Erich von Däniken again shows his flair for revealing truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim---and he has the proof! In History Is Wrong, von Däniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decription since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible book of Enoch.
Von Däniken also unearths the astounding story of a lost subterranean labyrinth in Ecuador said to be home to an extensive library of thousands of gold panels. He supplies evidence that the metal library has links not only to the Book of Enoch but also to the Mormons, who have spent decades searching for it, believing it to contain the history of their forefathers. And what about the mysterious lines in the desert of Nazca that resemble landing strips when viewed from the air? Archeologists claim they are ancient procession routes. "Think again!" cries von Däniken, as he reveals the data that the archeologists never even thought to check. History Is Wrong will challenge your intellect---and maybe a few long-held beliefs, too.
©2009 Erich von Daniken (P)2011 Tantor
Von Daniken has been one of my favorites for years now. He courageous, incessantly inquisitive, and a smooth talker. It was, therefore, with some excitement that I began listening to this book - ready to receive the mysterious knowledge like an after dinner treat.
When Erich began about the Voynich Manuscript, I heard myself exclaim"Yippee."
It all became more intriguing when he brought Crespi's treasures and the Book of Mormons into play and I thought to myself "well this is going to get really interesting!".
Alas, Erich never brought the loose ends together; repeatedly getting off-track with sanctimonious recriminations against those who have treated him with disdain in the past. Of course, I get his frustration with the scientific community and his disgust with the lies and the attempted attacks at his credibility. However, if he wanted to write a book about that, then he should have called it like "The Abuse of Scientists Against Erich van Daniken", or something similar. Of course the title conveniently allows him to address his grievances surreptitiously, but I didn't appreciate his slight of hand at all.
In spite of repeated promises throughout the book to address the Voynich Manuscript enigma, he never does so, and conveniently lets it go for the last 50% of the book. So, after reading Erich's abbreviated notes on Voynich, what one knows about the manuscript is less than what can be gleaned from Google during a quick 5 minutes browse.
His frenetic hither and thither weaving seems to be specifically designed to confuse the reader into not noticing the large gaps and holes in his arguments and attempts to "set the record straight." Perhaps van Daniken should stop penning books now, or get a decent editor to read his work, and point out the vacuities in his arguments and prose.
While the topic was intriguing the narration was hard to sit through, I kept hoping it would be less explosive as time went on but no such luck. Im not sure if he doing his imitation of the author or the newsreels of the 1930's.
I'm afraid I would not recommend to my friends.
Whoever thought this narrative was would make this rambling sound better has a very unique sense of taste. Play the sample , the persons yells like an old senior citizen with Alzheimer's. This book was very difficult to listen to. If you are interested in this alien influence subject just invest in chariot of the gods.
I expected Erich Von Daniken to make a good case for why history is wrong instead the book focused more on His Public Relations Woes, theology of the Mormon Faith and the golden plates and about a failed Ecuadorian expedition.
This was far below my expectations after seeing Erich charismatic interviews and read his famous book Chariot Of The Gods, no I will not buy another book.
Guy sounded like a salesperson bad narration. Erich would have been much better.
Boredom I put my audible player at 2x speed so I could finish the book faster and start on a new audiobook.
Theirs so many topics Erich could have chosen to make a good case of why history is wrong but instead focused more on his Public Relations problems, that's very bad judgment.
The idea of a metal library telling us about our origins is fantastic. We wish whoever is "protecting" us from the truth would stop it and let the truth be known.
We did not care for all the author's complaints and explanations of what happened to him when he tried to tell the world about the metal library. It just went on and on and exhausted us.
His Spanish accent!!! (funny, but wasn't necessary)
I think it was a very good book. I think the narration was very good. I think the topic of the metal library was very interesting. But the Golden Books are way overdue and should be found and accessible to the public. So whoever has possession of them or knows of where they exist should releace their full knowledge. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that Erik von Daniken doesn't get the respect he deserves so therefore he has to devote a lot of the chapters to defending his beliefs or his ways of investigating. I think Eric is an honest man and is only searching for the truth of our history and our creation.
"interesting ideas strung together randomly"
The narration is so quick you don't have any time to take in the proposed ideas. And much as I like Von Daniken books, he asks so much of the reader here while saying every other idea that asks something of the reader is just wrong. Sans explanation why his should be the only idea you think of. At the end of the day they're all theories, but he doesnt even attempt to justify why his is the correct one.
Erich Von Daniken
Very interesting thought idea.
His other books are better.
"It's not bad"
Personally I prefer his actual theories to his angry rambling but interesting all the same.
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