Institute of Antiquities
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  • 1
    Institute of Antiquities: The Secret of the Crystal Balls (Episode 1) | Barbara Goldstein

    Institute of Antiquities: The Secret of the Crystal Balls (Episode 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Goldstein
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    The Institute team gets its first item from the secret warehouse, another crystal ball, and the team discovers the secret of the crystal balls.

    Don't buy this

    What a rip off! It is a play, read in the same voice, so you can't tell the characters apart easily, and its bad writing to boot. This might have wo..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 10 2009 by Priscilla (River Ridge, LA, USA)
  • 2
    Institute of Antiquities: Bequests (Episode 2) | Barbara Goldstein

    Institute of Antiquities: Bequests (Episode 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Goldstein
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    Recently, in reality, archeologists found evidence of writing 9,000 years ago. If there was an Atlantis 10-12,000 years ago, it would be highly likely that it would have links to writing that came after it. Similar to a "Mad Max" scenario, when Atlantis fell, the population would end up mostly illiterate, losing most of the written language with it. But certain symbols and letters would persist, leading to the simple bills of laden 9,000 years ago.

    High Adventure

    This series just keeps getting better and better. This is non-stop adventure that captures the imagination. I can't wait for the next chapter.

    Reviewed on April 05 2011 by Anthwaune (Los Angeles, CA, United States)
  • 3
    Institute of Antiquities: An Echo of Distant Times (Episode 3) | Barbara Goldstein

    Institute of Antiquities: An Echo of Distant Times (Episode 3)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Goldstein
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    The Colonel makes the first pick from the secret warehouse, “something from the Southwest”. In response, a large, strange wire contraption wrapped in an old “Indian blanket” arrives. Because of his Native American/Latino heritage, the Colonel is interested in identifying the old blanket. Virgil and Mandy test the wire contraption to an unexpected conclusion. Irina and Cynthia investigate the 18,000 year old book from the Marsala expedition and reveal some of its secrets. Cynthia’s drunk mother meddles into her work life, intent on Cynthia returning to Brandeis and more prestige.

    Trullyan inventive and interesting science fiction

    DefinitlyI would listen to the Institute of Antiquities again. I found the story riveting.

    Reviewed on January 05 2013 by Anson (Pasadena, CA, United States)
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    Institute of Antiquities: Very Large Lizards (Episode 4) | Barbara Goldstein

    Institute of Antiquities: Very Large Lizards (Episode 4)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Goldstein
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    Two picks from the warehouse arrive at the Institute: an ancient medallion mostly encased in granite and a map with an "X" near edge of the North American continental plate. The Institute members who stay to research the medallion need the help of a specialist and find themselves contending with a persnickety metallurgist. To get to the answer about the medallion, they break the rules, and what they discover is amazing, yet so scientically simple. Linda and Virgil have family issues.

    I can't wait to read the next installment

    Yes I would. What a hoot that something so tied to fantasy can also be hard science fiction! Institute of Antiquities has delivered yet another origi..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 10 2014 by Anson (Pasadena, CA, United States)
  • 5
    Institute of Antiquities: The Truth About Gold and Diamonds, Episode 5 | Barbara Goldstein

    Institute of Antiquities: The Truth About Gold and Diamonds, Episode 5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Goldstein
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    Using birthdates, Linda's warehouse pick turns out to be an ancient crown that gives a whole new understanding as to why leaders wore them. Cynthia's pick is the Ark of the Covenant - sort of - a replica built in the 1960s at the University of Minnesota, and it has a surprise. Mike and Irina explore physics in the crystal balls and find information unknown to us in the first "pages". Mandy works with a colleague who is on the International Space Station whose experiment goes out of control.

    Dr. G continues to explore freshe Sci fi ideas.

    another innovative story.

    Reviewed on September 10 2015 by Anson (Pasadena, CA, United States)
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    Institute of Antiquities: Almost Modern History (Episode 6) | Barbara Goldstein

    Institute of Antiquities: Almost Modern History (Episode 6)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Goldstein
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    Virgil's pick from the warehouse sends the Institute of Antiquities group to Egypt. He picked what look like giant pool tiles and a small figurine. However, the liaison in Egypt is Rick's estranged father, Field General Nels Lundgren, and the person sent on behalf of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities is Dr. Carruthers, the original group member who walked away.

    Terrific Institue of Antiquities

    Great amalgamation of adventure and science fiction with a good twist ending! And it's rooted in enough real science to make it plausible. I want to k..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 09 2016 by Anson (Pasadena, CA, United States)
  • Institute of Antiquities: Message from Atlantis | Barbara Goldstein

    Institute of Antiquities: Message from Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
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    In an "archeological emergency", the government hijacks a group of scientists who discover advanced ancient civilizations. After making astounding finds, they then have to find a way to get out of the government's clutches.

    one star to get to write

    The only reason I have this 'production' one star was to get to write a review. This is probably the worst example of what an audio book should be: ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2008 by Judie Cosentino (Scottsdale, AZ USA)