cdparanoia is a bit different than most other CDDA extration tools. It contains few-to-no 'extra' features, concentrating only on the ripping process and knowing as much as possible about the hardware performing it. cdparanoia will read correct, rock-solid audio data from inexpensive drives prone to misalignment, frame jitter and loss of streaming during atomic reads. cdparanoia will also read and repair data from CDs that have been damaged in some way [taken from xiph.org webpages].
cdparanoia is more or less the only secure ripper available for the Linux operating system. All of the gstreamer framework based programs (ie. Sound Juicer, Rhythmbox) use the cdparanoia plugin for audio extraction. Windows users can try CDEx which is based on cdparanoia libraries.