Book Review: Magicians of the Gods – Graham Hancock – Audiobook

I’ve never listened to an audio book but when I saw the audio book for Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock posted to YouTube, I had to take a look… I mean listen. I had borrowed the book from the library more than a year ago, but I hardly put a dent in the pages when my three weeks were up, and I had to return it. If I had almost finished, I would have renewed the borrow, but life was extremely busy, and I knew it would take me a few months to finish.

The bonus of listening to the audio book was hearing the names I would never be able to pronounce myself pronounced correctly by someone who had not only heard the names spoken by others but had visited the places.

The other bonus of the audio book was I could listen while I worked around the kitchen washing dishes, making meals, baking and painting new signs for the garden.

To my surprise, Hancock, not some unknown person, read the book. If you’ve listened to Hancock speak of history, you’ll know that his voice is succinct and perfect for the job. He’s British and while his accent isn’t strong, it adds to the pleasure of listening.

WARNING

Don’t read (or listen to) this book if you can’t put aside the historical dogma taught in school and presented by corporate media and institutional archaeologists. Don’t read it if you can’t open your mind to the possibilities. Don’t read it if you can’t consider another possibility without having to believe it.

Some sceptics call Hancock’s possible version of history pseudoscience. He calls it alternative. I call it possibility. He presents interesting facts and findings that tell an interesting story, ones that as the years pass become more plausible.

After listening to his lectures for about three years, I’ve become familiar with the ideas he’s presented, and I’ve sought out others who have studied and researched these topics. What I found only supported much of what he presents.

While I don’t agree with all his claims, I agree with many of them, including the probability that debris from a meteor struck Earth more than 10,000 years ago and caused great devastation and the Noah flood recorded in the Bible.

To be honest, his presentation and that of others that have debunked the idea that the Great Pyramid was built by the Egyptians as a tomb was an great relief. When I learned about the pyramids in school and was told they were constructed as tombs, I thought it ludicrous. If that were true, the Egyptians were idiots. Years or decades of work just to toss a body into it? I don’t think so. I can’t recall if I thought the teacher was stupid for thinking these were tombs or the people who wrote the history books were. All I knew was I didn’t believe it. Feeling this way, I dismissed the Egyptian history as fake, a forgery, and ignored it.

Hancock made me take a second look, and now I understand the history taught in school was wrong. Who built the great pyramids and for what purpose is still unknown. We have good guesses at best.

Magicians of the Gods

There’s so much to take in from Hancock’s book that I think only after a second listen will I truly grasp a firm understanding of the history he presents. I found myself stopping the audio and searching for specific words, places and myths to add to what he was saying.

Hancock not only researches and writes on this topic, he conducts interviews with those connected to the sites he visits. He’s been all over the world, visiting important places where human’s have left their mark and meeting vital people who provided their expertise to bring the story of our ancestors from the past to the present.

Hancock states humans are a race with amnesia. I agree. Humans have forgotten their origins. Whether this was intentional through the ages, or traumatic experiences doused memories.

Questions

While I have many, I’ll limit this post to two. After listening to the book, I wonder…

1. If it takes more than 25,000 years to understand the Great Year and it was recorded 11,900 years ago, then couldn’t we conclude people were practising astronomy more than 36,000 years ago? Possible 100,000? After all, if the planet has endured several drastic destructive periods, what was left behind to tell the story?

2. Like Hancock, I wonder what message was left behind by those who created Göbekli Tepe? I also wonder if we will decipher it in time to prepare for the next catastrophic disaster?

Hunter Gatherers

Hunter Gatherers are mentioned many times in the book.

Everything I’ve heard about Hunter Gatherers state they were too busy fighting for survival that they had no time for self development and certainly no time for artistic work. After thinking about this off and on through the years, I have come to the conclusion they are wrong.

I not only believe Hunter Gatherers had leisure time to develop artistic and other skills, I believe they had more time than modern man, particularly in areas with moderate climates. Look at the average individual these days, running around disorientated, working long hours, struggling to pay bills and secure a retirement where they won’t be homeless and starving. Do they have time to really stop and contemplate their life, or are they running full steam ahead, hoping to not fall behind? They are so bombarded by ‘noise’, they don’t get the opportunity to access their life.

Hunter Gatherers, on the other hand, followed patterns. Everyone in the village supported life within. Modern man makes things complicated. Once Hunter Gatherers had the necessities of life [shelter, food, water and clothing (if needed)], the rest of their time was spent as they wanted.

Do I recommend this book?

Oh, yeah. If you’re a fast reader, borrow it from the library or pick up your own copy. If you want to listen to Hancock read the book to you, visit YouTube. It came in three parts when I listened to it almost a year ago, but I see that’s not available now. However, it is available in one video that’s just over 6 1/2 hours long: Gramham Hancock Magicians of the Gods.

I could say a ton more about this subject because I’ve been fascinated with it for years, but I’ll leave this here. Hancock provides extensive information on alternate possibilities of our history, ones that seem more possible than any history class I’ve attended.

NOTE: Pyramid Images are from Pixabay

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Magicians of the Gods – Graham Hancock – Audiobook

  1. Great writeup, and I truly believe that the history taught in schools is fabricated. If you haven’t checked out JonLevi yet, search his name on YouTube. He covers some fascinating topics like this. You might like him.

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