• The Mothman Prophecies

  • By: John A. Keel
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-23-02
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (506 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. Mysterious lights are seen moving across the sky. Domestic animals are found slaughtered and mutilated. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery. Translated into over thirteen languages, John Keel's unsettling account of what he encountered in Point Pleasant has long been regarded as a classic in the literature of the unexplained. It is now the basis of a major motion picture starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney.
The Mothman Prophecies is also available in print from Tor Books.
©1991 John A. Keel (P)16 9; 2002 Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marc on 05-01-05

Smart, compelling, disturbing

A word to the wise: If you're looking for a novelization of the Richard Gere movie, you might want to think twice before ordering this book. John A. Keel's "The Mothman Prophecies" is not a novel, nor is it fiction. It is the sober account of a professional journalist who also happens to be a paranormal researcher. As such, it is one of the best books of its genre. By way of the mysterious figure of the Mothman, who haunted Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in the late 1960s, Keel puts forth his grand unified theory of all things paranormal, which connects such seemingly diverse phenomena as ghosts, fairies, UFOs, men in black, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Mothman, angels, demons, and even The Shadow, the pulp-magazine crimebuster. Keel's clear, engaging style lends credence to the strange goings-on that he collects and documents, and the conclusions that he draws not only ring true but also linger long after the final page. As the Mothman mystery deepens and the author's life begins to imitate a David Lynch film, readers may want to turn on a few extra lights, but they won't be able to turn off this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-03-05

The Nature of Human Perception

Keel's The Mothman Prophecies is a book that explores the unknown--human consciousness. The theme of the book is clear from the beginning. Keel is more interested in the root causes of phenomena than the evidence. And the cause, for him, lies somewhere in the mystery of human consciousness and perception. It is a fascinating read. If you like pyschology and parapsychology, this is the pinnacle.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 04-07-13

Forget the film

I very much enjoyed this audio book and the style of Keek's writing. The film of the film version only really scratches the surface of does not reflect the weird things that were happening in the run up to the collapse of the bridge at Pount Pleasant. The narration is very good by Craig Wasson and I will look out for other titles where he is the narrator.

Keel describes events and characters that come alive in this presentation and the story caputered my imagination despite my skeptical view point.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Ghgh on 08-08-08

A bit over the top.

I haven't got a problem with the quality of the recording nor the reading so in that respect it's not at all bad. My only complaint is the bounderies of the fantastic are breeched so readily. I mean the guy who wrote this at once debunks certain myths and at the same time promotes others. But the one thing that got me to turn towards my player and vocally exclaim 'WHAT??' was when he suggested that a person in someones house was either wearing electric socks or was a remote control android programmed to interview people. And scarily he says it with all seriousness.
I'd recommend you only buy this if you've got money to burn.

I guess it's my fault as I should've read the bumph thoroughly.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-08-18

UFOs and MIB

While I enjoyed it I thought the content around the actual Mothman sightings were fairly limited. That said interesting to listen to the events around the sightings and goings on at that time

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1 out of 5 stars
By Kane on 03-06-17

more like the UFO Prophecies

Was hoping to hear about the mothman and a decent story and investigation...just rambles about various differnet ufo encounters and encounters with MIB
very disappointing.
Not audible fault, book was well read and performed. content was the issue. Struggled to finish

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