• Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilisation – the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-10-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Coronet
  • 4.7 (167 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

"A great yarn...[Hancock] is a writer with a first-rate feel for colour and ambience..." (Sunday Times)
"Hancock's book is an absorbing big-picture analysis as well as a cautionary tale." (Nexus Magazine)

Publisher's Summary

Graham Hancock's multimillion best seller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilization. Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light....

Near the end of the last Ice Age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier broke into multiple fragments. Some of these struck the Earth, causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. At least eight of the fragments hit the North American ice cap while further fragments hit the Northern European ice cap. The impacts, from comet fragments a mile wide approaching at more than 60,000 miles an hour, generated huge amounts of heat which instantly liquidized millions of square kilometers of ice, destabilizing the Earth's crust and causing the global deluge that is remembered in myths all around the world.

A second series of impacts, equally devastating, causing further cataclysmic flooding, occurred 11,600 years ago, the exact date that Plato gave for the destruction and submergence of Atlantis. The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as 'the Sages', 'the Magicians', 'the Shining Ones', and 'the Mystery Teachers of Heaven'. They travelled the world in their great ships, doing all in their power to keep the spark of civilization burning. They settled at key locations - Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, Baalbek in Lebanon, Giza in Egypt, ancient Sumer, Mexico, Peru, and across the Pacific, where a huge pyramid has recently been discovered in Indonesia.

Everywhere they went these 'Magicians of the Gods' brought with them the memory of a time when mankind had fallen out of harmony with the universe and paid a heavy price. A memory and a warning to the future...

For the comet that wrought such destruction between 12,800 and 11,600 years may not be done with us yet. Astronomers believe that a 20-mile wide 'dark' fragment of the original giant comet remains hidden within its debris stream and threatens the Earth. An astronomical message encoded at Gobekli Tepe, and in the Sphinx and the pyramids of Egypt, warns that the 'Great Return' will occur in our time....

©2015 Graham Hancock (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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So good. So much information.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Profound and extremely interesting. There is such an abundance of overwhelming information in this book that left me with an even greater respect for the ancient civilizations of earth. And I also couldn't help but to feel a strong sense of spirituality after concluding everything and in my own intellectually frail attempt to tie it all together. But the message was very clear in the end. Great work Mr.Hancock!

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The future history of our past!

Having heard so much about this subject matter and read around it, it has been highly anticipated. Delivered by Graham Hancock himself, it was a real treat, who else can do his book more justice!?

A fascinating account to our own human evolution of civilisation that raises some very important questions. This alternative take on history needs to become main stream and the history books need to be re-written. These theory's have been gathering speed and continue to do so, with a range of factual scientific evidence that grows everyday.

Graham Hancock does an excellent job of drawing together information from a variety of fields and sources, and adds to this his imagination of what may of come before us.

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Really thorough research

If you could sum up Magicians of the Gods in three words, what would they be?

fascinating, thorough, disturbing

What other book might you compare Magicians of the Gods to and why?

Noam Chomsky? The overall attention to detail when it comes to backing up data can be a little painful and dry.

What about Graham Hancock’s performance did you like?

He's a great narrator

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

not necessarily - it made me want to look things up

Any additional comments?

I think that people trying to debunk his work made him overly thorough and perhaps a bit dry. It reads (listens) like an academic text. I want to applaud him for all the hard work on bringing all that information together. I found it really interesting and it left me with a sense of deeper understanding of things.

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Authors: Please stop narrating!

Love Hancock and his work. His narration, however, is challenging to get through. Hard copy!

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A real look at our collective history

A revelation in our world history that should not be ignored. Thank you Graham Hancock.

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great book !

really great book and the fact graham narrated it made it that much better . look forward to his future work

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this book is insightful: world view changed

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

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breathtaking

So worth a listen. Mr Hancock is a beautifully and refreshingly honest person who exemplifies what it means to be open to new ideas and think objectively. such thought provoking ideas!! Cheers!!

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Very interesting

Must be checked out. Very informative, thought provoking information!! Great listening for anyone interested in ancient civilizations and the younger dryas.

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Earth Shattering!

Fascinating theory of prehistoric events which legitimately challenges accepted ideas and theories. Thanks for another well researched and written, mind expanding book Graham!

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  • 12-14-15

great

was a good book really interesting and up my street some bits I got lost on but he always summarised it up and I found it a joy to read. top book

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • SaxonSpirit56
  • 10-16-15

Our future in our hands

This is a superb book, and an admirable follow up to Hancock's previous books. Maybe a little worrying, but definitely thought provoking.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 12-01-15

Gets you thinking.....

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this to a friend....it's an interesting and well-reasoned trek through a few millennia of what MIGHT have been.

What did you like best about this story?

I'm of the stout belief that you can't always believe what the mainstream scientists and 'experts' tell us, and I find it refreshing to hear a well rounded, well researched argument for the idea that we're not the first ones to inhabit this big wide world!

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I read Graham Hancock's 'Fingerprints of the Gods' a few years ago and that piqued my curiosity about whether or not mainstream science is in fact telling us all it knows about 'us' and the planet we live on. I found that book a real eye opener and, although I've seen plenty of 'experts' debunk what was written, I still see that book as a well-reasoned argument about us not knowing everything there is to know about how we got here and what has happened to the planet in the short space of time that we (humans) are supposed to have been around.<br/>In Magicians of the Gods, Graham Hancock expands on his original book and brings forward a lot more ideas and evidence of his being right in the first place. To my mind this is not done in an extremist nor amateur way, but with proof and well reasoned arguments as to what he has seen and researched. There will always be 'educated' scholars who will try to argue that if someone says something contrary to their ideas, then those arguments MUST be false because whoever came up with those ideas aren't in the mainstream gang. However, saying that, I find it much more interesting that people like Graham Hancock can make me think that he's on to something out of the ordinary. To that end, this is a very interesting read which I would recommend to anyone with even the slightest interest in 'alternative theories' about who we are and where we came from.

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  • Mr B.
  • 10-07-15

Just brilliant

Be warned, you may have to call in sick once you press play! Mystical, factual, methodical, scientific and slightly alarming. Probably one of the best and arguably, most important books of today. I will deffinately be keeping a close eye on the sky!!

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  • Etienne-Paul
  • 09-15-15

Massive improvement on Finger Print of the Gods

I have followed Graham's works since the mid 90s with a mixture of wonder and disbelief. Many of his concepts are so far from the realms of modern understanding that they instantly get dismissed as crazy.
Many of his previous works held for me a kernel of truth surrounded by lots of ideas that I either did not follow, or found to be less than convincing.
However this book is most certainly his best, aided by further research and discoveries by mainstream science and I both followed and agreed with his reasoning throughout.
In addition he has a very easy to listen to voice which placed emphasis exactly where the author intended it to be placed giving a much more complete vision of the work than would have been the case if an alternate narrator had been used.
Recommended to all except the close minded.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Gill
  • 12-07-15

The story of mankind (an alternative history)

A fascinating romp through the history of mankind via the most mysterious megaliths on the planet. Mr Hancock uses history, science and legend to show evidence and plausibility for a highly civilised society having been wiped out many thousands of years ago. This is a scholarly book which should not be dismissed lightly by academia.
Read by the author the only irritation is his strange habit of changing the vowel sounds in some words.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr S Oliver
  • 11-03-15

Engrossing and Compelling

I found this totally engrossing and compelling. The facts and interpretations presented cast a whole new light on our pre-history and our near future. It questions some of the weaknesses in the scientific approach which have resulted in partisan and irrational arguments being applied to ridicule and dismiss reasonable, and in fact compelling, interpretations of the facts available that are consistent with stories passed down by our ancestors from around the globe. This points to an advanced civilisation being all but wiped out by a comet impact around 12000 years ago and warnings that the same comet may be returning on a collision path in the near future. This book is a brilliant call to arms for the world to unite and avoid this potential catastrophe.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • olver back
  • 10-19-15

Another fantastic piece of work from Mr Hancock

A continuation of a body of work that has opened my eyes on so many levels!
I salute you sir on a job very well done :)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • T. Geoghegan
  • 12-06-15

A Fascinating Subject and Engaging Performance

Where does Magicians of the Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I doubt the audio version of this book would have been so captivating, were it not for Graham Hancock, narrating Magicians of the Gods, himself. He is truly engrossed in the subject matter and his knowledge and passion are delivered in a way that I have not heard in other audiobooks; where there may often be a trace of insincerity in the reading.

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  • Diccon C.
  • 12-03-15

A must Read

I can't get enough of Graham Hancock's work it truly is remarkable. So many questions from the past left unanswered and brushed under the carpet by the so called experts that believe they know everything. Hancock explores our past and points out so many hidden truths that have been bypassed. Before I found out about Graham hancock (from a Joe rogan podcast) I had no real interest in history, but now I am hooked because of this guy. This book will really open your eyes and make you wonder about our past and ancient origins.

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  • Philip I. Kyson
  • 10-12-15

Do yourself a favour and read this!

Graham Hancock is defiantly on to something. A brilliantly researched easy to listen to in my case, I'm sure just as impressive to read book. I been studying ancient human history as a hobby for years now. I feel Hancock draws together an excellent picture that combines and ties in so much of what I've come to realise myself about hunan history. We aren't being tould the truth about our beginnings. Hancock has certainly helped in correcting this, I'm certain this book is a turning point in our collect consciousness. A must read for all...

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris Hardwicke
  • 11-07-15

Provocative and thought provoking.

Well presented, well reasoned and balanced delivery of opinion and findings. A must for anyone who cares about who we are, where we came from and where we're going.

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  • Sam
  • 01-04-17

Incredibly insightful

This book may be the most important account of historical synergy ever written. The incredibly well read and researched Graham Hancock has surely written such an eye opening account as to open the eyes of humanity, allowing us to ask all the right questions, in search of our new and measures path into the future.

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  • Justin
  • 11-20-16

enthralling

Absolutely fantastic book, i was hooked start to finish. I dont generally write reviews but i find this book worthy. ill be visiting some of the sites talked about in this book next year on a holiday to South America and my holiday just got a whole lot more interesting having read (listend to) this book.

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  • chris
  • 10-13-16

Magical

Graham nails it here, mankind would do well to listen. The facts presented here do reestablish what we think we know.

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  • Rick
  • 10-06-16

Must read! We need more books like this!

An excellent compilation of evidence regarding our ancient origins. Warning...you may want to travel the world after reading this!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-14-16

Really enjoyable book. So interesting!!!

Great when you have the author himself! ! Realk y intersting subject... and this just makes me want to delve deeper. Will definately be reading more books from Graham Hancock!!!

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  • Jeff Northam
  • 10-28-15

loved it.

loved it, the man is articulate and has an amazing mind recommend to anyone and everyone

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-17

A great listen

Graham leads the listener through various ideas surrounding the ancient megalithic structures around the globe with his thoughts and impressions of their true nature.

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  • Louis
  • 11-01-17

Well worth your time

Reasonable and well argued. well written and well read. it'll help pausing every once and a while to google some pictures and a few Wikipedia definitions, but it'll blow your mind without a doubt. Hancock is very convincing.