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America Before

Narrated by: Graham Hancock
Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
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The concluding volume of the Fingerprints of the Gods trilogy. 

Could shattering secrets about the deep past of humanity await discovery in North America? 

Until very recently there was almost universal agreement amongst scientists that human beings first entered the Americas from Siberia around 13,000 years ago by walking into Alaska across the Bering landbridge. 

Thanks to scientific advances, and to archaeological and geological discoveries made in the past five years, we now know that the Americas were populated by humans for tens of thousands of years before the previously accepted date. Deeply puzzling and hitherto unsuspected genetic connections have also emerged - for example linking Native Americans both with Australian Aborigines and with Western Europeans. 

In the final volume of The Fingerprints of the Gods trilogy he puts the final piece of the jigsaw in place, proving that the great, technically advanced civilisation that flourished in Britain and Europe and throughout the world before the last Ice Age was centred in Northern America.

©2019 Graham Hancock (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Interesting Ride

I enjoyed listening to Graham Hancock read his theory. I loved the in depth analysis he presents. I was left unconvinced by the end of the book but I did enjoy the ride. He reads clearly in his lovely British Received Pronunciation.

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Great listen.

Lots of fascinating info that is up to date as of late 2018. I studied pre history in the early 2000s and haven't kept up to date with new developments. But this book made me look into some of the topics it brings up, making me realize so much has changed since I studied prehistory. This book is definitely worth a listen. Very detailed and meticulous research.

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deeply important

hancock has gone full empirical on this one almost playing into the hands of the established paradigm and teasing them with the facts of matter and the power of years and years of learned wisdom.
the end of the book is one the most clearly defined passionate outcries telling of the upsidedowness of the materialist word view and an emotional rationale for the true reality of what we call the esoteric but is actually just how things were for thousands of years in the human soul that allowed us to function as a connected inter species embedded in the cosmos

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All is not as we have been taught

Loved this book if only for the possibility that mainstream science might review it's thinking on how long humans have been around. It's time that we started telling a narrative that isn't so certain but one that starts with, as far as we know.

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another classic

thats a lot to take in. i will have another listen in a month or so.

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  • SBMusic
  • 04-05-2019

Graham does it again

very informative. fascinating and extremely interesting. great to hear it read by the author... which works well.

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  • Larry Reacher
  • 27-04-2019

Good Research, Scientic America stuff, but boring.

Firstly I have loved all Grahams previous works. I also thought the book interesting, but gave up on the
book about 8 hours in, that's my personal limit on listening to how old certain mounds of earth are in the USA.
To be honest I did not find the book, "entertaining" more a chore to read, hence 5 stars as its good material,
very well read also, but only 2 stars for story, its totally boring..

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  • Clay
  • 08-04-2019

Another Classic from Graham Hancock

I completely binged this audible. Graham is such an orator that it doesn't even seem like he's reading it. Almost as if he's memorised the whole book, adding genuine passion and emotion to his words.
He brings a new, ancient world to life that I'd never imagined, and gives the Native Americans the great respect and honour they deserve, highlighting the history that was robbed from them, and the world, following the European conquest.
The historical tracing in this book almost brushes us up against the lost civilisation humanity has obsessed over for thousands of years. So much evidence has been lost over time, but perhaps more awaits, and we'll find the truth if we keep on searching.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-2019

No photos

Usually Graeme's books include lots of photos of artifacts. I was expecting a PDF of the images to be included with this audio book, but there are none included. It would greatly improve the experience to be able to see the images.

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  • slipperychimp
  • 21-04-2019

More of the same

I was a little disappointed with Graham’s latest, I was expecting the final instalment to both bring new research and to conclude / wrap everything from the first two works together. What I got was more of the same, which if you’ve come this far is just a bit dull! Oh another mound in the USA that is impossible to imagine accurately, how thrilling!

The interesting part about the Younger Dryas Comet which in my view is the part that ties everything together, only forms about the last third or quarter of the book. And again, I think Graham mentioned this in Magicians of the Gods, so if you've done further research on this since, there’s no real new information provided here. Like the rest of the book it’s just packaged as a story of Graham’s globe trotting Adventures.

I also found by this final part Graham’s accent really started to grate. He has a posh English accent yet pronounced words like ‘data’ the American way, throw in really bizarre pronunciation of place names and by the end of the book I was glad it was over.

I’m trying to not be too harsh, but looking back I can’t really think of anything to latch on to that was ground breaking or new information. If anything, despite its length, there are things missing. Such as resent research showing human remains 130,000 years old in the Philippines, not sure how that would fit in to Graham’s theory.

The book just felt like it was lacking something, perhaps because I think he goes too far off course with unsubstantiated claims. For example, although I'm actually really an board with the use of Ayahuasca, talking about it in this installment was a bit much for me.

If you’re already familiar with Graham’s previous publications then you’ll want to listen just for the sense of completion, but don’t expect too much.

UPDATE 1st May 2019: Just listened to The Joe Rogan Experience, #1284 - Graham Hancock, released 23rd April 2019. The Podcast Episode is a discussion with Graham revolving around America Before. However... it is actually far more interesting, concise, and entertaining than the book itself. I recommend listening to the podcast first and if you're still thirsty for more, then dive in to the whole book.

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  • Paul c
  • 03-05-2019

Brilliant

Great book full of interesting prehistory. Another worth while read by Graham Hancock exploring the usual prehistory but this time referencing main land America as his point of interest. This highlights another area of prehistory’s advanced civilisations.

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  • Scott
  • 02-05-2019

Another great from Hancock.

Yet another well researched and executed book by Grahame Hancock. America before shows us how much damage the so called "Clovis first" model of the America's has done. This book has set a mark for which the Archaeological community needs to catch up to.

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  • Matthew m.
  • 24-04-2019

amazing

amazing work, gripped me from start to finish! I would defo recommend this book! A*

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2019

Hancock does it again

A remarkable journey. Loved it from start to finish. The only bad thing was it had to end.

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  • Graham
  • 10-04-2019

Excellent and thoughtful

Another excellent book beautifully read by Graham Hancock. Very compelling and somewhat technical in places this book brings into the light of day the latest scientific data from the Earth Sciences , genetics and anthropology with regard to America at the younger dryas event.

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  • Moneenroe
  • 15-05-2019

More genius from Graham Hancock

I would recommend this book to anyone serious about the pursuit of truth & knowledge of prehistory. Even if you’re dogmatic about mainstream academia and insular in your views you should read it. Its just brilliant. GH brings immense research, fairness and lots of common sense. Another Masterpiece.