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 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!
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.
The way the author blends history with fiction,
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.
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.
Ban Martin Gollery from ever narrating another 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.
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?)
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.
It has a follow up: Excalibur. I'm looking forward to it.
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.
no way on earth, that was painful
great book ruined by the worst performance I have encountered on audible
Bob Mayer yes! Martin Gollery never!
Not as long as it is read by Martin Gollery!
He starts reading, messes up, then stops and begins again! None of that is edited out? His pronuciation is horrible. No continuity with previous pronuciations of narrators in this same series. I found that very irritating. His reading is monotone without an inflection.
Audible should be ashamed to put their name on this production! Hard to believe the Author would approve this performance of his work. To say this narrator disappoints would not do justice to the effort it took to get through this work. If I had this in hard copy or on kindle, I would have shut it off and read it myself in a heartbeat! Audible would never sell me another title if this was my first experience.
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