The Oldest Enigma of Humanity

  • by Bertrand David, Jean-Jacques Lefrere
  • Narrated by Jason Culp
  • 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thirty thousand years ago our prehistoric ancestors painted perfect images of animals on walls of tortuous caves, most often without any light. How was this possible? What meaning and messages did the cavemen want these paintings to convey? In addition, how did these perfect drawings come about at a time when man’s sole purpose was surviving? And why, some 10 thousand years later, did startlingly similar animal paintings appear once again, on dark cave walls? Scholars and archaeologists have for centuries pored over these works of art, speculating and hoping to come away with the key to the mystery. No one until now has ever come close to elucidating either their origin or their meaning. In their stunning audiobook and for the first time, David and Lefrre, after working together for years, give us a new understanding of an art lost in time, revealing what had until recently remained unexplainable - the oldest enigma in humanity has been solved.


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Customer Reviews

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Amazing conclusion that will change your views

Would you listen to The Oldest Enigma of Humanity again? Why?

I would actually listen to this one again, and plan to. There was an incredible amount of new information packed into such a short work.

What does Jason Culp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration was wonderful. The pronunciations did seem a bit off to me at times, but in no way did it detract from the book. He had a splendid voice and just enough gravitas.

Any additional comments?

This was right on the verge of being a 5 star book for me. The information inside is a paradigm shift in how we view humanities first artistic endeavor through painting/drawing on a 2-d surface (at least that we know of because it has survived). I've been reading and looking through these images for years, but the conclusions drawn by the authors have completely changed how we need to understand them. I can't believe a book less than 200 pages was able to teach me SO freaking much, and change the way I view the world in a small way.

I had to lower the rating for 4 stars because there was, I felt, an excessive amount of ego stroking involved by the author for his discovery. It struck me as more of a Victorian way of expressing how awesome he was at figuring something out. One could probably making a drinking game with one shot for each time the authors brings up the fact that no other scientists had even thought of his conclusion before. I completely understand and respect the thrill of discovery, but there was a tad too much hubris and ego stroking by the author for my tastes.

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- Daphne

Finally a plausible explanation

What did you love best about The Oldest Enigma of Humanity?

The cave paintings are stunning so where are the "apprentice" student sketches? The talent in these many many works seem to have been done by masters who left no developmental works. This is the first plausible explanation.

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- David "Hellicopter Man"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios