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Shannon

Fort Dix, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 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
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    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"
    "An ok Alternate history, but not great"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I feel this book relied too much on one theroy and manipulated actual history to fit his theory


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Booth? Why or why not?

    Maybe, I could be persuaded if it was another subject. His writing was clear and points made, they just didn't fit with actual history


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the narrator's reading. He did make the book more enjoyable


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did think the author has an interesting writing style. It was more the subject matter that I didn't enjoy. I love a good conspiracy theory, but his alternative history just couldn't be woven into actual facts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Ferrell, Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

    debbie says: "I would rate as just OK!"
    "Interesting Subject Matter"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about History Decoded?

    I love Brad Meltzer's series History Decoded and I think this book is a great companion to the series.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I though the narrator did a great job of capturing the excitement of certain scenes, and also the gravity of others.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    N/A


    If you could give History Decoded a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I think it is good as is


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere - from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. In this age of terrorism we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one - one that can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. For award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, with a few minor flaws"
    "Incoherent Ramblings"
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    Would you try another book from David Aaronovitch and/or James Langton?

    Maybe if it was free


    What was most disappointing about David Aaronovitch’s story?

    This book had no coherent timeline. The author bounced from one secret society to another in different points in time with no reference to a change in time.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Langton’s performances?

    I was couldn't really appreciate the performance, due to the horrible writing


    What character would you cut from Voodoo Histories?

    There are no real characters in this book, as it is supposed to an alternative history, rather than a story.


    Any additional comments?

    The author lost any possible hopes of convincing me of his alternative histories, due to the fact that he couldn't write one chapter that stayed in one time. This book appears to be the vomit of his mind landing on pages with no rhyme or reason.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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