Like an expansion to a computer game, this listen makes no sense without the first two parts.
Illuminatus! is silly, paranoid, provoking, preachy, sexual, anarchistic fun. You don't have to agree with the philosophy or believe in the magic to enjoy this. It's easily the best trip you'll ever take; no one has ever matched it.
Love it or hate it, Illuminatus! is a masterpiece.
Christian Rummel reads this with the same passion King used to write it. While Mr. King's perspective as the author of Rage is interesting, and it is easy to understand his need to speak out, you are only going to like this if you already agree with him.
The fact that you can tell a person's political bent by the number of stars he gives this work is the saddest (and most telling) fact of all. In that aspect, Stephen King's stated goal of provoking a reasonable debate has failed. Not his fault, really, but that's "the way it shakes out".
The issues raised here are important, pervasive and certainly bipartisan. Far too few Americans are aware of the costs and consequences of our recent history of oversea adevntures.
It doesn't hurt that Ms. Maddow has years of radio and television experience. She performs her work with the same conviction that shines through her writing, and makes this audio version an entertaining listen.
Still, this book will frighten and anger you.
"At the Mountains of Madness" is easily one of Lovecraft's best stories, and Wayne June gives an excellent performance of the work. Don't miss this one.
According to R.A.W's autobiography "The Cosmic Trigger", Illuminatus! was intended by the authors as a single work and artificially split into a trilogy by the publisher. Therefore, the three individual parts do not stand alone. If you liked "Eye in the Pyramid", you'll like this one. Heck, you'll need it.
This time around, Deepleaf gives the work much better production values and expands the cast in order to better bring the work to life. For the most part, the extra effort pays off. The addition of female voices and a special sound effect for Howard are especially welcome improvements.
That being said, I still miss Ken Campbell and Chris Fairbank, who do not appear anywhere on this one. They gave "Eye in the Pyramid" a specific mood that is missing here.
Good news - Leviathan (pt. III) is out and hopefully will be available here soon, and Ken Campbell returns to perform the Appendices, which all fans of this book know are good reading in their own right.
As you should be able to gather from the other ratings and reviews, you will either really love this trilogy or really hate it. There are no tepid reactions to this one.
The disjointed presentation of the story (Think a literary version of Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" to get the idea, although the stories have nothing in common.) can make these books confusing at first. Still, I personally find a visceral impact to this trilogy that has not dissipated over time or many, many rereadings. There is literally no other book (or series of books) like this one.
The narrators do a good job translating this incredibly difficult piece to audio. I'm looking forward to the release of Leviathan.
The problem with the order of chapters has now been fixed, and the book is presented in its entirety and the proper order.
The book (and this audio presentation of it) is brilliant. Get it. You'd be hard pressed to find a better way to spend 20 hours.
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