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I bought the actual book on the late 80's and loved it. The narrated version is by far the best. It is clear and narrated as the author himself would have done it. Great book I highly recommend it.
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of the greater reality.
This is the best introduction, explanation, and instruction book on the greater reality experienced by people in their dream states or consciously while out of body.
Robert Monroe's book is often referred to by other authors who share their out of body experiences and methods. Perhaps that is why some of the other authors' books lack specific details, maybe they assume people have started with Robert Monroe's books.
This, the first of Robert Monroe's books, is the most methodical and explanatory of the three. The second book, written about a decade later, is more relaxed, funny at times, adventurous, spiritual, and fascinating. The third book, also about another decade later, cycles back and incidents referred to here in this first book are viewed differently, and mysteries are revealed. The third book is a mature understanding of what has happened in the previous decades, examinations as to why we are born, who we are, humanity's purpose and destiny, and more on our evolution.
I hope the second and third books Robert Monroe wrote, Far Journeys and Ultimate Journey will soon follow in audible format as well.
The audible format does a lot to enhance the first book. There were moments in reading it in hardcover format that some sections were dry, yet having it read out loud in the Audible format was a different experience. The book retained my interest.
The descriptions of various layers of reality, referred to as Locale 1, Locale 2, Locale 3, etc., the very useful descriptions of how to achieve the out of body state, the many experiences shared of what happened, where he went, what he saw . . . all were interesting.
This book is both an excellent overview of not only the out of body experience but also of the reality experienced beyond the physical five senses. For the curious, this is the book to get the best description of what people are talking about when they talk about OBE (Out of Body) or NDE (Near Death Experiences.)
For those who have read Robert Monroe's books already, along with books by other OBE authors, this is a fun book to read again because if you've already read the trilogy, and remember how the books cycle back to the first book, it brings a smile to your face when you hear Bob Monroe relate what he went through, knowing what comes later as he gains a better understanding of who he is. And, because there is so much information in this one book, much may have been forgotten from before.
A classic, "the" OBE book to have.
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If you could sum up Journeys Out of the Body in three words, what would they be?
intriguing, inspiring, revealing
Who was your favorite character and why?
The narrator, obviously. It's all about his experiences.
Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favourite?
As above, the narrator.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
His description of the way out of body experiences began occurring to him, his initial reactions and perceptions etc... It's quite moving and intriguing to hear someone's account of such personal, subjective experiences
Any additional comments?
I think the material in this book is quite relevant to the shift human kind is already experiencing and it poses quite radical contradictions with our widely established idea of reality which is being increasingly questioned from many fronts
9 of 14 people found this review helpful
Wow, just wow. If you want to learn more about OBE’s, this is the book for you. Can’t wait to start his other 2 books now.
Any additional comments?
For anyone interested in understanding more about the world around them the trilogy written by Robert Monroe is compulsory reading. These three books are beautifully written and just as beautifully narrated by Kevin Pierce. They are a pleasure to listen to. I found this, the first book quite disconcerting. Many of Mr Monroe’s experiences don’t sound Iike much fun but but his charting of his journey with such openness, sincerity and integrity is spell binding. Make sure you read this so you understand what courage Robert Monroe had as he faced into his special gift and his curiosity as he worked to develop it. Then you can read and reread books 2 & 3 as I have understanding the full context of the journey. Mr Monroe gave a gift to the world in charting his journey so bravely so that if we chose to follow we can do so with more control and awareness. What a beautiful, amazing and courageous man.