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Communion: A True Story [Mass Market Paperback]

Whitley Strieber
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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31 Dec 1987
A catalogue of encounters with non-humans.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Revised edition (31 Dec 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380703882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380703883
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 14.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing fare. 20 Oct 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No matter what you think, say or feel about the whole 'abduction experience', this book is worthy of attention.
It's not a big "Aliens are here and they've come to steal our cheese!" type of book, nor is it any king of attempt to scientifically analyse the UFO phenomena, blinding the reader with science and throwing in fact after fact about Roswell, the Philadelphia experiment and the Majestic Bureau (Although he does cover some of that material later in his novel, MAJESTIC).
What Communion does, is take a very personal and deeply psychological look at UFO encounters and 'abductions'. His stories are told from the point of view of a normal human, whose experiences cause concern for his own mental welfare and then the physical safety of his family.
His reliance on Hypnosis does raise some questions as to the authenticity, and later books come to question whether the encounters are extra-Terrestrial or some other kind of phenomena, which many detractors claimed was an admission that he was 'faking it'.
However he recounts many stories, some of which may ring familar bells in peoples memories. Strange stories from his childhood or recollections that he can't put his finger on. When I first started to read this book my younger sister (unaware that I had or was reading it) described a childhood memory that closely echoed a passage in the book.
If it's factual, then Streiber does as good a job as anyone could of stringing together events and trying to make sense of them. If it's fiction, he's done an equally remarkable job of bringing together common fears and mental imagery.
If you're a UFO 'enthusiast' or a heavy conspiracy theorist then don't look here. This is much more about the human condition than it is about little grey men. If your interest is more casual, or more personal then take a look. There's even a chance it may keep you awake at night for a while.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Communion provides insight about the unknown. 8 Jun 1998
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As Whitley tells about his experiences with the unknown he can change a person's perspective of the world we live in. Whitley Streiber was an ordinary man. He is an author and enjoys spending time in his secluded cabin in upstate New York. One Christmas he was spending his vacation in his cabin with his wife and son. After a day of leisure Whitley retired to bed with his wife and woke up six hours later with his life forever changed. He soon discovers he had been taken during the night by mysterious visitors. Whitley sets off on a crusade to understand the vague relationship he's had through his life with the "visitors". As he searches through his subconsciousness for clues he begins to piece together an answer. An answer to who the visitors are, what they want, and who we are as humans. If you're looking for a new and exciting book like no other, Communion is your next book. Communion provides powerful insight and will touch on emotions like no other book. The way the book engulfs the mind won't let a person put it down. You decide if this page turner is fiction or non-fiction. Either way, It's a great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars communion 20 Aug 2010
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i purchased this book in the hope of finding some answers to events that have happened not just in my life but to other members of my family, and i was left with nothing really tangible to go on in this instance. if it was just his experiences that were written in the book one chapter would have been enough, because the rest of the book is made up of poems quotes, and silly questions that reporters ask people after some tradgedy or other, if like me you are looking for answers there is a lot of better stuff out there and its free, like the books written by the late karla turner, reading her material gives a better sense of what is going on, whitley strieber should carry on with his fantasy novels and leave this stuff well alone as i think his writings do more harm than good[there is a lot of disinformers out there of which whitley is one of them]
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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To say that I was a true believer in UFOs and Extra-terrestrial visitors would be an exaggeration and to say the exact opposite would be a false claim too, therefore, it was with a completely open state of mind that I approached Whitley Strieber's book.....and it was in exactly the same frame of mind that I finished the book! However, having said this, the fact that I was not truly convinced by Strieber's accounts by no means lessens the impact of the book as a whole. I found Communion to be one of the most disturbing, intriguing, shocking and incredible experiences I have ever been through as a reader. The author maintains an unflinching honesty throughout the book as he attempts to explain the disturbing events of three particular nights and it is this honesty, and his willingness to hold himself up to intense worldwide scrutiny, that has propelled this book into becoming the international bestseller that it deserves to be! It makes no difference whether you believe or not, it's what Strieber has to say that really matters here. Reading this book is a unique experience that will stay with you long after you have tucked it back into your bookshelf! One of the greatest books ever written in any genre!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Astistry in the Formation of Myth and Fact 26 Aug 1998
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The book captured my attention as soon as I strode through the first pages of it. Apart from the obvious claims of truthfulness of this story, it has a particular literary charm. The descriptions are very vivid and the ideas very profound and much to my liking. As for this being true, he gives us room to ponder and alternatives as well. Surely, he does not pick all alternatives and surely he is human enough to admit that he might be mistaken. I believe there is room for much consideration just like he says that blind denial is as bad as blind belief. Very compelling book, and worth a read although some stages of the book border a little on paranoia. But definitely worth it.
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I heard about this book and couldn`t wait to get my hands on it, a very intriguing alien contact true story, I enjoyed it immensely and bought the two books after this one,... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Well written. The author tries to make sense of what happened to him and tries to cover all explanations for his experiences.
Published 4 months ago by Astro Jewel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a true story
I read this book when I was a teenager, and being a trustworthy sort I took the author at his word when he said it was a true story. It had a profound impact on me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by R. Dalziel
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story.
I have a very open mind when it comes to abduction ("visitor") stories because as yet we are still relying on witness testimony rather than concrete evidence with regards to this... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Alone Wolf
3.0 out of 5 stars Communion Whitley Strieber
Great condition for the price, although some signs of age, (well it was published about 20 years ago). Had been trying to source this at my local stores with no avail. Read more
Published on 14 May 2011 by THEEckyMo
4.0 out of 5 stars Strieber's influential 1987 shocker IS worth reading
Whitley Strieber's iconic 1987 book `Communion' is important mainly in that it introduced millions of people around the world to the reality of alien abduction: people who might... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by The Guardian
4.0 out of 5 stars I have seen the "bugs" as well !
As a person who has on-going experiences with ET visits I read this book
to see how much matched my own experiences - I have seen what the author
describes as "a bug" its... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2010 by simon
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