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Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials | [Erich von Daniken]

Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials

"Something here really stinks to high heaven," writes Erich von Däniken. "In Twilight of the Gods," says von Däniken, "I document precisely what it was that left the first visitors breathless as they stood before the mighty stone blocks some 400 years ago. I will show you what archeologists discovered hundreds of years ago and demonstrate how much has been destroyed over the centuries. Intentionally.
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High up in the Bolivian Andes---4,000 meters above sea level---lies Puma punku, an ancient ruined city that simply could never have been constructed by its Stone Age inhabitants.

"Something here really stinks to high heaven," writes Erich von Däniken. "In Twilight of the Gods," says von Däniken, "I document precisely what it was that left the first visitors breathless as they stood before the mighty stone blocks some 400 years ago. I will show you what archeologists discovered hundreds of years ago and demonstrate how much has been destroyed over the centuries. Intentionally. "I will also prove that Puma punku was not built by any Stone Age people. "And in December 2012, the gods will return from their long journey and appear again here on Earth. At least that is what the Mayan calendar would have us believe. "The so-called gods---the extraterrestrials---will come again. We're headed for a 'god shock' of major proportions. "But doesn't anyone with half a brain know that interstellar travel is simply impossible because of the sheer distances involved? And that extraterrestrials would never look like us?" In his own inimitable way, Erich von Däniken picks these preconceptions and prejudices apart with a clarity no other author could manage.

©2010 Erich von Daniken (P)2011 Tantor

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    Chuck Boise, ID, United States 06-10-11
    Chuck Boise, ID, United States 06-10-11
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    "So very logical it makes me shiver!"

    This is the third of Erich von Daniken's books that I've read/listened to. He makes the whole ET thing sound so logical. I have enjoyed his testimony of those ancient people's heritage and I feel he is right on. It is going to be a shock to the entire earth's population if what he has said is true and the ET's do come back, but why should we even doubt it. Most of the earth's religions all anticipate the return of their God. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a opened minded enough to think even a little of what he proposes could be true. NOTE: This should indicate signed by Chuck Woodings

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Tate. Barcelona 11-15-11
    Anthony Tate. Barcelona 11-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Im glad von Daniken finally made it to audiobooks!"

    Excellent book, by the way Von Daniken's huge body of work of more than 20 books should be disseminated in all the formats possible. Since audible and kindle came out I became less of a fan of paper books, these digital formats make learning about these topics something more enjoyable and easier to do.
    I just hope books from Graham Hancock's and David Icke's etc. get to Audible some time soon!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Johannesburg, South Africa 01-02-12
    Kevin Johannesburg, South Africa 01-02-12

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    "Ahead of his time"
    Would you listen to Twilight of the Gods again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I think it's the kind of book you NEED to listen to more than once.


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

    Fingerprints of The Gods by Graham Hancock. Both men are fearless, educated and articulate and this comes through in their writing. It can't be easy to write about this subject matter and retain respect within academic circles - unfortunately because of the narrowminded manipulative views of people in power and subservient dogma of the mainstream religions, these studies are often viewed with contempt, ridicule and fear by those in positions of educational, religious and political power.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    His pronunciations were good and his neutral tone allows one to form clearer mental images of the subject matter.


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

    Nothing extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    We need MORE books in this category!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denyse Riverside, CA 07-28-11
    Denyse Riverside, CA 07-28-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Informative"

    There is a plethora of incredible information in this book. Von Daniken is very well versed in the sciences. I loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren United States 07-27-11
    Lauren United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!!"

    Erich Von Daniken was, I think, one of the very first to suggest that we have been visited by extra-terrestrials in our ancient past (as well as today), and that the stories and tales ('myths') handed down from that time is what has evolved into some of our many religions today. He makes a very strong case and every book of his that I have read has been just excellent! Very convincing for anyone with even a half-way open minded view.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gene Chicago, IL, United States 04-11-12
    Gene Chicago, IL, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Story"

    If you're familiar with history and cultures around the world, this is definitely a very good read. It gives you a different point of view on how to see the world. It might be a little much for some people, but it's up to the reader on how to interpret it. Either way it's still a wonderful research and collection of stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DS NH 04-21-13
    DS NH 04-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "ET phone home"

    Daniker makes a good case for ET's having visited us.... don't know what I think.... read it and decide for yourself.

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    Rosemary Rojales, Spain 03-01-13
    Rosemary Rojales, Spain 03-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

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    "Thought provokng"
    What made the experience of listening to Twilight of the Gods the most enjoyable?

    I have read many of Erich Von Danikens books. This one is typical of his work. Thought provoking, leads one to read many of the references in the Bible, and to understand how thousands of years ago, people interpreted things they did not understand into miracles, or acts of the "Gods". Very plausible in parts and obviously very well researched.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    His practical interpretation of the work


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

    not particularly


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    Leslie Yorktown Heights, NY, United States 01-28-13
    Leslie Yorktown Heights, NY, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A well argued hypothesis"
    What did you love best about Twilight of the Gods?

    I found the archaeological evidence used to support the hypothesis interesting and, some of it was quite new to me.


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

    This was my first experience with Kirby Heybornes work.


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

    Yes.


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    seenewme2 Highland, IN United States 10-29-12
    seenewme2 Highland, IN United States 10-29-12

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A little difficult to follow at times, but overall, very interesting.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was non-fiction.


    Did Kirby Heyborne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No characters, it was non-fiction


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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