By the way, the movie that came out by the same name, is complete different. I mean, they're both about robots, and that's it. The book is OK, but if I'd been reading instead of listening I probably would not have finisihed it. It reads like a documentary. Some interesting concepts, though. I've read some much better stories by Asimov.
This book is not even CLOSE to the movie. I was deeply diappointed. It was a bit interesting, but hard to follow.
One point from the movie may have been used, the do no harm to humans qoutes. Other then that, nothing. Not at all what I had expected.
I think the picture on the cover is decieving, One Man Saw it Coming is deceiving. No such thing happens.
The story is too simple and some what naive. With the 3 robotic laws everything just seem so black and white. The 3 laws some what reminded me of how the repressions that they try to promote in the media back in the 50s. It makes the overall story very stiff and dull. The charactors in each chapters don't really seem to have much interaction with each other. It just feels like the author just thrugh a bunch of short stories together. The ending of the story, with the numbers and figures of the politic was just tooo boring for me to follow. Basicly they are just saying one simple thing. I wish people didn't just give it 5 stars just because it is a classic. i think the story and the technologies in the story are just too out dated.
A total and complete waste of time. I liked the movie, the book, which had nothing to do with the movie, was a migraine
I chose "I, Robot" specifically because I expected it to embellish the current movie version that is currently playing at theatres, starring Will Smith. Was I in for a surprise and a disappointment! Rather that getting a typically better and more detailed book version of the current movie I find that the book and the movie have virtually nothing in common. Other than that it was a fairly decent variety of short-stories about life with robots. Disappointing either way.
Bad novel (1), bad narration (1), good audio quality (4) => overall bad (1).
Quick opening note: This collection of short stories has NOTHING to do with recent movie of the same title starring Will Smith.
Review: Successful science fiction or fantasy stories use alternate pasts, presents, and/or futures to treat complex and meaningful themes, relying on an essential core believability to connect to the reader. The wrenchingly dated and completely incongruous "future" presented by Asimov (see *Example) in this collection of short stories renders utterly impossible any such connection. This, combined with the trite "Is technology dangerous?"-themes (repeated without variation for all of the stories), the pedantic and unimaginative storylines (see *Note), and the narrator's poor interpretation and unbalanced performance creates a burdensome and joyless listening experience. Asimov may have helped create the sci-fi genre, but this collection is only of interest as a historical fossil--a situation only exacerbated by poor narration.
*Example: While fixing a thinking, talking robot, a human character on an asteroid mining station doubts whether any computing machines (computers) are present on the station. Note, of course, the implication that Asimov's robots aren't computers, but rather completely electro-*mechanical* devices (think really fancy mechanical clocks).
*Note: The entire "action" of the set of stories lies in repeated exercises in strained "logic" puzzles based on Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics".