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We colonized seven hundred planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion and the end of wars. We disbanded our military.
Then the Krall found us.
The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the galaxy, through annihilation or enslavement of every opponent.
Koban is an uninhabited high gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall are testing humans for fighting capability. We are useful only if we can fight well. If not, they will destroy us swiftly, as they have other species. They have slaves, and we’re poor tasting meat animals, so we fight or die. The Krall will use us, if worthy, seeking physical perfection through attrition of war, one planet at a time.
Growing weary of our failures in testing, the ruthless Krall are on the verge of a decision to eliminate our species. A ship carrying bio-scientists is captured for combat testing. The choice for Captain Mirikami and the scientists is simple: Prove we can produce better, smarter fighters quickly, or humanity is doomed to rapid extermination.
But the Krall are only half the problem. We must survive Koban's gravity and superfast animals. The tiger-like rippers with skin contact telepathy are predators too fast and powerful for the Krall to face. Our solution is genetic: If you can't beat them as you are, become human rippers.
The Krall will learn another species can bypass natural selection.
©2012 Stephen W Bennett (P)2013 Stephen W Bennett
The narrator constantly put emphasis on words that changed the meaning of the story and it just sounds wrong... It's like the reader tries to emphasize something in every sentence and that's just not how people talk... Annoying to me.
Like many of the other reviewers, I found the narration dreadful. Each time the narrator use a chuckle in his voice I would cringe. Unfortunately, he did that a lot. But, I trusted the other reviewers and stuck with the story and listened to all of it.
This is a well written book and worth the read. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series.
The testing day.
His intonation and inflection was entirely wrong for this type of book. People are dying left and right and he would use a chuckle in the main character's voice. It really made my teeth grind.
I read the reviews of this book before buying it. Although it seemed as if everyone acknowledged the poor quality of the narrator, I figured i could struggle through and appreciate the story. After listening to two hours of this book, I find myself unable to due to the overwhelming annoyance with the narration. The narrator seems to choose a word out of every sentence at random to emphasize in his incredibly nasal voice. I would recommend reading a hard copy of this book for the story, then move on to the vastly superior narrators of the rest of the series.
Bennett wrote an an enjoyable book that suffers because of the narrator. I've listened to more audiobooks than I can count, and I've never heard worse. Character voices are cheesy, he doesn't pronounce words correctly and puts emphasis on the wrong words. (The sound effects and fake laughter have to go) All that being said, the story has me hooked and I will download the next book in the series.
Mispronouncing approximately 20% of the words, adding an annoying chuckle to half of the dialogue. It really distracted from a great story. I rarely write reviews, but this narrator must be stopped! Some comments indicate that there may have been an improvement in the narration; I shudder to consider how it could have been worse before.
The narrator is just killing me. I'm 5 hours in and it is a struggle to continue. I have decided to suck it up because I really want to like this series and believe that book two's new narrator will save it for me. Fingers crossed.
No. No no no no no no no.
In a world where book narration is done in the movie announcer voice, Patrick Freeman leads you through a space opera about humanity's first contact with an alien species while making the journey about as enjoyable as dancing barefoot on broken glass.The narrator places peculiar emphasis on words that don't need emphasizing. His voice is grating an nasal, at times he uses unnecessarily elongated S sounds (even when not voicing one of the aliens). He often ends sentences by making it sound like he's asking a question. He does manage to do well on the dialogue, but every other word that flies from his lips is like a dagger in the ear.
The story itself is a good one, which makes me sad that I can't actually recommend this production. Definitely listen to the audio sample before purchasing the audiobook. If you can tolerate Patrick Freeman's horrible performance then purchase it. Otherwise, definitely buy the physical book and enjoy it without the headache.
Wonderful world building, great storyline, rich with interesting characters. I would probably loved it more in print. The narration of the story took quite a lot of getting used to.
ANYONE. Seriously . . . . . learn how to pace your words and stop sounding like Captain Kirk. Because . . . I really enjoyed . . . . your voices. . . . and I enjoy . . . the timber of . . . . your voice . . . . but there . . . . are more . . . . variations . . . . to punctuation . . . beyond . . . periods. . . .
The book really is worth the effort of getting used to the narrator . . . but it may be more enjoyable to read it in print.
To put it mildly: no. I read all the reviews here before I bought this eagerly-awaited audiobook. After seeing opposing reactions to the narrator, I decided to accept him in the spirit of the positive reviews. I listened several times to the sample and thought I could live with any imperfections. But it didn't take long before I had to stop listening simply to escape surprising extremes of mental suffering.The narrator reads this excellent story in the gruesome meaningless cadences one would employ for doggerel.
There are indications of a very nice speaking voice and an intelligent mind behind the voice. So...how can this happen? Did the narrator never listen to a decent reader? Has he never listened to himself, made extensive comparisons, and asked a selection of people to respond with useful criticisms? I believe that the problems of chronic tonal and rhythmic meaninglessness can be fixed. And they had better be. Somewhere within himself, the narrator has the makings of actually being good at his job. Meanwhile however, he is very far from inadequate- and well into the realm of downright excruciating.
I didn't get far enough to know what I will like best. But right from the beginning, I found the quality of the writing and thinking behind the story intriguing, creative, and original.
He strangled this worthy book, one bizarrely contorted paragraph after another. Other than that...
I wouldn't. In my view there has never yet been a film better than a very good book.
In theory of course, it should be possible.
Yes. The world needs more good audiobook narrators.
Previously listened to the Koban Universe short stories. I was really interested to see where all the creatures in the stories came from. I liked the main character, a hero because of his common sense rather than his daring. The narration was really off-putting, though; the reader kept mispronouncing words, and I didn't like the way he voiced different characters. Fortunately the other Koban books have a different narrator.
"An excellent first story!"
I had to write a little something here about this audiobook, I was just getting ready to buy the 2nd and 3rd audiobooks because I absolutely loved the build up in this first one. I noticed the narrator had changed on the second and third books so I went along to Mr Bennetts FB page to see what caused it?
Seems there were some issues people were having about Patrick Freeman's narration, which in turn affected sales? Seriously? I mean seriously? I don't get it, I really don't. I absolutely loved what Patrick Freeman did with the narration here? There was a hell of a lot of tension in this story between species, Patricks methods of reading totally nailed that tension in my ears and in my visual imagination of what was going on with the Krall.
I've just taken a chance and bought the other two books because I'm totally hooked to the story and universe Mr Bennett has created, so yes, another new fan to his universe. I just hope the narrator of the other audiobooks, (Eric Michael Summerer) can nail the vibe that has been created in this first book. I got burned really hard with the change of narrators with Peter V. Brett's (The Demon Cycle) audiobooks, he dropped the narrator Peter Joyce and replaced all the books with Colin Mace and for me, killed the 'feel' of the audio story dead in the water.
Anyway, it's been a while since I've enjoyed a good long bit of audio Sci-Fi like this, the last time I got a feeling like this was listening to Peter F Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga. What ever the other books hold for me, this is a great story and a great bit of narration no matter the negative comments thrown out somewhat unfairly to Patrick Freeman (in my opinion).
If you are thinking about getting this audiobook and are taking in some of the negative comments about narration, don't listen to them. Get it the audiobook, judge the audiobook for yourself, it's a great rollercoaster of a ride.
For me 5 stars all round.
"I was hooked from chapter one."
The sound effects enhanced the great storyline.
I'd compare this to David Weber's writings because of the detailed descriptions and in depth analysis during the narration. Just my kind of reading.
I had a visceral reaction to the fighting etc. and loved the detailed descriptions of the dangers the characters faced.
"geat book shame about the narration"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and immediately bought book 2, excellent plot and very original storyline. the only downside is the narrator who frankly is dreadful, he makes it sound like half the characters are either addled or drunk but even that didn't spoil a really good book.
"Enjoyable for the most part"
The basic story is interesting well written with good character development. The gender role reversal is interesting but really is just a side note and a bit of a distraction. The arrogance of a conquerer race is well done and the idea of the survival of the fittest carried to an extreme is logical.
The narrator generally does a good job but for one of the main female characters decided to use an odd speech pattern with pauses and tonal inflections that is very annoying and as it is a main character you come to dread her lines.
Overall the story was enjoyable to listen to and is recommended.
This is a great book but I have to take one star off performance because the audio gets suddenly a quieter in places.
"An excellent story, but."
The story was great with plenty of action, although occasionally it did tread water a few times by having the story summarised every so often. It was as if the author was trying to catch his own breath and order his thoughts for the next bout of action.
The story was spoilt by the narrator who tried valiantly but his voice and manner was a little too staccato for me, not quite getting the punctuation right.
But I will purchase the next instalment when it becomes available
"The Book that never gets going"
This book promised to get going so many time in so many cases but never did. just as you settle down for the action you are sure is coming another lull happens.
Men when threatened react with violence or fear, the charters are so unbelievable it makes it feel like children are playing in a school field. especial the captain who is an army veteran but constantly seek approval from a council of grandma's
No, his voice is monotonous and dose not have the variation needed for this book
there are better sci-fi out there
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