Aztec Mythology: Captivating Aztec Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Creatures

Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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If you're looking for a captivating collection of Aztec myths, then pay attention....

The Aztecs believed offerings of human blood and human lives were necessary to the continued running of the universe. Indeed, in Aztec myths, the gods themselves make sacrifices of their own blood and even of their entire bodies in order to create a universe humans can live in and, in one story, to create humans themselves; humans therefore must make blood sacrifices in turn to feed the gods and to keep the universe in existence. 

To the ancient Aztecs, these practices seemed fitting, necessary, and honorable, helping to connect the world of humans to the divine world of the gods, a universe that in Aztec myth took shape in cycles of creation, destruction, and rebirth.

Aztec Mythology: Captivating Aztec Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Creatures invites you to go on a startling journey to discover stories such as:

  • The legend of the suns
  • The feeds of Mixcoatl
  • The origin of maize and the creation of pulque
  • The fall of Xochiquetzal
  • The fate of souls
  • Huitzilopochtli and the founding of Tenochtitlan
  • Huemac plays the ball game
  • And many more!

So, if you want a captivating collection of Aztec myths, listen to this audiobook now!

©2018 Matt Clayton (P)2018 Matt Clayton

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Great stories, horrible delivery

I liked learning more about the myths of my ancestors. This book has some great stories that I will be able to pass down to my kids to keep our heritage alive. I think it’s important to know about our roots and embrace the rich cultural history we have. I’d definitely recommend it for that reason.

The narrator does an absolutely terrible job at pronouncing even some of the most basic Nahuatl words and names. This is painfully obviously read by someone who has no familiarity with our culture and it devastated the delivery of these great stories. This should have been read by someone who has a deep connection to the stories and at least a basic understanding of the language.

In all, I’d recommend it for a listen. Just assume that each and every Nahuatl word is pronounced incorrectly. Really, it would be better if you read it on your own and learned how to pronounce the words properly.

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pronunciation is key

the narrator could not pronounce anything correctly. I wish I could get my money back.

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Impossible to enjoy, bad pronunciation of Nahuatl

The stories told are up to par with mythological legends of other pantheons such as the ones inhabited by the Norse and Greek gods. The writer did a great job of compiling the legends and myths of the Aztecs. The reader has a nice voice and would be great in almost any other work, but please, please Audible, when doing a work like this, get a reader that can at least phonetically pronounce the names of the subjects of the stories. The bad pronunciation made the listening a lot less enjoyable than what it should've been, and at times almost unbearable.

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learned so much

This is a wonderful book I purchased for my grandson who is 8. it gave understandable stories of the Aztec Gods and the mythical stories that brought them to life. National Geographic did an awesome job on this book.

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About Aztec mythology

Easy to follow doesn't go into great depth, so that you get lost. just a really nice book if you just want to hit the high points in mythology. we are really enjoying it

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It is interesting and informational

I already knew a lot of this but this book is a fun refresher. It goes through all the gods and the major heroes. Added a lot to the stories.

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Really well done!

I looked for a basic Aztec mythology book for what seems like forever now because I was holding out for a book with really good illustrations and I found that in this book. The stories are short and to the point without feeling rushed and the stories are in order.

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Good for children

This is a good audiobook for my children to start them in Aztec Mythology. After listening to it several times though I've had to buy other books for them to go further in depth.

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Well-developed!

And because I deem this audiobook an accurate and a well-developed one, I’ll be buying the ebook version of it for future references.

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Compelling insights.

There’s much more to the Aztec history than I thought I know. This audiobook is what it is supposed to be-a brief but concise intro to the said history.

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  • Harry Alonzo 
  • 10-23-18

Pretty AND comprehensive

Great guide to the Aztec Gods and Myths. Lists the major gods, minor gods, most of the "monsters", and a ton of other stuff. Easy to understand.Pretty AND comprehensive.

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  • Aalyah Abbie
  • 10-23-18

Still a wonderful

I adore this book so much that I own it in multiple formats. The theories are well researched and engaging, and the voice is clear and warm. Very much recommended to mythology lovers!

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  • Jacey Leesha
  • 10-23-18

Stories are great

Always loved Aztec Mythology. The man who narrates is great.he’s all over it. it gets a little deeper into the connections between authors and stories that I had known previously. The wording is a bit difficult at first but gets easier.

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  •  Dimitr Nikolai
  • 10-23-18

wise words from the master

I love it when I can write a good review of a book. This is one of the best AUDIOBOOK I have I listened again and again! I bought both the book and the CD and it was brought to life in a great way.

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  • Fable
  • 10-23-18

A beautiful audiobook

yet it still has enough great content that it is worth your time. At the end, there is the website available to look further and expand upon the stories even more. Very fine.

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  • Ella
  • 10-22-18

I think an actual audiobook

Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths offer easy-to-follow, easy-to-understand stories about the great Aztec myths.

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  • S. Earla
  • 10-22-18

better

Matt Clayton has written a very compelling book about Aztec mythology. It started out a bit slow, yet once he got to telling of the lore of the Gods, it got better and better as it went.

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  • Derya
  • 10-22-18

rulеd bу thе ѕеаѕоnѕ and feared thе Gоdѕ

This is a perfect quick study or refreshers guild on Aztec Mythology. You can tell the author know his subjects and knew how to write them extremely well. The timelines and chapters are easy to follow and since it was organized well it is easy to follow along.

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  • Moss
  • 10-22-18

Magic and Wisdom

The author describes important concepts about the gods themselves. For instance, the gods shifted as in the Sky and Sun Gods. Thoth was the God of Learning, Magic, and Wisdom

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  • Delja
  • 10-22-18

My favorite book

In some ways this reminds me of Bulfinch's mythology, giving you the key pieces of information about the figures, in this case of Aztec Mythology. I was hoping for several myths, and there was at least one, but this was more bare bones information than giving a sense of how the myths were told.