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The Gods Were Astronauts: Evidence of the True Identities of the Old 'Gods' [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Erich von Daniken , Kevin Foley
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April 26 2011
Erich von Däniken has exhaustively researched and analyzed the great world religions, their myths and belief structures, in an effort to find an answer to a question that has fascinated humans for millennia: who, or what, were the Gods described in ancient stories?

His extraordinary conclusion? The Gods were not metaphysical beings born of humanity's overactive imagination, but extraterrestrials who left traces of their presence everywhere on Earth.

The book includes:

—The suggestion, based on a thorough examination of ancient texts, that alien beings employed high-tech vehicles in epic aerial battles

—Compelling evidence that the Gods used awesome weapons of mass annihilation, both against themselves and humankind

—A radical new interpretation of evolution on Earth that contradicts both established religions and modern science

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About the Author

Erich von Daniken is the author of the worldwide bestseller Chariots of the Gods and its follow-up, The Eyes of the Sphinx, in addition to over two dozen other books.

Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over 150 audiobooks, and he won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly the same old stuff Jan. 19 2004
Format:Paperback
This book seems to be a collection of scattered thoughts that have only a small thread of commonality, and it's not all about ancient astronauts.
Von Daniken begins by describing his own concept of what "God" is, namely an infallible, timeless, omnipresent and omnipotent spiritual being. He then points out some of the inconsistencies of the Old Testament that contradict this concept, and concludes that the Biblical God can't be the real deal. All this has been covered before by others, though he doesn't get into the specifics of god comparisons that authors like Sitchin have done.
Chapter two deals with apparitions and miracles associated with Mary, the Mother of God. He says that any theologian worth his PhD knows Jesus wasn't God, therefore there's no Mother of God, therefore these miracles must be caused by someone else. He suggests that perhaps there's an extraterrestrial power at work doing this stuff. Uh huh... OK, Erich.
By now you're half way through the book (there's only 4 chapters), and nothing's been said about gods from space.
Chapter three talks about the religion and archetecture of the country of Myanmar (Burma). It seems their temples all look like golden spaceships or something. (Yawn)
The last chapter is the meat of the book, where he writes about the gods of ancient India, and the tremendous volumes of stories that exist in their literature. Flying craft the size of cities, celestial battles and outrageous weapons of the gods. That's what I bought the book for, but I'm not sure it was worth the price.
Throughout this book, Von Daniken gets on his soap box and preaches about how the scientific, religious, and media communities squash any free thinking that falls outside the mainstream. The Vatican lies about what they know (really?), Archeologists hide anything that could counter conventional thought, etc, etc. Yes, we know this. But (sorry, Mr. Von Daniken), nobody who reads this book will ever be able to change that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly the same old stuff Jan. 19 2004
By D. Cullen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book seems to be a collection of scattered thoughts that have only a small thread of commonality, and it's not all about ancient astronauts.
Von Daniken begins by describing his own concept of what "God" is, namely an infallible, timeless, omnipresent and omnipotent spiritual being. He then points out some of the inconsistencies of the Old Testament that contradict this concept, and concludes that the Biblical God can't be the real deal. All this has been covered before by others, though he doesn't get into the specifics of god comparisons that authors like Sitchin have done.
Chapter two deals with apparitions and miracles associated with Mary, the Mother of God. He says that any theologian worth his PhD knows Jesus wasn't God, therefore there's no Mother of God, therefore these miracles must be caused by someone else. He suggests that perhaps there's an extraterrestrial power at work doing this stuff. Uh huh... OK, Erich.
By now you're half way through the book (there's only 4 chapters), and nothing's been said about gods from space.
Chapter three talks about the religion and archetecture of the country of Myanmar (Burma). It seems their temples all look like golden spaceships or something. (Yawn)
The last chapter is the meat of the book, where he writes about the gods of ancient India, and the tremendous volumes of stories that exist in their literature. Flying craft the size of cities, celestial battles and outrageous weapons of the gods. That's what I bought the book for, but I'm not sure it was worth the price.
Throughout this book, Von Daniken gets on his soap box and preaches about how the scientific, religious, and media communities squash any free thinking that falls outside the mainstream. The Vatican lies about what they know (really?), Archeologists hide anything that could counter conventional thought, etc, etc. Yes, we know this. But (sorry, Mr. Von Daniken), nobody who reads this book will ever be able to change that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Material is excellent; narrator is terrible! July 18 2011
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
This review is for the audio version, purchased at Audible.

While Erich von Daniken's material is EXCELLENT and definitely worthy of 5 stars, the narrator was so bad (IMO) that I am having a hard time finishing this one. It may just be a personal idiosyncrasy, but I think this narrator does a great job of making the material seem BORING, with his antiquated non-expressive reading and phony-sounding radio-announcer voice... makes my ears gloss over after just a few minutes and leaves my mind wandering. It reminds of the most boring of educational films I saw in school as a kid... like the ones from the 1950s... awful!

I am going to buy the Kindle version (I hope there is a Kindle version!) of this book and read it myself, as I know the content is fascinating - I just can't stomach the narration. Wish I could give this book the 5 stars that the book deserves, but with this narrator, I just can't.

The other Erich von Danikon audio-book (Twilight of the Gods) that I purchased at the same time as this one is EXCELLENT (as is the narrator) and I do plan on purchasing at least one more (probably more) of this author's audio-books - but will definitely listen to the samples first to make sure the narrator is good!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one July 20 2008
By Erik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Von Däniken has an interesting theory about the ancient gods. It is a theory worth reading and thinking about. No one knows what the true is; maybe the Bible is right, maybe von Däniken, maybe.....
1.0 out of 5 stars The author is obsessed with his theory Jan. 19 2014
By Gera - Published on Amazon.com
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This man is totally obsessed with his "alien theory" and everything he reads or hears has to do with ancient aliens coming to earth. Don't waste your time and money, you will get bored before you reach the middle of the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Provocing Nov. 12 2012
By Derek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book "the Gods were Astronauts" is a very interesting book to read.
Quite a new way to look at things.

I would however suggest reading the Book "Chariots of the Gods?" first.

Cheers Derek.
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