Renowned author and adventurer Adrian Gilbert’s best-selling book explores the Mayan prophecy in which time ends at midnight, December 21, 2012. Traveling to the ancient lands of the Maya, Gilbert discovers the origins and mechanics of the Mayan Calendar and comes to some surprising conclusions about its meaning. Find out why the year 2012 is predicted to be a year of extreme yet positive changes. Gilbert’s groundbreaking work is read in its entirety by voice-talent Art Ray.
©2006 Adrian Gilbert (P)2009 A.R.E. Press
As a very happy audio books listener, and an actress, I listen to audio books with a discriminating ear. I listen for content quality - for a listener, as well as narration delivery. I consider this all very important and most audible books are above average quality.
However, this particular book's narration is quite poor in artistic delivery. It's not monotone, but the same effect occurs because of the repetitive unemotional delivery in this audio. I honestly hated it but only listened because the content itself is so interesting. If there is an alternative narration available -- go get that one!
I was looking for a book that talked about why and how is 2012 important to the Mayans. What you get is a little more from Mr. Gilbert. I think its hard for any of these authors on these type of topics to be just specific. Its a bad thing if thats what you're looking for. Its a good thing if you are just entering this world and those associated with it. Mr. Gilbert covers Atlantis, Ed Cayce and other topics. Also what I liked is that he threw in other authors and their books. His enthusiasm makes for a great read and listen. I could listen to this Audiobook again.
History & Speculative Science
I used to abhor the brutal conquest and massive erasure of the meso-American history and culture promulgated by pious and marauding Spaniards who breached Yucatan shores. But this work lays a sufficient backdrop for Aztec and Mayan history that can't discount how their own religious beliefs and compulsions exacted such large scale ritual human sacrifice among themselves indelible to the region.I appreciate the blending of history lesson with the open minded speculative science--such as trans Atlantic and Atlantian influences migrating to Mexico--along with the timeliness of the the subject matter.
Unfortunately the voice talent reading "2012" is all too Caucasian & wholly unsuited for narration of this title. A moderate command of the Spanish language would have helped the narrator immensely with the proper pronunciation of the multiple meso-American place names and proper Spanish names that riddle the text. This ill-fated reading hinders the authorship and the listeners' approach to the subject matter further distancing us from these mythical lands and the relevance foretold.
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