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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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sweet past

loved it. I gained sweet understanding of the culture and encouraged to seek more . Thank you!

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History You need To Know

A fascinating history revealing book, well researched. My thanks to this author for this book and to the dealer at Amazon who made it available to me.

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Informative and Very Well Described

Absolutely fantastic book. The information is very compelling. The writing and narrating is fantastic. This book is highly recommended.

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An outstanding book

I don't give many 5-star ratings, but I don't see how this book could be any better. The history is fascinating, the writing is always fluent and interesting and the history is very thoroughly researched.

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Very Well Documented

How amazing is to find a book on Mayan history that is great to read and also puts you in the context of the events that happened during the time the ruins were found. I am Guatemalan and I learned so much from the history of my country. I liked the information of the places, it makes you feel you are there. Very well documented!

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Absolutely Wonderful

Absolutely wonderful. Having worked in this region many years ago I visited some of the sites such as Kopan. The background and sidebar information also helped in my understanding of this amazing part of the world.

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A Plain Historical Book

Very gripping and well written. The excitement of the author is truly addicting. If you like historical books, you'll enjoy this.

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Maya Civilization

Excellent, well researched and engaging and one of the greatest books written about Maya Civilization. I liked the part, about the Mundo Maya.

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Reasonably Good

It is a balanced book about Maya Civilization. I like the approach of this author here. Anyone with any interest in the history of early civilizations, particularly in the Western Hemisphere should read this book.

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A Must-Have Book

The book is a must-have for anyone interested in the Mayan civilization and its amazing architecture. The entire story of the discovery of the ruins by this author is fascinating.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Zarqa
  • 12-03-17

A must listen for the novices here.

What did you like most about Maya Civilization: A Captivating Guide to Maya History and Maya Mythology?

The narration is fabulous.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Duke Holm the narrator.

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This book is a good read for someone who wants to get a basic knowledge of the Mayans. I believe it would lead the reader to go into further reading of these marvelous, ahead of their time people. The book leaves you hungry for further knowledge of the Mayans.

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  • Ranjan
  • 12-01-17

The book contains great info.

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If you are looking for a book with the history of the Mayans, this is your book. The book contains great information for history lovers.

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  • Fredrik
  • 12-01-17

More than cool stuff here!!!

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This book rocks and has all you need to know about three cultures in one