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Niels J. Rasmussen

Dr. Nils Rasmussen

Edmonton, Alberta Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Trevor White, Saskia Reeves, and others
    Overall
    (36)
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    (33)
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    (33)

    Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He’s willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA’s Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn’t kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "A Great Way To Spend One & A Half Hours"
    "A Great Way To Spend One & A Half Hours"
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    I'm a huge fan of those old radio plays from the 40's & 50's so at first I was a bit skeptical that they could re-create what is now an entirely lost artform. But I was blown away by how wonderful a job they did at producing that same feeling while listening. The acting, music, sound effects & overall production all contributed to a really great translation of Raymond Chandler's book into the different medium.

    1 of 1 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
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    (23)
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    (20)
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    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
    (58)
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    (51)
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    (51)

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindswap

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (34)
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    Interstellar travel to alien worlds is too expensive for Marvin, a college student in need of a good vacation. And so he signs up for what he can afford: a mind swap, in which his consciousness is swapped into the body of an alien life-form. Unfortunately, Marvin finds himself in the body of an interstellar criminal—a body that he has to vacate, fast.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Great Story With a REALLY Weird Ending"
    "Great Story With a REALLY Weird Ending"
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    This is NOT a book in which you can explain "how it ends" to another person.

    I mean...

    Sheckley is an amazing science-fiction author.
    The book itself is amazingly put together....up until about the 29th chapter.
    After that, it gets BEYOND insane.
    I wish I could explain to you what exactly takes place, or maybe where the "problem" in the book begins, but it is SO far beyond my vocabulary that I think it would be futile.

    All I will say is that, if you are a fan of Robert Sheckley's other works, then be sure to check this one out. But if this might be your introduction to Sheckley, maybe check out "Dimension of Miracles" or "Immortality Inc." instead.


    9.0 / 10.0

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Levy
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (21)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    From Pygmalion falling for his chiseled Galatea to Dr. Frankenstein marveling at his creature, humans have been enthralled by the possibilities of emotional relationships with their technological creations. Synthesizing cutting-edge research in robotics with the psychology and cultural history of artificial intelligence, Love and Sex with Robots explores this fascination and its far-reaching implications.

    Brendan says: "Somewhat disappointing"
    "Not as Interesting as it Sounds"
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    As my headline for this review suggests, this book isn't as exciting as its title makes it out to be. The first 10 or so hours are spent painstakingly going through the history of robotics up until this point in history. As you might have guessed, it wasn't that interesting.

    The book DOES pick up a bit from there once it starts extrapolating into the future but by then, the first 2/3 of the book has left such a sour taste in your mouth, it's hard to even appreciate it.

    Unless you're really interested in the history of robotics, skip this one.

    6.1 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
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    (30)
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    Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers.

    Joel says: "Robotic Fun"
    "If Dr. Suess Wrote Science Fiction..."
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    This is the first book I have read by Stanislaw Lem, so I'm not sure he always writes in this style, but there was something about this book that strongly reminded me of the style of Dr. Suess. Lem often refers to objects in the future by names in which sound nothing like modern day items. The result is a world full of Zitts, Zotts, Orplaws & Rooses (often with no explanation to what a "Zott" might be).

    The book itself was a collection of highly entertaining futuristic fables that follow around two inventors of robots/machines as they do everything they can to one-up the other. Each story is different from the last and seems to be JUST the right length for what it is.

    I really look forward to my next Stanislaw Lem book to see if it stacks up to this one. If it does, he may soon become one of my favorite sci-fi authors.

    9.2 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Youth

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Darla Middlebrook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    Slim and Red decide to train the to small animals Red has captured as a circus act. You can imagine the chagrin of Red's father an important industrialist realizes that the small animals are actually surviving aliens who have traveled to this world to open up an interstellar trade relationship. There are lots of possibilities here, so listen along as Darla Middlebrook transports us to the world of Isaac Asimov.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "An Asimov Classic With a Poor Reader"
    "An Asimov Classic With a Poor Reader"
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    I might have enjoyed this one a little more had the reader been even a LITTLE better than she was. (Check out the audio sample to see what I mean.) There were times where I honestly would not have been able to decipher what emotion she was going for had there not been the context that surrounded it. Very odd.

    That aside, this is yet ANOTHER great short story of Asimov's that, as usual, is completely unique. The story is told through 3 separate view points which each compliment one another instead of confusing matters.

    It's funny, although I have read quite a few collections of this author's works (especially in the short-story format), I had never come across this one until now.

    Nothing SPECTACULAR, but definitely worth checking out if you like any of Asimov's other material.

    8.4 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living Space

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Mark F. Smith
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    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    When the technology for twisting to other probability patterns was developed, a grateful Earth solved its overcrowding by sending people to live on Earths where plants and animals never got started. Each family could have its own planet, because there was an infinite number of such alt-Earths available, and the computers never assigned the same one twice. Trouble was - someone else had the same idea!

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Inter-Dimensional Real Estate"
    "Inter-Dimensional Real Estate"
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    Isn't it just like Asimov to take an idea that's WAAAY out there and somehow make it seem like no big deal to the reader?
    This is one of Asimov's short stories that is about the human race using alternate realities/timelines in order to solve its overpopulation problem.

    What could possibly go wrong?!

    8.9 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Contact

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Murray Leinster
    • Narrated By Skip Mahaffey
    Overall
    (16)
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    (8)
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    (10)

    A dilemma in the Nebula! Two spaceships meet in deep space. How do they establish trust, not only between their two crews, but also between their home worlds? A classic puzzle. The only way to warn home would be to return, and how do you know you were not being followed? Trade would be desirable, but how can you base an exchange of knowledge on unfounded trust?

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "One of the Best Sci-Fi Short Stories I Have Read"
    "One of the Best Sci-Fi Short Stories I Have Read"
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    The premise in this short story is simple, yet unique (especially for its genre).

    The story itself is just a simple, straightforward dilemma. But the consequences of choices made by the characters involved hold with them possible world-ending connotations.
    Well written, narrated & produced.

    Condensed versions of this story have appeared in best-of sci-fi collections and magazines, but this is the original, full story. Another take on this story was also produced for the 1950s sci-fi radio series "Dimension X". (Check it out! Great episode.)

    Check this one out if you call yourself a fan of science fiction.

    9.5 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanobots: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (34 mins)
    • By Steve Nubie
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A washed-up reporter takes on nanotechnology as his new assignment. He happens across a new way to clean up oceanic oil spills only to find that the microscopic nanobots will eat just about anything - and everything.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "When Solutions Cause More Problems Than They Solve"
    "When Solutions Cause More Problems Than They Solve"
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    A pretty straightforward and predictable storyline here but a great listen nonetheless. The story is a modern day take on the idea of bringing in cats to kill the snake problem, only to end up being overrun by cats.
    Very well produced and acted with some great sound effects.

    7.8 / 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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