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Niels J. Rasmussen

Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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  • Night Call, Collect (Dramatized): Bradbury Thirteen: Episode 8

    • ABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By full cast
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    The lone survivor of a rocket crew on Mars has waited his lifetime to be rescued and taken back to Earth. Then one day when is is 80 years old, his telephone rings!

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Not Very Exciting"
    "Not Very Exciting"
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    This was a big letdown as far as being compared to Bradbury's other works.
    The summary of the book actually tells you its entire plot. There isn't any real solution to the protagonist's problem in the end, just sort of a mini-cliffhanger.

    Pass on this one.

    4.3 / 10.0

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  • Let's Get Together

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Mark F. Smith
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    It's bad enough to learn that your historical enemy has developed robots so human-like that it takes an X-ray to detect them. But to learn that a group of the robots is already in the US and planning to detonate a bomb that can annihilate a major piece of a state - that's real motivation! For the man charged with neutralizing them - it's crunch time!

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "The Cold War + ROBOTS!"
    "The Cold War + ROBOTS!"
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    This story is set up in a Cold War type scenario about one hundred years in the future.
    The two sides have been at a stalemate for the entire century because of the looming threat of mutually assured destruction via thermo-nuclear bombs.
    But things take a change when robotics is finally at the point where it can produce a humanoid robot that could pass undetected across the borders. A robot so realistic that it could fool even the experts upon close examination. And what if these robots were programmed to carry out an attack on enemy soil?

    8.39 / 10.00

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  • Time Stops Today

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    It wasn't war. It wasn't cosmic catastrophe. But two couples woke up one morning to find that their houses and a part of the grounds had suddenly been cut off, isolated and beyond the invisible barrier that closed them in.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "So THIS Is Where Stephen King Gets His Ideas"
    "So THIS Is Where Stephen King Gets His Ideas"
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    After listening to this audiobook, I was shocked at how blatantly Stephen King stole the basic idea of this short story for his novel "Under The Dome". There are of course, differences between the works, but the initial premise is almost identical. Shame on you Mr. King.

    ANYHOW... This was a fantastic little short story by John Wyndham. I was never a fan of his most famous story, "The Day of the Triffids", but his short stories are amazing. They can't be found in audiobook format, but if you can get your hands on either of Wyndham's short story collections, "The Seeds of Time" or "Consider Her Ways", BUY THEM. You will not be disappointed.

    8.65 / 10.00

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  • Ask a Foolish Question

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    It's out there, and it's name is the Answerer. It knows the answer to everything, if you know how to ask the question.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Thought Provoking Short Story"
    "A Thought Provoking Short Story"
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    This story is a perfect example of how Robert Sheckley often hides a deep message within the confusing riddle of his stylistic stories.
    Sheckley forces us to redefine words, question reality, and all in all examine what it means to be human.

    One aspect of this story involves an entire race of alien beings whose job it is to collect purple and put it onto a giant mound of other purple. See what I mean?

    On first listen, parts of this story might come across as utter nonsense, but if you listen again carefully, you will see the true genius of this author.

    8.45 / 10.00

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  • The Status Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
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    Will Barrent has no memory of the murder for which he was convicted. He will now have to live his life sentence on the prison planet Omega. The few that survive there do it by committing crimes. And the more adept the planet inmates are at higher crime, the more they climb their bizzare anti-social ladder. They all must live in a society where drug addiction is mandatory, as is the worship of the Dark One.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Sheckley's Finest Work"
    "Sheckley's Finest Work"
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    I absolutely love this novel.
    Although written decades ago, it's still as fresh as anything today.

    The Status Civilization is, in my opinion, Robert Sheckley's masterpiece. "Dimension of Miracles" and "The Journey of Joenes" are both amazing works, but this novel tops anything in all of Sheckley's catalogue. I had actually read this in text format before buying the audiobook and let me tell you, from the first page, I was hooked. After that, I couldn't put it down to save my life.

    Do yourself a huge favor and buy this book.

    9.9 / 10

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  • The Humanoid Touch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Williamson
    • Narrated By Jeremy Johnson
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    The humanoid - man's ultimate mechanical triumph and perfect servant - so flawlessly effective and self-regenerative as to stifle mankind into impotence and eventual enslavement - was the invention of Jack Williamson in one of the finest science fiction novels of all time, The Humanoids.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Great Listen - But - The Weakest of the Trilogy"
    "Great Listen - But - The Weakest of the Trilogy"
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    The Humanoid Touch is the third and final installment of Jack Williamson's Humanoid trilogy of stories.
    The first story in the series, "With Folded Hands", is easily the author's best work. This was followed up by "The Humanoids", which was great, but got a little too far-fetched by the end of the novel for my tastes.

    The Humanoid Touch focuses less on the actual robots known as The Humanoids and more on characters and character development. To my surprise, the robots don't even make an appearance until about halfway into the novel. Although this book was much less far-fetched than the second installment of the series, I would still consider it to be its weakest link.
    I won't give anything away, but you really DO need to read the previous books in the trilogy to properly follow what is happening in the story, which I consider to be a drawback.

    Also, although the narrator in this book IS very good, he isn't QUITE as good with the material as the reader from both of the previous two audiobooks (Which can be found as a set of two, together on Audible).
    Still a very enjoyable conclusion to The Humanoid saga though.

    8.32 / 10.00

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  • The Perfect Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    The year 3000, and Mr. Morcheck has married the perfect woman. Not one of those neurotic primitive women, who were forever asking for money with which to buy clothes and trinkets demanding breakfast in bed, dashing off to bridge games, talking for hours on the telephone...,Myra is a delicate modern woman, perfect until much like your faithful Toyota, it becomes a bit sluggish, and there is blue smoke coming ftom the exhaust.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Great - But Hard To Justify The Price"
    "Great - But Hard To Justify The Price"
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    This is a charming little story by one of the masters of sci-fi, Robert Sheckley.
    It is only about eight and a half minutes, so it is hard to justify paying around five dollars for such a short listen.
    BUT - if you're a fan of Sheckley, as I am, I see little problem shelling out a little extra for such quality.

    8.58 / 10.00

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  • The Humanoids and With Folded Hands

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack Williamson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    On the far planet Wing IV, a brilliant scientist creates the humanoids, sleek black androids programmed to serve humanity.

    Lawrence says: "A very good story"
    "2 Brilliant Stories With Perfect Narration"
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    "With Folded Hands" is now easily one of my all-time favorite short stories. It takes up the first two hours of this audiobook and is absolutely astounding. I had never heard of Jack Williamson before coming across this book, but after experiencing this read, I will be buying everything I can find that he has published.

    "The Humanoids" is also great, but falls a LITTLE bit short of "With Folded Hands" simply because of how complex it gets. It is still very easy to follow, but I have to admit that there is a lot to keep track of. It is one of the few unique stories I have ever read that leaves the reader questioning who the enemy REALLY was by the end of the book. A really neat feeling.

    I also must make mention of how amazing the narration performance is. Not only is the reader's voice easy to listen to, but his voices for each character (ESPECIALLY the Humanoids) are almost TOO perfect. Bravo, good sir.

    9.18 / 10.00

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  • The Game of X

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    All secret agents need to look out for William Nye, now known as Agent X. His recruitment was simple and his legend is brilliant but un-earned. Somehow, he thinks he's the best there is and we all know how pride goeth before a fall. The master of SF hilarity and biting social satire creates a spy world that has gathered praise from the greats of the genre.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "An Entertaining Non-Sci/Fi Novel By Sheckley"
    "An Entertaining Non-Sci/Fi Novel By Sheckley"
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    Unlike the vast majority of Robert Sheckley's other works, this novel does not fall under the category of science fiction.

    This book would better be classified as a spy novel with a sprinkling of humor (as is Sheckley's signature).

    VERY different from the author's other works, but still very enjoyable.
    If you are new to Sheckley, I highly recommend "The 10th Victim" or "The Status Civilization".

    - 8.62 / 10.00

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  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
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    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Wonderful Premise - Horrible Writing"
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    It's REALLY a shame that this book turned out the way it did. It has a fantastic plot and wonderful ideas but its execution is extremely lacking. Considering how great of an idea this book had, it could have been a new favorite of mine. What I found instead was corny narrative, poor dialogue, and obvious plot holes in what should have been a slam dunk.

    I listened to the first 6 hours of this book, then just couldn't take it anymore.

    I know how brilliant this book sounds, but pass on this one.

    6.85 / 10.0

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  • Crompton Divided

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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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

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