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Niels J. Rasmussen

Dr. Nils Rasmussen

Edmonton, Alberta Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Fifth Season

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    • Narrated By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
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    (197)
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    The record-breaking, chart-topping comedy phenomenon returns for a fifth season - all four episodes are here as a single download. Ricky Gervais, of course, is the award-winning co-creator and star of The Office (upon which the current NBC hit series is based) and HBO's Extras. Steve Merchant, who also stars in Extras, is his long-time creative partner. Karl is a pile of protoplasm that mimics the functions of a human being.

    Jiayun says: "Love it!"
    "Their Previous Material Was Slightly Better"
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    Although, like the title says, I found this volume of the Ricky Gervais podcasts not quite up to par with their previous material, I still thought it was amazing. Definately worth your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crompton Divided

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (2)
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    Alastair Crompton skilled nosologist at Psychosmell, Inc. sniffs out something he's been missing his whole life - his other selves. His disturbed psyche was divided into three parts and the other parts were implanted in other bodies on other planets. His obsession to re-unite himself leads to disturbing discovers about the underpinnings of the society he lives in, personal conflicts, a vastly destructive war and a shocking ultimate revelation.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "One of Sheckley's Weirest Tales"
    "One of Sheckley's Weirest Tales"
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    Reading the summary of this novel leaves the reader with a lot of questions. Never fear. All are answered in due time by Sheckley. Do the answers make sense? Well...

    Let's just say this book is truly an experience of going down the rabbit hole. If you were to read only the very first chapter of Crompton Divided and then immediately read the final chapter, to say you might be confused is an understatement.

    But if you're a fan of Robert Sheckley's work, you will rank this among his best. I would suggest checking out "The Status Civilization" or "The Journey of Joenes" first if you are a virgin to Sheckley's style - only because, as amazing as he is, he takes a bit of getting used to.

    Nonetheless, this was a fantastic listen with a very talented narrator, giving each and every character his or her own unique voice and affectations.

    A MUST READ for any science fiction buff.

    9.37 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Joenes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
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    The Journey of Joenes, also published as Journey Beyond Tomorrow, tells the tale of a picaresque journey through an imagined future taken by a naive and innocent man unprepared for the wonders and oddities he encounters. Sheckley examines the present through the distorting lens of a future wonderfully skewed from and yet darkly, hilariously, similar to our own world.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "One Of My All-Time Favorites"
    "One Of My All-Time Favorites"
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    I have no idea what genre to categorize this novel under... But that's a good thing.

    This is easily one of the funniest, most unpredictable books that I have ever come across. It is easily one of Robert Sheckley's best works, a close second to "The Status Civilization".

    At first, the narration performance struck me as odd, but once you get into the story, you soon realize it fits the story perfectly.

    Buy this book.

    9.6 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robot Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    (5)
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    (5)

    A robopsychologist must outwit a machine determined to stay hidden in "Little Lost Robot"; a woman’s talent for "Light Verse" overshadows her true accomplishments with her robot servants; "The Last Question" presented to computer after computer over a hundred billion years may remain forever unanswered … and seventeen more future visions from the grand master of science fiction.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "The 3 Laws of Robotics"
    "The 3 Laws of Robotics"
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    This book is a collection of many of Isaac Asimov's best short stories. The title and image on the front cover are somewhat deceiving as not ALL of the stories involve robots, although many do. A good deal of the robot stories are actually taken directly from Asimov's book "I, Robot", which is a slight drawback.

    I have ready a great deal of Asimov's short fiction but some of these stories were new to me, which was refreshing. The order of the stories in the collection was also crafted extremely well.

    It is also important to note that the narration performance in this audio book is top notch. The reader has a very soft, relaxing voice and makes sure to give every different character his or her own unique voice.

    9.4 / 10.0

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter/Victim: Victim, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Take a look at a dark, deadly future where the game is hunting and the results are killing - human to human - with status, money, power, and sex as the prizes. The operation runs underground and Frank Blackwell is a new recruit who is destined to change the game and turn it into legitimate popular entertainment for the masses.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "My Favorite Author Falls a LITTLE Short"
    "My Favorite Author Falls a LITTLE Short"
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    On it's own, this is a great book. The drawbacks can only be seen when comparing it with the rest of the "Victim" trilogy.

    Although this is the 3rd, and final, installment in the series, the book takes the route of a prequel to the first two novels. It is all about how "The Hunt" came to be.

    This may be interesting for some, but I much preferred reading into a world where The Hunt already existed and was in full force.

    Still, if you are a fan of Robert Sheckley's, I'm positive you will enjoy this installment of the series, whether you share my views or not. It IS still a great listen and the narration is done flawlessly.

    PS = This is the book in which Sheckley predicted Apple/Mac computers would eventually overtake IBM as the most prominently used platform!


    8.50 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Passage for Trumpet: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (38 mins)
    • By Rod Serling
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach, Mark Starr
    Overall
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    Experience one of television’s greatest science-fiction series, The Twilight Zone - fully dramatized for audio! In this episode, a suicidally despondent trumpet player finds himself in a bizarre world where he seems to be the only moving being, except for one helpful other musician.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Okay?"
    "Okay?"
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    As far as Twilight Zone episodes go, this one was pretty weak. By the end, I was left confused whether or not the story was meant to teach a lesson or not. If it was, the moral of this story is pretty much self-evident to everyone, even by a very young age.
    BUT - Although the story was somewhat boring, as usual with the Twilight Zone, the acting and production were both top notch

    4.25 / 10.0

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  • Spur of the Moment: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (39 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach, Sarah Wynne Callies
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    A young woman out horseback riding is accosted by a mysterious woman clad in black who is hell-bent on catching her.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Not On Par With Other TZ Stories"
    "Not On Par With Other TZ Stories"
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    I'm a big fan of most of what the Twilight Zone serves up in any medium, but this story lacked everything that makes the series special. The story's plot is weak, the characters aren't likable, and the twist ending is not a big surprise.
    Pass on this one.

    2.3 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victim Prime: Victim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
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    In 2092, the world's ecology is in ruins, drought and famine are widespread and survival is a never-ending challenge. Harold Erdman leaves his dying community with one goal, to make his way to Esmeralda, an island paradise run by the Huntworld Corporation which has turned public murder, among willing competitors, into a thriving and lucrative business. Can he survive the journey and then the many rounds of deadly competition on his way to the Big Payoff.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Perfect Followup to "The 10th Victim""
    "Perfect Followup to "The 10th Victim""
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    This is book #2 in Robert Sheckley's "Victim" series.
    But although it IS the second book in a series, it is written in such a way that a reader could hypothetically jump into this novel before reading "The 10th Victim" and not be the least bit confused.
    The "Victim" trilogy only shares a common premise, not a common protagonist.
    That being said, this installment of the series is just as solid as the first book.
    My ONLY complaint is that "Victim Prime" lacks a bit of the humor found in the first book. Just like all of Sheckley's other works, there IS a constant tongue-in-cheek feel to the narration and dialogue in "Victim Prime", but it is not as readily apparent as the rest of the trilogy.
    All in all, this is an outstanding listen, and the narration performance is top notch.

    9.25 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 10th Victim: Victim, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
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    It's the 21st Century and the ugliness of war no longer exists, except on a very personal level. Nowadays, people like Marcello Polletti, seller of Roman sunsets, and Caroline Meredith, lithe, beautiful, blonde, and backed by corporate sponsors and the Roy Bell Dancers, hunt, chase, and kill each other for sport and for the entertainment of the masses - until something oddly like personal human feelings pops up to confuse the players and up the stakes...as each of them seeks to kill their 10th victim and rise in the ranks of the hunters.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Sheckley At His Best!"
    "Sheckley At His Best!"
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    I was REALLY hoping that Audible would release an audio version of the Hunter series by Robert Sheckley, and it looks like my prayers have been answered.
    Not only is this outstanding book and amazing series finally available to listen to, it was made with expert care. The narration performance in this book is on par, if not better, than anything you'll find on ANY premier audiobook. Each character has his or her own completely unique voice, making it nearly impossible to get confused while listening to it. The strength of the narration in this book is SO good in fact, that it ALMOST feels like you are listening to one of those old-time 1950's radio dramas instead of an unabridged recording of a novel.

    For those new to Robert Sheckley, I usually suggest trying out his novel "Dimension of Miracles" FIRST, but this audiobook blew me away.

    Whether you are a huge fan of Sheckley's or a newcomer to his work, "The 10th Victim" is a perfect place to start in order to get a taste of what this wonderful author has to offer.

    BUY THIS BOOK.

    9.5 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Futurity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    When Dr. Jim Parsons awakens after a car accident, he finds himself in a future populated almost entirely by the young. But for the young to keep running the world, death is fetishized, and those who survive to old age are put down. In such a world, Parsons - with his innate desire to save lives - is a criminal and an outcast. For one revolutionary group, however, he may be just the savior they need to heal and revive their cryogenically frozen leader.

    Andrew says: "Fun Sci-Fi"
    "Great PKD Story!"
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    This book was far different than other PKD works I have read, but in a good way. The story in this novel is SO complicated and carefully woven that you can't help but get caught up with the plot. Had this been a real book, and not an audio book, I'm positive it would have been a page-turner.

    Very good narration performance as well.

    9.15 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leslie Kean
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
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    (126)
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    (130)

    With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

    Joseph Hayek says: "Most Reasonable Book on UFO's"
    "One of the Best Books on UFOs That Is Out There"
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    This book is SO well researched and executed that it is hard to believe it was the undertaking of a single person. As far as books on the subject of UFOs go, I rank it up there with books such as J. Allen Hynek's "The UFO Experience" as well as "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry".

    Much of the book is testimonials from extremely reputable people and high ranking officials regarding the secrets the government is hiding. If these facts are indeed true, this is one of the most important pieces of research to humanity EVER compiled.

    This book is truly a mind-blowing experience.

    9.3 / 10.0

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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