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These amazing magicians, wizards, and warlocks could:
Change the weather
Heal the sick
Raise the dead
Turn lead into gold
Be in two places at once
Make fire with their will power
Live forever and never age
The book contains chapters on the following magicians:
Apollonius of Tyana - Wizard, Wanderer & Sage
Simon Magus - The Pretender Messiah
Michael Scot - The Great Scottish Wizard
Nicholas Flamel and the Book of Abraham the Jew
Paracelsus and the Beginnings of Science
Henry Cornelius Agrippa - The Occult Philosopher
John Dee & Edward Kelly - Elizabethan Magical Adventurers
Sir Francis Bacon / St. Germain - Royal Adept?
Sir Isaac Newton - Scientist and Secret Alchemist
Eliphas Levi - Founder of Modern Magic
Austin Osman Spare - Artist and Dark Magician
Frantisek Bardon - The Czech Master Magician
The Ordinary Magician - A Modern Tale of Magick
Listen now to learn about the amazing lives of real magicians and discover that fact is indeed often stranger than fiction....
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By Reg on 03-21-16
Much History in this Short Listen!
Any additional comments?
I found this listen intriguing...and I also found myself rewinding or starting over again so I could get all the names (they are in the book details so you don't have to do that) to go back and research them later.
While it is only an hour and 19 minutes long, there is a lot of history packed into this little audiobook with more detail than I would have thought possible. For almost all of the backgrounds, documented eye witness account lend validity to the idea that these people did indeed perform miracles or magical feats. From greek/roman times into the present, there are people in almost every generation that display the abilities and mystical learning that the author is retelling. The only one I would like more information on was the last one, I didn't catch a website to go view The Ordinary Magician and would like to be able to view some of the material for myself.
Lorraine Ansell narrated the material beautifully and gave life to the material that few could have. She made it enjoyable to listen to this audiobook.
I received this audiobook from Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Sasquatch Survivor on 03-22-16
All of the stories sound the same
What did you like best about God's Pretenders: Incredible True Stories of Magic and Alchemy? What did you like least?
I enjoyed the narrators cadence and pleasant voice in general. I did not enjoy the "true stories" that the author put forth. Before every account of magic, the author applies the disclaimer "the legend suggests" or "some people believe". I don't think true stories need to be partially discounted before the tale is even told.
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With every Magician, they are bright and write of alchemy. In most cases they go on to find the philosophers stone and move to Asia. I felt like I was reading the same story with a different name and time during the dark ages. The Narrator was great and I would enjoy hearing her read again. I received this book for the purpose of review from the narrator or author at no cost through audiobook blast.
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