The Gods Were Astronauts

  • by Erich von Daniken
  • Narrated by Kevin Foley
  • 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Erich von Daniken 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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Material is excellent; narrator is awful!

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!
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- Paula

Real History

Would you consider the audio edition of The Gods Were Astronauts to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but the audio version was excellent.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The most compelling aspect of this book is the basic questioning of the history we have all been taught. Upon closer scrutiny we realise that our version of history is nothing more than a collection of nonsense from arrogant egotistical megalomaniacs.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Foley – was your favorite?

There were no characters as this is a non-fictional work. The narrator simply read Erich's words.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No particular moment as the entire book was one astounding revelation after another.

Any additional comments?

It is such a pity that the world has been stuck an induced coma of religious dogma and myopia, for the better part of two thousand years. We have limited our own progress as a species - we

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- Kevin "Artist"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-26-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio