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  • American Cosmic

  • UFOs, Religion, Technology
  • By: D.W. Pasulka
  • Narrated by: Norah Tocci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

More than half of American adults and more than 75 percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life. This level of belief rivals that of belief in God. American Cosmic examines the mechanisms at work behind the thriving belief system in extraterrestrial life, a system that is changing and even supplanting traditional religions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Content - Exceptional - Norah Tocci needs lessons

  • By Me on 02-18-19

A most engaging book

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I listened twice. There is some very interesting material in here. I do like the way the author has presented her research and couched her findings in view of the highly controversial nature of what she is studying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Path

  • Conspiracy Theories of Illuminati and Occult Symbolism in Pop Culture, the New Age Alien Agenda & Satanic Transhumanism
  • By: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Narrated by: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

The Dark Path is considered Isaac Weishaupt's magnum opus; a result of many years delving into the recesses of occult dogma from the approach of open-minded rationalism. Isaac's journey started with an attempt to separate religion from conspiracy theories, but the agenda clearly showed a connection. The question to be considered is if the agenda of the Illuminati overlaps with the tenets of the occult and whether or not there is an evil influence at play.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OH MY GOD!

  • By Joshua Rios on 07-10-18

Getting wet would help

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

I had not been aware of Isaac Weishaupt until this audiobook came up as a suggested item in my Audible feed. From my own investigations into the subjects explored here, the author has done a good job with his research. Whilst I am yet to look further into his assessments of the likes of Rihanna, Jay Z and more recent pop icons, I found his report on the history of occult literature and personalities emerging into this era from the recent past engaging. (Notably, only passing reference to David Bowie is made; the exclusion of Alice Cooper, the heavy and death metal era, as well as the rest of the glam era dominated by Bowie is absent). I had not been aware of some of the information he reported on Alistair Crowley, nor the degree to which that figure has influenced so much of what the author deems occult. He could have made much more of Blavatsky and Theosophy as a movement, and more could have been reported, I feel, on the Rosicrucians, Freemasons and the OTO. The term "Illuminati" is after all part of the subtitle of the book. Where the narrative gets tedious is the Christian viewpoint that all this material is delivered through, and the assertion that all occult leanings automatically equates with a hatred / desire to eliminate Christianity and / or Christian principles. Whilst the author mentions on more than one occasion that he's "cool with other points of view" and "I'm not pushing Christianity on anyone", the entire subtext of the book belies this. Most telling is at the end where he relates an account of losing what was likely a lucrative job in hosting a TV show dealing with the subjects he has written so many books about. The reason he gives is because he refused to attend a ceremony that said show wanted to report on. His reason for not doing so was that his priest told him not too. If I have an interest in Olympic diving, and it's something I am drawn too and I love reporting and writing about it, and finally I get a big opportunity - "Here's your speedo son - jump into the water and get your story" - and I say "Better not, my doctor says I might catch a cold", my readership can draw a strong conclusion from that: I only report from the sidelines, and only from that one (Christian) perspective, from the bleachers, afraid that I might get wet. I like the authors presentation and voice (he mispronounces some words, Nephthys being one) but the analogy above suggests ultimately how I found this book to be.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Afterlife Revolution

  • By: Anne and Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Whitley Strieber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Can love actually enable a relationship to survive death? The Afterlife Revolution triumphantly says that it can. After a near-death experience in 2004, Anne Strieber became an expert in afterlife studies and created an ingenious plan of contact which, to her husband Whitley's amazement, she proceeded to carry out, starting just an hour and a half after she died. As verified by famed afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, who wrote the foreword, The Afterlife Revolution is among the most convincing stories of afterlife communication ever told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A revolutionary book

  • By Setken on 02-23-18

A revolutionary book

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

In the passing of Anne, the idea of the visitors being tied up with the afterlife or world of the dead takes a new turn. Whilst the visitors come in to play a little in this narrative, a perspective on the next world is the main theme of this book. Bridging the gap between our earthly world and the place where the dead go is the main thrust of the work, and it's a fascinating, well articulated journey. I will listen to this again so as to better mine the rich jewels this work contains.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Benchmark Title

  • By Ian on 10-02-12

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I did not know about this book until I saw the TV series earlier this year - and what a discovery! This is just awesome!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ancient Evenings

  • A Novel
  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 29 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Norman Mailer's dazzlingly rich, deeply evocative novel of ancient Egypt breathes life into the figures of a lost era: the eighteenth-dynasty Pharaoh Rameses and his wife, Queen Nefertiti; Menenhetet, their creature, lover, and victim; and the gods and mortals that surround them in intimate and telepathic communion. Mailer's reincarnated protagonist is carried through the exquisite gardens of the royal harem, along the majestic flow of the Nile, and into the terrifying clash of battle.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Complete Drek

  • By D.R. on 07-25-18

Its Ka came forth splendidly!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

The story and characters are one thing (Mailer took 10 years to write this masterpiece), but the performance by Hillgartner is superb! It made the book leap alive, or to say, that its Ka came forth quite splendidly!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

What is it about ancient Egypt that still captures our imaginations? How did it grow from a few villages along the Nile into the greatest power the world had ever seen? Explore these questions and more in these 12 entertaining lectures that tell the stories of the great pharaohs and the daily realities of Egyptian life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • It's just an excerpt of History of Ancient Egypt

  • By H. Alotaibi on 06-14-17

Great, but some pharaohs missing

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

It was a great series and a nice compliment to Bob Brier's other Great Courses history of Egypt. I was however hoping that certain pharaohs would get an episode to themselves. I think that Djehutymose III (Thutmosis) and Seti I played such significant roles in pharaonic history that perhaps in further editions they may be included.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolfen

  • By: Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

In the dark, they are watching... They are waiting for you. No one has ever lived to tell the horrifying truth about them. Yet even now the Wolfen are gathered in the night-dark alleys ... unseen, poised ... ready to destroy their helpless human prey. Only one man and one woman, trained cops, willing to risk their lives, stand in the way

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Narrated Wonderfully by Robert Fass

  • By PerryMartinBookReviews on 12-13-14

Brilliant early work from supremo Whitley Strieber

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Engaging from the start, with a brilliant performance from narrator Robert Fass, this story belies the encounters with unknown presences that were to later shape much of this writer's career.

A masterful horror work, if this could be conveyed with the same distinction into film it would be an instant classic, like the book itself surely is.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alien Hunter: The White House

  • Flynn Carroll, Book 3
  • By: Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

The aliens have seen many worlds, but they know that Earth in particular is a jewel. They lust for its soaring mountains, its shining seas, its gorgeous forests and majestic deserts. There is just one part of the planet that they don't want: us. Flynn Carroll knows that the aliens are a race of brilliance and extraordinary cruelty. And he knows that they have found a way to eliminate humanity: capture the mind of the president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the Alien Hunter trilogy

  • By Setken on 10-26-16

Best of the Alien Hunter trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-16

I loved this story, and out of the 3 Alien Hunter's so far I liked it the best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cat Magic

  • By: Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Maria Marquis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Amanda Walker is not a witch - yet. She's an artist, looking for work - unaware that someone has a desperate need for her, a dark plan that may require Amanda to enter death itself.If she is allowed to live long enough to make the choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magick indeed!

  • By Setken on 07-24-16

Magick indeed!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-16

There is a lot packed in to this novel - a Frankenstein style science lab, Lazarus resurrection, reincarnation, magick, witchcraft, and a chilling portrayal of an oh-so-too-real bible thumping madman.

The story is read with much skill and a rather engaging performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sacred Texts of the World

  • By: Grant Hardy, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Grant Hardy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

With few exceptions, the world's religions are anchored in their sacred texts-core writings that express the ideals and vision of the faiths, forming a basis for belief and action. Humanity's library of sacred writings is a huge canon that includes many of the most influential books ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent introduction to various religions

  • By Jacobus on 03-29-14

Engaging, informative and well delivered

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-16

This series is one of the most engaging of the Great Courses that I have listened to to date. And that's no mean feat - GC are good quality but I feel this one surpasses previous courses.

The lectures cover great ground in short time, so kudos to GC for finding a comprehensive series of lectures that get to the point, and include the most important details.

By far the most outstanding element is Professor Hardy's delivery and obvious deep passion and expertise. He reports at the end just how many sacred texts he actually read in entirety and frankly I am not surprised.

I will likely listen to this again - something I have done only once with the many GC's I have downloaded.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful