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Publisher's Summary

Conspiracy buff or not, who can resist a book that blows the lid off some of our time's most controversial issues? For example, if astronauts, pilots, and nearly every culture since time immemorial believe UFOs exists, why does the U.S. government deny it? And just how could the President of the United States die of a frontal would inflicted by a sniper shooting from behind? Legendary stand-up comedian and Homicide: Life on the Street star Richard Belzer decided it was time for straight answers, and he dug deep enough to get them. If you're looking for the truth, it's in here.

Cover UFO Photo © Bill Heinsohn/Tony Stone Images; Copyright ©1999 by Richard Belzer; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

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Lone gunmen, beware!

Belz hit a home run with this book. Do you think Oswald was a patsy? That the moon landing was filmed on a sound stage in Hollywood? That the men in black have paid you a visit? This is the book for you. As a fan of Richard Belzer's standup work, and later his character on SVU, I was tickled to see this book in the audible "stacks". It doesn't disappoint.

Belzer's delightfully acerbic, and surprisingly compelling, paranoia shines here. Whether talking about the Kennedy assasination (which he devotes more than half of the book to) or the cover-up of alien encounters, Belz injects each argument with enough common sense, humor and (partially) plausible evidence to make the book both engaging and thought-provoking.

I listened to this poolside during a recent vacation and it made an excellent diversion. If you're looking for Anna Karenina, this won't be the book for you. On the other hand, if you enjoyed the x-files, have an open mind, and think Oliver Stone may have been on to something, pick this one up.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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bad recording

I have just bought the audible book and only listened to maybe 15 minutes of it. Im sure the book is great but im finding it very hard to listen to with the sound effects and the tinny sound of his voice. It sounds like the reader is in the bathroom or somewhere and is in a hurry to read it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An Excellent Book, a HORRIBLE recording ruined it.

Where does UFOs, JFK, and Elvis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was RUINED by tragic recording session, and Belzer is not a narrator (But an exceptional actor!). Was this recorded at his kitchen table? Richard, did you record this on a pocket cassette recorder? Tragic, so I picked up the actual book. VERY good. GO GET THE ACTUAL BOOK!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Fixed the recording. Just nightmarish. Other than that, the work is exceptional.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Belzer?

Roy Dotrice, perhaps.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You couldn't make a movie of this book. At least, not ONE movie.

Any additional comments?

Again, this book has been ruined by the author's narration, and the pathetic recording session. Go get the book. You'll like the book.

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Loved Every Moment!

Belzer is a man of many talents. This book was laugh out loud funny, filled with wisdom and revelations. I don’t buy all the conspiracies noted, but I don’t trust our government enough to say that everything herein is made up. Belzer was funny and thoughtful. His performance was so ON POINT. His impersonations were SPOT ON. Loved every moment!

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Recording quality SUX

What disappointed you about UFOs, JFK, and Elvis?

I really thought purchasing a Belzer narrated version of an audiobook would rock :-/ maybe if he'd sunk a li'l cashola into the effects and slowed his pace a bit - I'm fairly well disappointed in this $15 / 1 credit unit :-(

How did the narrator detract from the book?

WAY too fast a pace; it's like dude is in a race to finish this in under a certain amount of time

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Humorous

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A NEW EXPERIENCE........

Loved it............ very well presented by Richard Belzer and filled with mind blowing information. The perfect distraction and an excellent way to absorb new alternative knowledge, makes you wonder maybe I am not so crazy after all! Great job Richard!!!!!!!!!!!

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very enjoyable

If you like the conspiracy theories of tv's detective John munch this one's for you

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Cheesy sound effects and other problems

The author sounded like he was reading through the phone during the whole book. There were multiple cheesy sound clips throughout the book as well that I thought was very annoying. The JFK chapters were interesting, but no new news or theories there. The UFO chapters were far fetched in my opinion. Overall I gave it a 3/5. I'm sure there are better books out there on these subjects.

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  • Chris
  • Oscoda, MI, United States
  • 08-31-14

Nice audio book, but with problems.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe. It was entertaining. And gives another perspective to history from a comedic viewpoint.

What was one of the most memorable moments of UFOs, JFK, and Elvis?

Although I don't recall Elvis being mentioned, the aliens and JFK part were interesting enough - though he has held onto some urban legends that have been disproved time and again. It's almost as if this book was meant for pro-conspiracy people who will believe anything that seems to prove their position.

What about Richard Belzer’s performance did you like?

He's a professional actor, so his delivery was professional. I don't mind the profanity. It adds spice to the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time, yes. Although historically inaccurate in some places, it's entertaining to hear the pro-conspiracy side in a sarcastic and comedic delivery.

Any additional comments?

He gets a lot of things wrong. I would suggest anybody who listened to this to also listen to 'Reclaiming History', Just so you know where this book departs from history and goes into wild conspiracy theories. There has to be some balance here!

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  • Catherine
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 02-02-14

Horrible!

Any additional comments?

Sounds as if the author was reading a collection of superficial and dated articles from newspapers, tabloids and periodicals - and read so perfunctorily! I could not listen to this book as recorded but rather skipped ahead from chapter to chapter hoping the content would improve – it did not. This recording seems like a naked grab at trading on this actor's then fame, to establish himself as an author (fail)… perhaps it worked for some but not for me. What a total waste of time and an Audible credit.