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Stuart

Mill Valley, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (498)

    They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

    Herb says: "Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor"
    "Great Story - Great Job by the Reader"
    Overall

    I think the original cover would have been better suited, as the movie has very little in common with the book other than the title and some scant homage to the laws of robotics.

    This is a classic example of 1950's science writing, though thankfully omitting the sensationalism pervasive in many of the SciFi short stories written in that time period. Considering that it was written when vacuum tubes had not been replaced by transistors, slide rules and paper were used to make calculations, and precision parts were turned out by human eye/hand coordination, the author's vision was still predictive in the ways that matter (although, unfortunately, we still haven't invented the positronic brain). It's amazing to me that the story, 57 years later, still has validity and raises issues that will continue to inspire musing about our future. Those who enjoyed this for what it is should also enjoy "Caves of Steel".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Hawk: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    When Kelric, a scion of the imperial family of Skolia, crash-lands his fighter on the off-limits planet of Coba, he figures it will be only a short time before he makes his way home. But he fails to account for the powerful matriarchy of Coba, the mistresses of the great estates who do not want the Empire to know about their recent cultural advances. First they take him prisoner. Then, one by one, the most powerful women on the planet fall in love with him!

    Stuart says: "Reader in a bit of a hurry"
    "Reader in a bit of a hurry"
    Overall

    I would have enjoyed this book if I had read it in print form, but I just couldn't get past the reader. Her enunciation was clear and her natural voice was great, but at many points her lack of phrasing served to drain the dramatic tension from the scenes. There was no concept of a pause when it was needed, and as mentioned previously, the male voices were just hard to listen to. The listening experience would have been fine or even good had she just spoken the male parts in her natural voice, and slowed down the reading pace where appropriate. I will continue to enjoy this author but likely will choose those books read by others. I'd be willing to try this reader again if she's revised her technique or reads a book who's narritive style is better suited for her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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