• UFOs, JFK, and Elvis

  • Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe
  • By: Richard Belzer
  • Narrated by: Richard Belzer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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UFOs, JFK, and Elvis

By: Richard Belzer
Narrated by: Richard Belzer
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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.

©1999 by Richard Belzer (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.

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There is some good info on this book but the author' s style is so arrogant-flippant & the language so obscene I would not recommend it to anyone under the age of 168. The info is available in other much better books.

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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.

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couldnt get past the shitty sound effects

Im sure the information is great, but having cheesy "zing, bang bong," effects after every few paragraphs is ridiculous. couldn't get past it, only got 1 hour in.

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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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Never met a conspiracy he didn't believe!

I will break this review into 2 sections. Content and Audio.

Audio:
It is read by Belzer and at times sounds as though an eighth grader is reading it in front of the class. Other times it seems as though Belzer is riffing and if you are getting content that was not in the book. There are annoying sound drops accompanying his "factoids" and other areas. It's like the "I'm in hell show" and Bob and Tom are the hosts! Only without the humor... hence the hell part!

Content:
He pulls most(over 90%) from books by conspiracy king Jim Maars. So much so that in fact the book should be retitled as being the cliff notes of Jim Maars' works. Thus, it is a sideshow of Belzer trying to push something off as fact and ignoring recent evidence to the contrary. In fact he touts the infamously debunked "Norman Similas" photo as being a given fact. As if he had actually seen the image. Which of course he hasn't because it doesn't exist. This is allegedly a photo taken from across the street that supposedly shows 2 figures standing at the window and a rifle barrel sticking out.

Other leaps of logic, tenuous threads, debunked nonsense, and blind faith in Jim Maars' research(if you can call it that) without the slightest rechecking of the data permeate this work. The snarky quips and humor that was only funny circa 1982 also rule the day.

In short, go watch Oliver Stone's JFK. It is more entertaining, just as factual, and no annoying Belzer jokes.






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I love Belzar's voice...

However, that's the only real enjoyment I experienced from tales already oversold. & oversold... Next?

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Horrible!

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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.

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Tour-de-force master class in inductive reasoning

Belzer is by turns brilliant and hilarious. Weird sound effects seem bizarre at best, wildly inappropriate at worst.

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I have listened to this book at least 15 times!

Very interesting book that captivates and opens ones mind to realize that history is not always true and so therefore must be examined very closely to get at the real truth!

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  • Phil
  • 06-13-21

Some good info

Some good info in here but not a lot that can't be found elsewhere. natation was good but sounded like he was in a toilet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-20

I love Richard

This was fantastic to listen to. 100/10 I love it. Recommend it to everyone honestly.
This book and the recording is the same age as me I just loved it.