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This book organized the various explanations & theories regarding strange events with unnerving entities encountered throughout history. Are they government agents covering up troublesome events? Or perhaps extraterrestrials scouting humanity? Or are they remnants of an older race who are remembered in folklore & modern urban legends. Nick Redfern explores each of these possibilities & weighs their merits & shortcomings in explaining these unsettling encounters. The performance in reading is particularly strong in the 6th chapter where the possibility of folklore is covered. I enjoyed listening to this production, but do not wish to experience any of the subject matter in my own life to add verisimilitude.
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Redfern's look at women in black is nothing if not comprehensive. He looks far back into the phenomenon, before the WIB and MIB captured the collective imagination of the world following the famous Mothman case of 1966/67, to look at women in black (and sometimes white) as they relate to investigations of UFOs and other odd phenomenon, including the legend of King Arthur.
He also looks at other versions of the black clad woman, such as ghosts, banshees, witches, and spectral crones, to place the phenomenon in a wider context; ultimately coming to conclusions similar to those reached by Vallee and Keel that place the WIB, and therefore UFOs, in the paranormal rather than extra terrestrial realm.
All in all, a fantastic look at some lesser known tales crossing the width and breadth of strange phenomenon.
The narration, however, was not up to the content. The narrator often repeated lines, or sentences, especially as she neared the end of the book. Initially I thought some of these were simply subheadings, that were immediately followed by the quoted line. Redfern often uses a compelling quote from a section as a subhead. But it quickly became obvious that the narrator was simply repeating content. She also has a somewhat stilted delivery style that lead to a disjointed presentation. I would have enjoyed it more with a better, more fluid, narration.
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