• The Secret Teachings of All Ages

  • An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy
  • By: Manly Hall
  • Narrated by: Adriel Brandt
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (227 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Manly Palmer Hall (1901-1990) was a Canadian-born author, lecturer, astrologer, and mystic. The Secret Teachings of All Ages is a comprehensive compendium of the ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. It looks at the schools of philosophy down the ages, in respect of their origins, notable characters, and influences on civilization. The vast scope of this classic work examines the ancient mythology, ritual, symbolism, arcane, and mystical teachings of, among others, the Druids, Mithraism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Platonism, Hermeticism, the Chaldeans, Paracelsus, Rosicrucianism, and other secret societies. The subjects covered include alchemy, cryptology, Kabbalah, and the Tarot. A valuable source for students of history, philosophy, or mythology. 

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An Absolute Travesty of a Great Work

Whether you deeply respect the works of Manly P. Hall or are a curious newcomer- DO NOT TOUCH THIS "version". Or anything else narrated by such an extraordinarily ill-equipped and astoundingly presumptuous narrator. While he is at it, he mispronounces every last name, phrase, and sentence he possibly could. His narration style is an egotistical and breezy self-confidence that beggars description altogether. Audible, you and I have had a decade long relationship by now. THIS is by far the worst production of a great book I've encountered in all that time. PLEASE find narrators who can master this new and deeply interesting esoteric audiobook subgenre. Or just stop the grotesque butchery of Many P Hall until you have them.

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Recommended esoteric reading

For anyone seeking wisdom I recommend the following:

1)The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic (Levi)
2)Morals and Dogma (Pike)
3)The Kybalion (by the Golden Dawn I guess...) written by who the hell knows.
4) Secret teachings of all ages.(MPH)
5) Do not read,Crowley’s book of the Law,or the book of lies, he is a worse influence than Nietzche.
6)The King James Bible.
7)Bhagavad Gita.

Last,anything Mark Booth’s occult history of the world I believe.

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50 Chapters with No Titles

It seems unthinkable that once downloaded the Chapter Titles are not included to help the listeners navigate this monster of a book. Massive oversight.

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An essential classic

while the narrator has an engaging voice and a talent for reading, he mispronounced many words and couldn't seem to decide between an American or British accent.

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For those who see ask and knock

What a wonderful and profound literary work. The ease with which Mr. Hall navigates the complexities of philosophy and the arcanum while pulling back the vail for those seeking wisdom is difficult to match in this age.
A big thank you to A. Brandt for a wonderful performance that in no way detracts from the content but makes it a pleasure to consume with the senses.

Readers be aware, the attached PDF is a good resource you don’t want to miss out on.

Peace and love to all

#loveempire

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the recording skips often enough to be frustrating. since chapters more than others. it's not my phone or the app because it skips in the same spots every time. the reader does a great job though and the material itself is incredible.

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lots of skipping parts

Great addition to any library with the exception of that mentioned in title. Looking forward to this being fixed.

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One of the Greatest Books Ever Written

There are not any other audio versions of this great work, and it a work every human should read or hear. The recording quality is excellent and the pace is good. However, Brandt’s accent is contrived and inconsistent. He sometimes softens his r’s in a silly way and his frequent and inconsistent exaggeration of sh sounds is obnoxious and unauthentic. They should have gotten Mitch Horowitz to read this important work.

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WARNING: Mispronunciation Is Seriously Misleading.

DO NOT BUY THIS if you are only listening and not following along with a text or you will come away with a malignant understanding of the work because of the mispronunciation of a single word often used and repeatedly, consistently, sans one remarkable time, mispronounced. The word is DAEMON, the correct pronunciation is with a hard ‘A’ as in ‘day’ NOT with a hard ‘E’ as in ‘demon’ which the reader repeatedly states. This is extremely dangerous for new or nescient students of this work as there’s dimensionally different realities between a daemon and a demon. Bear with this lengthy explanation BEFORE you buy this audiobook.

From Webster’s New International Unabridged Dictionary 2nd Edition published in 1949:

Daemon [L., fr. Gr. daimon] 1. A deity regarded as a supernatural power rather than as a person; hence some being never definitively personified, but recognized as an exerting power, especially over the lives and fortunes of men; a tutelary deity or spirit. The individual might have his own daemon, good or evil. For a daemon and a demon are not one and the same thing. And it is daemon, in its Platonic sense of a being intermediary between gods and men – not demon, with its Judeo-Christian import of an unclean, evil, or malignant spirit – that we must keep in mind.

Before giving an example of the text read by Adriel Brandt, if there’s any doubt in your mind about the difference, OR pronunciation, of daemon vs. demon, please referred to British author Anthony Peake, who has a real British accent, who specialized in the sociology of religion, the theory of language development and authored The Daemon: A Guide to Your Extraordinary Secret Self - The book is available on Amazon AND on Audible AND it’s read by him. If you don’t want to spend the money there’s a 10-part series on YouTube titled - Anthony Peake - The Daemon (Part 1 of 10) – and you can listen to him pronounce the word daemon succinctly and correctly.

Now onto just three of the written text vs. Adriel Brandt spoken word examples – and please keep in mind Halls work repeatedly uses the word daemon and highlights it in italics every time:

Under Chapter XIII. The Life and Philosophy of Pythagoras, page 157, last paragraph of the Dover Publication, AND, page number LXVIII, 10th paragraph, left column of the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) Diamond Jubilee Edition Reduced Facsimile (also the same page, paragraph and column of the full-sized Subscribers Edition) it reads, “These verses open by counseling the reader to love God, venerate the heroes, and respect the daemons and elemental inhabitants.” Adriel Brandt reads daemons as demons.

This example demonstrates he knows he’s reading it wrong everywhere else because he pronounces it correctly here Under Chapter XVIII. Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles and Birds, page 223 of the Dover Publication, AND, page number LXXXVII, 6th paragraph, right column of the Philosophical Research Society Diamond Jubilee Edition Facsimile (also the same page, paragraph and column of the full-sized Subscribers Edition) as it reads verbatim; - The Jews changed Baalzebub into Beelzebub and made him their prince of devils by interpreting daemon as “demon.” - Adriel Brandt, in this example, reads daemons as daemons and demons as demons.

Then remarkably, just 57 pages later under Chapter XXIII, The Elements and Their Inhabitants, on page 280, last paragraph of the Dover Publication, AND, page number CV, last paragraph, left column of the Philosophical Research Society Diamond Jubilee Edition Reduced Facsimile (also the same page, paragraph and column of the full-sized Subscribers Edition) it reads;
“The Greeks gave the name daemon to some of these elementals, especially those of the higher order, and worshiped them. Probably the most famous of these daemons is the mysterious spirit which instructed Socrates, and of whom the great philosopher spoke in the highest terms.”

Above, Adriel Brandt reads daemons as demons, absolutely destroying the meaning.

Again, Adriel Brandt reads daemons as demons repeatedly throughout this text thereby mangling not just the meaning, but the earnest truth in and with which Hall wrote his Magnum Opus. The earnest student would be saved from corruption by NOT listening to this audiobook. As for the hard copies, a student could purchase the Dover Publication for highlighting, column notes and page flags, but the Dover Publication is missing chunks of text from the original (AS DOES THIS AUDIOBOOK). Although higher priced, the Reduced Facsimile from PRS is the least expensive new paperback volume available.

Adriel Brandt should not have been contracted to read this text. Audiobook should have contracted a reader with esoteric and exoteric knowledge. It is for this reason this Audiobook gets 1-star overall, 1-star performance and 5-stars story. What a shame.

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Needs Better Narration

The information in the book was decent. However, there were large sections of the book with words pronounced wrong, editing errors, skipping of text, etc. It's a shame. This book needs to be redone with another narrator.

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