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While this book did have some good material in it, I was somewhat disappointed over all. In my opinion, the author spent way too much time discussing the possibility of life arising by chance on other worlds, and not enough time on current methods used by SETI to hunt for extra terrestrial life today.
I was impressed by the author's skepticism about aliens already having visited our planet, however I thought he spent too little time defending other arguments against intelligent life in the universe.
The narration was good, and the author has a good sense of humor, but all in all, I was expecting much more.....
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I have just recently listened to Paul Davies's book entitled "The Eerie Silence" so I can't help but make comparisons. There is a lot of overlapping information between the two books.
I have to say that I thought this one was slightly better. While this book has a lot of science in it, it didn't get as bogged down as the other book did. Seth Shostak is more up beat and seemed to get down on my level a little more. He seemed more optimistic than Davies. At no point in listening to this book did I get bored or felt like I wasn't grasping the subject matter.
There was also less speculation in this book, and it had more information on what it is SETI actually does and more importantly what they don't do. I felt like I learnt more.
If you are interested in this topic my suggestion would be to listen to this book first. However, you would be doing yourself an injustice by not also listening to the other book as well. Both are great.
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This is a hugely enjoyable account of the serious science involved in the search for extra terrestrial intelligence, written by the SETI Institute's senior astronomer. There are also entertaining diversions into things like the depiction of aliens and space travel by Hollywood, the cuts in NASA funding for searching for extra terrestrial intelligence brought about by a politician looking to attract publicity for himself, and UFO conspiracy theories.
Seth Shostak presents the 'Are We Alone' podcast, and listeners to the podcast would probably enjoy hearing his own thoughts and an account of the research being done by the SETI institute. The narrator is excellent, although it would have been even better if someone had persuaded Seth to read it himself.
This has to be one of the best popular science books in the last few years.
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What did you like most about Confessions of an Alien Hunter?
Easy listening without too much tech talk, would recommend
What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of an Alien Hunter?
Very interesting section when it went into SETI light and other methods in place to track signals
Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favourite?
I suppose Frank Drake
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Well read, would recommend