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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.

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Never let Eric G. Dove near a book again

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

Would you be willing to try another one of Eric G. Dove’s performances?

Absolutely not

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Extremely bad narrator !

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Freeman
  • SAN DIEGO, CA, United States
  • 02-06-13

it's ok to change the narrator, but ...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the narrator pronounced characters differently that the previous 3 books. totally distracting. "tur-cut" vs "tur-caught". "naabenger" vs "nae-benger", etc...

Any additional comments?

normal fun "area 51" book. if you liked the others, this is about the same. not as good as books 1 & 2, though...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Again a good story streched out over too many book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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.

Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The performance was good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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this one seems to have fallen flat

this one has fallen flat I'm not sure if its setting up for the next book or what.

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Is there a point?

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book .....

Loved it ABSOLUTELY. It was a great book.Recomend it. Absolutely loved it. Need more books

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Great story

Loved the story line however changing narrator's in the middle of the series made it a little more difficult to follow. I will finish out the series.

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Area 51 audiobook

On a kindle fire, I am unable to move to a bookmark. It always starts from book 1.

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Terrible Narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Narration is terrible. I will have to buy a copy of the book to finish the story.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The narrator is terrible. I am going to have to buy a copy of the book or change to another series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator made my ears bleed. Just terrible

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sphinx?

The narrator is terrible. white noise would have been better.

Any additional comments?

never let the narrator near a book again