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Fingerprints of the Gods

The Quest Continues
Written by: Graham Hancock
Narrated by: Graham Hancock
Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
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Pulling together the myths, legends and stories handed down from generation to generation, all around the world, Graham Hancock presents his own, unique interpretation of history in this fascinating audiobook.

Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of listeners throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society.

An intellectual detective story, this unique history audiobook directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

©1995 Graham Hancock (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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spectacular

even if wrong (doubtful) a fantastic way to connect to our past and the planet

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Loved the original

This is an updated version of the book. I loved the original, and this updated version does a great job at updating the information. I can’t wait to listen to the next 2 books.

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Don't be afraid to question, to say, "What if?"

It is a worthwhile exercise to question your beliefs and periodically reexamine your preconceptions. This book shines a light on the limitations of our blind faith in academic perspectives and the limitations inherent within such a stance.
I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

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very good

absolutely loved it. the author brings an engaging passion and gravitas to the subject matter.

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A must read for all

Inspired and well delivered, this book is a must read for anyone interested in humanity's history. Academics are all too often detracting from real investigative archeology and Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods is a well crafted push-back.

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Fascinating exploration of an incredible idea

I was hooked in the first chapters but grew sceptical of the authors methods as the book goes on. Ultimately I was glad I stuck with it to the end. He does eventually lay out his full hypothesis. Only problem with the book is some of the numbers and math is hard to follow in audiobook form.

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One of the most impactful literary experience of my life.

This book has forever changed my view on the world I exist on. If only groups to be left un named didn’t destroy most of what easily could have been the most prevalent evidence of where we come from in an attempt to adhere to their own narrative and no other the world would most definitely be a completely different place.

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eye opening.

amazing book, favorite author so far, love his train of thought and delivery.
makes a lame man like me understand huge cosmic concepts.

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A thought provoking "new" perspective of history

Very thought provoking and very well narrated. At times the supporting arguments used to describe large multilayered concepts start to lose focus on the original point and dive into tangents which combined with the technical vocabulary and arithmetic can be challenging for the listener to stick with, but the arguments are summed up concisely and coherently at the end of each chapter. All put together and taken with a grain of salt which he reminds us to do, Hancock presents an interesting new perspective on the ancient world and human history which challenges the norm many listeners are certainly familiar with. The book leaves the inquisitive mind going straight for the sequel and waiting for the next big discovery.

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Fascinating!

Graham Hancock is a fascinating man. I listened to this twice already. Simply Amazing!
A revelation.

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  • TJ
  • 2019-06-05

EVERYTHING is connected, NOTHING is coincidence!

... At least when you're Graham Hancock. This book of his teeters between thought provoking lessons in world history and groan inducing revelations sold as fact. Enjoy with a grain of salt.

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  • oakidoki@aol.com
  • 2019-10-30

Dragged

Very interesting book. Could have been a lot shorter. When he goes into numbers and scale of things the math gets mind boggling

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  • Linda SB
  • 2016-10-27

Great book with excellent narration!

I loved every moment of this book! If you're interested in ancient civilizations you should listen to this book. Hancock presents fascinating theories supported by sound research and clear conclusions. He also does and excellent narrarion.

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  • Kelly
  • 2019-09-05

Classic in Historical Mysteries

I love all the Graham Hancock titles I've read/listened to so far, and having Graham narrate it is icing on the cake. He has a beautiful British accent and is a very good reader. First of all, to be clear for the skeptics, when Graham Hancock says "lost civilization," he usually means something more akin to a lost culture of advanced knowledge, which at one time or another informed many "lost civilizationS" such as the Egyptians and the Maya; he doesn't believe those two cultures directly influenced each other, just that they both inherited older traditions of myth and astronomy which had been spread around the world before written history began. This is Graham's hypotheses for why many cultures attribute their knowledge of writing, agriculture, and time keeping to a previous race of "gods" - they were probably referring to ancestors who had learned and passed on their great skills.
I'm glad I read "Magicians of the Gods" first, the sort of sequel to this one, because in the 20 years between 'Fingerprints' and its sequel, he's become a better writer. 'Fingerprints' has lengthy descriptions of travel episodes, which sometimes add character to the story (such as when he [illegally] climbed the Great Pyramid), but sometimes make the narrative slow to a crawl. 'Magicians' has the benefit of updated research on the possible events of the end of the last ice age, and older structures around the world which hadn't been discovered in 1995.
All that said, Fingerprints put forth many ideas and hypotheses which still haven't been debunked or explained, and which I never hear from mainstream history books. As just one example, Mercator (of map projection fame) published a map in 1538 which shows a continent identical to Antarctica, in exactly the right place. Antarctica wasn't supposed to have been "discovered" until the 1800s, but Mercator's map was probably based on older source maps now lost -- and Mercator wasn't the only one with such a map. Did the original maps come from the great astronomers and navigators of the Ottoman Empire? Were they passed on from the library at Alexandria? What wasn't mentioned in the book was that Mercator himself corresponded frequently with John Dee, the famous court astronomer of Elizabeth I, who took an interest in old Middle Eastern religious books and texts, many of which weren't translated into English. John Dee had the largest library in England and provided Mercator with materials. This could have been the perfect opportunity for Mercator to update his maps with what he saw as the best information available to him. Interesting stuff, and it's why Hancock's books are so popular. He doesn't need to over-dramatize his material, because there is plenty to choose from, and he presents it all in a rational, questioning way.
The classic controversies brought up in Fingerprints, and still hot topics today, are an Ice Age dating of the Sphinx, by Schwaller de Lubicz, John Anthony West and Robert Schoch, and the Orion Correlation theory of the Giza pyramids by Robert Bauval.
This is a great book if you like the types of historical mysteries that have become fodder for conspiracy theories, even though Graham himself isn't an Ancient Alien theorist, and often argues against them. If you want to understand why Graham is so eschewed by older, stodgier, academic circles, start here, but you'll want to move on to what Magicians of the Gods has to offer: extensive data on the Younger Dryas comet impact hypotheses, hidden pyramids in Indonesia, and an astonishing section on the advanced astronomical observations of the Sabians, a star-worshipping cult in Harran, Turkey.

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  • Juan Santos
  • 2016-09-28

Best Book Ever

Finally finished it.. I'm not very good at reading, I don't give myself time to do it but with the audiobook was very easy for me. Loved it. I would recommend to everyone who wants to open his/her mind to a different reality, different history. Understanding it will give you enough arguments to feel you finally understand the world and civilizations.

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  • Diana
  • 2016-07-26

Valuable coverage of ancient earth human history

Graham Hancock did a wonderful job narrating his 1995 book Fingerprint of the Gods. I started this series with book 2, Magicians of the Gods, 2015, and it is interesting to see how much fine tuning Graham Hancock did in the 20 year span between the two related books. And, they are two entirely different books, with Magicians of the Gods focusing on a very significant geological event and its effect on humans and human's knowledge of their own history. Fingerprints of the Gods is an excellent introduction and foundation into the research going beyond the public narrative of mainstream academia and what is taught in public schools. Humanity's history, and earth's history is far more interesting than what is taught.

This book was pretty serious in parts, and I had to divert to a couple of other books in the meantime before returning to complete it. I've mulled over what I have learned in this book, and see how it fit with the two David Wilcock books read in the meantime. There is so much connection between their work - both authors are "big picture" oriented. David Wilcock even refers to Graham Hancock's work within his books too.

The third book of this trilogy will be coming later this year (2016) and I am looking forward to reading (listening) to that.

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  • Domingo
  • 2017-02-26

Good but verbose

An enthralling book, but Graham ventures too far into speculation. Nonetheless, the consolidation of so many verified scientific facts does well for the mind to conceive of new possibilities for the past and the future. At times the argument devolves into what fits Graham's theory and not what is most likely, or he will take inconclusive data and draw a conclusion based on his "intuition." Still, a worthwhile prequel to Magicians of the Gods.

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  • Power Saver Electric Corp
  • 2019-08-09

So hard to follow

I love Ghram Hancock and his ideas, but why did he read this? it's impossibly hard to follow

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-30

Overall i enjoyed it ... there is always buts and ifs...

The narrator presents all the values and questionable architecture but i think somewhere and somewhat fails to connect the the dots to complete the picture or might he possibly be coming close to it ...and i can feel the effort he made to compile the knowledge he painfully gathered ... really would like to hear more...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-30

Definitely Worth Reading

The beginning and end are phenomenal. the middle seemed a hit redundant. Overall, a great read and would recommend to anyone.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-05-24

Light is back!

This is all what I was looking for! Thank you Sir Hancock, this is a Masterpiece ! Piece by piece, everything make sens and we can feel the light on our shoulder warming back again our consciousness on our lost great History. Gathering all these valuable, priceless I should say, clues, from all over, and displaying the best overview I ever heard is just magic and vibrating to the point I feel deeply tuned and deeply thankful. I feel able to follow the tracks now with more confidence. Deep thanks for your time, effort and sens of responsibility. This is true work and skill. Thank you for sharing that. Thank you
Alban