The Secret History of the World
- Narrated by: Paul Matthews
- Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-02-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
At the heart of The Secret History of the World is the belief that we can reach an altered state of consciousness in which we can see things about the way the world works that are hidden from us in our everyday, commonsensical consciousness. This history shows that by using secret techniques, people such as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and George Washington have worked themselves into this altered state - and been able to access supernatural levels of intelligence. There have been many books on the subject, but, extraordinarily, no-one has really listened to what the secret societies themselves say.
The author has been helped in his researches by his friendship with a man who is an initiate of more than one secret society, and in one case an initiate of the highest level.
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By Peter on 19-03-09
Is this some kind of joke?
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.
40 of 46 people found this review helpful
By MR P P Dawson on 02-03-09
The mind boggles
Anyone embarking on this audio book should expect an alternative reading of myths and historical events. Whilst Mr Black shifts rapidly between topics he thankfully does this smoothly without getting too bogged down with references. To some, and most who I see who have reviewed the book, this will be viewed as a weakness. I however think it allows for the prose to flow more naturally without it becoming an academic treatise (which it certainly is not). What the author manages is to produce a story or rather an explanation/ context for all those myths and conspiracies one will of heard and put them together in a coherent and understandable way.
I was left, I will admit, enlightened although there where several times I had to rewind it due to drifting of to the narrators rather posh voice.
I would recommend this audiobook to all the curious and relatively informed out there, although you must be prepared to hear the "truth" through conveniently coloured spectacles and not be too offended when it is stretched sometimes a little too far.
22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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By Heimo on 05-04-09
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
By Lisa on 10-01-10
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