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Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 100 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mitch Horowitz
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mitch Horowitz presents a meticulously researched, compulsively readable history of the mystical and spiritual experience in our country. Focusing on the impact that the 19-century movements of Freemasonry, Spiritualism, and transcendentalism have had on America, Horowitz portrays a colorful cast of characters as he explains the origins of the Ouija board, the political influence of Spiritualism on the Senate, and the source of the mysterious slogan on the back of the dollar bill.

    Ray says: "Exploring America's spiritualist roots"
    "Very Interesting and Thorough....."
    Where does Occult America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since books on occultism are very rare in audiobook form, it is difficult to find good ones. The chapters in this book seemed like it might have been dull, but it was not. Even to someone well versed in occult history, there was a wealth of information explored very intimately here. A good achievement in esoteric literature.

    What other book might you compare Occult America to and why?

    Peter Levenda's "The Secret Temple" is very similar. It is also somewhat juicier and written from a more esoteric perspective. "Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies" by Arthur Goldwag covers more material but is not quite as in-depth.

    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is sort of the ideal narrator because he reads in a way that is very matter-of-fact without too much inflection to influence the tone f the actual text.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Little known streams of occult philosophy and activity operating within infuential circles and movements in occult history."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "Worthwhile and enjoyable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a bit tedious at times. Its failed attempts at being hip were a bit corny. The erotic element in the book wasn't really explored well.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Lev Grossman? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story was compelling and its take on magic was unique, even though plot motifs borrowed heavily from Harry Potter and Narnia.

    What three words best describe Mark Bramhall’s voice?

    Expressive and efficient...sometimes verging on the brink of over-doing it.

    Do you think The Magicians needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There already is one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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