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

Unfinished story

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.
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- A

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!

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- Vanessa

Book Details

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