Koban
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  • 1
    Koban, Volume 1 | Stephen W. Bennett

    Koban, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
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    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.

    Worst Narrator Ever
    Reviewed on July 26 2015 by M. Spencer (OH)
  • 2
    Koban: The Mark of Koban, Volume 2  | Stephen W. Bennett

    Koban: The Mark of Koban, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
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    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    One of the best stories in a long time

    I was intrigued by the first volume of the series although I felt that it dragged in places. The second volume doesn't have that problem at. This is o..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 07 2014 by Douglas E. Noll ()
  • 3
    Koban: Rise of the Kobani: Koban, Volume 3 | Stephen W. Bennett

    Koban: Rise of the Kobani: Koban, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
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    The Kobani use captured Krall ships to return to Human Space. They seek expert training for their genetically modified fighters, modern weapons and new medical technology. There's a possible block to this help in the form of death penalty laws of the Planetary Union, prohibiting gene modifications of humans. A holdover from the Gene War, which nearly extinguished humanity. A perilous descent through a war torn planet's space defenses is a first step.

    Human genetic upgrades galore, Good Book
    Reviewed on October 18 2014 by Ron ()
  • 4
    Shattered Worlds: Koban, Volume 4 | Stephen W Bennett

    Shattered Worlds: Koban, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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    The Kobani continue their offensives against the Krall, attacking production worlds, and destroy or steal ships from the Krall fleet, which the enemy needs to resupply their invasions. The Kobani create a multispecies settlement on Haven, a gentler habitable world near deadly Koban. They gain the trust and technological assistance of freed former Krall slave species, the Torki, Prada, and resurrected Raspani. Their ranks and Mind Tap learned skills are increased by spec ops recruits from Human Space.

    The Devil Wears Prada... But He Eats Raspani

    '31 Hours and 26 Minutes of Superior SciFi ' pretty much sums up book 4--

    It's an awesome addition to the series, well crafted with excellent..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 31 2015 by Amazonymous subPrime ()
  • 5
    A Federation Forged in Fire: Koban Volume 5 | Stephen W Bennett

    A Federation Forged in Fire: Koban Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (914)

    When the enemy discovers their hidden home, Mirikami is forced to lead 117 Kobani ships in a desperate attack against 3,000 Krall ships and uncounted warriors. Armed with a 22,000-year-old computer virus, and sheer courage, they must disable every enemy ship and weapon. The last time this tactic was tried against them, the Krall eradicated the entire Olt'kitapi civilization.

    FANTASTIC! (And Book 6 is on it's way to Audible!)

    In Book 5 of the series, Steve Bennett takes us to an whole new level of strange alien fun time! (Hang on to your support post!)

    Everything t..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 08 2016 by bluestategirl (Vermont)
  • 6
    Koban: Conflict and Empire: Koban, Volume 6 | Stephen W Bennett

    Koban: Conflict and Empire: Koban, Volume 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
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    The Galactic Federation is confronted by the vast and implacable Thandol Empire, which has coveted the former Krall region of space for eons, a region of space now occupied and claimed by the upstart Kobani. Outnumbered, they face an opponent who possesses new and deadly weapons. An enemy that had thousands of years to develop the means to take on the Krall Empire, and now present the supermen with a weapon that turns their greatest genetic asset into their greatest weakness.

    Same Great Kobani -- Different Aliens!


    Conflict and Empire picks up where Forged left off -- with our intrepid Kobani facing the prospect of war with yet another murderous group of hig..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2016 by bluestategirl (Vermont)
  • 7
    Koban: When Empires Collide: Koban, Volume 7 | Stephen W Bennett

    Koban: When Empires Collide: Koban, Volume 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
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    Under threat of destruction or servitude to the Empire, facing the fleets of the Ragnar, Finth, and Thack Delos, and the larger force of the Thandol, Mirikami prepares the Federation for all-out war. The Planetary Union, allied with the Federation, receives a squadron of new technology Federation Scouts equipped with gravity controlled weapons. They conduct a preemptive strike on a Thandol base. The emperor blames it on the Federation, unaware of the PU's existence, and orders simultaneous attacks.

    An ending leaving you wanting more

    Bennet has a way of rushing about the galaxies leaving his readers rushing to keep up.

    Reviewed on October 22 2017 by gander (River Falls, Wi)
  • Koban Universe 1 | Stephen W. Bennett

    Koban Universe 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (350)

    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!

    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 star..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 04 2015 by Jim "The Impatient" (Springfield, MO, United States)
  • Koban Universe 2: Have Genes, Will Travel | Stephen W Bennett

    Koban Universe 2: Have Genes, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (375)

    For over a hundred years, Chisholm, a Rim World colony, has produced beef for most of Human Space, raising vast herds of a breed of Giant Longhorns. Things are changing, and land reform is demanded by small ranchers and farmers, placing restrictions on the existing open range policy. The wealthy large ranchers will stop this, any way they can, to preserve their profits. Passions are high and the opposing sides have turned violent.

    Kobani in the Wild Wild West . . . with Rippers!

    Chisholm is a Rim planet where filthy rich cattle barons and poor struggling sheep herds are having a range war. It's a familiar western movie trope: ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 18 2016 by bluestategirl (Vermont)