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The Eyes of the Sphinx: The Newest Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact in Ancient Egypt | [Erich von Daniken]

The Eyes of the Sphinx: The Newest Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact in Ancient Egypt

In this follow-up to Erich von Däniken's worldwide best seller Chariots of the Gods, the author reveals startling new evidence that could prove his theory that ancient Earth had contact with aliens. Von Däniken claims that an alien race helped to create the pyramids of Egypt, a claim he based upon the ruins themselves.
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In this follow-up to Erich von Däniken's worldwide best seller Chariots of the Gods, the author reveals startling new evidence that could prove his theory that ancient Earth had contact with aliens. Von Däniken claims that an alien race helped to create the pyramids of Egypt, a claim he based upon the ruins themselves. And it is these ruins that now provide researchers with a never-ending source of clues, compelling discoveries, revelations, and evidence that Earth was indeed colonized by an alien race:

  • Research showing that the location and design of the pyramids were uniquely fit for preservation---something the Egyptians couldn't possibly have known.
  • Remains of the ships built by the Pharaohs and buried with them for travel in the afterlife---imitations of the ships they saw used by men from the sky.
  • The most recent discoveries---hidden chambers and passageways, one of which ends at an ancient door. And behind the door is...the unknown.
  • Prehistoric bones that prove the existence of a worldwide cult that deformed children's skulls in imitation of the "gods" they had seen.
  • New interpretations of ancient writings---and new speculations on ancient mysteries.

©1996 Erich von Daniken (P)2011 Tantor

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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 08-21-13
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2007

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

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    "Terrible but not because of what you're thinking"

    First of all let me admit 2 things. First I am not a believer in VonDaniken's theories but I do like to listen to them in the same way I like listening to SciFi. Second I couldn't finish this book; I only made it half way before I could take no more.

    Before I get to a summary let me tell you why this book was terrible.

    1.The discussion of aliens is sparse and almost nonexistent. The book spends most of its time detailing archeological mysteries that the author finds interesting but apparently no conventional archeologist has any interest.

    2.VonDaniken likes to scoff at others beliefs and laugh at what he thinks is faulty science.

    3.The book has no real thesis that it is trying to prove or defend – especially one that ties in with the title in any way. He drifts around from idea to idea and it was painfully hard to try to figure out what all these ideas had in common.

    It was perhaps the 2nd item that made me stop reading this book. I mean really - If you are writing a book that is based on the premise that aliens visited the earth and did all these crazy things and then left you should be a little more tolerant of other people’s ideas. Maybe I stopped reading before he could conclude everything but I had seen enough.

    In the first part of the book VonDaniken tries to reason why there were so many animals mummified and why were they considered sacred. He also wanted to reason why there are so many animal hybrids depicted in Egyptian art and literature. Here is his theory summarized in my words.

    Aliens were riding around the universe and ran out of gas. They stopped at earth to replenish all their supplies and fuel. They were here for a long time and got bored so they created genetic labs on earth to study replicating and creating hybrid animals for fun. Earthlings killed the first of these and really made the aliens mad so they started marking their animals with things like horns on their head or a special birthmarks. As a result humans could tell the animals “of the gods” and so treated them with respect even after the aliens left.

    Seriously!? This is your theory and you scoff at people that believe in life after death….I bought this book deeply discounted on sale and it still wasn’t worth it to me. Maybe he just rubbed me the wrong way here. I did like is first book much more. Maybe the second half gets much more exciting and reveals secret truths about the world. Its a mystery I can live with.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam Tuggeranong DC, Australia 10-15-11
    Miriam Tuggeranong DC, Australia 10-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing narration"

    This is a favourite of mine amongst Von Daniken's writings, but I was disappointed by the quality of the editing/production - in particular, persistent mispronunciations by the narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Hoffman Paper Street, USA 03-06-14
    Chris Hoffman Paper Street, USA 03-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Chris Hoffman

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    "There are no aliens in this book"

    If you are very interested in ancient Egyptian history and archaeology, and already have a solid base of knowledge in these areas, then this book may interest you. If you are like me, mildly interested in these topics only in the context of ancient aliens, you will find this book boring. When I saw in the description that it was a followup to Chariots of the Gods I was ready to be entertained. I thought that some of the initial (boring) information was laying the groundwork for an argument that aliens were here on Earth back in the time of the building of the pyramids. No such point was ever made.

    You can learn something about Egypt, the Sphinx, and the pyramids, and about how politics plays a role in what information scientists allow the public to have access to, but don't expect to meet Enlil or Enki in the pages of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 12-01-13
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "More Ancient Aliens"

    I like von Daniken and watch all the shows on Ancient Aliens. He does get a little technical, but perhaps not technical enough for some. I liked the narrator and enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bvo1863 Haifa 11-27-12
    bvo1863 Haifa 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A von Daniken Book as so many... but interesting."

    A Erich von Daniken Book as so many...you have to be really interested in this kind of books, that all comes down to lost civilizations and aliens etc.....
    But for one thing Erich von Daniken is right the world has lost a tremendous amount of ancient knowledge and there are too many open questions in our past.
    This why and I appreciate a writer as Erich von Daniken that can tell a story without loosing track of reality.(an interesting book but you maybe should read first other Erich von Daniken books before you read this one)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jory Sherman Pittsburg, TX United States 09-03-12
    Jory Sherman Pittsburg, TX United States 09-03-12 Listener Since 2001
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    "A most intriguing book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because Erich Von Daniken has done superb research into the earth's past and more people should know about the previous visitors to our planet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read most of Von Daniken's books and he is a fine scholar and a persistent researcher into the ancient past. This is gripping with its revelations and his discoveries.


    What does Danny Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Since I am legally blind, I can no longer read printed books. So, the reader brings me into the book and holds my attention from start to finish.


    If you could give The Eyes of the Sphinx a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Lost History of Mankind


    Any additional comments?

    Von Daniken mentions my late friend Zechariah Sitchin frequently and I have read all of Z's books. I hold Von Daniken right up there with Sitchin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronnie Mars, PA, United States 07-20-12
    Ronnie Mars, PA, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "great book"

    I enjoyed a change. I do not believe everything is this ancient alien. But wanted to have a book of something different. I enjoy books on our past and discoveries made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Johannesburg, South Africa 01-30-12
    Kevin Johannesburg, South Africa 01-30-12

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    "Fascinating and gripping"
    Where does The Eyes of the Sphinx rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The constant questioning of accepted history.


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

    no.


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

    Wake Up!


    Any additional comments?

    Egyptian History gets, to quote Alice in Wonderland:

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerardo San Antonio, TX, United States 08-27-13
    Gerardo San Antonio, TX, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth it"
    What disappointed you about The Eyes of the Sphinx?

    I purchased this book because it was on sale and I wanted something to listed to before I received my monthly credits, to say it was disappointing would be to nice. He had almost no talk of Aliens. He spent much of the book talking about what other people did/believed. Not a good book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Erich von Daniken again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Danny Campbell’s performance?

    Not the voice actor's fault, but when the subject matter is bad it is hard to focus.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Eyes of the Sphinx?

    All of it


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    "Truth.....detailed and amazing journey!"

    Anyone with an interest in one of the most important civilization's and its histories, Should listen to this graphic but lightly controversial information. It speaks volumes to the sub-concious questions we have all asked ourselves when faced with arceaological facts and evidence of the dynasties we had no proof of.
    Given its complexity, it gives totally digestable answers to the mysteries of ancient perfection and obsession that has eluded many......

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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