• Fingerprints of the Gods

  • The Quest Continues
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
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Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society.

An intellectual detective story, this unique history audiobook directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

©1995 Graham Hancock (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Classic in Historical Mysteries

I love all the Graham Hancock titles I've read/listened to so far, and having Graham narrate it is icing on the cake. He has a beautiful British accent and is a very good reader. First of all, to be clear for the skeptics, when Graham Hancock says "lost civilization," he usually means something more akin to a lost culture of advanced knowledge, which at one time or another informed many "lost civilizationS" such as the Egyptians and the Maya; he doesn't believe those two cultures directly influenced each other, just that they both inherited older traditions of myth and astronomy which had been spread around the world before written history began. This is Graham's hypotheses for why many cultures attribute their knowledge of writing, agriculture, and time keeping to a previous race of "gods" - they were probably referring to ancestors who had learned and passed on their great skills.
I'm glad I read "Magicians of the Gods" first, the sort of sequel to this one, because in the 20 years between 'Fingerprints' and its sequel, he's become a better writer. 'Fingerprints' has lengthy descriptions of travel episodes, which sometimes add character to the story (such as when he [illegally] climbed the Great Pyramid), but sometimes make the narrative slow to a crawl. 'Magicians' has the benefit of updated research on the possible events of the end of the last ice age, and older structures around the world which hadn't been discovered in 1995.
All that said, Fingerprints put forth many ideas and hypotheses which still haven't been debunked or explained, and which I never hear from mainstream history books. As just one example, Mercator (of map projection fame) published a map in 1538 which shows a continent identical to Antarctica, in exactly the right place. Antarctica wasn't supposed to have been "discovered" until the 1800s, but Mercator's map was probably based on older source maps now lost -- and Mercator wasn't the only one with such a map. Did the original maps come from the great astronomers and navigators of the Ottoman Empire? Were they passed on from the library at Alexandria? What wasn't mentioned in the book was that Mercator himself corresponded frequently with John Dee, the famous court astronomer of Elizabeth I, who took an interest in old Middle Eastern religious books and texts, many of which weren't translated into English. John Dee had the largest library in England and provided Mercator with materials. This could have been the perfect opportunity for Mercator to update his maps with what he saw as the best information available to him. Interesting stuff, and it's why Hancock's books are so popular. He doesn't need to over-dramatize his material, because there is plenty to choose from, and he presents it all in a rational, questioning way.
The classic controversies brought up in Fingerprints, and still hot topics today, are an Ice Age dating of the Sphinx, by Schwaller de Lubicz, John Anthony West and Robert Schoch, and the Orion Correlation theory of the Giza pyramids by Robert Bauval.
This is a great book if you like the types of historical mysteries that have become fodder for conspiracy theories, even though Graham himself isn't an Ancient Alien theorist, and often argues against them. If you want to understand why Graham is so eschewed by older, stodgier, academic circles, start here, but you'll want to move on to what Magicians of the Gods has to offer: extensive data on the Younger Dryas comet impact hypotheses, hidden pyramids in Indonesia, and an astonishing section on the advanced astronomical observations of the Sabians, a star-worshipping cult in Harran, Turkey.

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  • TJ
  • 06-05-19

EVERYTHING is connected, NOTHING is coincidence!

... At least when you're Graham Hancock. This book of his teeters between thought provoking lessons in world history and groan inducing revelations sold as fact. Enjoy with a grain of salt.

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Valuable coverage of ancient earth human history

Graham Hancock did a wonderful job narrating his 1995 book Fingerprint of the Gods. I started this series with book 2, Magicians of the Gods, 2015, and it is interesting to see how much fine tuning Graham Hancock did in the 20 year span between the two related books. And, they are two entirely different books, with Magicians of the Gods focusing on a very significant geological event and its effect on humans and human's knowledge of their own history. Fingerprints of the Gods is an excellent introduction and foundation into the research going beyond the public narrative of mainstream academia and what is taught in public schools. Humanity's history, and earth's history is far more interesting than what is taught.

This book was pretty serious in parts, and I had to divert to a couple of other books in the meantime before returning to complete it. I've mulled over what I have learned in this book, and see how it fit with the two David Wilcock books read in the meantime. There is so much connection between their work - both authors are "big picture" oriented. David Wilcock even refers to Graham Hancock's work within his books too.

The third book of this trilogy will be coming later this year (2016) and I am looking forward to reading (listening) to that.

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Interesting but disappointing

Let me first state that I am somewhat agree with the theme of this book even before reading it.

Regardless, I am disappointed by the book and have since became more skeptical, mainly because of the consistent realization that the author is not a trained scientist by any stretch of imagination. There are clear holes in the logic of his arguments, miss-quoted facts, biased data, and utter disregard of statistical factors in data accuracy.

Most of Mr. Hancock's argument relies on logic equivalent to: "An excellent cook must also be an achieved molecular biologist so to take advantage of the folding of protein molecule structure under the influence of heat".

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Best Book Ever

Finally finished it.. I'm not very good at reading, I don't give myself time to do it but with the audiobook was very easy for me. Loved it. I would recommend to everyone who wants to open his/her mind to a different reality, different history. Understanding it will give you enough arguments to feel you finally understand the world and civilizations.

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Great book with excellent narration!

I loved every moment of this book! If you're interested in ancient civilizations you should listen to this book. Hancock presents fascinating theories supported by sound research and clear conclusions. He also does and excellent narrarion.

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Dragged

Very interesting book. Could have been a lot shorter. When he goes into numbers and scale of things the math gets mind boggling

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Repetitive

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No I would not. Too many outlandish stories that were manipulated to tie into worldly facts.

Has Fingerprints of the Gods turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Which character – as performed by Graham Hancock – was your favorite?

None

Was Fingerprints of the Gods worth the listening time?

Too repetitive!

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I was tired of hearing about the tall, pale, breaded white skinned man who roamed the world in a long robe, spreading peace and harmony. He was supposed to have taught the natives how to build their great temples, map the stars, create art, etc. The tall, pale, breaded white skinned man would appear out of nowhere, possessing great power, and was worshiped and regarded as a god by the natives he encountered. I guess the writer is implying that white skinned people are Extra-Terrestrials, because the tall, pale, breaded white skinned man was not of this world. No basis to the book. If you enjoy outlandish stories that are manipulated to tie into worldly facts, you will enjoy this book.

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Good but verbose

An enthralling book, but Graham ventures too far into speculation. Nonetheless, the consolidation of so many verified scientific facts does well for the mind to conceive of new possibilities for the past and the future. At times the argument devolves into what fits Graham's theory and not what is most likely, or he will take inconclusive data and draw a conclusion based on his "intuition." Still, a worthwhile prequel to Magicians of the Gods.

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So hard to follow

I love Ghram Hancock and his ideas, but why did he read this? it's impossibly hard to follow

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  • 06-29-16

'Is it unreasonable to assume?!'

Where to start, raises some interesting historical points but the whole book is case of painting a bullseye around where he's thrown his dart of research. The delivery is compelling but too many times I had to pause the narrative in order to stare into the distance at how easy he grouped events/ideas together merely because the facts didn't prove it wrong. If I hear 'Is it unreasonable to assume' one more time I might cry, the thoughts have no critical assessment and it ruins the basis of some interest points. I would recommend this if you're into a fiction based losely on facts.

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  • hws
  • 02-01-20

Should not be in non-fiction

This book is entertaining but widely condemned as nonsense. I would agree and I do not think it helps our society to attempt to pass off such conjecture as fact or even hypothesis. There are better ways to spend time

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  • VictorLeVaguer
  • 04-14-20

Hancock is a poor scholar.

A smorgasbord of cherry picking, outdated evidence, logical fallacies, and egotistical ramblings. Avoid like plague.

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  • Michael G.
  • 11-11-18

Some convincing arguments

Firstly I have to say that Graham Hancock is an excellent narrator. His tone and delivery are perfect for this material.
I was put off by the talk of crustal displacement very early on, but I persevered and listened through to the end.
I agree with Hancock that the giant-stone architecture of the Giza necropolis and that seen in central/south America ask questions of their origin. I was particularly impressed by the possible linkage of the precession ages: Bull, Ram, Fish to religious symbolism of that era. Obviously the Sphinx is a Lion and its link to the age of Leo points to its incredible age.
The key problem is exactly as his quitting researcher stated; where is the land mass where this pre-history civilisation developed? He rules out any now-submerged area and claims that Antarctica is the answer. Hmmmmmmm.
As a biologist I wonder about penguins and where they bred before Antarctica moved into position less than 20 000 year ago. Surely ice core data from the South pole would show seasonal-bands of hundred of thousands of years?
A 30 degree shift in both Arctic and Antarctic regions in a geologic heartbeat and no one else has noticed? Hmmmmmmmmmm.
Well at least he has a proper hypothesis we can test; the discovery of a megalith city on the Antarctic continent, perhaps with tools and instruments of complex alloys would certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. It would be great if it was true, another century or so and I am sure humanity will get this sorted out.
One question bugged me, surely any advanced civilisation would have worked out the heliocentric nature of our solar system? You can measure precession without knowing anything of heliocentrism. How come heliocentrism was not passed down at all in the myth-stories?
All food for thought, it is a pity that orthodox historians seem so dismissive, surely the response is to go look, not just ignore the question. Recommended.

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  • Kristijan
  • 03-22-20

Nice storytelling, but too many half-truths

I hoped this would rely on scientific thinking but also speculate about certain topics not yet fully understood. It is exact opposite - ignores all scientific thinking and provides straw man arguments. Speculating about past and providing alternative theories is not a bad thing, but it should not be done on false claims and half-truths (e.g. stating that certain maps depict some areas - even though that has been refuted or explained to not be so correct).

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  • SZ
  • 12-27-19

It would be great to add a pdf with pictures

The book is interesting, but when describing sites and locations a picture would be useful. Many audible books have PDFs with them and this one needs pdf with pictures for sure.

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  • Toby Owen
  • 03-26-18

Loved this book!

I have followed Grahams work for about a year now, mainly on Youtube but the level of detail in the books goes far beyond a two hour presentation. I bought a physical copy of this book too but was struggling to get through it, this audiobook, however, is much easier to follow.

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  • Dakka
  • 06-02-19

Apocryphal

Greatly significant to our times. A spoiler alert for the planet and for those who choose not to believe or perhaps ignore that we may just have been here before..!
Ironically, if you are put off by the title, this really isn't about aliens or gods... it is about us.

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  • Ragne
  • 03-08-21

Uhm.. What?

Is this supposed to be non-fiction?
Here's an example of his reasoning: Orthodox historians (you can just feel his contempt of historians) think the people in some ancient art are holding incense. Hancock however, have a "distinct feeling" they're holding some mechanic instrument made if metal. So that's what he works on.
He sneers less of theories of alien landing strips than he does "mainstream historians and archaeologists".

Two stars because the narrator is good. But I'm giving up on this before I sprain my eyes from rolling them, or break a tooth from gnashing them.

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  • rajio baggio
  • 11-24-16

excellent book

I read this book about 10 years ago and it channel the way I think about history. it was great to listen to it again being narrated by the author.

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  • Josh
  • 01-31-18

Fiction

So much of the basis of this book has been refuted and disproved. It was incredibly frustrated to hear the certainty of the authors opinions, which he often started as irrefutable, and the mockery with which he treats scientists whose conclusions don't suit the narrative of his story.
Parts of this book are very interesting, if you can stomach the smugness of the authors narration.
It's prefaced with the disclaimer that he "only wanted to start the conversation" but this is, of course, only marginally true. The author is convinced of this narrative and imagines he is a truth bringer to the world.

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  • Thomas
  • 07-21-16

Phenomenal!

Gripping from start to finish. Graham is a master storyteller and a truly unique thinker.

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  • Gene W
  • 02-12-17

Bad

Completely wasted my time with unsupported conjecture and conclusions far fetched and lacking any evidential proof.

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  • 01-30-17

Very repetitive

While probably the underlying aim of the book, it is just the same thing over, and over again, with little letting up.
I got about 1/3 of the way though and decided 'enough is enough' - you've made your point.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-16-19

Outstanding

I loved this book The narration was great and spoken very well. The forgotten history and the incredible information collated was truly astounding.
I was a bit overwhelmed by some of the conclusions however it has pushed me into find more on the subject.

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  • Sammee
  • 02-28-18

It felt like a chore

I've heard Graham Hancock interviews that left me thirsting for more. This did not. In fact I didn't finish it. Dull and lifeless in performance which for me at least killed any real chance of engaging with the content.

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  • Maciej
  • 04-29-21

amazing and very interesting book

I loved it. the facys that Graham brings to light, just amazing. I will be listening to his second book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-20

Mind freaking blown

Amazing narration & factual evidence,
Completely changed my views on ancient history & how dogmatic modern science culture is

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  • Flumpelstilskin
  • 07-05-19

I see the world differently now!

I loved this book. For all free thinkers willing to accept we might not be as clever as we think we are. certainly a lot of speculation within but some of the infornation should really have you scratching your head about why mainstream science isn't considering these ideas more seriously. I certainly feel the arguments here paint a very interesting historical perspective for serious consideration. A great read, worthy of anybody's time

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  • Emma Swanwick
  • 11-29-22

answers many questions that need answering

this book is captivating. it' pieces together many elements that most of us would be ignorant of. it answers some of my questions too. the measurements of the pyramids of Egypt and the maths behind it is fascinating, and then to see the same concepts occured around the world and on a time line hitherto ignored by the archeologists geologists and religious skeptics. it's logical, brilliantly orated and never gets boring. I had to go back over a number of sections as I didn't want to miss anything and wanted to test out what the author was suggesting. the science is compelling, the assumptions made are not wild, but considered. having taken some of the Richard Dawkins books that are I testing but can get bogged down and looses my interest, Mr Hancock just keeps delivering. his style and presentation is a real pleasure.
if you have any Interest in pre history and it's message to present day, then this should be your starting point.