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I, Robot Audiobook

I, Robot

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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. For the scientists who invented the earliest robots weren't content that their creations should remain programmed helpers, companions, and semisentient worker-machines. And soon the robots themselves, aware of their own intelligence, power, and humanity, aren't either.

As humans and robots struggle to survive together, and sometimes against each other, on earth and in space, the future of both hangs in the balance. Here human men and women confront robots gone mad, telepathic robots, robot politicians, and vast robotic intelligences that may already secretly control the world. And both are asking the same questions: What is human? And is humanity obsolete?

©1950, 1977 Isaac Asimov; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 10-03-04
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 10-03-04 Member Since 2016
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    "A great book"

    This is a great book and a good interpretation on audio.

    Some comments have said it is disjointed. Well it would be because it is a collection of short stories rather than a novel. It should be heard as such and is the better for it.

    As has been pointed out, there are no weapons and no wars. There is conflict but it is not overt and violent. This is a story written from the point of view of a robopsychologist and is about the psyche of robots. Asimov is not setting out to describe the building of a robot because the enabling technologies either didn't exist or were in their infancy. If you have just seen the movie and think this is more of the same - forget it. This is the original and best.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-17-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-17-15 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "Classic Old School Science Fiction"

    This is a collection of short stories revolving around a central character, a robot psychologist who is about to retire. She reminisces to a reporter and the stories represent the events she is telling the reporter about, although as told by a narrator other than the psychologist. All of the stories turn on the Three Rules of Robotics, which I’m sure another review or two have spelled out elsewhere.

    This book in the first in the series and although I have not read the others (yet), I can tell you the story in the Will Smith movie is not found in this book or any of the others. Characters, situations, and ideas from this book do appear in that movie, but the idea of a violent robot uprising runs contrary to the theme in this book of robots not generally being able to harm humans. Though, the final story in this book suggests robots may be able to subtly manipulate mankind to their mutual benefit.

    The stories are mostly clever and fun. The dialogue, the ways the characters interact, and the underlying “science”, now seem quaint of course. But younger readers will still enjoy this sci-fi classic if they suspend the part of their mind struggling with that and just enjoy the stories themselves.

    I recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of vintage sci fi.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Paget London 11-19-05
    C. Paget London 11-19-05 Member Since 2015
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    "If you saw the movie........"

    ...But didn't get round to reading/hearing the book yet, you absolutely must as soon as possible. The movie, whilst fairly entertaining in it's own right, is a travesty vis a vis the book, and it's arguably the most blatent misappropriation of a book title ever. (though to be fair to the producers of the movie, in the credits they say "suggested by I.Robot"). If you are new to Asimov, also relish the regrettably only other Asimov audio book so far available here, which he reads himself. Pure pleasure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 09-26-05
    Richard 09-26-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A Classic Sci-Fi Tale - the birth of Robotics"

    By now everyone understands and has seen the three rules of robotics which are the unifying theme for I, Robot. These have appeared in every modern day Sci-fi flick involving robots and I, Robot is the primer necessary for their understanding. Robot theology aside, this book delivers fascinating and understandable real-life examples of robot "thought development" and man's struggles to codify how we think. All the vignettes with the book are great and could stand on their own, but it is the continuity of the concepts which makes this book great. Plus you really get to like the characters and look forward to seeing what happens next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 12-07-12 Member Since 2016

    Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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    "One of the BEST Collection of Short Stories I Know"
    Any additional comments?

    FIRST OFF - This audiobook is NOT a re-telling of the storyline for the movie "I, Robot".
    It is actually an amazing collection of robot-related short stories by Asimov.
    Some might be disappointed by this fact, but I found this series to be as good as it gets (as far as ANY sci-fi goes). My favorite of the short stories by FAR was "Reason", in which a robot does not believe that he had been constructed by humans and goes on to start his own robo-religion of sorts. BUY THIS BOOK!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-15-04
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-15-04 Member Since 2014

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "It's about time"

    I, like many other fans of Dr. Asimov, have been waiting a long time for this classic to be heard. I was born before WWII and have read, I think, nearly everything in print by this genius of a man. This production is well done and very enjoyable: I consider it a must have for any real sci-fi enthusiast.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Joann waterford, NY, USA 12-29-07
    Joann waterford, NY, USA 12-29-07
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    "wonderful book"

    i love this book everyone should give it a listen the speaker does a great job with it was great reading as a kid and now listening to it all this time after...it is a great book if you like robots for sure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth lagrangeville, NY, USA 01-29-05
    Kenneth lagrangeville, NY, USA 01-29-05
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    "true science fiction"

    timeless, gripping, interwoven and connected short stories shows science fiction prose and Asimov at their best!

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    Christopher Hamtramck, MI, USA 01-08-05
    Christopher Hamtramck, MI, USA 01-08-05
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    "Sizzling Saturn indeed!"

    I have never seen the big new Hollywood movie, but from the trailer (and even from the book cover) I can see it has nothing to do with the book. And this intrigues me! Not only is this book full of what makes good science fiction good-- an eerily accurate foresight into attitudes (if not technologies) of the future-- it also becomes an inadvertant critique of what we call entertainment today (see also The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Time Machine).

    A surprising element popped out to me: this book is very much like The Martian Chronicles. In essence, it is a series of short stories that follows the development of the use of robotics in the future. The Martian Chronicles, considered one of Ray Bradbury's best, follows human occupation of Mars. Neither came close to being true, but both explore some very real human developments, such as our attitudes toward religion and a desire for simplicity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Fremont, CA, USA 10-19-04
    Christopher Fremont, CA, USA 10-19-04
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    "No wonder he revolutionized robot sci-fi"

    This book is the epicenter of robot science fiction. The depth and complexity of politics, sociology, and science of a robotic future is amazingly put together. When we think of this kind of future, IA captured it with genious!

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    4/20/07
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    "Great book, well read and at a bargain price."

    Listening to this audiobook was a true pleasure. The classic sci fi tale of robots and the future of humanity has aged very well and many of the issues it rasies still feel contemporary. The book's structure is pure genius, taking several previously published short stories (some which feature on going characters & some which don't) and stiching them together with original work by means of a journalist conducting reseach. The stories are increasingly epic and complex, each one drawing the listener further into the world of the robots. This is also fascinating for any sci fan as it effectively documents the developement of the genre in the last century, from the simplistic and haunting stories of the pulp fiction anthologies (which make up most of the first half of the book) to the politicay complex novels that writers like Clark, Dick and of course Asimov went on to write.
    On the production side the reader does an excellent job representing the different charatcers, both human and robotic!
    This is a great production of a great book and at Audible's prices it's a total bargain, especially for subscribers. Get it now!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Robbie
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    3/1/09
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    "Excellent stories, shame about the reader"

    Isaac Asimov's robot stories are among the classics of science-fiction, and are a must-read (or must-listen) for anyone with any interest in SF. "I, Robot" is a compilation of some of the best, from among the earliest to among the latest, strung together with a linking narrative that fits them into their "historic" order -- from the first pet-like robots to the handing over of human government to the all-but-omniscient Machines.

    The stories themselves easily rate five stars. Unfortunately, I've had to deduct a star because of this audiobook's reader, who manages to be flat and melodramatic simultaneously. He has little sense of dramatic tension, consistently emphasises the wrong words, and is unable to differentiate characters by giving them different voices. I suggest that prospective buyers listen carefully to the audio sample before making a decision.

    Overall, though, I'm happy I bought this one.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eliza
    1/13/17
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    "Interesting study of robotic behavior."

    Ok. So. Before reviewing the audiobook I decided to watch the movie. Which, as it turns out has has absolutely nothing to do with the book. It keeps the basic rules of the book but the plot is constructed out of thin air.

    I enjoyed the book very much. But is less of a plot driven book then a collection of stories and examples of robotic behavior. This makes for interesting reading as a study but not so much if you are looking for something action packed and super exciting.

    Having said that I did listen to the whole thing which, for me, if I get bored, is absolutely impossible.

    So I enjoyed it and do recommend it if you love robots and want to learn more about how they can possibly function in and with society.

    But if you're looking for a written version of the movie- this is not it at all.

    I love the Scott Brick and have listened to a few books that he has narrated. He is, as always, exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • isaac
    10/25/16
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    "Phenomenal sci fi"

    A collection of short stories with recurring characters based around Asimov's three laws of robotics. Very thought provoking and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trog Father
    Wigan
    10/21/16
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    "Really Enjoyable with a side of disappointment"

    Really enjoyed listening to this book. I'd read an 80s ish printing of a book with the title I robot before and couldn't wait to listen to this. I enjoyed the reading. some voices could be similar at times but they were still different. it's lost a star for me though because this is not by any means a complete collection of I Isaac Asimov's robot stories as I'd been expecting. the 80s ish printing if read was and is just thought this cover was a reprint. I was more than a little disappointed when the book ended and I realised i was wrong. don't get me wrong it has most of my favourites and all the stories in this book have aspects that were taken to create the film, and I'm just about to start listening to it again.... it's just a shame it's not a complete collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    7/31/16
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    "Great stuff"

    I really liked the narrator, he has a perfect voice for classic sci fi. Despite the mention of vacuum tubes in the construction of robots, the book has aged incr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rafal
    1/30/15
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    "Amazing"

    Fantastic book for anyone who is starting adventure with science fiction books. It is a classic book written in beautiful language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    SE England
    4/20/14
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    "Consequences"
    Any additional comments?

    Three simple rules that govern behaviours... and explore the consequences... listen, learn, discuss. Very enjoyable - a set of classic and linked short stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/14/13
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    "Excellent story - but unexpected....."

    Scott Brick is brilliant at reading and putting a futuristic ambience into a story and this one is no exception. If you are expecting a story of the film (starring Will Smith - which has been interpreted admirably in my opinion), be warned - as with classic stories, the book is not the same. Events are in a different order, the characters have different roles, it is not the same. But the story is a good 'un and should be read for its historic science-fiction interpretation, much the same as you would still want to watch Star Trek and yet love Next Generation. It has a great story and a lot of moralising issues, which is typical of Isaac Asminov. Excellent book - I would highly recommend if you like sci-fi (or even if you don't).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harriet
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    8/5/13
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    "A collection of exercises in logic"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I see it more as a collection of short mystery stories than one whole book. Each chapter poses a problem, which requires working out what the problem is before a solution can be formed. Each time the solution is revealed it always makes sense. The movie version of this book, picks elements from in and around the book and merges them to form a single story that does not feature in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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