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2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl Audiobook

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Read By: Paradox Pollack Publisher: Waterside Productions, Inc. Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798212180016

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63:08 minutes

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26 seconds

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29:59 minutes

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2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl is the acclaimed metaphysical epic that binds together the cosmological phenomena of our time, ranging from crop circles to quantum theory to the resurgence of psychedelic drugs, to support the contention of the Mayan calendar that the year 2012 portends a global shift—in consciousness, culture, and way of living—of unprecedented consequence.

The Classical Maya developed a highly sophisticated civilization in the Yucatan and Guatemala that vanished 1,000 years ago. They were extraordinary architects and astronomers, and developed methods of timekeeping that are far more precise than our Western calendar system. Although we destroyed most of their scrolls, our archaeologists have discovered that the Maya looked toward the year 2012—specifically the date December 21, 2012—as the end of a “Great Cycle” of 5,125 years on their Long Count calendar. According to the Mayan creation myth, the Popol Vuh, such cycles end with the destruction of the old way of life and the inception of a new world. Many scholars agree that the Classic Maya pointed to this time, around the year 2012, as the juncture between one world age and the next.

We are currently in the throes of an ecological crisis, brought about by human activity, which threatens us with disaster if we do not immediately change our ways. Basic resources such as fuel, water, and food are becoming scarce around the world. Many scientists have predicted cataclysm due to climate change and pollution that could lead to the extinction of the human species in a short span of time. On the other hand, we are also experiencing a massive leap in human consciousness. Our world is now meshed together through communications technology and social networks that act as a “global brain.” We can transmit new ideas and transformative practices instantly across the world.

In 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, I proposed that what happens in “2012” depends on what humanity decides to make of it. We might see global famines and wars and increasing misery, or we might decide to institute a new planetary culture based on empathy, alternative economic systems, sustainable design, and an equitable sharing of wealth. According to the prophecies held by the Maya and other indigenous cultures, we may integrate modern scientific knowledge with Eastern spiritual wisdom and indigenous shamanism, leading to a new understanding of the physical and psychic cosmos. Rather than “doomsday,” 2012 could be a time of positive transformation and the opening to a new way of life. 

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“A daring and intriguing, sometimes deeply disturbing, very well researched and extremely readable book that puts an entirely new slant on 2012. From quantum physics to aliens, from crop circles to reincarnation, from shamanic hallucinogens to Rudolf Steiner, from the Amazon jungle to Stonehenge, from fragments of jaundiced autobiography to the ending of worlds, Pinchbeck takes us on a mind-bending, paradigm-rattling ride.”

— Graham Hancock, bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods 


  • “2012 presents a compelling and complex teleological argument, weaving together the twilit realms of the human imagination and the harsh realities of accelerated global catastrophe. Its conclusions are surprisingly robust, original, and thankfully optimistic.”

    — Sting
  • “Few things are more difficult to convey in writing than the epiphanic drug experience or the mystical vision, and it is to Pinchbeck’s credit as a writer that he is able to articulate these visions so clearly and memorably.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “Pinchbeck’s reporting is fascinating and entertaining.”  

    — Washington Post Book World
  • “The author is not some hippy-dippy hedonist staggering down the road of excess but rather a skeptical philosopher of consciousness seeking the enlightened path.”

    — Entertainment Weekly

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About Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, and When Plants Dream (with Sophia Rokhlin). In his 2017 book How Soon Is Now, he explored the systemic changes needed to avert ecological collapse and extinction. His work was featured in the 2010 documentary 2012: Time for Change, which promoted the value of indigenous knowledge systems. He cofounded evolver.net and the web magazine Reality Sandwich. As director of the Center for Planetary Culture, a think tank, he built the Regenerative Societies Wiki, a database of solutions to the technical and social political challenges humanity faces. He hosted the talk show Mind Shift for Gaia TV.  He speaks at festivals and conferences around the world.

About Paradox Pollack

Paradox Pollack began his theatrical work in the circus, and enjoyed a successful career that has spanned over thirty-five years on the stage.  He has enjoyed over twenty years in the film industry working as actor, stunt performer, acting and action coach, as well as cultural designer for world-building fictions.