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Chariots of the Gods | [Erich von Daniken]

Chariots of the Gods

Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx.
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Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx. But here is where it all began---von Däniken's startling theories of our earliest encounters with alien worlds, based upon his lifelong studies of ancient ruins, lost cities, potential spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to extraterrestrial intervention in human history. Most incredible of all, however, is von Däniken's theory that we ourselves are the descendents of these galactic pioneers---and the archaeological discoveries that prove it:

  • An alien astronaut preserved in a pyramid
  • Thousand-year-old spaceflight navigation charts
  • Computer astronomy from Incan and Egyptian ruins
  • A map of the land beneath the ice cap of Antarctica
  • A giant spaceport preserved in the Andes

©1968 Erich von Daniken (P)2011 Tantor

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    Viktor Grand Rapids, MI, United States 10-31-12
    Viktor Grand Rapids, MI, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fine book for alternative history researcher"
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    I wanted to read this book a long time ago, but never got time for it. Now after listening, I understand why it was a bomb when it came out. For a people who feel that there is much more out there that official sources are telling us, this material is an eye opener. I believe this book has inspired a lot of scholars to re-think conventional history of our world and made some scientists to question there knowledge (although I don't think many would admit it). There many great articles and other books that, I believe, this book had given birth to. There are more then 45 years passed since it came out first, but questions this book rises are still unanswered. For further seek, I suggest to read Earth Chronicles by Zecharia Sitchin, where author elaborates our history from translated clay tablets of ancient Sumeria.

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    Lucie 10-18-12
    Lucie 10-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It makes you think!"

    This book is definitely for open-minded people. But even if you are a strong believer in the Bible, you have to admit that some things mentioned in this book make sense. You don't have to believe them, but it makes you think.

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    NitroJill HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-03-12
    NitroJill HENDERSON, NV, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Love to listen to books all the time since I'm disabled & sit around all day. Mostly LUV zombie books ~ anything w blood & guts & guns!

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    "Chariots of the Gods ~ bttr if Erich narrated this"
    Would you listen to Chariots of the Gods again? Why?

    Yes, because I often listened when I couldn't sleep & I'm sure I missed stuff here & there so I will listen to it again.


    What other book might you compare Chariots of the Gods to and why?

    O the only books that I've read or am reading/listening to are Erich's other books...he does often mention one in another.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I personally did not think the narrator was as good as if Erich read it to us. The speed I like to listen to did not do this narrator any favors and moving it down a notch made it too slow for me to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cannot say there was any one moment that struck me differently.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy listening to books on audible. sometimes the narrator doesn't do it for me and this is one of those times. As I've seen many interviews with Erich, I truly love his excitement and how he speaks about his work. I think he would have been a much better story teller and I feel that way for all his books.

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    willilam JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-15-12
    willilam JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Love history books, the one that tell the truth not the one with all the lies and deception!

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    "Nice read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chariots of the Gods?

    All of it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No i read the book and saw the movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    larry issaquah, WA, United States 07-23-12
    larry issaquah, WA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "New Review Old Book"
    If you could sum up Chariots of the Gods in three words, what would they be?

    Creates Open Mind


    What did you like best about this story?

    The facts were delivered from the authors viewpoint and it's up to the reader to agree or not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes the facts just kept coming and making a lot of sense by putting new logical answers to ancient questions.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I would listen to more than once as it has so much information and leaves a lot of room for thought and reflection.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Alta Loma, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Susan Alta Loma, CA, United States 03-26-12

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    "Interesting ideas"

    Glad I listened to it. There are some very interesting, thought provoking ideas brought into focus. I've been to many of the sites mentioned and it is almost unbelievable to think that the native peoples did these remarkable feats without any assistance from a more advanced culture.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    stanley hohenwald, TN, United States 03-12-12
    stanley hohenwald, TN, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "very informative, informarion you need to know!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has information that people need to hear. Not enough people get a broad view of the world. Von Daniken does a good job of taking history of many cultures and gives us a new way to fit history together.


    What other book might you compare Chariots of the Gods to and why?

    It reads like fiction until you fact check his work.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the readers into the story and does a good job of making you feel part of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took me only two sittings to finish the book. If I could have listened to it in one day I would have.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Miami shores, FL, United States 11-22-11
    Jeffrey Miami shores, FL, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Really Enjoyed, Great Book"

    This book gets you to think about Alien beings visiting the Earth. I really enjoyed the questions that he made throughout the book. If you keep an open mind when listening to this book, you might just believe that Alien did visit the Earth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    matthew ATLANTA, GA, United States 07-07-11
    matthew ATLANTA, GA, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2011

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    "good listen"

    Erich Von Daniken like or loathe him is enthusiastic and believes what he is saying. The audiobook is easy to listen to and an example of just let the topic draw the listener in and let all the other theatrical ploys be very minimal. William Dufris injects Mr. Von Daniken's enthusiasm into the read and even when I didn't agree with everything I went away feeling.... like I listened to a motivational tape. The future seemed exciting! As with any review on topics like this it comes down to sticking to one topic long enough to get all of the information,theory and evidence out. Mr. Von Daniken doesn't do that but the foreword does "clean up" a lot of the past arguments and greatly adds to the book. Great read.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Hazleton, PA, United States 06-23-12
    Dr. Hazleton, PA, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ancient Astronaut Primer"
    If you could sum up Chariots of the Gods in three words, what would they be?

    History illuminated.


    Any additional comments?

    I was thrilled to see this book and others by the author added to Audible's offerings. I first read this book when I was a teen; even at that green age, its veracity resonated. There is a core of truth in Chariots of the Gods. I hope to see more ancient astronaut literature on Audible, particularly all of the books of Zecharia Sitchin.

    Chariots of the Gods should be the basis of science courses. It should also be read along with any traditional materials in world history courses.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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