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
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!
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.
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.
An Audio Book Junkie...
Not this narration of the book....
story was good.
It has a follow up book
I am tempted to return this book..as i hate this torture.
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!
Harry Turtledove fan
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 !
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.
By being the narrator. He was terrible.
I'd recommend reading the book but not listening to it. I thought the other reviews of bad the narration ware exaggerated but they were dead on. A computer would be a better performer. Also, try editing out the rereads. Very distracting to the story.
I am big fan of audible, have downloaded a ton of books, and understand that occasionally you are going to get dud. I am also, not prone to telling the world my every thought. It has to be really bad for me to spend my time writing this. If you are new to the Area 51 series, then please do not... I repeat, DO NOT start with this book. Besides it being the 5th in the series, it will destroy any desire of you wanting to listening to any other book in the series. For those of you like me, that started at number one and made it this far, you are going to have to grin and bear it if you want to make it to number 6. It's not that the story that's bad (but it's hard to tell if the story is any good), its the narrator and the extremely horrible job producing the recording. First the narrator. I am guessing that Mr Martin Gollery is not a professional voice over artist. I don't want to knock him too bad, but he is really not made for this work. He enunciated everything very clearly, but to the ruin of the story telling. It was very robotic. Every character sounded the same and every situation sounded the same. Whether it was a meeting in the briefing room or a tense battle scene. I would also suggest that any narrator PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE listen to at least one or two of the previous books in the series. When you are used to hearing Professor Nebanger's name pronounced Neb-in-jer and you then hear it Ne-Bang-Er it shows a lack of interest. Frankly, it would have been better if they just had SIRI do the narrating. 2nd, the lack of time that was spend in the editing booth was very unprofessional. There are many many many instances of the narrator making a mistake and re-reading the line. A sound editor is supposed to cut all that stuff out. The fact that the price on this book is listed at $13.96 forced me to use a credit. And it is not worth a credit. I think Audilbe uses a total length time of a book to determine pricing. But in this case the lack of time put into the production of the recording in relation to the amount it's listed for is a disgrace. It costs less to see a $200 million dollar blockbuster movie. I would like to suggest $4.99. That way, you kind of know what your getting into, and you really couldn't complain. And, as an added bonus, you wouldn't have to put up with my ranting in the comments.
I was disappointed when the narration of the series went from Jeffrey Kafer to Eric Dove, as Mr. Kafer had a great reading voice, with good inflection, and Mr. Dove's reading, which changes pronunciation of names, was somewhat flat. I might have given Mr. Dove's narration a one star review, but that was before I here this one!
Mr. Gollery is perhaps the worst reader I have ever heard, and I have listened to a lot of recorded books. He is stilted, monotone and projects nothing into the characters or the environment. His attempt at accents is painful, and the only way he seems to be able to change from one character voice to another is to drop or raise his pitch, as they all sound the same otherwise.
I have really enjoyed the first three books of this series, and if Jeffery Kafer was still reading it, I would be downloading them faster than I would get credits, but I will not be finishing this one as an audiobook, and I don’t think I could enjoy the rest of the series much with Mr. Dove reading. At least they only let Gollery read this one book in the series.
I enjoyed the writing.
Choppy. Over-pronounced and mispronounced words. Multiple re-reads (where is the editing?) I can't believe that this was released with such a poor narration. When I purchase a book to listen to, I expect it to be done professionally and in a way better than I could have done myself. In this case, I feel like the money wasn't well spent. Dry and robotic with weak characters.
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