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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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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.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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

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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.

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  • lbh
  • Salt Lake City, UT United States
  • 05-04-17

The Koban universe is spectacular!

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I've read all of Mr. Bennett's Koban books, and then listened to them on Audible recordings. I can't say which is better. They are both fantastic. I'm currently listening to the Koban: Universe 2 and am inpatient for book 7 in the regular Koban series. Great work Mr. Bennett. I love the world you have built!

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OK selection of short stories

Not as good as the full length Koban books, but not a too bad selection of short stories. Mostly action scenes without the plot and character development.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great set of Koban stories

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, but with the caveat that one should read the first three books in the series first.

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

The whole anthology was most memorable. The world of Koban and the species inhabiting this world are brought alive even more thoroughly with these stories. This book allows us to learn more about life for Kobani and non human species, in a depth that could not be done in the series novels.

Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

His performance is great for all the characters. This performance makes the books come alive on Audible.

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

This would not be a good stand alone film. The books in the series need to be made into films first, then this one could fit in.

Any additional comments?

This series is great and I look forward to many more.

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Another great book by stephen bennett

Absolutely loved the series so it was a must to own all the novelas too.

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  • Rich
  • CLEVELAND, TN, United States
  • 10-14-14

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!'

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  • Keith
  • California
  • 07-31-14

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.

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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.<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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.

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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

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  • Carolyn
  • 09-06-17

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What disappointed you about Koban Universe 1?

Boring trite repetitive continuously repeats itself and the content from the previous stories is continuously regurgitated.

What will your next listen be?

How is this question relevant to a review of this book.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Michael Summerer?

Who gives a

What character would you cut from Koban Universe 1?

All are boring repetitive stupid question

Any additional comments?

Isn't that clear