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R. Martocci

Rustle | Member Since 2002

  • 4 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 781 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014

  • The Secret History of the World: As Laid Down by the Secret Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Booth
    • Narrated By John Lee

    In this groundbreaking new work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling intellectual tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true - Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.

    Robin says: "A unique perspective"
    "Brilliant, Though Slightly Flawed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret History of the World to be better than the print version?

    The author has provided a thouroughly well researched history of esoterica, but you might find he's occassionally drawing unfounded conclusions unless you have a background in this subject.

    He argues this topic as a polemic. He wants to convince the reader of his point of view, which is extremely well done, but rationally off the mark in a few areas. I'm going to make a few leaps here myself that people will not understand unless they are well versed in Gnosticism.

    First, he argues for a "Mind First, Matter Second" perspective on our universe. This is a clear understanding of Mystery School dualism, but it makes the same mistakes they did, as well. To leap to the end of it all, here it is: The Infinite. It shook up the Mystery Schools pretty well, too. Once the infinite is proved, this dualsim is made moot. Mind and Matter are ultimately one thing.

    Materialism is once again useful in an infinite and perfect universe. Infinite perfection is rationalized by Descartes, proven geometrically by the Reiman Sphere and the resultant infinite dualities are resolved via a Helgelian dialectical operation which uses the Golden Mean as the constant.

    I wrote a book on this topic and it's available at Amazon for your Kindle. Search for my name: Russell Martocci if you would like to know more of my thinking on this topic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Reader Was Great"

    I don't know what these guys are on about. Dick Hill is the reader on a few of my books and he read this very well, as usual. The story is typical Koontz. Suspence, action, lots of technical detail on many subjects. I always look for two words in Koontz books, "ululation" and "susurration". He uses them in every book it seems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Ari Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

    Jaimie says: "And the point was...?"
    "The Point Is This"

    This book is an exploration of Christian Theology on the "End Of The World" process. A re-envisioning of the Apocalypse as it might be.

    All of the elements of this Christian prophesy are related in a purely secular fashion so as to reinterpret this ancient tale from a modern world view. If you read it and didn't get it, I recommend you study up and try again. It's workings are subtle and rich.

    "Misperceptions in, Misconceptions out."

    I found it quite enjoyable, but I do understand it is a story in the ilk of several other recent literary releases. It is an interesting counterpoint to Steven King's "Dreamcatcher," which also adresses some similar themes but not with the depth Koontz does in this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Al Franken - More Than Fair To An Unbalanced Right"

    Judging by the squeals of the little piggies who got caught in the crosshairs of Al Franken's laser sharp wit, he must be right on target in this excellent and very amusing listen!

    His take down of Fox News "Liar" Bill O'Reilly is total and complete. What ever journalistic credibility this obvious tool of the right ever enjoyed should be effectively wiped out by the truly fair and balanced telling of his fraudulent on air claims as they are laid bare in this book.

    This riotous read is loads of fun. It's straight up BURSTING with well researched facts, figures and substantive proofs to support his arguments for every "lie" he expertly exposes to the brilliant glare of truth and daylight. Thank God for Al Franken and this masterful expose of the culure lies which underpin the polemics of the Right-Wing Media.

    What a breath of fresh air it is to finally hear the author put the lie to that old "Liberal Media" saw. As Franken builds his case, it become brutally apparent that the right wing has employed an organized agenda to "Reclaim" the airwaves.

    The thing is, the media in America has traditionally played it right down the middle. Since the 1980's, the actions of the Right Wing Media, Franken shows us, have taken the overall tone of the national media from the center and moved it farther to the right than ever before in our nation's history.

    As we continue to be mired by an oil company administration's failed policies at home and abroad... and our young men and women continue to be placed in harm's way in armed support of those failed policies... I think it is more important than ever to remain undaunted in our vigilance of "media lies" and the pernicious propaganda they could represent. In it's worst employment it may be intended to sway us into the darker destruction of unending WAR.

    35 of 64 people found this review helpful

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