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In this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, and some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day.

In the first part of this audiobook, you will discover the origins of the Maya civilization and the Mesoamerican cultures that may have influenced them. You will find out why Maya (out of all the different tribes that existed in the region at the time) have captured the imagination of the West so much. The audiobook will reveal how they lived, ate, slept, whom they worshipped, and how they used herbal medicines and hallucinogenic plants to treat the sick.

You learn about their trading routes and rivalries with another famous Mesoamerican tribe - the Aztecs. The audiobook will go into the decline of the Maya civilization and how their rivalries with the Aztecs aided the victory of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, led by the famous Spaniard Hernán Cortés. You will also learn about the heroic efforts of the Maya to fend off the Spaniards, and why they were able to succeed at this task for much longer than the Aztecs.

The audiobook will also track down the Maya living today, a population that is still six-million strong and adhere to many of the traditions that their ancestors once held. The audiobook will also cover battle tales and gore of human sacrifice. All this and much more will be discussed so listen to this captivating audiobook now to learn more about the Maya Civilization.

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Detailed Book On Maya Civilization

I very much enjoyed this book. This book provided an excellent description full of detail. The book may not be for those unfamiliar with Maya and the history of the discovery of the Maya. It should be grabbed.

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Great book to grab...I highly recommend this book to all who like to read about different civilizations.

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Great Product

Great product. I was very happy with the purchase and quality. Thank you author and narrator.

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One Of The Best

One of the best!!! I knew nothing about the Mayan civilization or the two explorers, yet I was drawn into the book immediately. It was riveting from the very first chapter. It kept me involved till the las word spoken by this narrator.

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I was Unfamiliar

This is a history that I was unfamiliar with. Both the author and narrator have done a great job. Well described and a great book to listen.

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Fantastic, Great, Exciting

Fantastic, great, exciting. Not just a great history book, but extremely well explained. A must read for all interested in South America and its story.

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Great Topic To Learn About

It’s a fascinating topic and this author covers their history as well as many other facets of their lives. While the first part of the book is rather dense for those of us who don’t specialize in this field, the second half is easier going and addresses the Maya’s achievements, daily life and religion.

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I am satisfied

My interest in Maya astrology led me to this book, and it does contain chapters on the Maya philosophy of time as well as their gods and cosmology.

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Enjoyable

It was a great book to learn about the Maya civilization. Especially their religious beliefs are really exciting. I enjoyed it.

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I Found It Interesting

Thanks to what might have been optimistically described as an outdated university library I read an early edition, probably the first, of this book.

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  • James
  • 11-30-17

The book will track down the Maya living today.

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The book will disclose many things as how they lived, ate, slept, whom they worshipped, and how they used herbal medicines and psychedelic plants to delicacy the vile. The book will also track down the Maya living today, a population that is still six-million strong and adhere to many of the traditions that their ancestors once held. In among the battle tales and gore of human sacrifice, you will get some delicious cocoa recipes, Maya-style, that you can make at home.

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  • Cleveden
  • 12-04-17

It was new to me before listening to this book.

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This name was new to me and I was not sure about it then i got this book and listen, oh what a fabulous book and what great description provided by the author to me.

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  • Cotham
  • 12-04-17

True Adventure and Discovery...

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Amazing story of the lives, adventures and discoveries of two little known men. Their discoveries alone, if widely known and appreciated, would change American perceptions and appreciation of our neighbors to the south. Every American school child should learn of these two men and what they found.

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  • Mark
  • 12-04-17

Great, True, Adventure Story...

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I really had no idea about Stephens or Catherwood or their expedition into Central America, but Carlsen does a really good job of blending some background information about these two and their travels among the Mayan ruins.

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  • 12-04-17

Remarkable apart some issues.

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The art skills shown are more than remarkable especially considering that were made in the jungle and often with very poor light and deep shadows. I recommend this book and I hope to see the drawings in a media better than a Kindle audible book.

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  • Gosforth
  • 12-04-17

Brilliant Narrative of the Discovery of Mayan....

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Anyone with any interest in the history of early civilizations, particularly in the Western Hemisphere should listen to this book.

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  • Allerton
  • 12-03-17

Good starter book....

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Great book to give you a brief introduction into the Mayan history. But keep in mind you must have interest in this type of history otherwise you would feeling bore.

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  • Blue
  • 12-03-17

Brief Mayan History...

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If you'd like to know the basics of Mayan History, this is the book to start with. The gods, civilization, arts and beliefs are all here.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-03-17

Maya, the beauty of history.

If you could sum up Maya Civilization: A Captivating Guide to Maya History and Maya Mythology in three words, what would they be?

Beauty of history.

Have you listened to any of Duke Holm’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not yet

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Good read but not very deep. I will read more later as I just visited some Mayan ruins in Cozumel!

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  • Rashmoor
  • 12-03-17

The Basics of Mayan Civilization and Culture.

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Just the basics! Quick read if you're visiting as a tourist. Recommended for anyone needing a brief synopsis of the history and general knowledge.