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Publisher's Summary

Ever since the Greeks coined the language we commonly use for scientific description, mythology and science have developed separately. But what came before the Greeks? What if we could prove that all myths have one common origin in a celestial cosmology? What if the gods, the places they lived, and what they did are but ciphers for celestial activity, a language for the perpetuation of complex astronomical data? 

Drawing on scientific data, historical, and literary sources, the authors argue that our myths are the remains of a preliterate astronomy, an exacting science whose power and accuracy were suppressed and then forgotten by an emergent Greco-Roman worldview. This fascinating book throws into doubt the self-congratulatory assumptions of Western science about the unfolding development and transmission of knowledge. This is a truly seminal and original thesis, a book that should be heard by anyone interested in science, myth, and the interactions between the two.

©2020 adultbrain (P)2021 adultbrain

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Came for the information, stayed for the hilarity

This book comes highly recommended from a handful of researchers in the field, so I was already sold on it. But! The narrator—while clearly literate—is a total idiot. So many mispronunciations!
This is good though; I heard somewhere that if you laugh while you’re learning, you’re more prone to retention.

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I hate to be this person...

The content is fascinating -- but this doesn't in any way feel like a professional audiobook. It's like someone reading for a podcast, which is fine if it didn't cost $21 retail. And it's not simply the un-edited-out errors, which any printed publisher would also take some critique for if they let it slip through, it's the lack of care in the reading. Part of being a professional reader should include learning how to pronounce what you will be reading. If it's a free podcast that you are sharing with the world -- do what you will! But it would be nice if the performer honored the content, and he doesn't -- which tends to drag on the listener with a book this length. Great content. I don't even have a problem with the reader's voice; just hard to hear mispronounced words & names page after page.

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Great story needs an edit.

Great content aside, someone forgot to do a final listen through. Editor should be fired.

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Book is Great - Narrator is horrible

While the content in the actual book is fascinating I cannot get past the terrible narration. I am returning the audiobook and I will order a physical copy. This is not on Graham Dunlap alone. The audio engineer / producers obviously did not care about producing a decent audiobook.

There are numerous, humorous mispronunciations including: A-shill-ous (for Aeschylus), So-fock-a-lees (for Sophocles) and Aristotalan (for Aristotelian). There are also many places where he reads the same line over that was missed in post production and should have been edited out. At 4:49:13 the narrator literally clears his throat mid-sentence, claps four times and then resumes the sentence where he left off. It is absurd to try to listen any further.

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This guy is SO bad at reading. Reads the same stuff over again, screws it up, mispronounces 1/3 of the words, clearing his throat and clapping?

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great book

I love the narrator's voice. didn't hear any issues some other reviews complained of.

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Great content, poor production.

The writers do a fantastic job of setting out a complex yet grounded argument, The material they back it up with is expansive and compelling.

That being said, i can forgive some mispronunciation, but it is sometimes multiple words in a sentence. In chapter 8, during a few dropped sentences you can hear the narrator clapping trying reset. The lack of research in pronunciation, the lack of editing both audio and production is really disappointing. Serious lack of effort.

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A ground breaking book poorly read

The narrator's voice is okay and his reading is smooth enough but...he makes massive errors pronouncing words most modestly educated people should know how to pronounce.

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Bad performance

This book is a treasure. The audio unfortunately is trash. After over 150 audiobooks listened on audible this is easily the worst performance by far. Graham Dunlop can’t decide how to say names or places and apparently didn’t bother to find out. Editor must have fallen asleep because twice so far Graham starts coughing and clapping then resumes. Feels like an unedited first take by someone unfamiliar and uninterested with the material. Strongly recommend buying this one in paper

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So Hard To Listen To

What is happening with the reader? Most of my Audible experiences are very good so I don’t mean to complain too much, but this is the 2nd extremely fascinating book I’ve wanted to listen to that has a reader who voice is hard to listen to and who’s knowledge on the subject/ability to pronounce basic words is inappropriately terrible. This in no way should be a purchased titles and should be immediately moved into the free category. I can’t finish it unfortunately and will have to shop around for a better version :/

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Terrible narrator

I wish I could have a refund the narrator can barely read / pronounce any names properly and is terribly edited. It renders the book useless.

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