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Niels J. Rasmussen

Dr. Nils Rasmussen

Edmonton, Alberta Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • The Podfather Trilogy - Season Four of The Ricky Gervais Show

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    Overall
    (335)
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    (142)
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    (142)

    Here are three special episodes of The Ricky Gervais Show, featuring those doyens of the medium, the eponymous multi-award winning Ricky Gervais; Steve Merchant (The Office, Extras); and the round-headed idiot savant, Karl Pilkington.

    Roxanne LePard says: "Laugh out loud funny!"
    "Simply Amazing"
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    Although this season of Ricky Gervais' podcast doesn't QUITE meet the incredibly high standards previously set in previous editions, it's still solid gold.

    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
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spur of the Moment: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (39 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach, Sarah Wynne Callies
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    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
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    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
    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    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
    (185)
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    (120)
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    (124)

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exploring Metaphysics

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David K. Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor David K. Johnson
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
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    (57)

    This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

    DaniDarko says: "Very dissapointing"
    "Fascinating."
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    These lectures really got me thinking, which is exactly what metaphysics should do. Professor David K. Johnson, (although he has sort of a nerdy voice), does an amazing job of leading the listener by the hand through each lecture. The lectures are structured and organized in a way that each one leads into the next topic.

    I HIGHLY recommend these lectures for anyone looking to broaden their mind or enjoy thinking outside of the box.

    9.1 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Old Time Radio - 122 Shows

    • ORIGINAL (49 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Edwards
    • Narrated By Dick Powell, Virginia Gregg
    Overall
    (29)
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    (26)
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    (25)

    Richard Diamond, Private Detective is a detective drama which was on radio from 1949 to 1953 and on television from 1957 to 1960. Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (played by Virginia Gregg).

    John says: "Good Old-Time Detective Show"
    "Fantastic Old-Time Detective Radio Drama"
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    Richard Diamond is just great.
    It is probably the ONLY detective radio drama of its time to have a sense of humor.

    The series is somewhat similar to the style of story penned by Raymond Chandler in his Philip Marlowe mysteries but with a few laughs thrown in here or there.

    These stories have definitely withstood the test of time. I doubt it would be possible to make a radio drama as good as Richard Diamond even using today's technology. It just has a certain charm to it that can never be recreated.


    9.5 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • X Minus One: Old Time Radio, Sci-Fi Series

    • ORIGINAL (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and others
    • Narrated By Old Time Radio
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dying Art Form: Great Old Time Radio Sci Fi"
    "Probably the Best Radio Show Ever Created"
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    Out of all of those old radio shows produced from the 40's to the 60's, "X-Minus One" is by FAR my favorite.
    Not only is the acting quality superb, but the production, writing, & sound effects couldn't be as good if they were made today.

    X-Minus One was a series that rehashed a previous series known as "Dimension X". Both sci-fi radio dramas used scripts adapted from the VERY best science fiction authors of the time. Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Sheckley, Philip K. Dick, & Robert A. Heinlein are just a few of the fantastic authors behind these short stories.

    If you're a fan of science fiction, you WILL enjoy this series.


    9.7 / 10.0

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Call, Collect (Dramatized): Bradbury Thirteen: Episode 8

    • ABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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