Fingerprints of the Gods

The Quest Continues
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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  • 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Overall i enjoyed it ... there is always buts and ifs...

The narrator presents all the values and questionable architecture but i think somewhere and somewhat fails to connect the the dots to complete the picture or might he possibly be coming close to it ...and i can feel the effort he made to compile the knowledge he painfully gathered ... really would like to hear more...

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Definitely Worth Reading

The beginning and end are phenomenal. the middle seemed a hit redundant. Overall, a great read and would recommend to anyone.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Mr
  • 08-13-19

WOW

Mind opening and mind boggling. If you're interested in what has come before us, this book is a must.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-19

Must read

Must read if you are interested in Egypt.....and before. Amazing to think how far he's come since the release of this book!!

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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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  • Thomas
  • 07-21-16

Phenomenal!

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

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Alex Hartley
  • 06-12-20

Stunning

Absolutely loved it and learned so much, thanks Graham.
Can't wait to keep reading more of your work, peace to all. 🤙

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-20

Thought Provoking

If the ancient pyramids were indeed built to provoke thinking then then this book adds to that thought provoking and I’m now asking questions and thinking about things I have never thought about. I have an urge to visit the great pyramids and many other places and I highly recommend this book to every single person on earth.

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  • Goran
  • 04-23-20

A must read! Loved it!

Wow, just wow. A hair raising and extremely interesting journey of discovery. I can not recommend this book enough!
Want to know what happened in ore history?
Listen to this, you won’t regret it!

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  • Chris
  • 02-28-20

Brilliant

So much more encouraging than I expected
We’ll constructed and researched
Looking forward to getting the sequel
Highly recommended

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  • fish
  • 02-12-20

interesting idea

Very interesting idea though in the end not as convincing as Hancock would like. Well worth listening to.

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  • L. Doddy
  • 01-25-20

Wow. Amazing things to contemplate.

I couldn’t put it down. So well documented and researched I felt Graham always covered off the seemingly disparate topics perfectly. So many themes to take in (across so many disciplines) then bringing it all together as a whole. Luckily I felt I got the whole story in the end which was worth the entire read. Some reviews say repetitive and point taken early in but it’s ridiculous to stop and claim that. You’d be missing the actual point... so many “unexplained” things are intrinsically related across a relatively few correlation points.

Has changed my learning completely and I love the new knowledge which I now have next to the old conventional knowledge. I’m ready to listen either way. Really disappointing to understand that there’s a total reticence by mainstream archeology to take some of these ideas up and at least consider them or pass them along as possibilities.

Must read the next one now as a follow on from this is mandatory .

I only wish that with some areas hard to digest audibly with all the numbers and figures and no pictures in the audible version.... that those could at least be provided to look at! (Assuming original book had them).