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Publisher's Summary

Disclaimer: This book is narrated by an English speaking American narrator using the Queen's English pronunciations per author's direction.

There are the usual mundane books about regurgitated mysteries, and there are books such as Strange Mysteries which boldly delve into the more offbeat mysteries of history, as well as mysteries of crime, space, and time. Within this amazing collection of 65 mysteries you will read of the mysterious Zodiac Killer who terrorized the West Coast of the United States in the 1960s - who was he? Could a new scientific breakthrough finally unmask Zodiac? Also in Strange Mysteries, you will even be provided with a truly mind-boggling answer to that question we have all pondered from time to time - Why are we here? Read that chapter at your own risk. In this fascinating book, you will learn what might have really happened onboard the Mary Celeste, and you will read of the sinister 1945 murder of an English warlock, as well as a host of other intriguing conundrums such as the possibility of aliens on our moon, and the intriguing reports of Joan of Arc being seen long after she was supposedly burnt at the stake. This amazing book also asks: Was Adolf Hitler a Black Magician? Did Shakespeare exist? How did a Welshman who flew before the Wright Brothers become omitted from the history books? Who was the Man in the Velvet Mask? What is the shocking truth behind President Lincoln's Assassination? Who were the Atlanteans? Do Vampires exist? Can a murder repeat itself 157 years after it is committed? How can we tap into the Akashic Records? Was Jesus of Nazareth an Extraterrestrial? Whose ghost is seen being executed in an electric chair on the London underground? What mathematical method did a super gambler use to break the bank at Monte Carlo? Plus many, many more mysteries to feed your unending curiosity!

©2013 Tom Slemen (P)2015 Tom Slemen

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  • Joseph
  • Indianapolis, IN USA
  • 04-24-15

Mr Crain's mispronouncements are the best part.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Mr Crain must have never heard many of these words, cities, names, pronounced. I had to rewind several times to get Hoboken.

Has Strange Mysteries turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

I guess this needed to be proof-listened. The mispronouncements are just like misspellings.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

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

This is an excellent book but the reader needs to improve his pronounciaton of several terms such Arimather instead of Arimithea, etc., ad naumeum. Other than these fopahs, the book is very pleasant to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

Content

What three words best describe Michael D. Crain’s performance?

Nice voice, smoooth

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Terrible Narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe, it was mildly interesting.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator seemed to have poor grasp on pronunciations to the point of sounding incredibly ignorant and teetering on the edge of annoying.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Really bad narrator.

Would you try another book from Tom Slemen and/or Michael D. Crain?

Yes to Tom Slemen and no to Michael D. Crain. I like Tom Slemens books but Michael D. Crain is not a good narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael D. Crain’s performances?

No. He pronounces the names Nichola Tesla as Nichola Tesler and Nasa as Nasaw and Genghis Khan as Gengis Karn. Also his reading is choppy and very distracting.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good Content, Mediocre Audio

If you're considering this book you obviously have an interest in these sorts of subjects. There are some great chapters & stories in there I was completely unaware of. But the audio is off. I'm not sure if it's a read-bot or what but there are LOTS of strange mispronunciations of VERY simple words (he constantly calls NASA "NASER" and Yahweh "Yarvey". It sounds nit picky but I promise they happen so often that it distracts from the book itself.

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Interesting Tales

Good tales for nights you want to hear something strange. Fact checked some very unlikely. Some are creepy.

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  • ken
  • pittsburgh, Panama
  • 09-07-16

A good, entertaining book with an awful author

The headline says it all, I gave the performance 3 stars because the narrator didn't have a bad voice, he just desperately needed someone to correct his (frequent) mispronunciations. Better still would be to have someone who speaks The Queen's English, rather than as the author describes an 'English speaking American using the Queen's English pronunciations' (I am American, and would have found this much easier to listen to). Again, it is a very good, entertaining listen, even with the faults of the narrator. I would not hesitate to buy it again or recommend it, I just with they would re-record it.

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  • BGBoggan
  • Wadley, AL, United States
  • 04-09-16

A great story held back by narrator!

The book in and of itself is great.
The constant mispronouncing of words is highly distracting. It is this error that causes me to not recommend this book over 3 stars. The tales presented are good and hold your attention, however you can become distracted even annoyed by constant mispronouncing of words.

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Bad English

I struggled to finish this book because the reader seemed like he had just learned how to read. The stories were interesting, but listening to him butcher the language was pretty rough

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  • James
  • 05-14-15

interesting book but so hard to listen to

the narration was robotic. spoiled the book. why would they choose that guy to narrate a book?

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  • M. Bradshaw
  • 09-09-15

Terrible narration

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

The subject matter of the book is good and as expected. If you enjoy the areas covered then you won't be disappointment.

Any additional comments?

The narration though is terrible. Lots of really simple and obvious words just mis-pronounced but the most annoying the narrators habit of putting the inflection and pauses in the completely wrong part of sentences! It is so off putting!

It almost sounds like it's not a human reading the book but a computer "text to speech" system.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Sam
  • 08-14-15

Why did they pick someone who can't speak English to narrate?

The narration is really bad, really bad! It sounds like it's been recorded in a cupboard using Microsoft narrator.

That's it really, story is ok, interesting enough, but ruined by the narration I'm afraid.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • J. Doe
  • 08-18-15

Suitably creepy

This book exists as a collection of mysteries, ghost stories and supernatural phenomena. The stilted narration takes these stories and delivers them in a manner fittingly unhuman. It's one thing that the narrator's voice sounds like a robot created by aliens, but hearing British English in an American accent takes it to a strange new level. I'm convinced that the narrator was actually raised in the Uncanny Valley, since they mispronounce words nobody has ever mispronounced before. The stories are entertaining enough, just prepare to be unsettled by the performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lastknight
  • 01-09-18

Bad prounounciation spoil a brilliant book

Why an American would read this is Beyond me the reader mis pronounces about 20% of the time and it spoilt it for me

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  • Dougie
  • 08-07-15

Great Book.

What made the experience of listening to Strange Mysteries the most enjoyable?

Narrator is great, what a voice. Stories where all worth a few listens.

What did you like best about this story?

bite size stories and big stories and in the best order.

What does Michael D. Crain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

a voice of that puts a haunting spin on everything and is funny when he says Robert Debourdycrout!

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

yes and again

1 of 3 people found this review helpful