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A Strange Valley | [Darrell Bain]

A Strange Valley

A clerk working in the census bureau discovers a series of anomalies in the population of a small city located in the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk continues to investigate. He finds that, on average, the population of the city and surrounding valley, are a little smarter, less religious, more thrifty, marry less, have a higher level of education, are more sexually liberated, have fewer illnesses and many other positive traits.
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A clerk working in the census bureau discovers a series of anomalies in the population of a small city located in the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk continues to investigate. He finds that, on average, the population of the city and surrounding valley, are a little smarter, less religious, more thrifty, marry less, have a higher level of education, are more sexually liberated, have fewer illnesses and many other positive traits. The city also refuses government money for schools and roads, has little crime and no sign of racial unrest.

None of these factors would mean much taken alone, but together, they spell out a population that is distinctly skewed from the normal. Surprisingly, hardly anyone in the valley realizes that most of them are different from the average. They simply think they live in a good place among good people. Then the investigation starts.

©2007 Double Dragon Publishing; (P)2009 Action Audio

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    Amazon Customer Tauranga, New Zealand 03-09-15
    Amazon Customer Tauranga, New Zealand 03-09-15 Member Since 2014

    I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.

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    "Disappointing auditory experience"
    What disappointed you about A Strange Valley?

    The narrator! He has a lovely voice but its soooo monotonous! Its almost impossible to tell who is speaking because they all sound the same! I gave up listening by chapter 6.


    Has A Strange Valley turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will still willingly explore books in this genre and even by this author because I have read two of his books before and loved them. It was the narration that let this title down not the author. It might be a good book but who knows? its almost impossible to listen to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance could hardly have been worse. Even that aggressivly angry sounding woman who reads the JD Robb books would have been better and she drives me crazy.


    What character would you cut from A Strange Valley?

    I dont know that I would cut any of the characters. It was too hard to distinguish them from one another.


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    This book was a big disappointment made worse by the fact that it seems I cant return it without an international phonecall. Audible, just occasionally your customer service stinks

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    Jerker SUNDBYBERG, Sweden 11-12-09
    Jerker SUNDBYBERG, Sweden 11-12-09
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    "It promises more than it delivers"

    A Strange Valley is a very strange book. It starts off with a nice sci-fi-idea, a nice what-if, but never lifts from the ground. Instead of trying to build suspense the writer spends most of the novel to quasiliberal sexual fantasies that with time get tiresomely lecherous. Quite a disapointment.

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    "A lot of sex, a little story"

    The valley is a free love community, embracing straight, gay and menage a trois relationships. The narrator makes up his own pronunciations, adding and dropping letters at will.

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    Renee Princeton, NJ, United States 07-22-09
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    Irritating narrator, silly premise, lots of gratuitous sex.

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