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The 37th Parallel Audiobook

The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway

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Publisher's Summary

This real-life The X-Files and Close Encounters of the Third Kind tells the true story of a computer programmer who tracks paranormal events along a 3,000-mile stretch through the heart of America and is drawn deeper and deeper into a vast conspiracy.

Like Agent Mulder of The X-Files, computer programmer and sheriff's deputy Zukowski is obsessed with tracking down UFO reports in Colorado. He takes the family with him on weekend trips to look for evidence of aliens. But this innocent hobby takes on a sinister urgency when Zukowski learns of mutilated livestock and sees the bodies of dead horses and cattle - whose exsanguination is inexplicable by any known human or animal means.

Along an expanse of land stretching across the southern borders of Utah, Colorado, and Kansas, Zukowski discovers multiple bizarre incidences of mutilations and suddenly realizes that they cluster around the 37th parallel, or "UFO Highway". So begins an extraordinary and fascinating journey from El Paso and Rush, Colorado, to a mysterious space studies company and MUFON; from Roswell and Area 51 to the Pentagon and beyond; to underground secret military caverns and Indian sacred sites; beneath strange, unexplained lights in the sky; and into corporations that obstruct and try to take over investigations.

Inspiring and terrifying, this true story will keep you up at night, staring at the sky and wondering if we really are alone and what could happen next.

©2016 Ben Mezrich (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    It appears that the author has left the story unfinished. Basically by the time he is done retelling the standard UFO stories blended into the life of the main character, and the listener expects some revelation or a surprise, the story ends unexpectedly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa 11-23-16
    Vanessa 11-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't listen to the negative reviews!"
    What made the experience of listening to The 37th Parallel the most enjoyable?

    Inside perspective without too much unnecessary drama.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The balance of Naive American stories come-to-life by non-native ranchers and citizens. And the list of longitude/latitudes of incidents.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 19. Hands down chapter 19. Rarely does this type of book touch on Native American Skin Walkers. Specifically Ute and Nez Perce.


    If you could give The 37th Parallel a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A calaboration of scientifically researched experiences along North America's UFO Highway


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to re-read, and listen again on my next road trip through these areas of rural NM, CO, AZ!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CWALL 09-12-16
    CWALL 09-12-16

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    "Poorly written novel masquerading as non fiction"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a real story


    What was most disappointing about Ben Mezrich’s story?

    After the first 10 chapters, I thought this was a case of an author burying the lead deeper than he should but by the end, it was clear that this was just a ill conceived concept,poorly written without a coherent plot premise or conclusion. I want my credit back.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Mezrich’s performances?

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

    I want to believe...


    Any additional comments?

    No

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Costa Rica 09-12-16
    Daniel Costa Rica 09-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I thought it was a study or documentary"

    Bought it expecting a study or documentary instead I got a novelised account of the life of someone that felt 99% fiction. Not at all what I expected or hoped for.

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    T. Smith 09-13-16
    T. Smith 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Uninspired reading, lame ending"

    While the content is interesting to me, I have to say the end left me feeling empty and almost cheated. If I thought it possible to get a refund I might try. Instead I'll just warn you off. Dissatisfied cone, OUT.

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    James Lee 05-03-17
    James Lee 05-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "his Ted talk left more to be desired"

    I thought I was going to listen to some reportage on interesting cases based on how the author presented himself in a ted talk but instead it was just overly dramatized narrative. "Hell, I just wanted to hear some good alien arguments.."

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    Marcus DeSieno 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This book does a disservice to ALL of Ufology!!!"

    Save your time and money and listen to serious research. The author of this book can't even get the basic declassified facts about Roswell correct. Very little to no research on the part of the author - books like this are the reason ufology isn't taken seriously.

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    fax with faith equals reality experience don't live to survive experience life's foreseen truth's. .

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    Jay P. Baer 07-04-17
    Jay P. Baer 07-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Junk"

    I guess the joke is on me. I expected this book to have some interesting insight. It is junk.

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    Jeffrey 03-22-17
    Jeffrey 03-22-17
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    "Rambling, blathering mess"

    This book had no real point to me other than to perhaps serve as an outline for what will most likely be an equally bad, straight-to-streaming video.

    The author made sure to include all of the time-worn UFO tropes, but failed to make any interesting points.

    I realize this is a biography of sorts, however the subject's life and fanaticism just isn't that compelling.

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