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Underworld

The Mysterious Origins of Civilization
Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
Length: 31 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Graham Hancock, best-selling author of Fingerprints of the Gods, comes a mesmerizing book that takes us on a captivating underwater voyage to find the ruins of a lost civilization that's been hidden for thousands of years beneath the world's oceans.  

While Graham Hancock is no stranger to stirring up heated controversy among scientific experts, his books and television documentaries have intrigued millions of people around the world and influenced many to rethink their views about the origins of human civilization. Now he returns with an explosive new work of archaeological detection. In Underworld, Hancock continues his remarkable quest underwater, where, according to almost a thousand ancient myths from every part of the globe, the ruins of a lost civilization, obliterated in a universal flood, are to be found.  

Guided by cutting-edge science and the latest archaeological scholarship, Hancock begins his mission to discover the truth about these myths and examines the mystery at the end of the last Ice Age. As the glaciers melted between 17,000 and 7,000 years ago, sea levels rose and more than 15 million square miles of habitable land were submerged underwater, resulting in a radical change to the Earth's shape and the conditions in which people could live. Using the latest computer techniques to map the world's changing coastlines, Hancock finds astonishing correspondences with the ancient flood myths.

Filled with thrilling accounts of his own participation in dives off the coast of Japan, as well as in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Arabian Sea, we watch as Hancock discovers underwater ruins exactly where the myths say they should be-sunken kingdoms that archaeologists never thought existed. Fans of Hancock's previous adventures will find themselves immersed in Underworld, a provocative book that provides both compelling hard evidence for a fascinating, forgotten episode in human history, and a completely new explanation for the origins of civilization as we know it.

©2002 Graham Hancock (P)2019 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Graham Hancock is no stranger to controversy. The former journalist, whose books have sold five million copies in the past 10 years, has repeatedly dared to challenge scientific shibboleth, taking a run at entrenched thinking in archeology, geology and astronomy." (The Globe and Mail)

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Fascinating

I am a fan of Graham Hancock. The information conveyed is interesting and important. However, it could have easily been edited down to about a quarter of its present length. It reads like cut-and-pasted journal entries.

Also, with the Audible edition you do not get any photographs or especially maps. Since the whole thing depends a lot on "inundation maps" showing coastlines at intervals in the past, if you can't see those maps, it's really annoying. Audible should provide a supplemental pdf with the maps and photos. There isn't one and they didn't respond to my message asking about it. So, don't buy the Audible version of this book, buy the print version instead, so you can see the maps. (Or buy both if you are determined to listen rather than read.) I did not return the book since I did enjoy listening to it, and I got my money's worth, but I felt that I should have gotten the maps too, as they ARE part of the book.

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wow what a great book

I just wish the was an update for 2019. so much had happened since 2002 and I'll bet that more had been found and better research had been done.

this book really covers all the angles and uses science and logic to rule out imaginative explanations for their findings.

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Richly descriptive and utterly compelling.

A masterful balance of the pragmatic neutrality of a journalist combined with great storytelling. Hancock weaves a compelling and thoughtful thread though the shroud of our common and truly ancient history.

a must-read for anyone not satisfied with the accepted and limited dogma of the main stream yet not willing to drink the alien DNA koolaid.

Five Starts across the board.

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A plethora of detailed research.

Whether you believe Graham's theory or not the detail research he has done and the mass of information presented culminates in an astonishing read.

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more than i ever knew

there is so much here that i will have to get a paper copy and study it. I can only retain a fraction of it.

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Amazing!

Like all that is produced by Graham - it is simply amazing and keeps you captivated until the very last minute! Thank you!

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  • Matthew m.
  • 03-26-19

amazing,

It's an amazing book, great research! I was gripped throughout! would highly recommend it. great

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  • Scott
  • 05-06-19

Great book.

Another great book from Hancock. I will be listening to it again at least once more.

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  • Mark
  • 04-18-19

Fascinating.

Hancock doesn't disappoint in his explanation of the antediluvian flood of 2000 years ago. There's a lot of detail that's hard to wade through at times, but his overall case is compelling and fascinating.

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  • Chris
  • 04-04-19

waiting for the next one

I hope GH never stops his quest and never stops writing. Great stories from GH. Performance was exceptional too.