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Koban, Book 1

Lu par : Patrick Freeman
Série : Koban, Volume 1
Durée : 25 h et 23 min

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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

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  • Nate
  • 14/05/2015

Good Story, dreadful narration.

Would you listen to Koban, Book 1 again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Koban, Book 1?

The testing day.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

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

No

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  • M. Spencer
  • 26/07/2015

Worst Narrator Ever

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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.

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  • Denny L Bauer
  • 21/06/2015

I feel sorry for the author.

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.

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  • ZHerm
  • 17/06/2015

Truly enjoyable story - except for the narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

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  • James
  • 18/07/2015

Good Story, Horrible Narrator

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

No. No no no no no no no.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Chuck Baker
  • 27/04/2015

Good story - not so good narration

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

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.

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  • Ryan
  • 18/07/2016

Not the Worst Narrator

The story was really good but the Narrator/sound effects were awful. The publisher summary says they did new narration, but all the reviews seem to reflect this version. This includes the stupid laughing the main character does after his own "jokes". That being said, it isn't the worse narration. Check out "Test of Magnitude" where ALL the reviews are padded with fake feedback praising the narrator. With this one you can just set your speed to 1.25 and it make the problem tolerable.

The story itself is good. The main idea is that Earth is getting sucked into a war where its advanced cunning and primitive technology are going up against a primitive species with advanced technology. This book sets the foundation that leads to a awesome series.

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  • Jennifer Pelkey
  • 14/04/2019

I think I will READ this myself

I just couldn’t tolerate The narrator’s mispronunciations of “debris” and “nuclear”. (I tried very hard, I promise.)

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  • Jean
  • 06/06/2016

Narrator ruined my Enjoyment

The story was worth listening to, but the narrator portrayed every character as chuckling or laughing in embarrassment, fear, nerves. you name it! Very distracting.

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  • William Janney
  • 12/05/2016

Started out slow.....

By the end I was enjoying the story. I was really annoyed by several of the audio voice, but stuck with it. I will download book 2 and give it another chance. In truth I listen during exercise and the annoying vocal performance distracted me from the pain of exercise. Kind of like hitting you thumb with a hammer to distract from your broken leg.

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