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  • The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic

  • A New Translation
  • By: Eliphas Lévi, John Michael Greer - translator, Mark Anthony Mikituk - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Filling a huge gap in our spiritual culture, here - at last - is a comprehensive and elegant translation of the 1854 French masterwork of occult philosophy. The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic reignited the esoteric spiritual search in the West and led to the emergence of Madame Blavatsky, Manly P. Hall, and the New Age revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A performance tour de force!

  • By Brian Allen on 06-29-17

Smoothly crafted nonsense

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I always forget how far off-base these 19th-century magicians were, until I listen to more of their Enlightenment era, pseudoscientific drivel. In many ways, Levi was about as wrong as you can get about magic and metaphysics. On the other hands, his use of language, the translation, and for the most part the narration are beautiful! So it's good poetry if you don't think about it too much. The main problem with the narrator is that he mangles too many foreign words and names; if I had to hear him mispronounce Paracelsus one more time (he says "Paracellus"!) I would have had to steer into opposing traffic...

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