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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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    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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    leif salinas, CA 93906 05-06-14
    leif salinas, CA 93906 05-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, but it needs more"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like this book, has lots of great theories. But it is outdated, I recomend other books unless you know nothing about Erich Von Daniken.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 04-20-13
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting but why?"
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    This book examines the theory that the earth was visited by aliens to alter mankind's DNA and boost its "humanity" by planting new beliefs. Bold supposition and the author offers no clear proof, but does raise some compelling arguments based on ancient artifacts and documents. It is an interesting listen but don't expect to find a smoking gun or to have an epiphany after reading this. Its just a bunch of theories that are fun to listen to and hold as much weight as any other theory that can't be proven.

    Most of the reasoning was fine however it annoyed me when he would say something like "look at all the things we didn't think were possible 20 years ago but that now are accepted as normal." as if this proves or predicts anything.

    My real question here is "why". Why should these aliens do all this and then walk away? Also I wonder why the author is so aggressive about his theories that he attacks the "narrow mindedness" in the scientific and religious communities. What is he trying to accomplish with this book? If we accept his theories then what?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay M Sun prairie, WI, United States 12-31-12
    Jay M Sun prairie, WI, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting, but lacking in evidence."
    Would you try another book from Erich von Daniken and/or William Dufris?

    Sure, it was entertaining enough.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different ancient myths presented and how the author interprets them is very entertaining, but anecdotal.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, so I can't compare, but I didn't find the performance by any means bad. The way he accentuates and draws out the ends of certain words I could see being an annoyance to some people though.


    Did Chariots of the Gods inspire you to do anything?

    Maybe to consider the possibility of his claims, but it has to be taken with a grain of salt until more evidence is presented.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting perspective nonetheless.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Denver, Colorado 07-28-12
    Michael Denver, Colorado 07-28-12
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    "Unnecessary."

    Sadly, the author, instead of presenting an interesting set of ideas, focuses on attacking and disproving religion in a childish 'in your face' manner. Furthermore, after that tedious long apologetic/defensive foreword of his, where he spends 10 minutes admitting mistakes and making excuses, you can't really take anything he says seriously. He just doesn't get his point across, and it's a shame.

    William Dufris, as always, gives a decent performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting theory! Imformative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    chapter 3


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    my god is an alien


    Any additional comments?

    Daniken took a big risk when he wrote this back in the 60's....and its paid off...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Danville, CA, United States 02-28-12
    Mark Danville, CA, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the Best Books Ever"
    If you could sum up Chariots of the Gods in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh New Look


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

    It is like no other book written. When it first came out in 1968, it was an eye-opener for many people. The theories as to the actual construction and the purposes of many ancient artifacts were given a curve ball to hit. I bought the paperback version in 1972 as a high school teenager, and read the book with an open mind. Not being a scholar, but just someone wanting to absorb any new material on UFOs, I thought the book was kinda refreshing way of looking at ancient history.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes, being only a short book, it could be listened to in a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    My mother and me saw a UFO one night back in 1978 in our backyard in Kentucky. It was unexpected, and neither of us acknowledged what we had seen until the moment passed, but I knew that I did not see this UFO alone, and confirmed it with my mom, just seconds after seeing a very large, dark object about the size of a football field pass slowly over us blocking out the stars while we were watching the Persieds Meteor shower. So as far as UFOs being here, I am convinced.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-16-11
    Graham Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-16-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Silly theories to explain genuine mysteries"

    The book is written well enough but I find the implausible, speculative conclusions rather a stretch -- interesting and relatively fun to listen to though.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    George 12-02-12
    George 12-02-12
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    "Hmmmm...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was an "OK" book. Author hypothesizes that human population on earth is the result of alien astronauts who arrived thousands of. years ago. Proof postulated includes many bold assertions that can't be supported but cause you to go: "hmmmmmm."


    Has Chariots of the Gods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    alphone jefferson, LA, United States 06-30-12
    alphone jefferson, LA, United States 06-30-12

    My name is Shaun McCarron, not Alphone.. LOL. I am just a guy who wants to know the whole story, and live a life that completes myself and the plan of which I am a part of.

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    "This Guy Needs to Wake Up. Bad approach for..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was for me, but the author and narrator seems to have a point to prove that concerns rather the likes of those who discredit his prior work. It is as if he attacks them in
    his own Chariots of Fire.

    And he is smart, he is far from enlightened, and I am not sure where he stands on the balance of god and evil.


    Has Chariots of the Gods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Its has not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could be entirely resubmitted as a new manuscript, reread, revised, and focused on what the man knows about things that I do not. He fails to share knowledge, but spreads hate in some way.


    What character would you cut from Chariots of the Gods?

    The Writer of the Book, he can go, we are over him.


    Any additional comments?

    This literature should be found in the fiction area, or autobiography area.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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