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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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    willilam JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-15-12
    willilam JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2013

    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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    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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    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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    Amazon Customer Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia 02-07-12
    Amazon Customer Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia 02-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    What made the experience of listening to Chariots of the Gods the most enjoyable?

    The book toke me away in a journey that made me think


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

    What moved me in this book are the facts that are explained in a deterrent way


    3 of 6 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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    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 2015
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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.


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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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    Any additional comments?

    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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    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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