God's Pretenders: Incredible True Stories of Magic and Alchemy

  • by G. Michael Vasey
  • Narrated by Lorraine Ansell
  • 1 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Harry Potter has nothing on these real wizards and alchemists who wielded God-like magical powers and performed the most amazing magical spells.
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
Levitate
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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Much History in this Short Listen!

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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.

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- Reg "Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!"

A Neat Look at Early Alchemists and Magicians

GOD'S PRETENDERS was a pretty interesting listen for me. This audiobook is listed for 8-10 year old's (perhaps a little too much info for that age group) but I enjoyed hearing about the different alchemists and magicians. A few in particular stood out to me; John Dee, astronomer, occultist, and adviser to Queen Elizabeth l. There are claims that he may have been the original 007, Another was Austin Osman Spare, an artist and occultist who influenced Aleister Crowley, and Eliphas Levi who was involved with The Order of the Golden Dawn. I really enjoy G. MICHAEL VASEY'S books. They're informative and I even looked at the fabulous artwork by Spare.

LORRAINE ANSELL has such a lovely voice. I could listen to her all day. She has a beautiful cadence and it's as if she's speaking to you, the listener, (well she is actually) but she speaks clearly and has an upbeat style that I like.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
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- Teresa "It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2016
  • Publisher: Gary Vasey