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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5 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin on 03-10-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By LF on 20-01-16

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Telebiopic on 05-11-12

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Neal on 10-09-12

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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