The 37th Parallel

  • by Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by Ben Mezrich
  • 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- T. Smith

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?


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

I want to believe...

Any additional comments?


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- CWALL "Cwald"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio