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.
The foresight of Asimov and others of his kind is nothing less than amazing. This man and those like him do not write science fiction, but speculative fiction. They do tend to overestimate man's moral conscience, but that in no way affects the basic genius and ingenuity inherent in these tales.
Scott Brick: He has to be the best reader in the business.
This book stands alone, so comparing it to any other would be quite difficult.
I've listened to many of his performances, and its hard to rank them.
Stories from the complete robot.
I had not read Asimov's work. This is the second of his book in as many weeks I have consumed. The way he takes snapshots of characters, and tells the evolution of a new intelligence is fascinating. I wish I would have had this book as a kid. However, Asminov is still stretching the thoughts of this new fan. Now, about that Foundation. ..
I saw the movie with Will Smith long before reading the book. I knew it wasn't like the book, few movies are, but holy crap it's not even remotely the same story.
This is probably the 3rd time I have experienced this book. I read it as a boy, and again in my 20's and now at 48 I have it in my audio book collection.
I smile at the rather dated references, especially when they are pointed out by those younger than myself, because I must then try to be just as tolerant as those who were older than myself did when I once pointed them out.
I wonder if they too will be drawn back to the actual message in the manuscript over a lifetime and gape at how brilliant Asimov must have been to extrapolate from the 1950's to what we are only now beginning to touch upon.
This is (still) a wonderful book in my opinion, but nothing like the movie - thank goodness. I'm rather disappointed at having that picture on the cover, but such is life.
Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.
The way all the stores are tied together with a singled character.
The performance meshes with the stories.
It does not NEED a follow up, as it is a collection of interrelated short stories, but additional stories can all be added as long as no one rolls a motorcycle into town and blasts robots.
At no point does anyone jump a motorcycle into the air and start blasting robots with dual uzi's as they land.
Completely different from the movie. Not only does it differ in storyline, plots and climaxes, but the movie only takes ideals and names from the book. Little else. Absolute genius!
"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!
"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.
"Sad is finished. I enjoyed it so much!"
It is a fantastic book and very well narated. lt made me laugh and everything. I very much enjoyed it
Not if they thought they were getting the book of the film. This is absolutely the wrong cover.
This is a series of stories which outline the development of the Robot laws. The story of the film is NOT in it.
The breaks between the stories are short. Unless you are paying close attension you may not notice that you have moved on to the next story.
The cover denotes that it IS the book of the film. It is NOT.
"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.
"Phenomenal sci fi"
A collection of short stories with recurring characters based around Asimov's three laws of robotics. Very thought provoking and enjoyable.
"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.
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
Fantastic book for anyone who is starting adventure with science fiction books. It is a classic book written in beautiful language.
Three simple rules that govern behaviours... and explore the consequences... listen, learn, discuss. Very enjoyable - a set of classic and linked short stories.
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