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.
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.
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...
Asimov's voice is awful. The stories are just so-so, and the narration in between stories makes him sound like a pompous ass. I had read some of his work years ago and remembered liking it, but I'm sorry I wasted the money on this collection.
Reminds me of those musty paperbacks from the 50's which I guess it is, just without the musty smell.
If you like a good laugh at old ideas, it's good, but if you like modern SCI-FI it will be boring