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Koban Universe 1 | [Stephen W. Bennett]

Koban Universe 1

Here are four stories derived from the same universe as the Koban series. Listening to the series is not required to understand and enjoy these stand-alone tales.Australian Krall: A fully gene-enhanced Kobani woman finds herself trapped in total darkness and underground, pursued by hundreds of slavering, semi-sentient, maniacally aggressive, and hungry aliens. Walk with her on the dark side!
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Publisher's Summary

Here are four stories derived from the same universe as the Koban series. Listening to the series is not required to understand and enjoy these stand-alone tales.

Australian Krall: A fully gene-enhanced Kobani woman finds herself trapped in total darkness and underground, pursued by hundreds of slavering, semi-sentient, maniacally aggressive, and hungry aliens. Walk with her on the dark side!

"Batsof a Leather Flock Together" (short story): The wolfbat Flock Leader establishes a nest in virgin territory. The wily leader uses his cooperative experience with humans to try to forge hunting alliances with unfamiliar and aggressive native creatures. Not everyone wants to play nice.

Kobani Kiddie Cappers (novella): Howdo Kobani parents cope with children that are born with a contact telepathy gene, and have eidetic memory. Adults, who think teenagers act as if they know everything, never had an overconfident four-year-old super child, with a ripper cub as his partner in crime. Living to reach his teens might take superhuman luck.

TheSmuggler and the Crime Lord (novelette): When you land a known smuggler's ship in a ruthless Crime Lord's city using false registry, it's hard to convince a platoon of armed thugs that you're only shopping, and you don't owe the boss a cut of your action. If you're a Kobani captain, and buying drinks for friends in a spaceport bar, spoiling your evening and making threats is a bad idea, and a fatal mistake.

©2014 Stephen W. Bennett (P)2014 Stephen W. Bennett

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    Amazon Customer 08-16-14
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    "Collection of stories mssing from the main books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This series fills in some- not all of the questions in the original series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    baby Ryan in Koban Kitty Cappers --- I had children like that without the mods :) and some wild kitties (althought not several hundred pounds that thye got into trouble with.


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    reading the names of the people and places vs. my thoughts of how they would sound


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Koban -- The Missing Chapters - Part I


    Any additional comments?

    Wish the chapters were named, got the audio book for my ten year old (vision impaired-deaf -- cochlear implants) to listen to so he would know a little of what grandpa was reading Kiddie Cappers some of the material not suitable for that age.... and we could make up some stories about what he thought children and rippers can do.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rich CLEVELAND, TN, United States 10-14-14
    Rich CLEVELAND, TN, United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2015

    1.5 Hours a Day in the Car Equals, Must Have Audible!

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    "Not a novella fan, but...."

    I don't usually listen to novellas, but this one really pays off. These short stories help to enrich the universe and feels like it fills in some important gaps between books 2 & 3. The third story very entertaining for me, and found myself wishing it went just a 'little farther!'

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Nguyen California 07-31-14
    Keith Nguyen California 07-31-14
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    "World building and some good old shoot em up fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this set of 4 short stories to anyone that has already read/listened to the books in the main series. The 4 short stories gives us some understanding of the Kobani people and some of their furry friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Koban Universe 1?

    By far the Smuggler short story was the best of the 4 stories and could become its own short novel. I loved seeing more of how the Kobani kick butt with attitude.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Once you start listening to each story you would put it down. Even after listening to all four stories I found myself listening to the Smuggler story over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great installment. Would probably not make much sense to someone not familiar with the other stories. I can't wait for book 4 and for the audible version of book 3. Keep up the good work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Scagliotti Irvine, CA 03-31-15
    P. Scagliotti Irvine, CA 03-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good"

    too much background on some of the stories, plus it's not clear that they are short stories rather than one book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 03-02-15
    Diana 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Adventurous revisit to the Koban Universe"

    After reading the Koban Universe series to date, I hadn't bought this little audiobook, the description didn't attract me. But, now I did and it is a lot of fun to revisit the same characters and settings. I hope there are other longer books in the works, and this was to just give the readers a little something in the meantime.

    It was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald DUNLAP, IL, United States 02-21-15
    Donald DUNLAP, IL, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "pretty good stories, good narration"

    this book pretty enjoyable. planning on checking out the first book in the Kobani series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Houston, TX, United States 02-15-15
    Randall Houston, TX, United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Other Perspectives of the Universe"
    If you could sum up Koban Universe 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Fun short stories


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Koban Universe 1?

    The fight scene that ends the book.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It holds up. He's especially good at getting the snark across without being obnoxious.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The teacher/student relationships in the 1st story are amusing.
    The way that a Kobani in one story deals with a group of thugs also had me laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    There was only 1 weak story in the mix. The rest had me highly entertained. I was actually upset when it was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-04-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-04-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"

    Are you one of those people who can't stand stories with lots of character development?
    Are you tired of books with plots?
    Do you want to start right from the beginning with a fight scene and have it not end?
    Then this is the book for you.

    Each story starts with an explanation of Koban and the people or animals who live there. You get told how they are enhanced, what abilities they have and why. Then to prove they have all these abilities, you get a hour long fight scene and then its over. This is a perfect example of story number one.

    Story number two, you get a biology lesson of Koban, a very long lesson and then just like watching Wild Kingdom, you get to hear about an enhanced bat going out to get dinner.

    I thought story three was going to have some character development. I gave up on the chance of a plot. Then this enhanced genius four year old stars planning a hunting trip. We get a detail by detail explanation of his plan to escape his house and go hunting. I can't remember if he used a Philips screwdriver or a standard, but I am sure we were told.

    I am not sure about the narrator's abilities, this did not lend itself to him being able to showcase his talents. I know some people say they like a certain narrator so much they could listen to him read a phone book, well this is as close as it gets.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Benkert Saginaw, MI USA 07-30-14
    Paul Benkert Saginaw, MI USA 07-30-14
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    "An absolute joy. Reminds me of the days of old."
    What did you love best about Koban Universe 1?

    Love the short Kobani stories. The narrator does a great job of making the stories to life and add the right amount of excitement to the stories.

    These short stories remind me of the 'Days of Old' listening to radio serial stories for hours on end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain/Chief Haverman! and Ryan Seeker (he named himself 4 yrs old) What a characters.

    Between Haverman's amazing bar scene and the 4 yr olds adventure on Koban. It's hard to choose which character is the best.


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    I didn;t think I would like listening to Audio stories, but Eric brought back memories of my youthful days . As a kid I grew up milking cows and listening to serials on the radio. Eric is one of the best voices and talents that I have heard in years.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The short stories were perfect for single sitting listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the stories but really enjoyed listening to the Audio Books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Atkinson 01-27-15
    E. Atkinson 01-27-15 Member Since 2005

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    "Loved the short stories."

    I love this creation of greater depth in the universe, all those little things that make the characters come alive. Really enjoyed the short stories and the fun characters. Again very well written and entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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