Chariots of the Gods

  • by Erich von Daniken
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

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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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- Neal "MerlinFL"

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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- Samuel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-23-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio