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Summary

Since the beginning of recorded time, mankind has been plagued by unknown forces and beings, baffled by archaeological phenomena, and haunted by the inexplicable accuracy - and inaccuracy - of prophecies and "visions." In the classic Our Haunted Planet, John A. Keel brings into chilling focus strange truths about the Earth and its mysterious inhabitants. Could an unseen, prehuman race have taken careful measures to remain hidden from surface dwellers? Are they still watching us from their secret hiding places, manipulating and misleading us, using us for their own entertainment, and controlling our actions?

Our Haunted Planet is an entertaining survey of anomalous "Fortean" events such as UFOs, enigmatic stone monuments, Men in Black, missing ships and aircraft, phantom radio broadcasts, teleportation, missing time, black magick, tulpas, angels, demigods, tricksters, and much more.

Unlike most ufologists, who settle on a literal interpretation of such phenomena, Keel is broad-minded and courageous enough to include all possibilities - including the impact of occultists and spies on the fields of ufology, conspiracy, and cryptozoology. Modern "spooks" appear alongside the gods of the ancients, creating a mind-expanding pastiche that may either heal your soul, send you to the loony bin, or just keep you up all night as you ponder the meaning of its forbidden secrets.

©2014 Andrew B. Colvin (P)2015 Andrew B. Colvin

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For lovers of the Unknown. . .!

If you could sum up Our Haunted Planet in three words, what would they be?

Highly thought provoking

What other book might you compare Our Haunted Planet to, and why?

"Mysteries" by Colin Wilson. For me both writers present the facts in a straight forward and understandable way and without recourse to sensationalism

What about Michael Hacker’s performance did you like?

I particularly liked his calm but authorititive sounding narration - almost as if he had written the book himself.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

". . .the future, is in the past . . .!"

Any additional comments?

I've always been a fan of John Keel. His books are always well written and in a manner that shows a writer at one with his subject. He learned his trade in Journalism and though he does not sensationalise, he makes the story fascinating.

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very interesting and, thought provoking!

Although quite deep for bedtime listening I became fascinated in the amount of historical, geological and other factual information written in this book and, eagerly looked forward to each new chapter!

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Outdated and somewhat ridiculous

This book is quite entertaining but that's about all it has going for it. I just wrote a long review but for some reason it blanked out as I attempted to submit it.

Essentially - if you have any knowledge of this subject area already then don't bother with this naive, simplistic and outdated book, and if you do not then go and look somewhere else as this will not help you to understand the vast and diverse subject of paranormal phenomena.

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Makes you open your mind

opens your mind and makes you rethink what you know about our World and its inhabitants.
Also makes you think of life on other planets and how we are all being kept in the dark by governments worldwide

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Very good

A lot of food for thought I will listen again it’s that sort of book

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  • Bill
  • 21-10-15

Keel's 2nd best work

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have been a John Keel fan since watching the Mothman Prophecies movie shortly after it was released in 2002. I found the movie to be extremely compelling, and when I read the book (both written format and audio), I became more and more intrigued by Keel's perspective of the unknown. Having downloaded most of his recently released works--largely the 3 Andy Colvin edited collective works, "Flying Saucer..", "Outer Limits", and "Searching for the String:, I was delighted to learn that "Our Haunted Planet" was now available. After listening to this book, I was astonished at the detail and conjecture that Keel lay out for his audience, and I consider this to be his best book, after, of course, MP.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A--as this is a work of non-fiction.

Have you listened to any of Michael Hacker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Michael Hacker is a narrator PAR EXCELLENCE. I have listened to him on several of his Keel/Gray Barker books, most notably "Men In Black-The Secret Terror Among Us" by Barker. He has an almost other-worldly ability to elicit myriad emotions, conjuring up various images and character development with a technique that few can match. As usual, Michael's performance in this book it at the top of the list.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I found the combination of Keel's material and Hacker's narration to be an excellent combination--as I expected.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of conspiracy theory, alien agenda, or any other just plain weird stuff--pick this up. You'll find it entertaining, at the very least.

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  • Agatha & Dustin
  • 25-04-17

very thought provoking

This book definitely gets you to reconsider your stance on a lot of the weird stuff that is happening (and has happened) on our planet.
The weird gets weirder.

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  • Daniel Pisegna
  • 03-03-17

Very Entertaining

Great book, and well read. I'd you are into the paranormal type of genre I think you will enjoy this very much. Michael Hacker is a great narrator.

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  • jofi00
  • 04-01-18

Another "God may be an Alien" Books

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Atheists

Has Our Haunted Planet turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, because other books of the genre don't quote the Bible to prove how it may or may not be from aliens.

What about Michael Hacker’s performance did you like?

He was very fluent, very graceful in his reading. I love it when authors read smoothly, changing the tone variances of their voice only slightly for different characters of the book. He did this so very well.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Our Haunted Planet?

All those that talked about religion and how it may be simply aliens.

Any additional comments?

I gave it two stars because the reader was phenomenal. The story was poor and unot entertaining in the least bit.

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  • Alexander Lagula
  • 29-11-17

Good

I had the paper back edition before. It was good then. But even better when narrated to you. There were just like a chapter or two that i found a bit dragging, so had to skip them. But overall it's very interesting. Especially for the open minded. The narrator was good.

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  • P. young
  • 13-11-17

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I listened to this audiobook while on a roadtrip. The material was very good and the book was very entertaining. I have read about alot of the material contained in the book, but I learned some new things as well! The descriptions of the various phenomena were really vivid and I love Keel's often humorous writing style.

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  • Joshua
  • 04-08-17

Very interesting read

I enjoyed reading this, John Keel is one of my favorite paranormal writers because he uses his skills in journalism to tell these stories.

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  • Sam
  • 06-05-17

did not like nor did I enjoy this book...

sounded patronizing, mocking, with condescension ... the description of the book is not precisely what I found this book to be.

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  • MJS
  • 24-05-16

Interesting analysis of planet Earth

Great book on the high strangeness it's taking place on planet Earth. An interesting book.

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  • John R Peck
  • 05-08-15

Very imaginative, but highly implausible

What would have made Our Haunted Planet better?

The writer (John Keel) needs to do a better job of researching his subject matter. Flight 19 was solved years ago and is no longer a mystery. Aleister Crowley is not some quack that dabbles in "Black Magik". Researching any of the subject matter in this book would have been highly beneficial instead of listing unsubstantiated numbers with no points of reference.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I didn't find any issues with the narrator

Any additional comments?

The book was good for some laughs, but the general concept lacks any real foundation. I was not impressed at all.

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