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  • Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction¬†

  • By: Joseph Dan
  • Narrated by: Gregory Nassif St. John
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

In Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction, Joseph Dan, one of the world's leading authorities on Jewish mysticism, offers a concise and highly accurate look at the history and character of the various systems developed by the adherents of the Kabbalah. Dan sheds light on the many misconceptions about what Kabbalah is and isn't - including its connections to magic, astronomy, alchemy, and numerology - and he illuminates the relationship between Kabbalah and Christianity on the one hand and New Age religion on the other.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This may not suit you...

  • By C. A. Mew on 26-10-18

This may not suit you...

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-18

This is a very short introduction to Kabbalistic history, not to the kabbalah. "It is impossible to define the sepirot"... Ummm, no it isn't. Could you perhaps give some indication of the most popular definitions? Maybe for four hours or so? That would be a very short into to the kabbalah. What we have here is not what is described in the title.

  • The Axe and the Throne

  • Bounds of Redemption, Volume 1
  • By: M. D. Ireman
  • Narrated by: Matt Cowlrick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

It is a fool's errand, and Tallos knows it, but against his own better judgment and the pleading of his wife, Tallos has committed himself to a voyage north. His lifelong friend's eldest sons are said to have been taken by Northmen, a raiding people ill-reputed for their savagery. The boys are already dead, Tallos knows, and in that dark place of grim reasoning he wishes only to find their corpses quickly so he can fulfill his promise and return to his wife. Instead, he finds something far worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By graham on 01-08-16

Average fantasy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-17

A decent enough book. Nothing particularly original or earth-shattering about it. I've seen rave reviews about both the story and the narrator; both only slightly better than mediocre. A foreword plays us the "grim dark" nature of the book, and the "challenge" the book represents: both promises fall far short. It is a book of morally questionable characters on all sides like nearly ALL contemporary fantasy.

It is a story on a very grand scale, however, with engaging and well drawn characters. Certain debut novelist traits are present that I'm surprised the editor didn't fix.

I have little doubt that the series this grows into will be an engaging and interesting one. Not worthy of the highest praise I've seen of it, but certainly worthy of 1 credit and 20 hours of easy listening. And I bet the sequel will be 5 star worthy, in honesty and fairness.