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  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even 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 entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation 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 tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

Cornucopia of Narration Blunders Grates

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Koban, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

No

What did you like best about this story?

The story was imaginative but rationally consistent.

How could the performance have been better?

Considerating that the narrator has worked on eleven other books, not all of them authored by Mr. Bennett, I find it most surprising that the narration includes more mispronunciations than those in any other book I've audited. And I've audited many, many books. I wish that I could provide helpful advice but it's hard to know how to help someone who, for instance, mispronounces debris as "debreeze." Perhaps continued education and auditing more books would help. That said, the voices of the Krall were scarier than I could have imagined so I think that the narrator has considerable talent. Perhaps the narration could be edited by someone who has an extensive vocabulary. Doing so might provide listeners with access to the narrator's talent but escape (another mispronounced word) the narrator's auditory blunders.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The voices of the Krall in the early chapters

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