- The Original Path to Ecstasy and Healing
- Narrated by: Bradford Keeney
- Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
- Original Recording Audiobook
- Release date: 09-23-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Sounds True
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By Oliver Nielsen on 10-17-16
Can't hate it – can't love it (sadly)
When I came across this audiobook and listened to the sample, my first reaction was to laugh out loud. This is just too damn intense and weird: Bradford Keeney on the mic, rambling off inspirational stuff about Kalahari bushmen, urging you to "mooo-vah!" (move) and "sha-kh!" (shake) like a gospel preacher intoxicated on a crystal meth + PCB combo.
But it got me intrigued. So off to YouTube I went. Found some some videos explaining what and why Keeney does what he does. He's a cool dude!
So I bought the audiobook. And I wanted to enjoy it.
Sadly, I couldn't. As a former musician and dj, I can't distract myself from the fact that the music literally sounds like you're in a music-gear shop, and someone is testing a sampler or beatbox machine by pressing all the knobs/pads, to hear and play with all the presets.
A crash! A cymbal! Oh there's a ride cymbal... and another... A handclap. A whistle even. And again. And a horn! And another horn! All jumbled up.
I get that it isn't supposed to make sense, logically or musically. It's supposed to be random. But still, it sounds too much like the above: someone trying all the presets on a sampler.
Furthermore, the recording, while quite clear, is in desperate need of a compressor and limiter. Bradford goes from whispering to shouting all the time, and I can't hear what he's saying when he's whispering. Proper compression and limiting would have solved that issue.
Another problem is that there are *no instructions*. The first track just starts right on, with Bradford rambling on top of the music. It's an experience, I get that, and while it *is* fun to "just go into full-spasm mode" I didn't feel much benefit from doing so, apart from the exercise value. HOW should I shake to gain the full benefits of this? There's no guidance.
For those reasons, I can't really recommend it. It's a nice to have, but more for the authenticity and artistic expression and laughs:)
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