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Underworld

The Mysterious Origins of Civilization
Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
Length: 31 hrs and 33 mins
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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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  • Steve
  • Newcastle, Australia
  • 13-06-2019

Very in depth

I love Graham Hancock. This book is very in depth. A lot of ideas that are heavily criticised by establishment figures but are very interesting and credible.

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  • Mark
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 18-04-2019

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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waiting for the next one

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

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  • Michael Beeson
  • 13-05-2019

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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  • mustachio
  • 25-03-2019

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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  • Copper Minehart
  • 26-04-2019

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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  • Sarah
  • 14-07-2019

Great Research & Outlook, OK Narrator

This book’s depth, breadth of knowledge, and intrigue are simply amazing. I feel like I’m reading an alternate history of our universe. I love this book.
The narrator... if you have a thing about pronunciation, maybe skip him. He has a pleasant voice, but it’s impossibly plummy. He pronounced all his “ti” (as in ‘question’) and “sh” sounds as “ch”. I can’t listen for too long at a time because this guy sounds like he’s auditioning for a role as a butler or something. Every word from his lips sounds pompous and self-important. It irritates me A LOT, but I really love this book, so I stuck with it and just gritted my teeth.

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  • Stephen Matthew Clements
  • 20-06-2019

Mind blowing material

My favorite thing about Graham Hancock is his ability to point at unexplained objects, ask what they are, and get told to shut up by mainstream "academics". :) It is a shame that he displays a more inquisitive spirit than the professors and professionals that bad-mouth his questions, but I am grateful Graham keeps asking the questions.

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  • Hans Rigelman
  • 13-06-2019

Very Detailed Ancient Under Water Discoveries

This is not another Chariots of the Gods book with wild speculations about ancient origins. This book contains a dedicated journalist's detailed account of some very peculiar structures found under water. The author discusses the finds with archeologists, geologists, anthropologists, and spiritual mythology experts from around the world. I learned a lot about the science of aging as well as the politics of competing views. It's better to read or listen with a cup of coffee, but not before bedtime. Can be a bit dry in some places.

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  • Kevin
  • 31-05-2019

Believe him or not, he makes a point

this is not the first Graham Hancock novel I've read. came across Graham while listening to a Joe Rogan podcast and I've been hooked on his theories ever since. his book clearly defines all the weird underwater structures that exist in archaeology wants to ignore. while still leaving the possibility that some of these structures are just natural coincidences. definitely a good listen, if you want to further in trench yourself in grand hancocks antedeluvian civilization theory

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  • Michael
  • 21-05-2019

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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  • James Ross
  • 16-05-2019

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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  • Stoyan
  • 25-04-2019

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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  • darren
  • 26-05-2019

Great content, lifeless narration.

A wonderfully interesting content spoilt by boring, lazy sounding narrator.
Please re-record with a person reading and not a bored robot.

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  • Matthew m.
  • 26-03-2019

amazing,

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

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  • mechanic44
  • 13-07-2019

great if you have trouble sleeping

great subject but so monotone and boring. poorly edited, it goes from chapter to chapter without taking breath. i have not read the hard copy and i dont think i would ever try

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  • Dr G.
  • 08-06-2019

Tantalising glimpses of an unacknowledged archaic world

A great theory well supported with facts and fiction.

Time and technology will inevitably cast more light.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-2019

underworld

Great book, Hancock walks the walk before telling his truth. Loved every minute of it.

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  • Scott
  • 06-05-2019

Great book.

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