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Joel

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  • The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Robotic Fun"
    "Robotic Fun"
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    Stanislaw Lem wrote many serious novels and essays, with deep literary impact about communication, aliens and idealized societies.

    The Cyberiad isn't one of those.

    A collection of mostly humorous (if more than slightly geeky) tales about the famous "constructors" Trurl and Klapaucius living in a robotic/cybernetic world. Despite the technological society, the setting is somewhat Medieval...kings, knights, pirates, the occasional dragon, even a few (robotic) princesses. In this context, Trurl and Klapaucius are knights-errant, using their skills to solve problems, meet challenges and occasionally mess things up royally.

    It's a fun set of stories, keying on the friendship-cum-rivalry of the two constructors.

    Scott Aiello's narration was very good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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