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  • Fingerprints of the Gods

  • The Quest Continues
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society. An intellectual detective story, this unique history audiobook directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 'Is it unreasonable to assume?!'

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-06-16

Some convincing arguments

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Firstly I have to say that Graham Hancock is an excellent narrator. His tone and delivery are perfect for this material.
I was put off by the talk of crustal displacement very early on, but I persevered and listened through to the end.
I agree with Hancock that the giant-stone architecture of the Giza necropolis and that seen in central/south America ask questions of their origin. I was particularly impressed by the possible linkage of the precession ages: Bull, Ram, Fish to religious symbolism of that era. Obviously the Sphinx is a Lion and its link to the age of Leo points to its incredible age.
The key problem is exactly as his quitting researcher stated; where is the land mass where this pre-history civilisation developed? He rules out any now-submerged area and claims that Antarctica is the answer. Hmmmmmmm.
As a biologist I wonder about penguins and where they bred before Antarctica moved into position less than 20 000 year ago. Surely ice core data from the South pole would show seasonal-bands of hundred of thousands of years?
A 30 degree shift in both Arctic and Antarctic regions in a geologic heartbeat and no one else has noticed? Hmmmmmmmmmm.
Well at least he has a proper hypothesis we can test; the discovery of a megalith city on the Antarctic continent, perhaps with tools and instruments of complex alloys would certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. It would be great if it was true, another century or so and I am sure humanity will get this sorted out.
One question bugged me, surely any advanced civilisation would have worked out the heliocentric nature of our solar system? You can measure precession without knowing anything of heliocentrism. How come heliocentrism was not passed down at all in the myth-stories?
All food for thought, it is a pity that orthodox historians seem so dismissive, surely the response is to go look, not just ignore the question. Recommended.

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  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,253
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,211

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

Utterly superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-18

I am not that interested in literature or mythology but this book is just superb. It is the ony time I have immediatelt re-listened to the whole thing. The strength is that Stephen Fry is simply one of our greatest English narrators. He has re-interpreted the Greek myths and tackles head-on the sheer non-rationality of the stories by treating them as dramatic narrative tales. I was engaged and carried away by his treatment.
If I had a top one hundred books of all time this would be in there.
Very highly recommended. Well done Stephen!

  • Atomic Awakening

  • A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power
  • By: James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

The American public's introduction to nuclear technology was manifested in destruction and death. With Hiroshima and the Cold War still ringing in our ears, our perception of all things nuclear is seen through the lens of weapons development. Nuclear power is full of mind-bending theories, deep secrets, and the misdirection of public consciousness - some deliberate, some accidental. The result of this fixation on bombs and fallout is that the development of a non-polluting, renewable energy source stands frozen in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Futuristic, tense, stranger than fiction history!

  • By Jim Vaughan on 20-11-13

Great writing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-18

Mk 3 is pronounced mark three not M K 3. Otherwise a great book. Recommended.