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Is there anything you would change about this book?
This book is scattershot and unscientific. Jacobsen seems to have run out of ideas and she's really taken a very uncritical look at pseudoscience, clearly swayed by the pseudo-scientists more than the scientists.
Would you ever listen to anything by Annie Jacobsen again?
Yes, of course. She usually does solid work, but this book was a miss for me.
Which scene was your favorite?
Scene? There aren't really scenes in a non-fiction book. I guess I like the factual and historical information, but I'm really not a fan of Uri Geller and his frauds.
Could you see Phenomena being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No. I really couldn't. There are way too many characters, and the plot jumps around.
Any additional comments?
Usually Annie Jacobsen is a historical journalist, this time it seems like she ran out of ideas...
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
As with her earlier books, Annie Jacobsen's Phenomena is a virtuoso performance, replete with deep research, smart analysis, psychological complexity, and superb narrative skill. There are a few passages that unsettled me, and I've been studying the paranormal and teaching a college course on it for several years now. Things happened during Uri Geller's testing sessions with scientists that had me checking my closets with a flashlight. I won't say more--you have to experience it yourself and I wouldn't want to spoil it for you. Annie reads her own Audible books, and I happen to love her voice: slightly breathy, deliberate, and--I might as well say it--actually kinda sexy. Read or listen; whether you're a serious investigator or an open-minded skeptic, you will not be disappointed!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The book was dry and factual ( which I liked ) . My trust of the author from previous books gave me permission to change the way I think about my life, past, and future.
Like all of her previous works ... loved this latest book and could not put it down. Cannot wait for her next book.