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Anson

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  • Institute of Antiquities: Very Large Lizards (Episode 4)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Goldstein
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    Two picks from the warehouse arrive at the Institute: an ancient medallion mostly encased in granite and a map with an "X" near edge of the North American continental plate. The Institute members who stay to research the medallion need the help of a specialist and find themselves contending with a persnickety metallurgist. To get to the answer about the medallion, they break the rules, and what they discover is amazing, yet so scientically simple. Linda and Virgil have family issues.

    Anson says: "I can't wait to read the next installment"
    "I can't wait to read the next installment"
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    Would you listen to Institute of Antiquities: Very Large Lizards (Episode 4) again? Why?

    Yes I would. What a hoot that something so tied to fantasy can also be hard science fiction! Institute of Antiquities has delivered yet another original science fiction story with a new concept.


    What other book might you compare Institute of Antiquities: Very Large Lizards (Episode 4) to and why?

    Arthur C Clarks 2010, the use of actual science leading me to believe that this is all possible.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Goldstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have, and this one held my attention until I just could not wait till the end. The others each built up to this one, yet I was riveted by the pure and actual science used in each story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was glued to every word that was read and delighted by how actual science was used in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I just can't wait for the next installment of Institute of Antiquities.

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  • Institute of Antiquities: An Echo of Distant Times (Episode 3)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Goldstein
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    The Colonel makes the first pick from the secret warehouse, “something from the Southwest”. In response, a large, strange wire contraption wrapped in an old “Indian blanket” arrives. Because of his Native American/Latino heritage, the Colonel is interested in identifying the old blanket. Virgil and Mandy test the wire contraption to an unexpected conclusion. Irina and Cynthia investigate the 18,000 year old book from the Marsala expedition and reveal some of its secrets. Cynthia’s drunk mother meddles into her work life, intent on Cynthia returning to Brandeis and more prestige.

    Anson says: "Trullyan inventive and interesting science fiction"
    "Trullyan inventive and interesting science fiction"
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    Would you listen to Institute of Antiquities again? Why?

    DefinitlyI would listen to the Institute of Antiquities again. I found the story riveting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The General.


    What does Barbara Goldstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara Goldstein brought the charactors to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Trully riveting


    Any additional comments?

    I found the story unique and interesting. The weaving of actual science and history made me believe the concepts to be possible.

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