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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Halperin Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This sparkling debut novel, set against the backdrop of the troubled 1960s, is a coming-of-age story that weaves together a compelling psychological drama and vivid outer-space fantasy.

Danny Shapiro is an isolated teenager living with a dying mother, a hostile father, and no friends. To cope with these circumstances, Danny forges a reality of his own, which includes the sinister “Three Men in Black,” mysterious lake creatures with insect-like carapaces, a beautiful young seductress and thief, with whom Danny falls in love, and an alien-human love child who—if only Danny can keep her alive—will redeem the planet. Danny’s fictional world blends so seamlessly with his day-to-day life that profound questions about what is real and what is not, what is possible and what is imagined, begin to arise. As the hero in his alien landscape, he finds the strength to deal with his own life and to stand up to demons both real and imagined. Told with heart and intellect, Journal of a UFO Investigator calls to mind the works of Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Journal of a UFO Investigator is a remarkable book. Part science fiction, part novel of growing up, part surrealist voyage into the imagination, it is a disconcerting and satisfying experience.”

    Iain Pears, New York Times bestselling author

  • “What’s in this book? What isn’t? History, mystery—even aliens, for God’s sake. The most compelling and original coming-of-age story I’ve read in a long time.”

    Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish

  • “Posing existential questions throughout, this book will appeal to readers of SF as well as general fiction readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “A thrilling romp through the domain of aliens and spacecraft, Halperin’s highly entertaining coming-of-age tale poses questions about the real and the imagined and suggests that fusing the two might be the only way to survive adolescence.”


  • “An adolescent boy copes with his religious heritage and personal demons through a staggeringly lush fantasy life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie Marcotte | 2/7/2014

    " This is a novel which, on the surface, seems like a coming-of-age story with an interesting twist. Below that surface, is a complex novel in which the same young person uses fantasy as an escape from the troubles in his life. At first, the crossing between what was real and what was the fantasy was quite blurred and you are not really sure of which. You are also never really sure which of the characters are real or imaginary. Quite a smartly-written novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Valerie | 1/31/2014

    " What a marvel-ous book - a book full of marvels,blending a coming-of-age story with UFO-logy with speculative fiction - fluidly, gracefully, and with a deep heart for the pains of adolescence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andy | 1/21/2014

    " This is not a book to be messed with. It is weird, uncomfortable, and mildly disturbing, everything that I usually love about reading, but this book missed the mark by a lot. I think that I really lost interest with the book when the protagonist was abducted and spent 100+ pages aboard an alien aircraft... just bizarre and not in a good way. Choose wisely here readers... this book is one step away from an one star from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Skye | 1/11/2014

    " It jumps around A LOT. There are just random sexual things that pop up out of the blue. It gets pretty confusing and I had to constantly go back and make sure I wasn't high and missed something. The end really ties it all together somewhat well. It's good for what it is. "

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About the Author
Author David Halperin

DAVID HALPERIN was professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of many nonfiction books and articles about myth and religion.