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"With the original unabridged text of Supernatural, I offer the reader an investigation that explores the human experience with psychedelics from the Stone Age to the Space Age and the role of these extraordinary plant medicines as tools to investigate the nature of reality itself." (Graham Hancock)

Discover the pathway to the gods.

Less than 50,000 years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.

In Visionary, Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious "before-and-after moment" and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to modern human mind. His quest takes him on a journey of adventure and detection from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain, and Italy to remote rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa, where he finds a treasure trove of extraordinary Stone Age art.

Hancock uncovers clues that lead him to travel to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful plant hallucinogen ayahuasca with Indian shamans, whose paintings contain images of "supernatural beings" identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves and rock shelters. Hallucinogens such as mescaline also produce visionary encounters with exactly the same beings. Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other "dimensions."

Could the "supernaturals" first depicted in the painted caves and rock shelters be the ancient teachers of mankind? Could it be that human evolution is not just the "blind," "meaningless" process that Darwin identified, but something more purposive and intelligent, something that we have barely even begun to understand?

Previously published as Supernatural, this definitive edition includes a new Introduction by Graham Hancock as well as restored chapters that were omitted from the original paperback release. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Graham Hancock (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Mind blowing

I love and appreciate all the labor and effort GH puts into his books. This rerelease was mind blowing. His books always leave me feeling more curious and more expanded than ever. From cave art to aliens to psychedelics, this book ties it all together in a way that will have you questioning how you perceive the world.

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Hancock takes you where others fear to tred.

Loved this update to Supernatural! As always Graham takes you where other authors fear to tried. And fear to go there themselves for true knowledge instead of just beliefs. Been feeling alone with the correlation between faery and ufo. And the true path of shamanic practice that permeates global cultures. Thanks for that.

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Beautifully Narrated

I am glad Mr. Hancock narrated this book. He so passionate about the content and it comes out during his narration.

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Captivating and informative

At a macro level the book covers an incredible time span detailing art, culture, science and religion all the while presenting impressive detail siting source and theory. Very enjoyable.

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  • chris
  • 04-29-22

Unbelievably brilliant!

Hancock lays out very clearly the potential origins of altered states of consciousness and it’s linked to, potentially the some of the most important discoveries about human history, the human genome and the potential for where our race could be, should we choose a more enlightened and peaceful path for ourselves. A fantastically well researched body of work.

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  • Nathan Penney
  • 04-25-22

Anthem of the underdog

Yet another wonderful and fascinating book by Mr Hancock. Who continues to be verified with each passing year. Graham is arguably the most important journalist of our generation. I highly recommend this book and his earlier works. thank you, Graham

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  • Ollie
  • 05-10-22

strongly suggest

brilliant narration with an incredible explanation and justification off highly intriguing arguments :)
Well worth a listen or read

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  • Adrian J. Smith
  • 05-03-22

Superb and Groundbreaking

Visionary (or Supernatural) is not only a unique exploration of one of the most crucial areas of inquiry, human consciousness, it is also a fascinating re-evaluation of the history of supernatural phenomena.
Visionary is a highly comprehensive treasure trove of Supernatural encounters, ranging from Shamanistic Visions, UFO abductions, so-called encounters with Fairies, to experiences at sights of apparitions, such as Lourdes.
An additional strength of the book is Hancock's own experimentation with DMT, ranging from Ayahuasca, Psylocibin, Ibogen and Liberty Cap Mushrooms.
Visionary is another excellent case against the Materialist-Reductionist Paradigm that is far too prevalent in our day and age, but is also an immensely insightful and fascinating tour de force.
An additional strength is narration by Graham Hancock himself, always a strength in itself.
One of the most recommendable books I have ever read. Should be read by all.

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  • John
  • 05-02-22

Amazing!! A must listen!

Amazing!! A must listen from start to finish piecing together very convincing evidence and revealing the concerns of misrepresentation of work, brilliant and great to hear Graham reading his own words, thank you

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  • The Crack In Space
  • 04-18-22

John Dark and the You Fauxs

Aka old man finds excuse to take drugs.

I love Hancock and his writings, having listened and read the majority of his work. This retelling of an earlier book is just as relevant and easy to listen to as it was on publication 20 years ago.

But what makes this special in my mind is it’s narrated by Hancock himself - with all the trappings that are a part of his unusual dialect. For me his Joan of Arc and U.F.Os are what make his narrations so enthralling, what will he ‘mispronounce’ next?! For some it may be too distracting.

Not his best, but still a great listen!

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  • Asmodeous
  • 04-12-22

Wow- what an interesting book!

Very interesting and thought provoking subject matter, brilliantly read by the man himself.

The world is not as it seems and great mysteries remain unsolved as to the origins of mankind and early civilisation.

This book provides a very credible investigation into fascinating topics that for some strange reason are not usually explored by mainstream.

Well researched , entertaining and at times mind blowing!

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  • Kindle CustomerJR
  • 05-20-22

Excellent !

Brings together a mix of topics such as : altered states of consciousness, ancient cave art, mythology, alien encounters, religious visionary encounters and more. In a very rational manner, Graham shows all these topics appear to have a commen source. Making all seem more credible than ever.
Well done Graham!

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  • Alicia
  • 04-29-22

Interesting and engrossing!

Hancock never fails to present interesting and compelling theories backed by mountains of evidence. As ever, worth every second spent listening/reading. Highly recommend.

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  • carl
  • 04-25-22

I've got so much more to learn now

thanks to Graham I feel I am about to go on a significant learning journey