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Niels J. Rasmussen

Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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  • UFO Chronicles: Alien Abductions and Visitations

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ann Andrews, Billy Meier, Michael Horn, and others
    • Narrated By Anne Andrews, Billy Meier, Michael Horn, and others
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    "The rise in UFO sightings is due to the increase in alien activity on Earth. The aliens are abducting people in larger numbers and it isn’t going to stop anytime soon," says an abductee who claims to be regularly visited by aliens from another solar system. What’s happening here? Mainstream scientists reject the phenomenon without a second thought. However, there is little doubt that many credible and stable people who report alien abductions are sincere. Dr. John Edward Mack investigated over 800 claimed abductees and spent countless hours with these individuals....

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "GREAT Content, HORRIBLE Sound Quality"
    "GREAT Content, HORRIBLE Sound Quality"
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    As great as the material is in this audiobook, it's very hard to get over the extremely poor recording quality. On top of that, they've layered elevator-bland soft rock behind all of the interviews for some unknown reason. Buy with caution. Be prepared to have to strain your ears just to hear it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Untouched by Human Hands

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Stefan Rudnicki
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    Untouched by Human Hands consists of 13 stories of beings who dwell on the strange borders of reality. Some of these stories tell of people you know or of events that might happen - but haven't yet. Some will take you to the furthermost reaches of the sky and to planets whose names are unknown this side of Arcturus. And some - perhaps the richest and most memorable of these stories - open into the interior of strange minds to reveal the reflection of ourselves.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Some Of Sheckley's Best Short Stories..."
    "Some Of Sheckley's Best Short Stories..."
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    CONTENTS:
    1 - "The Monsters"
    2 - "Cost of Living"
    3 - "The Altar"
    4 - "Shape" a.k.a. "Keep Your Shape"
    5 - "The Impacted Man"
    6 - "Untouched by Human Hands"
    7 - "The King's Wishes"
    8 - "Warm"
    9 - "The Demons"
    10 - "Specialist"
    11 - "Seventh Victim"
    12 - "Ritual"
    13 - "Beside Still Waters"

    I have a soft spot in my heart for all of Robert Sheckley's stories, but as true as with anything, some are better than others.
    The 3 best stories from this collection have got to be;

    "Cost of Living" - a description of a future (not too unlike our own present) in which homeowners rack up so much debt to stay comfortable with all of life's latest products and gadgets that mathematically, it would be impossible to pay off before death. It's a shame this story wasn't as prophetic as it was. I would have preferred that this one stay under 'fiction'.

    "Seventh Victim" - Sheckley's first short story that started his entire "Victim" trilogy of books. If you haven't read them, go check them out NOW! ("The 10th Victim" is the trilogy's first installment).

    "Beside Still Waters" - A heartbreaking study in loneliness and isolation. A man who lives on a large asteroid builds himself a robot to be his only friend. I won't ruin the ending for you, but it's great.


    9.59 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World That Couldn't Be

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Clifford Simak
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
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    The planet where his new plantation was established was very strange, with a complete lack of sex; all of his workers and all the animals and plants had no sex at all; they were all "its". But like every farmer on every planet, Duncan had to hunt down anything that damaged his crops - and whatever animal ate his vua plants was going to die. Of course he had no idea what this one looked like or what it was like, but whatever it was, he would track it and his rifle would bring it down.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
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    For some strange reason, this audiobook announces the title and author of the story upon EVERY time one chapter ends and a new one begins. I have never come across another audiobook that did this. Even though the story is only six chapters long, it got annoying pretty quickly.

    Aside from that minor annoyance, this was actually quite a good short story by Simak.

    Totally worth checking out for such a small price.

    8.48 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
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    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Sci-Fi Triple Crown Winner"
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    After enjoying this book, it is no surprise that it took home The Nebula Award, The Hugo Award, and The John W. Campbell Memorial Award immediately after its release in 1973.

    Rendezvous With Rama is truly one of the most imaginative, yet believable science fiction novels that I have had the pleasure of coming across on Audible. Arthur C. Clarke is a true master of the genre.

    If you enjoy fiction about humanity's first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, get this book NOW...

    9.11 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Interview: Reader's Edition

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lawrence Spencer
    • Narrated By Lyanne Greystoke
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    Copies of two letters, Top Secret military transcripts, and notes from the late Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy, an Army Air Force nurse at the Roswell Army Air Field 509th Bomb Group in 1947. In her letters she asserts that the transcripts are an exact recording of a series of interviews she conducted with an extraterrestrial being as part of her official duty as a flight nurse in the U.S. Army Air Force. During July and August she interviewed a saucer pilot who crashed near Roswell, New Mexico on July 8, 1947.

    dorota says: "Captivating and eye opening."
    "BEYOND INSANE..."
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    I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. Most of it just sounded similar to the tenants of Scientology.
    The first 4 chapters were actually quite good, AND believable to be honest. Then it just got completely insane...
    Here are some of the ideas/truths brought forward in the interviews with the alien:

    -The universe is actually 140 QUADRILLION years old
    -Earth is a prison planet for criminal souls
    -"The solar system" and the word "galaxy" are apparently interchangeable
    -Every soul (also known as an "Is-Be") has been around before the beginning of the universe
    -The universe was constructed, and is continuing to be constructed by multiple "Is-Be"s

    I'm going to stop there... There is a LOT more insanity where that came from.
    I am honestly going to be kicking myself for an eternity if I find out that this whole book was genuine when I die. BUT - I REALLY doubt that...

    I am REALLY sorry if the author of these interviews was actually telling the truth but it all is just too much. I'm far more inclined to believe this to be the work of someone with severe mental illnesses. Many of the ideas put forward in this book are very imaginative though, which is why I'll give it a passing grade.

    6.55 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to the Monkey House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By David Strathairn, Maria Tucci, Bill Irwin, and others
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    Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut's shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, what these superb stories share is Vonnegut's audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.

    Michael says: "Classic Vonnegut"
    "Everything From Sci/Fi to RomCom At Its Best"
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    This as an absolutely AMAZING collection in one single book.
    "Welcome to the Monkey House" proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Vonnegut is truly a master of the medium when it comes to the short story.
    And although this book is under the "Sci-Fi/Fantasy" category on Audible, its genres span almost everything out there. A story set in the distant future will be followed by a playful romantic comedy, in turn followed by dark social satire. It's fantastic.

    I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. It is a perfect introduction to Vonnegut as an author for those who aren't familiar with him.

    Nearly every one of the many stories in the collection is pure gold, and those that aren't are still good enough that they don't detract from the book's overall impact.

    Get this book.

    9.43 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Lies the Wub

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
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    What is a Wub? A 400-pound slovenly, fat, ungainly, drooling animal that looks like a cross between a walrus and an enormous hog? Well, yes that is pretty much what he looks like and for 50 cents, a good bargain no matter how he tastes. The hungry spaceship crew expect to find out. Of course the Wub may not entirely agree but it doesn't have much to say about it.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Great Little Story"
    "A Great Little Story"
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    This short story by PKD examines the idea of eating an intelligent, sentient creature.
    How smart does an organism have to be before we as humans will refuse to indulge in eating it?
    A very enjoyable little story of ethics here.

    8.96 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Human Is

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Phillip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    Lester Herrick, human of the future, he is by our standards rather inhuman. When Lester returns from a trip to Rexor IV a changed man, the divorce is off, and Mrs. Herrick enjoys her wedded bliss until the authorities suspect Lester isn't Lester.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Brilliant Short Story By PKD"
    "A Brilliant Short Story By PKD"
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    For me, Philip K Dick's work is always hit or miss. This one was a hit.
    I had never heard this story by Dick until now, and I am sure glad I stumbled across it.
    As far as his short stories go, I would say this one is a close second to his best story, "The Defenders".

    9.22 / 10.00

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 'All You Zombies': Five Classic Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
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    This collection from grand master Robert A. Heinlein includes five short stories sure to please science fiction fans everywhere. The title story tells the tale of a young man who meets a time-traveling bartender whose origins - and relation to the young man - are more complex and stranger than the Ouroboros ring on the barkeep's finger.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Disappointing For Heinlein"
    "Disappointing For Heinlein"
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    As a big fan of most of Heinlein's work, maybe I just came into this one with expectations a little too high...

    By no means were the five stories in this small collection bad, but aside from the first story, none of them really made an impression with me.
    Spider Robinson did a pretty damn good job of narrating the book, especially considering that he himself is an author and not an actor. But as I alluded to previously, the content itself just wasn't that great for him to work with.

    If you LOVE Heinlein, you might want to add this book to your collection, but otherwise, I would pass on this one.

    6.96 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Hounds of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Clifford Simak
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Earth is doomed. But there is one hope and it rests on the shoulders of 98 brave men. Can they do it? Can they find a way of retaliating?

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Great Ideas But A Little Repetitive..."
    "Great Ideas But A Little Repetitive..."
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    This was a really neat short story by Simak.

    The ideas put forward in it are completely original yet very simple as far as sci/fi goes.
    Its only problem is Simak's repetitiveness about exactly what is going on during some of the strange parts. Had it been slightly more straight forward, I might have given this a full five stars.

    Narration performance is well above average.

    Check this one out if you're a fan of sci/fi.

    8.46 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "So THAT'S What Happened..."
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    This whole novel was actually based off of Clarke's previous short story, "The Monolith", but obviously VASTLY expanded upon.
    As I'm sure is the case with most people, I saw the film 2001: A Space Odyssey BEFORE having the opportunity to read the book.
    Let me tell you - it makes a LOT more content within the movie actually make sense.
    The opening scene of the movie with the apes and the monolith actually spans the first SIX chapters of this book. That should give you an idea of the amount of material left out of the film which fills in the curious plot gaps.

    I don't want to ruin anything by giving more away, but whether you have seen the movie or not, I believe it is your DUTY as a science-fiction fan to read this book. There aren't many modern-day masterpieces anymore, but this would definitely fall under that category.

    PS = Also, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out Arthur C Clarke's library of short stories as well. He is truly a master of the medium.

    9.31 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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