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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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    Neal Florida 09-10-12
    Neal Florida 09-10-12

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    "Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!"
    If you could sum up Chariots of the Gods in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking theories.


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

    The general question...Why/How did our ancient ancestors on nearly every continent just CHOOSE to do things completely without reason or logic if other forces were NOT at work and yet have such similarities?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scenes as this is a book of theories.


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

    Extreme reaction? No - but certainly fed my fire for answers of the "Big Picture" even more.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read a few dozen reviews about what people like & don't like about this book. I can agree with some, disagree with many others, but in my personal opinion what most of the reviews have in common that I believe is incorrect is the expectation that the author/researcher produced THE handbook with answers to the many mysteries of the 3rd planet from the Sun.I believe the author is just trying to get others to think about the same things and curiosities that the author himself found to be worth the time to correlate and explore knowing that no answers can be given. Just offering many more questions and how nearly all cultures from all over the globe have such similar things during a time when getting from one place to another took days, weeks, months, etc. And yet how much the varied people of the world have in common at the roots of their own cultures background.Also - this book was written about four decades ago and much has been learned since. Even more striking to me personally is how much has NOT been answered or determined in that same period of time. Is it because we as the race of humans cannot figure it out, or are their other forces making sure we do not learn truths that are not the generally accepted "truths". I was raised Catholic and in my lifetime I've learned personally just how much the church as an entity does NOT want people to know anything other than what a collected group of plain old human beings decided is what we SHOULD ONLY KNOW & TOLD TO BE THE ONLY TRUTH centuries after the Gospels and Bible were written by other humans who were there for the new Testament and some bits or the old Testament and to question is tantamount to blasphemy. Why should ANYTHING that was written by those who were writing about their personal experience in the time of Christ be edited, revised, or even omitted? Since this IS TRUE, how much else do the powers in control of the people of this planet not want us to know?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel PEORIA, AZ, United States 07-23-12
    Samuel PEORIA, AZ, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Revolutionary at the time but feeling a bit dated"
    Would you try another book from Erich von Daniken and/or William Dufris?

    No I don't think so. I learned of him through Graham Hancock's books and also through Coast to Coast AM on the radio at night.


    Would you recommend Chariots of the Gods to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I don't think so. Too many of his conclusions have been questioned and overturned about specific items of proof in archaeology for his claims of ET contact in the past. Von Daniken was a visionary in his time but too many problems with him including convictions for fraud and some prison time.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes narration was fine


    Did Chariots of the Gods inspire you to do anything?

    NO. Other than read some more modern books on this subject.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 11-20-12
    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 11-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Stuff!"

    I've always had a soft spot in my heart for von Daniken and his books.

    I read this book originally when I was very young. I thought it was interesting and inventive and lead me to read the rest of his books as he's written them. It also lead me to sample other books of alternative history, all of which has given me a better perspective of the world.

    I don't think you have to agree with his conclusions to like the book, but it should help you learn how one individual began to ask questions of the world around him when the answers he was receiving weren't personally satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SHIMON Mumbai, India 11-05-12
    SHIMON Mumbai, India 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Makes for an interesting perspective"
    What did you love best about Chariots of the Gods?

    The story is engaging and many a facts presented will make you yearn to corroborate from other sources. Much of the info is dated and the fantastical conjectures are not very believable every time. However it is the enthusiasm of the author and well translated by the reader which makes things interesting and not to mention that the authors thesis may be true to some extent as many of the Herculean feats betrays a higher intelligence in play. The amazing mathematics of the Giza pyramids and Mayan astronomical finesse cannot be attributed to tribe intelligence, if so where has this intelligence disappeared, as no doubt with all the modern scientific capabilities much of these architectures cannot be replicated.


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

    To all the readers who might be interested, I will gladly suggest books by c.k.quartermain and Dr Patric Heron (few of ken johnson's) esp those related to aliens, ufo and nephilim etc which presents a similar case with a dramatically different flavour and replete with scriptural - historical cross-references. If you like chariots of god you will not fail to appreciate the solid thesis of these authors. Works of these authors are also available in audible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a pioneer work and should be read by all who get a nagging feeling about the incongruencies in ancient history. But beware the stuff in the book are mostly opinions and in the current times much more scientific & archaeological clarity is available freely on the Internet.

    1 of 1 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
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    "Intersting"
    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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wendygoodwitch Charleston SC 12-29-11
    Wendygoodwitch Charleston SC 12-29-11
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    "Extremely Thought-provoking"

    Author did a magnificent job of using extensive research to suggest plausible theories of visits by ancient alien space travelers, tying in legends and history from many different cultures around the globe. Some of his theories really hit home for me, suggesting explanations of events and circumstances that make much more sense than current poplular beliefs. This book was written many years ago, yet is still timely, and I'm only sorry that I took so long to discover it.

    The narrator did a wonderful job of giving just the right inflection in his voice, inviting the reader to think.

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    SteveWade Australia 06-02-11
    SteveWade Australia 06-02-11
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    "A must listen"

    This is a must for anyone with a keen interest in this subject the book is informative and very interesting. Erich von Daniken truely brings his theories to life. Easy to listen too, looking forward to listen to more of Erich's work.

    4 of 7 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 2012
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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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    Christopher lena, IL, United States 09-11-13
    Christopher lena, IL, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2011

    26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything

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    "Serious food for thought."
    Where does Chariots of the Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, it's nothing like any of the books I've listened to so close to the bottom. But I loved it.


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

    For me, just the overwhelming sense of: "wow.. thinking on a cosmic level like this is a totally new feeling. I'd never looked at things in this light!"


    What aspect of William Dufris’s performance would you have changed?

    He was a little dead pan most of the time. I'd lighten his tone a little.


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

    "The history they DON'T teach you in school"


    Any additional comments?

    Really good listen, if you're mind is open to new ideas it's really worth it.

    0 of 0 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 2007

    “Be awesome! Be a book nut!” — Dr. Seuss

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    "Interesting but why?"
    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 0 people found this review helpful
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