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Unabridged, with over eight hours of amazing notes written by Hall and read by Russ, Allen Hall's legendary The Secret Teachings of All Ages is a codex to the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. 

Students, like no other book of the 20th century, Manly P. Hall's legendary The Secret Teachings of All Ages is a codex to the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. Brought to audio for you in 2021 by Grimerica.

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  • Orlando R. Murgado
  • 2021-07-29

The Mispronounced Teachings of All the Ages

I was going to wait until finishing this audiobook to review in order to place the experience in its total context but three hours have already given me a sense of what to expect and a strong desire to alert other potential listeners to this audiobook’s peculiarities. The book itself is a wonderful, incisively- researched treatise on comparative mythology, religion and philosophy, containing illustrations of various symbols, archeological groundplans, etc., so if you are the type like myself to read and listen definitely get the physical or digital copy of the printed book for full context.

The major warning, which could stem from a pet peeve of mine, is that the narrator mispronounces words very frequently. Certainly names and terminology from ancient cultures, which is a problem in a book dealing chiefly with these subjects, but even common words in modern English parlance. This can become exceedingly irritating and distracting, either from eliciting laughter or ire, but is definitely bad enough in places as to render the text unintelligible. The narrator also occasionally leaves their recorder running while taking a pause, memorializing breathing and the odd sigh or grumble, and some garbled and restarted reading of passages are left in. I have run across all of this in three hours of a thirty-plus- hour book so although it is possible that henceforth the reading of the book will be flawlessly delivered I highly suspect I will have to continue reconstructing the author’s words from the ruin of the narrator’s utterances.
I may revise this review in future, after finishing the audiobook, which I fully intend to do, and hope to not meet a fate like Zeuxis and succumb to laughter at my own inanity.

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