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Niels J. Rasmussen

Dr. Nils Rasmussen

Edmonton, Alberta Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • That Is All

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (241)
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    (225)
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    (221)

    John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off - specifically, at page 596 - and finally completes Complete World Knowledge, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.

    S. Potter says: "His best yet"
    "Doesn't Translate From Text To Audio"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd like to first state that John Hodgman is my all-time favorite author. Unfortunately the text from this book just doesn't translate well into an audio format. The content is still all there but there is something that is somehow lost while listening to to book. I HIGHLY reccomend READING this book but I'd pass on checking out the audiobook.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Ship: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (41 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach, John Schneider
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (10)
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    (10)

    An interplanetary expedition from earth finds an exact duplicate of their ship and themselves crashed on the planet they were surveying. Should they stay or risk taking off and crashing?

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "One of My Favorite in the "Twilight Zone" Series"
    "One of My Favorite in the "Twilight Zone" Series"
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    I've listened to a LOT of the radio adaptations of The Twilight Zone series, and this one is easily one of the best. Great story with JUST the right amount of sci-fi weirdness that you might expect to come along with the franchise. Highly recommend this episode for any first-time Twilight Zone listeners out there.

    9.0 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Jonathan Hoag has a curious problem. Every evening, he finds a mysterious reddish substance under his fingernails, with no memory what he was doing during the day to get it there. Jonathan hires the husband and wife detective team of Ted and Cynthia Randall to follow him during the day and find out. But Ted and Cynthia find themselves instantly out of their depth. Jonathan leaves no fingerprints. His few memories about his profession turn out to be false.

    Mark Williams says: "1950's Detective Sci Fi at it finest!"
    "Brilliant Sci-Fi Detective Action!"
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    This is truly such a unique story that I believe it would translate into an excellent film. It's not often that you see the cross between detective mystery fiction and sci-fi, but it honestly REALLY works. The book is only around a 4 hour listen but TOTALLY worth the price of a credit. You won't be sorry you listened to this one.

    9.5 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey into Space: The World In Peril, Episodes 1-20

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Chilton
    Overall
    (27)
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    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged the listener as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Brilliant Old-Time Radio Drama"
    "Brilliant Old-Time Radio Drama"
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    "Journey Into Space" is by far one of the most exciting series amongst all of those old classic radio dramas. This is the 2nd story-line in its long serial of programs. If you are a fan of audio books or radio dramas of any kind, you will most surely enjoy "Journey Into Space". It is a shame that this medium is not as popular as it once was but it's great that you can still enjoy these old shows with the help of the internet.

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  • Journey into Space: Frozen in Time (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Charles Chiltern
    • Narrated By David Jacobs, Michael Beckley, Alan Marriott, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this thrilling new episode, the spaceship Ares has been heading back to Earth for 30 years, with the crew in suspended animation - except Captain Jet Morgan, whose sleeper pod failed. With the ship six months from home, Jet picks up an SOS from Mars, and wakes the others to go on a rescue mission. But when our heroes meet up with the stranded crew it becomes apparent that all is not what it first appeared.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Excellent Reprisal of a Lost Art"
    "Excellent Reprisal of a Lost Art"
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    This is an hour-long radio play based on the 1950's BBC radio program "Journey Into Space". It is amazing to hear how modern writers tackle the same characters used for such a long time over 70 years ago.
    They did a tot-notch job of both staying true to the original feel and sound of "Journey Into Space" as well as keeping that same sense of wonder that was so prevalent in those old radio shows.
    This is definitely worth the price.

    9.3 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey into Space: Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Chilton
    Overall
    (31)
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    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged listeners as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Well Worth It Despite A Slow Start..."
    "Well Worth It Despite A Slow Start..."
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    I've been a fan of old radio shows for many years now but this is the first series I have encountered that is structured in a serial format in which each episode plays off of the previous one's ending.
    What results, is one long, 7-hour radio play. This may sound unappealing to those who lack an imagination, but - for those lucky enough to be endowed with a healthy one - it is pure gold.
    I am a huge fan of the 50's radio program "X-Minus One", but each half hour episode can only pack in so much detail. Journey Into Space has the luxury of time which allows it to go into brilliant sci-fi detail as I've never heard before. The first two episodes are a little slow and boring considering that human beings have since already landed on the lunar surface, so it's hard to peak your interest. But trust me, if you stay with it...It gets INSANE.....

    9.4 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talking Monkeys In Space

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Joe Rogan
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
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    (23)

    Talking Monkeys in Space features Rogan's classic trademark: sharply insightful comedy delivered in a straightforward and hard-edge style. Here he tackles countless cultural taboos such as gay marriage, marijuana use, and the anti-evolution debate.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Much Smarter Than the Average Comic"
    "Much Smarter Than the Average Comic"
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    Very impressed with how much thought Rogan actually put into this performance. Yes, there were a few toilet humor jokes, but I was expecting that. But aside from that, the man is clearly a genius putting on an act.

    PLUS - The audiobook contains about 20 minutes of bonus material of Q&A between Rogan and the audience that is nearly as good as the act itself.

    Highly recommend this one for any fans of Louis C.K., Jim Jefferies, Norm MacDonald, or David Cross.

    8.8 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me a Story: Science Fiction One

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov, and others
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Ready for a story? Here's a selection of some of the finest science fiction shorts of recent years, including stories from Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Robert Sheckley, Terry Bisson, Avram Davidson, and Philip K. Dick.

    Nikki says: "Great stories, bad narration"
    "Great Collection of Authors"
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    My only complaint about this audio book is that it was a little too short (only 1.5 hours). The content within that short time is nearly all pure gold. There are one or two stories that had me wondering WHY they were added to the collection, but overall it's a great compilation of some of my favorite authors. The fact that the book contains Sheckley, Asimov, Dick, AND Clarke should be enough reason alone to check this one out.

    8.3 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4736)
    Performance
    (4296)
    Story
    (4305)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Brilliant Premise"
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    The idea behind this amazing novel is that of an alternate reality set during the 1930's in which patches of mankind has developed magical abilities. Aside from the story, the author examines all of the problems that present themselves with what amounts to a wonderful new form of technology.

    I must also mention that out of all the hundred-some audio books that I have purchased, this book's narrator ranks among the best I have EVER heard. He manages to create a new, unique voice for every single one of the characters, almost up to the point that it feels like you are listening to a radio drama. Amazing work.

    I have yet to listen to the 2nd and 3rd novels in this series but have already spent my credits on them and look forward to 2 more mind-bending experiences.

    9.6 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Science Fiction Radio: Atom Age Adventures

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Ernest Chappell
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    From the late 1940's through the 1950's, in a world where space travel and nuclear annihilation were no longer merely the stuff of fantasy, science fiction began to achieve a new popularity. And, the work of noted genre writers began to be adapted in movies and radio programs. Based (however implausibly) on science, these radio broadcasts reflected the depths of the nation's fears, and the boundlessness of its imagination.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Wonderful Collection"
    "A Wonderful Collection"
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    I'm an expert on old-time radio and this is a must-have collection for anyone who is interested in an introduction to the medium. It is a collection of half hour shows from various sci-fi programs ranging from the 1940's to the early 1960's. This collection does a great job of presenting a good representation of what science fiction was like during that time period. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

    9.6 / 10

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Slide (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Victor Pemberton
    • Narrated By Maurice Denham, Roger Delgado, David Spenser
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    During an abnormal heatwave in March, the air becomes thick and dull. Nothing moves, and you can almost hear the silence. Something was bound to happen.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Horrible Premise For a Story"
    "A Horrible Premise For a Story"
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    This was an unbelievably well-executed and produced radio dramatization of a horrible story. It's a shame so much talent and work was wasted on such a stupid idea for a story. Giving it 3 stars is VERY generous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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