Well voiced, generally worthwhile.
This is a collection of short stories, all loosely related by a framework that ties them together by a common theme. It's enjoyable enough, though feels somewhat dated.
4 stats because I finished the story and found it interesting.
Not like the movie, but just as good.
It is in inteview format and tells several stories about the development of the robot's mind.
very interesting and worthy of a listen.
When reading a book, it is easy to skim over bad dialogue. Not so easy in audio. I think if I were to write a sci-fi novel set in the near future I would try very hard not to use language that may quickly sound dated. I couldn't stand the way the scientists talked to each other, "Sizzling Saturn," "Go get your rattle", and other such "Gee's", "Goshes" and "Gollies" drove me nuts.
Where the narrator does an excellent job and the story itself is very much ahead of its time, the dialogue was jarring and took away from the story for me in audio.
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Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that characters are the core of good novels. Good dialog is necessary to develop the characters. While plot elements, such as robots that develop religion or robots that lie, are more important in genre fiction than general fiction, plot alone cannot make the story interesting.
Unfortunately, I, Robot lacks any of these elements that could make this story interesting. If you have read I, Robot already, try to imagine these shallow, 1-dimensional characters in the setting of Dune, and you will understand what I am talking about. This book, more than any others I have read, left me bored enough to wish the story would just end finally. I did get through the whole book, but only after several periods when I almost gave up. Don't misunderstand me, I read a lot of books, some of them bad. None have I ever abandoned. I, Robot gets a couple stars for some interesting plot elements that have been used extensively in his later books.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The audio quality was great, and the reader did an excellent job.
It's creative how the author tied together several short stories. The book is quite dated when you consider the statistics that the author throws out. For example, he refers to $100,000 as if it were today's equivalent to $10 billion. And he clearly miscalculates what the future population would be in the world he creates. Considering the year it was written, I think he does an amazing job. But, still the story is creative and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The author clearly has some anti-religion and socialist leanings. Just an observation.
I know it's a classic and I understand that it was ahead of its time; but I found it flawed. I thought the internal logic was often wrong and inconsistent. I think many of the stories had resolutions that weren't particularly clever (when I think they were intended to be).
Overall this book was great but Asimov had very little knowledge about electronics and mechanics so the robots arent described in a believable manor.
To say that any modern man vs robot books are based on this is incorrect. None of todays man vs machine stories (terminator, matrix, Berserker series by Saberhagen, Dune series) relate at all to this story.
There is little if any scientific theory or explanation about how the robots really operate and how they?ve increased their ability to learn. Space travel is created within this book and no explanation at all is given. Asimov seemed unable to give a detailed description of how the robots work and was fixated on lines like ?the robots relay circuits? and ?the robots photo electric cells?. Noting more about the functionality of the robots is given. If you ask me, the book was written by someone who had no understanding of electronics or mechanics and was stuck with what he knew at the time.
Only 1 time in the entire book do humans actually feel that there is any conflict between the robots and that is at the very end. Throughout the book, as the robots act strangely, humans figure out the problem and correct it or just agree that it isnt a crisis. The robots NEVER attempt to harm humans and NEVER do anything more than perform their duties as robots. There are no weapons, no wars, no battles.
This is a story about the evolution of the robots through the years and how they increase their intelligence and their protection of the human race. The characters are not important but their stories are. This book is somewhat like a series of short stories that involve man and how they interact with robots. Each story is a different place in time and each hints to the evolution of the robots and the devolution of human control over society.
Excitement level = very low
Action = very low
I think everyone should listen to this book to at least say that you read a classic.
The book is based on 3 robotic laws that are discussed over and over in depth. Anytime they sidetrack from the laws the book gets confusing and will lose anyone.
This book started out GREAT... and there were some interesting parts throughout, but, the three robotic rules became uninteresting and momotonous. I would have given it 0 stars if I could. I wanted to read this before I saw the movie, now I could care less about the movie.