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James

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  • 2012: Mayan Year of Destiny Audio Book

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Adrian Gilbert
    • Narrated By Art Ray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Renowned author and adventurer Adrian Gilbert’s best-selling book explores the Mayan prophecy in which time ends at midnight, December 21, 2012. Traveling to the ancient lands of the Maya, Gilbert discovers the origins and mechanics of the Mayan Calendar and comes to some surprising conclusions about its meaning. Find out why the year 2012 is predicted to be a year of extreme yet positive changes. Gilbert’s groundbreaking work is read in its entirety by voice-talent Art Ray.

    Haugh says: "Narration hurts this book's listenability..."
    "Gringo Slaughters Place Names of Distant Neighbors"
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    If you could sum up 2012: Mayan Year of Destiny Audio Book in three words, what would they be?

    History & Speculative Science


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I used to abhor the brutal conquest and massive erasure of the meso-American history and culture promulgated by pious and marauding Spaniards who breached Yucatan shores. But this work lays a sufficient backdrop for Aztec and Mayan history that can't discount how their own religious beliefs and compulsions exacted such large scale ritual human sacrifice among themselves indelible to the region.I appreciate the blending of history lesson with the open minded speculative science--such as trans Atlantic and Atlantian influences migrating to Mexico--along with the timeliness of the the subject matter.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Unfortunately the voice talent reading "2012" is all too Caucasian & wholly unsuited for narration of this title. A moderate command of the Spanish language would have helped the narrator immensely with the proper pronunciation of the multiple meso-American place names and proper Spanish names that riddle the text. This ill-fated reading hinders the authorship and the listeners' approach to the subject matter further distancing us from these mythical lands and the relevance foretold.


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