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Ancient Civilizations: A Captivating Guide to Mayan History, the Aztecs, and Inca Empire

Written by: Captivating History
Narrated by: Duke Holm
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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Explore the captivating history and mythology of three ancient civilizations. Three captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:

  • Maya Civilization: A Captivating Guide to Maya History and Maya Mythology
  • Aztec: A Captivating Guide to Aztec History and the Triple Alliance of Tenochtitlan, Tetzcoco, and Tlacopan
  • Incas: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Inca Empire and Civilization

In the first part of this captivating guide, you will discover why Maya have gained such worldwide admiration over the many other civilizations that existed in Mesoamerica at the time. You will learn how the Maya civilization developed, the major turning points in their 3,000-year-long history, the mysteries surrounding their demise, some of the unique places where Maya exist to this day, and much more!

Some of the topics and questions covered in the first part of this audiobook include:

  • Maya timeline
  • Glossary of important Maya terms
  • The origins of the Mesoamerican civilizations
  • The Archaic period: 7,000-2,000 BC

Some of the topics and questions covered in the second part of this audiobook include:  

  • The origins of Aztecs: a tribe destined for greatness
  • The unwelcome arrival in Mexico Valley
  • The rise of Tenochtitlán and the Triple Alliance

Some of the topics and questions covered in the third part of this audiobook include:  

  • How the Incas recorded their history
  • The Inca creation myth
  • The founding of the great city of Cuzco
  • The first dynasty of Inca rulers and their greatest deeds
  • The second dynasty of Inca rulers and their greatest deeds
  • The rise of the Inca empire: a cosmological event?
  • And much more!

Get the audiobook now and learn more about ancient civilizations!

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A Basic Introduction

While these civivilizations and their customs are still largely debated by historians and remain very much shrouded in mystery to this day, this book does a wonderful job of introducing listeners to the basic structures, customs and history of these societies. Although the Mayans, Aztecs and Incans have had much of their history recorded by their oppressors this books does a phenomenal job of addressing this and embraces what archaeologists have found to oppose most heavily regarded sources documented by the Spanish conquistadors and Clergymen.
It is quite basic in its analysis and descriptions of most rituals, beliefs, God’s and major historical events. This book is best described as an overview as it skins the surface which leaves one hungry and scouring the internet for further information.
One positive note is the reference within the book to internet sources and other free tools to help understand the Mayan calendar and it’s comtrasting difference to our Roman one.
For the well read individual who is familiar with Meso America and the conquest of Cortez, this book would not be suitable as it comes across as banal and lacking in description.
For those wanting a basic outline of events, customs and life during these time periods this would be an excellent listen.
It is quick and delves into just enough information so as to ensure a basis of understanding is achieved within the 5 hours of edflrtless listening. #Audible1

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  • Razan Diraf
  • 2018-05-22

Indeed nicely done.

This is truly an outstanding guide to the Mayan History, the Aztecs, and Inca Empire. Well written and lots of interesting facts. Highly recommend.

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  • endures jacob
  • 2018-06-15

All you need

Some people have a knack for making history sound truly entertaining others are just educational without being fun to read, and this book falls into the second category.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-19

Superficial and hard to listen to

Disclaimer - I only listened to about an hour an a half of this book.
This book was a great disappointement. It started with it being focused mainly on the Maya, proclaiming it's going to touch the subject of the Aztecs in relation to the, and not even mentioning the Inca, so the title is somewhat of a fraud. Then, the narration is terrible, consisting of unnecessary pauses and repetitions that make any long sentence hard to follow. On top of that, the story itself is superficial, and not at all captivating ( though the narration may have had an influence on my opinion here). To sum up - not for anyone with a real interest in this ancient civilizations.

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  • Silver love
  • 2018-06-15

i love it

Central America in general and the fascinating Maya people specifically. Covers the subject in a thorough and interesting manner. Story of a advanced civilization who moved human existence forward in giant steps. Clear description of a complex society

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  • Lizbeth
  • 2018-06-15

Great and informative!!!

This is beginning to arouse curiosity about these civilizations with the eight year old, such as when and where and what people were like. I have always read about the Maya more than the others, so this is a fun listen for me.

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  • Ellison
  • 2018-06-15

Very educational

Fascinating as the people written about and recorded on the CD. It takes us back for a visit to the way life was for these people then.

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  • Nancy
  • 2018-06-15

Perfect! Written well

it seems very informative & I like that they give pronunciation of difficult words. I think for the price & the attention span of the intended audience, it seems very good.Great book on CD.

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  • Barbara
  • 2018-06-15

Great resource for building background knowledge

Bought this for my daughter. We are going to Mexico to explore some Mayan Ruins soon. She enjoyed listening this and learned a lot. She can't wait to learn more during our trip

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  • Lisa marry
  • 2018-06-15

Great book for young and old.

Great book with great explanation. Not short and to the point with out all the fluff. Great into onto Mayan culture for an elementary learner.

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  • Scaty
  • 2018-06-15

Very clear

This is a pretty good book about the Maya. My boys and I all learned some basic info before we visited some ruins in Belize. It's a good and an easy way to learn some interesting facts about the Mayan civilization.