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Niels J. Rasmussen

Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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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
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    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.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Simply Amazing"
    "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.

    2 of 2 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
    Overall
    (42)
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    (39)
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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
    Overall
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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
  • Darwinian Pool Room

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Four co-workers raise some very interesting questions over lunch regarding Creationism and Evolution. This short Asimmov short story may leave you wondering.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "An Interesting Conversation About The Universe"
    "An Interesting Conversation About The Universe"
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    Sometimes, I find myself unsatisfied with Asimov's short stories, but this one was pretty damn good.
    This story is simply a conversation between scientist coworkers about life, the universe, its origins, and our place within these constructs.
    Asimov goes above and beyond the average sci/fi author with his vast knowledge of everything scientific and philosophical. I actually had to listen to this short, 17-minute story twice before I fully grasped all of the ideas put forward entirely.
    Despite it being very heavy on the scientific language used, this is still a great little listen. Definitely worth the 4 or 5 bucks or whatever I paid for it. No regrets.

    7.75 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Star

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    Arthur C. Clarke, it has often been pointed out, possess the best attributes of poet and scientist. Clarke is also a profound philosopher. This story is a rare example of sympathetic insight mingled with the best science-fiction traditions. It may shock or disturb you, but it will not leave you unmoved. One thing, however, is certain: it could have been written by no one else.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "The Single Greatest Short Story I Have Ever Heard"
    "The Single Greatest Short Story I Have Ever Heard"
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    Although only just under 17 minutes, this story has had a much more lasting effect on me than any novel I have ever read.
    Almost like poetry, if any single sentence was cut out from this story, it wouldn't be the same. Its perfection in simplicity is astonishing.

    I will never forget this story. I think that says enough.

    10.00 / 10.00

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    Overall
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    DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

    SFF11C says: "Awesome"
    "Very Modern Sounding Sci/Fi For 1961"
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    I've heard this book raved about by a few people before I had the chance to listen to it. Honestly, it was pretty damn good, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about.

    I think most readers fall in love with the protagonist. He is a lovable rascal. Everyone loves a rascal.

    Narration performance was very good to top it all off.

    I would highly recommend the book, but I wouldn't put it on any "Must-Read" lists.


    8.62 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    Overall
    (27)
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    (27)
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    One minute, down-and-out actor Lorenzo Smythe is, as usual, in a bar, drinking away his troubles while watching his career circle the drain. Then a space pilot buys him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knows, he's shanghaied to Mars. Smythe suddenly finds himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who has been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians is at stake, and failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war.

    Will says: "Great story and Weiner's best narration"
    "Excellent in Small Chunks at a Time"
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    The performer of this book did his job SO well that it nearly makes the book tough to listen to for periods longer than about a chapter at a time. That is because the story is told by a character who is supposed to be smarmy and unlikable and the book's reader pulled this stunt off to a tee. Bravo.

    Aside from that complaint, this book was excellent. I have a special space in my heart for sci-fi that allows for a bit of humor from time to time.

    If you are unfamiliar with Heinlein, may I suggest you check out "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" first. It will give you a better idea of the writer's style and range.


    8.38 / 10.00

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Man's Poison

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Al Kessel
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    (3)
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    Someone had made a mistake when the space ship was loaded for this prospecting trip. Someone had made a BIG mistake. On their way back, Casker and Hellman realize the only food left is a single radish that they must share. Then, when things look darkest, they find an oddly shaped abandoned planet with…a huge warehouse! As they search the alien storehouse for anything edible to humans, they encounter many strange and dangerous obstacles.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Disappointing For Sheckley"
    "Disappointing For Sheckley"
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    I'm probably one of Robert Sheckley's biggest fans, but this story was easily one of the weakest of his works.

    The idea itself isn't too bad, but the writing just seemed rushed. Definitely not on par with the author's other short stories.

    It's almost as if Sheckley was writing this under a strict deadline where he had to finish before he was entirely happy with it. That is, of course, complete conjecture on my part but that's how it comes across.

    Skip this one.

    5.6 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright New Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Williamson
    • Narrated By Michael Sutherland
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    "Think what it would mean! To prove we aren't alone! To find other races - older and wiser than we are! Out on the moon, I hope to find an answer. If we do pick up a signal from space, it will be the great turing point in human history. It will give our lives a meaning." — Yet to make his words good, Adam Cave had to break with his family and society, and put himself against his own world. But once out there on the far side of the moon, where an isolated band kept pushing Earth's call letters into the void, the picture changed startlingly, shockingly.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Very Interesting Take On Human First Contact"
    "Very Interesting Take On Human First Contact"
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    I got into Williamson through his "Humanoids" trilogy of books, and expanded from there. If you have never read his work before, I suggest starting with "With Folded Hands", which is available on Audible in a pair combined with the book's follow-up, "The Humanoids".

    This book was a really pleasant surprise to me.
    The plot sheds light on both the possible advantages, as well as drawbacks from potential human-alien first contact. How it should be done, where it should be done, why it should be done, and of course, whether it should be done at all.

    Williamson's vision of the trans-intergalactic community of species is far different from most writers in the genre. Unlike being set up like an empire, it is more of just a club of sorts. Refreshing take on an old, hashed out premise.

    Narration was top quality as well.
    Very nice surprise from a book that I had low expectations going into it.


    8.48 / 10.00

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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