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On December 26, 1985, at a secluded cabin in upstate New York, Whitley Strieber went siding with his wife and son, ate Christmas dinner leftovers, and went to bed early.

Six hours later, he found himself suddenly awake...and forever changed.

Thus begins the most astonishing true-life odyssey ever recorded -- one man's riveting account of his extraordinary experiences with vi
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 1988 by Avon (first published January 1st 1987)
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Mar 03, 2009 Craig rated it did not like it
This book was stupider than a circular firing squad.
Aug 18, 2016 William1 rated it really liked it
On vacation in Martha's Vineyard, this book had me screaming in my sleep, nightly. I had to stop reading it until the vacation was over. Shall we say it touched a nerve...
Ethan Miller
Nov 28, 2008 Ethan Miller rated it it was amazing
I have never read an Abduction/ UFO study book before. I picked this book up at a record shop on tour on the east coast this year. It's been out for a long time and I remember what a splash it made upon its initial release. I also used to listen to Strieber's radio show in Santa Cruz on AM while delivering pizza's around town on Saturday nights. Communion was so much more than i expected. For one, Strieber is coming to this book as a writing talent so the book reads very eloquently, like that of ...more
Erik Graff
Aug 26, 2012 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: altered states of consciousness fans
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: biography
Mike Miley told me of this book when it came out in 1987. I was suspicious, having known its author as the source of The Hunger and Wolfen, two decent horror movies based on novels by him. This skepticism was reinforced shortly thereafter by the reading of a review of the book by science fiction writer Samuel Delany in The Nation. Delany, at some length and with considerable heat, accused Strieber of fraud. In consequence, I began to look for and read Strieber's novels, planning to obtain Commun ...more
Apr 06, 2016 George rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Βαθμολογία: 7/10

Τρίτο βιβλίο του Γουίτλι Στρίμπερ που διαβάζω, μετά το καλογραμμένο και άκρως ενδιαφέρον "Οι λυκάνθρωποι" και το ψυχαγωγικό μεν αλλά προβληματικό "2012: Ο πόλεμος για τις ψυχές", τα οποία διάβασα το 2014. Τα δυο προηγούμενα βιβλία ήταν μυθιστορήματα, αυτό που μόλις τελείωσα υποτίθεται ότι είναι αληθινή ιστορία, με τον συγγραφέα να περιγράφει τις εμπειρίες του από τις επαφές του με άγνωστα και παράξενα όντα, εξωγήινης προέλευσης. Ο Στρίμπερ αναλύει όλες τις παράξενες συναντήσεις τ
John Read
Jan 26, 2012 John Read rated it really liked it
When my nephew was about ten years old, he insists he was visited by aliens. He says he woke up in the middle of the night with a bright orb coming through his bedroom window. Then nothing. The next thing he remembers is being in his parents bedroom trying to wake them up to warn them - but nothing would wake them. Next morning, the foot of his bed and bedroom floor were drenched. His mother asked him for an explanation and he told her the events of the previous night. Naturally she didn't belie ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Anthony rated it liked it
Did aliens abduct Whitley Streiber in 1984? Are the "visitors" as he calls them from another planet, another dimension, from somewhere deep in the human psyche? And why are they here? These are the questions Streiber raises in his book, probably the all-time definitive book about alien abduction. Interesting though the questions may be, unfortunately he doesn't provide many answers.

The questions you will be asking yourself while reading it are more along the lines of : Is this guy totally crazy
Jim Mcvean
Nov 14, 2012 Jim Mcvean rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you read a book that changes your life. Was it a change for the better or worse I almost hear you cry?
I don't know
I read this book many years ago at the tender age of 21. The thing that initially drew me to it was the cover art...the typical alien head...

I devour the book in a couple of days and during the read I got what can only be described as a Flashback
Suddenly I remembered being with a pal at age 11ish standing on an Orkney hilltop in the night watching huge glowing red orbs pass
Debbie Camberg
Apr 16, 2013 Debbie Camberg rated it it was amazing
Having personally witnessed 3 UFO sightings from the mid 60's, to the last one in August of 1970, his story both reminds me (and frightens me) of how close I was to my 3rd UFO sighting!

Mom and I both saw the first 2 UFO's while dad was driving. I spotted them and then asked mom if she saw it too, and she did.(The first one was near the cliffs (actually hiding above them at times) outside of Warm Springs, Oregon on a clear blue sky day. It was silver and reflecting the sun. We could see it very
Aug 29, 2007 Evan rated it did not like it
This book scared the pants off me when I was ten.
Jan 22, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Skeptics and believers
I am almost tired of people reading this book expecting it to be 100% biographical in nature. Streiber himself has been clear that he is not totaly sure what it is really about. I always read it taking the visitors out of the equation and looking at Streibers subsequent examination of himself, and his life.

I also believe it is wrong for anyone to claim it to be total B.S., as we have to face the one fact; we can not prove it to be true or false. This is the underlining problem for the hardcore
Jan 20, 2016 Jenni rated it really liked it
Regardless of your personal beliefs about aliens, this book is well written, well paced and quite riveting. Spooky.
Jul 16, 2008 Laura rated it did not like it
This book totally freaked me out, and I couldn't finish it. When I read it I was living in Austin which is where Whitley Streiber was living when he claims these events happened. I woke up in the middle of the night for weeks seeing aliens in my bedroom.
Benjamin Atkinson
If I had felt this supposedly true alien abduction story was in any way factual, then I would have given it five stars. Whitley Strieber is B-level horror and sf author and has been for many years before and after "the event." Communion is an extremely frightening and exciting novel. It sucked me in from page one and I did not put it down until the last page. I feel like a little bit of a jerk, by calling him out like this but, I have spent a lot of time researching credible paranormal events, a ...more
May 30, 2013 Chy rated it it was ok
World-building inspiration fuel, as pretty much every UFO-esque book I've picked up has turned out to be. Had to read this one because I usually seek out the ones that combine the idea of fae and religion and UFOs, and I thought this was the nuts-and-bolts aliens type of book.

It's not. Actually, I always thought the majority of UFO-type books were all about physical beings from outer space. I don't think I've read one yet that is, though. Granted, I've purposefully gone for the ones that combine
Dec 23, 2013 Ubiquitousbastard rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfic
Honestly, I don't do the whole aliens thing at all, but the cover of this book used to freak me out as a kid (and a bit residually as an adult) so I decided to see what was inside.

Alright, about fifty pages into this book I started to realize what direction this book was heading in. The author clearly believed that what he experienced was real and from there made a concerted effort to present facts and statements to support his belief rather than to draw objective conclusions, which is precisely
Oct 06, 2015 Ken rated it really liked it
Shelves: aliens
A very thought-provoking journal of not only Whitley's experiences, but the insights these gave him. I thought it was interesting how a bunch of the reading I've done recently kind of led up to this. For instance, Whitley mentioned Irish Fairy Tales to describe how the 'visitors' may have been viewed in earlier times, Also, the visitors warned Whitley about the hole in the ozone layer, and how the UV light would suppress immune systems, and according to him, this was not known when he was inform ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Greg rated it it was amazing
Scary as hell! I read this book with the thought that it might be interesting because there is a film based on the book. I also felt that perhaps it was a tale that had been woven of partial truths. However, I walked away shaken by the reality I gleaned from the pages of Communion. Some readers may not rate this book quite as high. After all it's not a work of literary genius but it kept me glued to the story and most of all I rated 5 stars because I think folks should take notice of this story! ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
This book gave me nightmares for years! I slept with the light on for months. I had to keep the book hidden under my bed because the picture on the cover scared me. The part about the white owls looking in his bedroom window and the white deer on the side of the road haunt me years later. I don't know what to make of this "true" account, but if aliens are really abducting people at night, there is no sense in worrying about it--you have no control. I am curious if he is still being abducted? Has ...more
Jul 01, 2008 geekboy42 rated it did not like it
Being an astronomy fan myself, I often encounter the issue of UFO sightings and abductions in my readings. It seems that once you begin to discuss the cosmos, little green men have to enter the equation. Even though I really have no opinion on such things I thought it necessary to at least have read this very often referred to account of an abductee. My thoughts: once you've read this, you need not read any other abductee story because this defines the 'stereotype'.
John Wiltshire
Sep 23, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it did not like it
Shelves: given-up-on
Okay, wow...
Are there people who genuinely believe that aliens are visiting earth, kidnapping people and experimenting anally upon them? I guess there are.
I went into this book open-minded because it is kinda fascinating, I was a huge X-Files fan, and to be honest it's a nice distraction from the lights going out all across the civilized world at the moment. Alien abduction? Bring it on.
But this is just beyond ludicrous. The detail with which it's all recalled (under hypnosis) an
Jeremy Hepler
Aug 31, 2015 Jeremy Hepler rated it really liked it
Though a bit repetitive, I was intrigued and slightly terrified by Mr. Strieber's experiences. I admire his candidness on an issue often as taboo as alien abduction.
Jun 02, 2011 Weathervane rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book appears to be dismissed outright by many skeptics on the sole basis of the account being outlandish. It certainly is a remarkable story -- a man who claims he was abducted by little grey men he calls visitors. But on the surface, the moon landing is an impossibility, too.

The fact is, I've yet to see a convincing and thorough debunking of the story presented in Communion, and I believe any skeptic who wants to call Whitley Strieber crazy owes it to the man to point out where his story f
Jun 19, 2016 Joseph rated it liked it
Convoluted and lacking in much substance. I was treating this as a fiction, but much of it is just circular reasoning trying to support two unexplained incidents in Streiber's life. I have zero belief in alien abduction or contact stories, but I find the mythology and psychology fascinating, but I found little in this book to recommend it on any level. I will try his fiction dealing with similar themes and see if I find that more amenable.
Apr 11, 2010 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Author Whitley Strieber tries to come to grips with his repeating encounters with alien life forms and what the aliens might be hoping to accomplish. Interesting book, Strieber claims it is all true and does a good job writing it in a way that shows he believes it. It doesn't read like a novel, and Strieber lets the reader discover what he has "lost" as he discovers it through hypnosis, etc. Near the end of the novel (once he's unlocked many of his past extraterrestrial encounters), Strieber beg ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Greg rated it it was ok
What made me interested in reading this book was seeing the movie some years ago and being scared of alien abduction. The book was ok, the most interesting parts included the author debating about whether the beings were aliens or figments of his imagination. There are transcriptions from him being hypnotized that are descriptive and scary.

Probably because alien abduction is part of popular culture is why I wanted to read this. I felt the author went off on tangents during the chapters. If they
Justin Greak
Apr 13, 2014 Justin Greak rated it it was amazing
Read this probably 12 years ago when I was a teenager obsessed with UFOs, aliens, and conspiracy theories. Thoroughly enjoyed it back then, but I have a feeling that it might not hold up for me on a reread.
Franco Noonan
Dec 29, 2007 Franco Noonan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in ufology
A well presented account of Whitelys personal experiences regarding Alien Abduction. I found his story compelling, absorbing & thought provoking.

Whether the tale is true or not I have not come to a conclusion, however I firmly believe that Whitley believes what he writes is the truth, whether he is delusional, a liar or simply telling the truth is open to debate, but all that aside Communion is still absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in the field of Ufology.

I found it to be
Steve Wiggins
Dec 28, 2015 Steve Wiggins rated it really liked it
I knew about this book, of course, from all of the publicity when it was first published some 27 years ago. A friend recommended that I read it and I give it high marks for Strieber's courage in addressing the anomalous events in his life. Ridicule, it seems to me, is never a mature way to handle things that are difficult to explain. Strieber attempts, and mostly succeeds, in being descriptive rather than prescriptive of what is going on in the odd episodes he narrates. I'm sure many people will ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Maurean rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
While I doubted this to be"the most ashtonishing true-life odyssey ever recorded - one man's riveting account of his extraordinary experiences with visitors from 'elsewhere'..." , I expected to enjoy the story better than I did.
Mr. Strieber's 'encounters' where a bit out-there, even for this "open to ET's" mind of mine! I just couldn't seriously entertain the tale Strieber was telling; the 'aliens' he describes are straight out of a B-Horror film. It was, however, a New York Times #1 bestseller
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American writer best known for his horror novels The Wolfen and The Hunger and for Communion, a non-fiction description of his experiences with apparent alien contact. He has recently made significant advances in understanding this phenomenon, and has published his new discoveries in Solving the Communion Enigma.

Strieber also co-authored The Coming Global Superstorm with Art Bell, which inspired t
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