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Chariots of the Gods

Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx. But here is where it all began---von Däniken's startling theories of our earliest encounters with alien worlds, based upon his lifelong studies of ancient ruins, lost cities, potential spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to extraterrestrial intervention in human history. Most incredible of all, however, is von Däniken's theory that we ourselves are the descendents of these galactic pioneers---and the archaeological discoveries that prove it:

  • An alien astronaut preserved in a pyramid
  • Thousand-year-old spaceflight navigation charts
  • Computer astronomy from Incan and Egyptian ruins
  • A map of the land beneath the ice cap of Antarctica
  • A giant spaceport preserved in the Andes
©1968 Erich von Daniken (P)2011 Tantor

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  • Mad
  • 27-11-2016

Fascinating

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

Fascinating perspective on history. Loved it. Have recommended it to several friends. Certainly a conversation starter.

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

The 12th Planet by Zecharia Sitchin

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it was ok.

For the speed I usually use the narrator was not a option. maybe I am sensitive to the speed and accents but I found that I needed to slow the speed. as to the subject matter I thought there were some far fetching conclusions made that I did not agree with. An interesting read .

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great theory

written 50 years ago and still relevant, cant wait to listen to his other books

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great book that makes you ask questions of life.

he askes questions and doesn't say we were visited by extraterrestrial beings and by the end tou will do the same. i truly loved this book.

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great book, food for thought

Enjoyed this as a family book on road trips, fantastic food for thought and rather well read. We really enjoyed this book.

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This book is very in depth and an eye opener.

Truly an amazing book. Lots of information to feed ones own thirst for knowledge and excitement. Very easy to listen to well done.

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  • SherryO
  • 25-08-2019

The narrator was HORRIBLE!! I couldn't stand him!

I couldn't stand listening to the narrator! He was horrible!! I would much rather listen to someone else.

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  • Telebiopic
  • 05-11-2012

Makes for an interesting perspective

What did you love best about Chariots of the Gods?

The story is engaging and many a facts presented will make you yearn to corroborate from other sources. Much of the info is dated and the fantastical conjectures are not very believable every time. However it is the enthusiasm of the author and well translated by the reader which makes things interesting and not to mention that the authors thesis may be true to some extent as many of the Herculean feats betrays a higher intelligence in play. The amazing mathematics of the Giza pyramids and Mayan astronomical finesse cannot be attributed to tribe intelligence, if so where has this intelligence disappeared, as no doubt with all the modern scientific capabilities much of these architectures cannot be replicated.

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

To all the readers who might be interested, I will gladly suggest books by c.k.quartermain and Dr Patric Heron (few of ken johnson's) esp those related to aliens, ufo and nephilim etc which presents a similar case with a dramatically different flavour and replete with scriptural - historical cross-references. If you like chariots of god you will not fail to appreciate the solid thesis of these authors. Works of these authors are also available in audible.

Any additional comments?

This book is a pioneer work and should be read by all who get a nagging feeling about the incongruencies in ancient history. But beware the stuff in the book are mostly opinions and in the current times much more scientific & archaeological clarity is available freely on the Internet.

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  • Neal
  • 10-09-2012

Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!

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

Thought provoking theories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chariots of the Gods?

The general question...Why/How did our ancient ancestors on nearly every continent just CHOOSE to do things completely without reason or logic if other forces were NOT at work and yet have such similarities?

Which scene was your favorite?

No scenes as this is a book of theories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme reaction? No - but certainly fed my fire for answers of the "Big Picture" even more.

Any additional comments?

I've read a few dozen reviews about what people like & don't like about this book. I can agree with some, disagree with many others, but in my personal opinion what most of the reviews have in common that I believe is incorrect is the expectation that the author/researcher produced THE handbook with answers to the many mysteries of the 3rd planet from the Sun.I believe the author is just trying to get others to think about the same things and curiosities that the author himself found to be worth the time to correlate and explore knowing that no answers can be given. Just offering many more questions and how nearly all cultures from all over the globe have such similar things during a time when getting from one place to another took days, weeks, months, etc. And yet how much the varied people of the world have in common at the roots of their own cultures background.Also - this book was written about four decades ago and much has been learned since. Even more striking to me personally is how much has NOT been answered or determined in that same period of time. Is it because we as the race of humans cannot figure it out, or are their other forces making sure we do not learn truths that are not the generally accepted "truths". I was raised Catholic and in my lifetime I've learned personally just how much the church as an entity does NOT want people to know anything other than what a collected group of plain old human beings decided is what we SHOULD ONLY KNOW & TOLD TO BE THE ONLY TRUTH centuries after the Gospels and Bible were written by other humans who were there for the new Testament and some bits or the old Testament and to question is tantamount to blasphemy. Why should ANYTHING that was written by those who were writing about their personal experience in the time of Christ be edited, revised, or even omitted? Since this IS TRUE, how much else do the powers in control of the people of this planet not want us to know?

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  • Samuel
  • 23-07-2012

Revolutionary at the time but feeling a bit dated

Would you try another book from Erich von Daniken and/or William Dufris?

No I don't think so. I learned of him through Graham Hancock's books and also through Coast to Coast AM on the radio at night.

Would you recommend Chariots of the Gods to your friends? Why or why not?

No I don't think so. Too many of his conclusions have been questioned and overturned about specific items of proof in archaeology for his claims of ET contact in the past. Von Daniken was a visionary in his time but too many problems with him including convictions for fraud and some prison time.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes narration was fine

Did Chariots of the Gods inspire you to do anything?

NO. Other than read some more modern books on this subject.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-07-2011

good listen

Erich Von Daniken like or loathe him is enthusiastic and believes what he is saying. The audiobook is easy to listen to and an example of just let the topic draw the listener in and let all the other theatrical ploys be very minimal. William Dufris injects Mr. Von Daniken's enthusiasm into the read and even when I didn't agree with everything I went away feeling.... like I listened to a motivational tape. The future seemed exciting! As with any review on topics like this it comes down to sticking to one topic long enough to get all of the information,theory and evidence out. Mr. Von Daniken doesn't do that but the foreword does "clean up" a lot of the past arguments and greatly adds to the book. Great read.

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  • Robert
  • 20-11-2012

Great Stuff!

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for von Daniken and his books.

I read this book originally when I was very young. I thought it was interesting and inventive and lead me to read the rest of his books as he's written them. It also lead me to sample other books of alternative history, all of which has given me a better perspective of the world.

I don't think you have to agree with his conclusions to like the book, but it should help you learn how one individual began to ask questions of the world around him when the answers he was receiving weren't personally satisfying.

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  • Ryan
  • 15-10-2017

Terrible

This audiobook is terrible. The performance is enough to just bore you to tears. The overall authorship is nonsensical and the ideas he presents are just ridiculous. Steer clear.

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  • Wendygoodwitch
  • 29-12-2011

Extremely Thought-provoking

Author did a magnificent job of using extensive research to suggest plausible theories of visits by ancient alien space travelers, tying in legends and history from many different cultures around the globe. Some of his theories really hit home for me, suggesting explanations of events and circumstances that make much more sense than current poplular beliefs. This book was written many years ago, yet is still timely, and I'm only sorry that I took so long to discover it.

The narrator did a wonderful job of giving just the right inflection in his voice, inviting the reader to think.

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  • SteveWade
  • 02-06-2011

A must listen

This is a must for anyone with a keen interest in this subject the book is informative and very interesting. Erich von Daniken truely brings his theories to life. Easy to listen too, looking forward to listen to more of Erich's work.

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  • Andrea
  • 26-07-2020

A good, but dated, intro to the Ancient Aliens

I often heard about the author and this hypothesis. The books is worth listening it doesn't give answer but tries to suggest you question to issues the author find worth analysing. Of all the various Oopart the Piri Rey's as always fascinated me the most. same part of the book show their age but still a good one.

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  • Benjamin
  • 03-10-2016

A great listen!

The work of Mr Erich Von Däniken is amazing. The vision that is expressed is fascinating and it really makes you pause and think about aspects of our past and our future.

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  • Lee
  • 06-03-2020

Recommended to those with an open mind.

For those with an open mind and an interest in the origins of our ancient ancestors stories of god's, this book provides a different, non traditional explanation to many of the questions surrounding the perculiar traditions and beliefs of our ancestors. Many of our ancestors religious beliefs were the seed of modern religion and yet we know so little. Whether you agree or disagree with the points made in the book it makes for an interesting read just to look at our origins from a different perspective for just a few hours. I went into the book skeptical but some strong points are made and when I started to think about, it is being visited by an ancient alien race really any more strange than our beliefs of an all powerfull being that created the world in 7 days? There is limited hard evidence for either but one is accepted in modern culture and the other is seen as kookie even though there is a considerable amount of supporting historical documentation and archeological evidence to provide a strong enough argument to make it a possibility, as crazy as it may sound at first. I recommend this book, not just to those who "want to believe" but also for those who are open minded to alternative theories and interested in why our ancestors went to so much effort to pay homage to the gods, which layed the foundations for many modern day religions.

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  • Neil Tillotson
  • 07-01-2020

What an eye opener!

I was talking to my neighbour about pyramids and past civilisation so he lent me this book which I started then got the audible version. I was gripped from the first chapter and even have my own ideas. Needless to say I’ll be listening to his other books...... fantastic!

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  • LF
  • 20-01-2016

A must for anyone who wants an introduction to alternative historical events

This book holds its own in presenting a number of very probable and ironically more believable alternatives when looking back in time. It questions conventionally taught history using logic and probability and helps us realise we may very well have been much smarter in the past.

Read this then explore Graham Hancock, then ask to have a word with your history teacher...

This audio book is well narrated.

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  • Lee Calladine
  • 10-09-2020

Von Daniken is ahead of his time

I first read this book when I was a child and it was so fantastical that it verged on fiction, but the truth is far more realistic. Decades later and Von Daniken has become a trailblazer for his theories and gained scientific credence along the way. A must read for anyone who has an interest in the history of humans

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  • MAJ2316
  • 19-06-2020

Believable

Clever guy and makes things fit in a way I'd never thought of before. He could be so right. Keep an open mind as we all have with the religious books we read or been told about.

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  • janey whitehouse
  • 06-06-2020

excellent read

This book throws youre whole reality and wave of thought of the planet. I believe that we have to have been visited from beings from another planet, opened my eyes to so many different thought waves

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  • Roger-Michael Raad
  • 26-03-2020

Brilliant

For a book that was written so long ago, it is truly incredible, filled with thought provoking theories and details. Too bad man didn't reach Mars in September 1986 as predicted by scientists 🙃

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  • Ian warman
  • 20-02-2020

Very Interesting

Very Interesting, great read/listen. really worth it. Had this for the car and have been intrigued to research further. This has given great discussions with my Catholic wife.

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  • lee H.
  • 23-11-2019

good stuff

great book with lots of interesting theories to ponder over. well read in a soothing voice but can be quite difficult to follow at times depending on your knowledge of ancient archeological sites. Still... read 3 times now and would read again.