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The Grail: Area 51, Book 5 | [Robert Doherty, Bob Mayer]

The Grail: Area 51, Book 5

Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte has paid his dues in battle and in blood. Now assigned to Area 51, he fights the toughest enemy of his career: the alien race who arrived on Earth millennia ago and have returned to claim the planet. Mike has dodged bullets and faced weapons of mass destruction to give humanity another day of reprieve. But when his lover, scientist Lisa Duncan, falls into evil hands, Mike must decide which prize means the most to him - the woman he loves or the legendary Grail.
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Publisher's Summary

The Grail is another knockout from New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer writing as Robert Doherty.

The Holy Grail - is it the key to a miracle...or a terrifying truth? The Great Wall of China, the immense carvings on Easter Island, Egypt's pyramids, UFOs: What is the chilling connection? The answer, unearthed by an elite band of soldiers and scientists based at Area 51, is rewriting human history - to include the aliens who shaped it!

Now, in this heart-pounding novel, Area 51 personnel embark on a top-secret search for the Holy Grail, a glittering artifact with the power to save the world...or lead to its destruction.

Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte has paid his dues in battle and in blood. Now assigned to Area 51, he fights the toughest enemy of his career: the alien race who arrived on Earth millennia ago and have returned to claim the planet.

Mike has dodged bullets and faced weapons of mass destruction to give humanity another day of reprieve. But when his lover, scientist Lisa Duncan, falls into evil hands, Mike must decide which prize means the most to him - the woman he loves or the legendary Grail. It's a decision that could damn him...or damn us all.

©2012 Bob Mayer (P)2012 Bob Mayer

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    John Fernandes USA 04-23-13
    John Fernandes USA 04-23-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Martin Gollery (Narrator) should be avoided!"

    At first, I thought that it was just me. I have listened to probably over 100 Audiobooks over the past couple of years and have enjoyed most of them greatly - but THIS book......let's just say that after the first few hours - I HAD to abandon the effort and purchase the book on Amazon to read on my Kindle.

    Martin Gollery narrated this book. And the result was HORRIBLE. This is absolutely the worst audiobook experience of my life, and I was quite impressed with how badly a bad narrator could destroy the experience of an Audiobook. The Author's story/book are amazing - and it is really a "page turner".

    But Gollery's destruction of the Audiobook experience is unforgivable - to the point that for the first time - I actually will pay attention to the Name of the Narrator and will REFUSE to buy any audiobook Narrated by Martin Gollery.

    The narrative style of Martin Gollery is best described as an inhuman robot with tones and inflections of voice that are consistently irritating. Specifically, he inflects his voice down at the end of each and every sentence - much like how a priest recites a sermon in those boring Sunday sermons at church you used to be forced to attend, where the priest was simply reciting a passage that he was just trying to "get through" and which the parishioners pretended to listen to while being all lost in their own thoughts.

    It is hard to completely describe how such a totally unskilled and careless narrator can completely destroy the Audiobook experience. I had friends listen to it as well, just in case I was totally off base - and they ubiquitously upheld my opinion while no few of them simply shuddered at the terrible experience at having had to listen to Gollery's disastrous narrative style for even just a few moments.

    I cannot believe that the publisher of this audiobook would consent to such a terrible destruction of what would ordinarily be a wonderful experience - and can only wonder if Martin Gollery is either a close friend or relative of someone in the Publishing company that was given a chance.

    Maybe nobody will read this, but if you do - I hope that you will find this review helpful.

    GREAT book - but Martin Gollery is to be actively avoided!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Comox, British Columbia, Canada 09-29-12
    John Comox, British Columbia, Canada 09-29-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Just painful"
    Would you try another book from Robert Doherty and Bob Mayer and/or Martin Gollery?

    The first three books were great so, yes, I would buy another Robert Doherty/Bob Mayer book. The narration was painful. Halfway through the first half and I'm almost in tears. If not for the fact that I'm interested in the story, I'd stop listening.

    Producers of audio books need to take more care in choosing narrators and to make sure that narrators listen to previous books in a series if there are any if for no other reason than to get the pronunciation of words and names. Some of the pronunciations are just brutal.


    What didn’t you like about Martin Gollery’s performance?

    The narrator needs to tell the story, not just read EVERY...WORD... DELIBERATELY. It might be a good idea to listen to a story before you tell one.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    anthony SPRING, TX, United States 07-28-13
    anthony SPRING, TX, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

    An Audio Book Junkie...

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    "Most painful Book Ever.... to hear"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not this narration of the book....


    What did you like best about this story?

    story was good.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Gollery?

    Anyone... ANYONE!!!!!!


    Do you think The Grail needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a follow up book


    Any additional comments?

    I am tempted to return this book..as i hate this torture.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Hurricane, UT, United States 06-09-13
    Doug Hurricane, UT, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Painful to listen to."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Where did they get this narrator? He may be a nice guy but he was a bad choice for reading this. I listened to it just to know the story but it was not enjoyable. I liked the first 4 books a lot but this was just brutal to get through!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anandasubramanian Amstelveen, Netherlands 05-03-13
    Anandasubramanian Amstelveen, Netherlands 05-03-13 Member Since 2009

    Harry Turtledove fan

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    "Audible takes the cake in Bad narrator list"

    I assume Audible has something against this author: why else would they use such awful narrators to narrate Bob Mayer's stories?

    The story is excellent, especially starting with King Arthur being one of the Alien factions.
    But the narration is like sand in a tasty meal. You want the meal, you eat the sand too !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Lawrenceburg, KY, United States 03-30-13
    Robert Lawrenceburg, KY, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What was this, Baby's First Narration?"
    What would have made The Grail better?

    A different narrator. Or at least a narrator that pronounced the names in the story correctly. Editing of the narration when mistakes were made, instead of catching the mistake and restating. I couldn't believe the poor quality.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By being the narrator. He was terrible.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 07-31-14
    Mike 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story but Bad Narration"
    Would you try another book from Robert Doherty and Bob Mayer and/or Martin Gollery?

    The Area 51 story is great BUT Martin Gollery should consider another job. His voice is robotic, mono tonal and by the end of this story I wanted to cut my wrists. Possible the worst narration i have ever heard. The Grail story which I think is one of the best so far is completely ruined. WHY DID THEY ALLOW THIS GREAT STORY to be published so badly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Gollery?

    ANY ONE, even my 8 year old daughter could have done a better job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Grail?

    The story as a whole is great, don't cut anything


    Any additional comments?

    If you have been following the series you must buy this and put up with the bad narration as it adds allot to the story. I am surprised that a publishing company would allow such bad quality narration to be put on the market considering the good quality of previous books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisha ANTIOCH, CA, United States 06-25-14
    Lisha ANTIOCH, CA, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2013

    I am an avid reader and love audio books. I do not watch TV. I also love to do puzzles. Combine the two and I am in Heaven!!! Peace out!

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    "This Narrator must be stopped!"
    Would you try another book from Robert Doherty and Bob Mayer and/or Martin Gollery?

    I have listened to all 5 of the Area 51 books before this one and enjoyed them all. And I plan on listening to the rest of the series. As for Martin Gollery I hope I never have to listen to another book narrated by him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author blends history with fiction,


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice was a monotone. It did not change from character to character, You could not even tell if it was a woman or man, And no matter if it was an action or calm section his voice remained in that same dull tone. I have listened to a lot of audiobooks and this was by far the worst narrator I have ever heard. Anybody who is considering using him on one of their books should just listen to the first chapter of this book (getting past that will be enough torture) before making their decision. If I had not listened to the first four books I would not have finished this book. But wanting to hear more of the story I struggled through this terrible narrator.


    Do you think The Grail needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, yes, yes! I need to know what happens next. And after putting up with this narrator I am hoping the next book will be read by anybody but him.


    Any additional comments?

    Ban Martin Gollery from ever narrating another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. S. E Salinas, CA United States 06-06-14
    D. S. E Salinas, CA United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2006
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    "READ THE BOOK. DO NOT BUY THIS NARRATION!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not the book, but the narrator, Martin Gollery and it really needs to be edited. Yikes! Just as I was typing this, Mr. Gollery had to start yet another sentence over again. Over again.
    Also as others have noted, his pronunciation of Prof. Nabinger's name was just awful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grail?

    I actually liked the way Bob Mayer introduced King Arthur, Excalibur and the Grail into this series. Who hasn't thought about where the Grail is (is there a Grail?)


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounded like the mechanical audio voice on my first Kindle. In fact, that was what I originally thought I was listening to. Holy robotics, Batman!! Almost no change in voice pitch to indicate emotion or that there was a change in character, especially with the men.
    No accents to indicate that these people were from all over the world.


    Do you think The Grail needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a follow up: Excalibur. I'm looking forward to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually read the comments from other listeners and then make up my mind about buying. This time, because I was really enjoying the series and because the book had a reduced price, I ignored the reviews. If I had seen the comments for this particular story and listened to the sample, I wouldn't have bothered getting it, despite the fact that it was only $2.99.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Norwich, CT, United States 01-25-14
    John Norwich, CT, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    "read by a robot"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Anotjer narrorator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Martin Gollery’s performances?

    no way on earth, that was painful


    Any additional comments?

    great book ruined by the worst performance I have encountered on audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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