The Eyes of the Sphinx

  • by Erich von Daniken
  • Narrated by Danny Campbell
  • 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this follow-up to Erich von Däniken's worldwide best seller Chariots of the Gods, the author reveals startling new evidence that could prove his theory that ancient Earth had contact with aliens. Von Däniken claims that an alien race helped to create the pyramids of Egypt, a claim he based upon the ruins themselves. And it is these ruins that now provide researchers with a never-ending source of clues, compelling discoveries, revelations, and evidence that Earth was indeed colonized by an alien race:

Research showing that the location and design of the pyramids were uniquely fit for preservation---something the Egyptians couldn't possibly have known.
Remains of the ships built by the Pharaohs and buried with them for travel in the afterlife---imitations of the ships they saw used by men from the sky.
The most recent discoveries---hidden chambers and passageways, one of which ends at an ancient door. And behind the door is...the unknown.
Prehistoric bones that prove the existence of a worldwide cult that deformed children's skulls in imitation of the "gods" they had seen.
New interpretations of ancient writings---and new speculations on ancient mysteries.


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Terrible but not because of what you're thinking

First of all let me admit 2 things. First I am not a believer in VonDaniken's theories but I do like to listen to them in the same way I like listening to SciFi. Second I couldn't finish this book; I only made it half way before I could take no more.

Before I get to a summary let me tell you why this book was terrible.

1.The discussion of aliens is sparse and almost nonexistent. The book spends most of its time detailing archeological mysteries that the author finds interesting but apparently no conventional archeologist has any interest.

2.VonDaniken likes to scoff at others beliefs and laugh at what he thinks is faulty science.

3.The book has no real thesis that it is trying to prove or defend – especially one that ties in with the title in any way. He drifts around from idea to idea and it was painfully hard to try to figure out what all these ideas had in common.

It was perhaps the 2nd item that made me stop reading this book. I mean really - If you are writing a book that is based on the premise that aliens visited the earth and did all these crazy things and then left you should be a little more tolerant of other people’s ideas. Maybe I stopped reading before he could conclude everything but I had seen enough.

In the first part of the book VonDaniken tries to reason why there were so many animals mummified and why were they considered sacred. He also wanted to reason why there are so many animal hybrids depicted in Egyptian art and literature. Here is his theory summarized in my words.

Aliens were riding around the universe and ran out of gas. They stopped at earth to replenish all their supplies and fuel. They were here for a long time and got bored so they created genetic labs on earth to study replicating and creating hybrid animals for fun. Earthlings killed the first of these and really made the aliens mad so they started marking their animals with things like horns on their head or a special birthmarks. As a result humans could tell the animals “of the gods” and so treated them with respect even after the aliens left.

Seriously!? This is your theory and you scoff at people that believe in life after death….I bought this book deeply discounted on sale and it still wasn’t worth it to me. Maybe he just rubbed me the wrong way here. I did like is first book much more. Maybe the second half gets much more exciting and reveals secret truths about the world. Its a mystery I can live with.
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- Brett

Disappointing narration

This is a favourite of mine amongst Von Daniken's writings, but I was disappointed by the quality of the editing/production - in particular, persistent mispronunciations by the narrator.
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- Miriam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio