I remember reading these short stories many years ago. I was a great delight to have the author, himself read the stories. It was an even bigger thrill when he shared his insight in between stories. THIS WAS AWESOME. I will probably listen to it again.
This is one of the most prolific writers in the history of mankind reading a personal selection of his own texts!
I'm kind of a fan of dr. Isaac Asimov. When I first saw this book on audible it was an instant buy. As soon as I begin listening to it, I had goosebumps all over. By the end of the last story I had a tear forming on my eye, not only because the last story is beautifully sad, but because it was the end of the book.
Well, if you like science, if you like stories, and you appreciate good well writen stuff: this is the way to go.
If you don't know Asimov: you are missing a huge chunk of good literature, you should try and catch on with his books as soon as possible. Try out "THE LAST QUESTION" - read it, be in complete awe, and then come and buy this audiobook and rush to chapter 9.
Now- I wonder what can I get here that will get as thrilled as this audiobook did!
Asimov is not the best narrator for these stories. His accent (Neew York?) gets in the way. The editing leaves something to be desired. There is a very short pause between one short story and the next and that can be confusing. At times, his voice drones.
But i have rarely heard such passion in reading a story, in relating a tale. The stories mean more to him than a meal ticket, more than meets the eye (and ear) at first.
THE UGLY LITTLE BOY more than justifies buying this book.
Ray Bradbury's "Fantastic tales of Ray Bradbury" Here to the man and his coments about his wrightings.
the feal for the author as a person.
adding the man and the story gives a better feeling for the hole.
Asimov's voice is quite distinct and it is pretty funny how his says robot. I was hoping for Foundation and the trilogy but this is a few short 30-45 minute stories. It was quite interesting to hear how Asimov thought the world of computers and electronics would develop.
Those stories are read by the author himself : Isasc Asimov... Those are excellent stories and the author also add some comments at the beginning or the end of every stories, put then into context and much more... The contact with the author is great! I truly loved it...
I've been a fan of Asimov for 40 years and had no idea what a delightful person he was. His reading of his works is much much better than a professional narrator because he transmits the joy he felt in writing his stories, and also the joy he felt in sharing them. And between the stories he gives fascinating little introductions.
In the introduction, Mr. Asimov tells how he selected the stories, that they were some of his favorites. I appreciate that and some, indeed, were delightful tales. Others were simply Meh! His personal insights and introductions to each item are enjoyable, but his voice takes some getting used to. After a while, you just realize it's the author reading and go with it. Overall, not one of my favorites but certainly worth listening to.