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Erich von Däniken again shows his flair for revealing truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim---and he has the proof! In History Is Wrong, von Däniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decription since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible book of Enoch.

Von Däniken also unearths the astounding story of a lost subterranean labyrinth in Ecuador said to be home to an extensive library of thousands of gold panels. He supplies evidence that the metal library has links not only to the Book of Enoch but also to the Mormons, who have spent decades searching for it, believing it to contain the history of their forefathers. And what about the mysterious lines in the desert of Nazca that resemble landing strips when viewed from the air? Archeologists claim they are ancient procession routes. "Think again!" cries von Däniken, as he reveals the data that the archeologists never even thought to check. History Is Wrong will challenge your intellect---and maybe a few long-held beliefs, too.

©2009 Erich von Daniken (P)2011 Tantor
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Voynich Manuscript to nowhere

Von Daniken has been one of my favorites for years now. He courageous, incessantly inquisitive, and a smooth talker. It was, therefore, with some excitement that I began listening to this book - ready to receive the mysterious knowledge like an after dinner treat.
When Erich began about the Voynich Manuscript, I heard myself exclaim"Yippee."
It all became more intriguing when he brought Crespi's treasures and the Book of Mormons into play and I thought to myself "well this is going to get really interesting!".

Alas, Erich never brought the loose ends together; repeatedly getting off-track with sanctimonious recriminations against those who have treated him with disdain in the past. Of course, I get his frustration with the scientific community and his disgust with the lies and the attempted attacks at his credibility. However, if he wanted to write a book about that, then he should have called it like "The Abuse of Scientists Against Erich van Daniken", or something similar. Of course the title conveniently allows him to address his grievances surreptitiously, but I didn't appreciate his slight of hand at all.

In spite of repeated promises throughout the book to address the Voynich Manuscript enigma, he never does so, and conveniently lets it go for the last 50% of the book. So, after reading Erich's abbreviated notes on Voynich, what one knows about the manuscript is less than what can be gleaned from Google during a quick 5 minutes browse.

His frenetic hither and thither weaving seems to be specifically designed to confuse the reader into not noticing the large gaps and holes in his arguments and attempts to "set the record straight." Perhaps van Daniken should stop penning books now, or get a decent editor to read his work, and point out the vacuities in his arguments and prose.

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An assault to the ears

What disappointed you about History Is Wrong?

While the topic was intriguing the narration was hard to sit through, I kept hoping it would be less explosive as time went on but no such luck. Im not sure if he doing his imitation of the author or the newsreels of the 1930's.

Would you recommend History Is Wrong to your friends? Why or why not?

I'm afraid I would not recommend to my friends.

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Worst audio ever

Whoever thought this narrative was would make this rambling sound better has a very unique sense of taste. Play the sample , the persons yells like an old senior citizen with Alzheimer's. This book was very difficult to listen to. If you are interested in this alien influence subject just invest in chariot of the gods.

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boring

I personally love the subject/topic of discussion.
but both the writer and narrator are boring me to sleep. quite literally. i was driving and fell asleep.

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Clean your kitty litter instead- waste of time

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Conspiracy buffs, uncritical "swallow it whole" simple minded folk

What could Erich von Daniken have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it. The book is a compilation of myths built squarely upon speculation heaped on untruths, falsehoods, more guess-work and some old fashioned nonsense.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Allen Nelson?

Yes

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Good Book Ruined By Bad Reader

If you've seen Von Daniken in interviews and videos, you'd know that his tone is generally jovial and excitedly passionate. However, the reader of this audiobook would have you think that he is of a more grouchy, whining character. It's extremely unfortunate, especially since much of this book contains personal stories and a strong attempt to clear up past slander against the author. While I beleive the tone was intended to be playful and informative, the reader constantly sounds like he is annoyed and complaining. It does not reflect Daniken well, and I'm afraid it has the potential to scare off listeners who may be new to the author's work. Also, I found the forced fake accents while reading quotes to be distracting and distasteful.

As for the contents of the book, I definitely enjoyed it. If you're already familiar with Danikens work, it is yet another great read. However if you are new, I'd recommend reading Chariots of The Gods first.

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great book, bad narrator

as always with evd, fascinating stuff here. bad narrator, but you get used to it.

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Entertaining

What did you love best about History Is Wrong?

As usual Von Daniken doesn't disappoint. He's thorough and knowledgable. I only wish he would lose the chip on his shoulder when discussing how other's have disrespected him in his past.

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Insightful

I thought he spent to much time on his rant about the 2 guys in Ecuador. This is the only reason why i do not give him a perfect score.

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Fun. Interesting. Butt-hurt.

My first EvD book and the premise is interesting and the material well backed up and explained, but dang he does a lot of griping about things that happened to him; in great detail that just isn’t that necessary to continue the main thoughts of the book.

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  • 02-18-14

interesting ideas strung together randomly

What disappointed you about History Is Wrong?

The narration is so quick you don't have any time to take in the proposed ideas. And much as I like Von Daniken books, he asks so much of the reader here while saying every other idea that asks something of the reader is just wrong. Sans explanation why his should be the only idea you think of. At the end of the day they're all theories, but he doesnt even attempt to justify why his is the correct one.

Has History Is Wrong put you off other books in this genre?

No

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Allen Nelson?

Erich Von Daniken

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Very interesting thought idea.

Any additional comments?

His other books are better.

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  • James Wing
  • 06-09-16

It's not bad

Personally I prefer his actual theories to his angry rambling but interesting all the same.

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  • The Bonje
  • 03-11-22

Yet another great listen

Some people may struggle with the questionable yet practical thinking that Mr Daniken provokes you to. claiming the ties between religion are more frequent than originally believed. And as for the explanation to the book of Enoch, I mean WOW 👌 👏

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  • Shakkers
  • 02-05-22

A Very Good read.

I find Mr Von Danikens books are always a pleasure to read because he presents his evidence & his reasoning with warm enthusiasm & a twinkling humour but also with honesty & humility. A man for his time.

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  • Mark
  • 06-18-21

awful

couldn't finish more like a good old moan from EVD on how he's been treated over the years. Narrator is just awful, speaks too quickly. really really bad choice.

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  • colin adams
  • 03-08-21

enjoyable

yeah good informative info worth knowing, will listen again 👍 many years make this guy worth listening to.

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  • Iain Cignito
  • 03-22-20

Intriguing

If it was a book , l wouldn't put it down. When l first heard of EV Daniken l thought he was a nutcase!
But l decided to have an open mind.
Four books later and l have completely changed my mind.
I would recommend this and all other books of his. As a boy l saw the markings of Nasca and thought, airport! That memory is indelible
Glad l listened..

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  • 10-24-19

delusional self agrandisement

history is most certainly wrong but so is mr von daniken .muddled and incoherent some might like his rambling style but not me.