Dr. Lisa Duncan and Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte know better than anyone that no secret is safe for long - especially one that offers untold power. Case in point: No sooner does Turcotte’s elite Area 51 team uncover a dormant alien ship in Earth's orbit than a group of alien-human hybrids seizes it and uses its technology to commandeer a satellite array bristling with nuclear missiles. Now they’re demanding that humankind hand over the key to an ancient stash of alien technology…or watch an entire continent be reduced to atomic rubble.
Doom seems certain, as the required key is believed lost to the ages - until an unwitting anthropologist discovers the first of many clues to its hiding place. As Duncan and Turcotte race to reach the key - and the powerful treasure it can unlock - ahead of their alien foes, the quest leads them deep into a deadly maze within the Great Sphinx of Giza. The prize? Nothing less than the legendary Ark of the Covenant.
©2000 Bob Mayer (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
While the concept and story are really quite good, this book was incredibly difficult to listen to as the Narrator completely butchered the natural cadence of human speech. Spitting words and sentences as if reading for a slam poetry competition, Dove seems to have no concept of the purpose of punctuation to denote pauses, breaks, and the flow of language.
Harry Turtledove fan
I Want a refund.
The narrator messed up a perfectly good.
I listened for about 40 mins assuming he was just an introducer, but realized he's going to the narrator for the full book.
His tone is like a 5th grade school boy and his British & Arab accents are extremely phony and bad.
Even Hollywood movies would not mess up the accents so badly
the narrator pronounced characters differently that the previous 3 books. totally distracting. "tur-cut" vs "tur-caught". "naabenger" vs "nae-benger", etc...
normal fun "area 51" book. if you liked the others, this is about the same. not as good as books 1 & 2, though...
I have listened to 5 of these and I won't be listening to any more. Again I find a book that has a great premise but it is far too long - stretched over goodness knows how many books but really could have been a great trilogy at most. Found myself feeling duped into buying the next book only to find that the story was only moved on a little.
The performance was good.
I finished the book and didn't really have to struggle. I enjoyed the historic bits and the way the true facts were twisted to create the new world. BUT I asked myself throughout and at the end, "why?" Interesting vignettes but why? Did I miss the explanation of why the aliens were doing what they did in some prior book? And who were these "Area 51" aliens?
I'm trying to figure out how to explain the problem. The writing was good enough to listen to this but what was the plot? Does the reason for all the actions get explained in another book?
That's why I scored 2 stars. I enjoyed the general background historical stories but the narrator didn't continue anything and I spent the entire book trying to figure out where the background plot was...why was all this happening.
Narration is terrible. I will have to buy a copy of the book to finish the story.
The narrator is terrible. I am going to have to buy a copy of the book or change to another series.
The narrator made my ears bleed. Just terrible
The narrator is terrible. white noise would have been better.
never let the narrator near a book again
Way too many characters and not enough plot advancement. The terrible narration made it even worse. If I hadn't already bought the next two, I would stop the series here.
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