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We wanted a history with facts. What we got was New Age mish mash.Unless the word esoteric enters your conversation once every ten minutes you might not like this book.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I loved this audiobook and listened to it in the car on a couple of trips I made. I found it to be engaging, well written and very well read. Worth another listen as there are so many concepts and so much history covered that it's hard to absorb it all in one listen.
I, unlike the review below, did not find the frequent use of the word 'esoteric' bothersome at all!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I couldn't finish this book and I would advise you not to start it.
If you have ever wondered what a deeply senile Harry Potter would write, having been commissioned to document his views on world history and science, then this is the book for you. It is packed tight with mumbo-jumbo and pseudoscience, with about 4 or 5 unfounded, ill-informed attacks on science every minute whilst praising any ridiculous, deluded belief of our ancestors as ancient "wisdom". Mr Black manages to misquote and distort Schr?dinger?s Cat, Quantum Physics, Robotics and a host of other scientific theories in this shambolic, flighty and ignorant book. If "Mr Black" (pseudonym adopted either through sheer embarrassment or to create the illusion of yet another conspiracy) could have got away with stating as fact that there is a conspiracy to cover up the existence and true identity of the tooth-fairy then it would be in here for you to read and become enlightened about.
It bewilders me how this book was ever published, not because of any subversive, insightful material about secret societies that the powers-that-be do not want revealed, but because it is unvarnished, untalented, poorly-researched tat. If there are secret societies out there, which I am quite sure there are, then this is just the sort of book that they would be over the moon to see published as it utterly undermines any credibility to their existence and portrays anyone who believes in them as lunatics.
I find it hard to believe that this man attended Oxford University and spent 20 years researching this book. He should have stayed in bed. Oh, and the narrator cannot pronounce the word "Because", which was the high-point of the book.
39 of 44 people found this review helpful
This book is incorrectly categorised. I expected a historical treatise on the origins of mythology and religion. This book is a collection of subjective assumptions not dissimilar to those of the Da Vinci Code. The difference being that the latter is correctly published as a work of fiction.
Apply Ockams Razor to the this book and I suspect you would end up with a collection of nouns and not much else. If however you enjoy abandoning your critical faculties you may enjoy the read.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful