Recently finished The Autobiography of an Extraterrestrial Saga: I Am Thyron by Craig Campobasso and narrated by David Bosco. If you are religious/spiritual and enjoy extraterrestrial life, this book is for you. (full review below)
The Autobiography of an Extraterrestrial Saga: I Am Thyron by Craig Campobasso and narrated by David Bosco is a unique combo on spirituality and extraterrestrial life. This book is for a specific audience and unfortunately it wasn’t me. If you are religious/spiritual and enjoy extraterrestrial life, this book is for you. It's difficult to rate because this book isn't one particular genre, it's a mixture and while the author knows where he wants to go, the readers/listeners may not get there.
I was drawn to the book from the cover, the narrator, and the interesting description. Unfortunately I found it difficult to connect to the characters and found myself losing interest despite the great narration. If David wasn’t the narrator, this would be sitting in my DNF pile.
The narrator, David Bosco, was fantastic as usual! Would highly recommend you check out his other narrations.
Some things to expect: archangels, realms, religion, monogamous and open relationships, alien life, priestess, priest, telepathy, Gabriel vs. Lucifer in the supreme courts, different planets (ex. Prison, Earth, Bruba), gathering info on the planet's state of consciousness, recording of every persons state of spiritual development, spirituality, mythology (ex. Zeus), past life memories, reincarnation, cosmic mind, cosmic truth, orbs from mind to mind, love story, pregnancy, and more. There are a couple added sound effects throughout (good and doesn’t distract).
What kept me interested: the extraterrestrial scenes were interesting enough that had it been only that, I would be giving the story 4 or 5 stars.
What didn’t keep me interested: The foreword by Sylvia Brown (meh), parts were way too preachy/boring and those were frequent enough I wanted to stop (had to force myself to listen at multiple points). Female characters were not strong- ex. “Being with him made her weak”, “she couldn’t imagine her life without him” and like things. For being a story in the future/ET life, I expected more than the typical cliches. It felt like the book never fully took off despite the potential being there.
This might sound odd, but there’s a good part of me that thinks this would be better off as a movie (having the visual might make it easier to connect and convey to the audience). Overall I would only recommend if you are into both religion/spirituality and extraterrestrial life.
Parental advisory/trigger warnings (note they may contain minor spoilers): foreword is from Sylvia Browne (the psychic), talks about conceiving a child, giving birth, kissing, talk about sex (minimal), sex scenes ("passion", "arousal", mention of breast/buttocks, watching him undress, soul sensuality, pretty minimal- think ET spirituality sex), death, funeral. I do not recall any swearing.
(Spoiler alert on the ending...I typically do not do this but feel it’s important to note this for multiple reasons…
quit reading if you do not want to know…)
At the end, a “specific human trait” was injected into him, resulting in him being able to pick what sex (male/female) he fell in love with. All sexuality is embraced where they are from but judged on Earth.
*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!
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