in the form of flashbacks or conversational memories and more detail around what the devil is, it could be beefed up to the point of a really good, gory, scary story.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Father Gunter Rides Again

Father Gunter is pretty bada$$...for a priest. It seems he's got his mojo back and is determined to find his sister. The demons, however, have different ideas. And their not above telling him so and using Theresa as a tool whenever possible.

Johan and Robert head to the town of Mountainview after seeing a news story by Father Gunter's trusted prime time news team to see why its residents keep killing themselves. There they meet Father Nelson and soon find out there are some heavy hitters in town who have big plans for Mountainview and don't want Father Gunter interfering. These demons won't be happy until everyone in town is either dead or crazy. With Robert at his side, Father Gunter doesn't waste any time taking on whoever he needs to in order to send the demons back to where they came from.

This was a fun listen and a nice diversion from some heavier reading I've been doing. I would still like to see the dialogue be more fluid and flow more realistically when read out loud. It has a stiff ring to it and doesn't sound the way people really speak. I would also like it if this book was at least two hours longer and gave more detail and was more nuanced throughout the entirety of the story and if some time was spent on backstory through the use of flashbacks or conversation for both Robert and Johan. We, the readers, need to get to know these characters and identify with them and their history in order to continue to root for them.

Having said all that, it was fun to listen to and a well developed plot with above average narration. I love the way John Fehskens voices Father Gunter. The rest of the narration is done well, too. I'm looking forward to the next Father Gunter listen!

I received this audiobook for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Interesting Theories

On why our history and great civilizations popped up fully formed. And Hancock takes us past the Sumerians and puts forth theories as to who the earliest of our ancestors are. It made sense, there is research to tie it all together and maintstream scientists can't refute it. They can poo poo it, surely, but they can't prove it wrong. Isn't that what scientists are supposed to do? Take evidence and follow it through to potential conclusions? Hancock starts at the beginning and follows the evidence through to a stunning conclusion. There is much to hear and learn from this book, even if you aren't an ancient alien theory advocate. It was quite refreshing to have someone actually follow the scientific method through to a non-mainstream conclusion and publish it.

If you want to understand the ancient alien theory, this is a great place to start. Graham Hancock does a decent job of narrating the material himself although I did speed it up to 1.5x.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Background

Even though this is the latest Wilcock book, I would recommend reading it first. It gives a lot of background on David and he gives his autobiography from the ascension perspective. Some people would find this arrogant or that he just wants to talk about himself. I took it a different way. I saw that he was trying to show all of the amazing synchronicities that he experienced throughout his life that he ignored and how far down he had to go to get to the point where he would listen to his guides and start on his intended path in life. Is this the only time I want to read about David's struggles? Maybe. Unless it is relevant to helping guide me on my own path.

I would like to see David begin to direct people starting out on how to meditate, fuel my mind and body, open myself to positivity and assist in the healing work that needs to be done. He has laid the path for why we should join him. Now I'd like some practical advice on how to join the 'fight'.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Well Researched

Whether you are just beginning your journey of exploring the ancient alien theory (as I am) or just want to refresh yourself on some the foundational work in the area, this book is a fascinating listen. Sitchin throws out all accepted mainstream science theories on evolution, starts from scratch and follows his research through to a conclusion regardless of where it leads. It makes so much sense that you can almost hear an audible click! each time a piece falls into place. I found I could not stop listening and kept turning it back to listen again.

Some may find the narrator's voice annoying, but I found his voice a nice change and his enthusiasm for the material was obvious and came through in the smooth way he read the material. I did listen on 1.5 speed.

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