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(audio) Book Thoughts: Revelation (Russell Brand)

A frank and casual look at how spirituality and the sacred can change a life


Title: Revelation: Connecting with the Sacred in Everyday Life
Author/Narrator: Russell Brand
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir / Spirituality
First published: 2021
Edition: Audible Original audio book

Unsparing of himself, and with insights that are sure to resonate with any listener, Revelation sets a context for our need for the sacred – especially now, given current societal fragmentation and the dearth of mitigating social and political ideas. 


I picked this up from on Audible quite randomly. It must have been on offer, maybe a buy one get one free job. I wouldn’t have spent a credit on it. That sounds rude, but let me explain. I have a kind of odd ‘relationship’ with Russell Brand. I have been familiar with him for a long time, from back when he was that leather clad comedian with the crazy hair, like Essex’s answer to Jack Sparrow. I have no doubt he is very smart and I think he can be very funnyindeed. However, he can also be pretty obnoxious and pretentious. I am pretty sure he knows that as well!

I am actually glad I listened to this. I picked it up in the end because the subject matter appealed to me. I do not come from a religious background and I would describe myself as agnostic. I think the angle Russell takes on this subject suits my own sensibilities and therefore it worked for me.

It’s a bit of a memoir, but it also talks spirituality and philosophy. It was an interesting five hours for me and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Russell’s voice is good to listen to and though the narrative is a bit all over the place, I just enjoyed the ride.

This is an Audible Original and there is no physical version of this, but I think there should be. Although this may have been done a bit ad hoc during Covid times, many of the ideas sound well thought out. Not necessarily for this book, but just in his own everyday life. It made it feel very honest and very real.

I would definitely pick up more from Russell in the future. I enjoyed this.

6 out of 7 stars

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