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I, Robot | [Isaac Asimov]

I, Robot

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Andrew 01-12-15
    Andrew 01-12-15
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    "Future History"

    A fascinating introduction to the authors robot populated world.

    It's interesting to read not just for its great story, but also for the comparison to sci-fi written now or even a couple of decades ago.

    The idea that a walking interacting robot is relatively easy, but a talking robot is much harder is delightful.

    Very well performed recording.

    I recommend this audio book and the ones that follow to anyone who likes classic sci-fi

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    Amazon Customer 01-05-15

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    "SCI FI or getting real"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    At first this book seems to content out of several short stories. But it is all about the development of artificial intelligence in computers/robots, there pros, cons and problems. Basic questions are packed in short stories that keep you listening. Great book and great method to address the problems around AI's.

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    Anthony Killeen, TX United States 12-30-14
    Anthony Killeen, TX United States 12-30-14
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    "A Classic, well performed."

    I have always loved the philosophical ideals of this story collection. The outstanding narration fleshes this out to a great listening experience.

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    Sean L. Jones 10-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Main point for my thesis paper"

    I'm doing my thesis for college on Artificial Intelligence and this book covers one of the bigger topics in my paper. On top of being a very logical book the story was very surprising. I had never seen the movie prior to this but the book it NOTHING like the movie. Thank God! The book is 10x better than the book. Scott Brick is wonderful and convinced me the whole way through the book. The only part that's a bit slow in the book in the first couple chapters but after that it pick up with more interesting robots.

    Herbie was my favorite in the story, it was like a soap opera listening to it.

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    George 02-15-14
    George 02-15-14
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    "Robots Are Human?"

    Classic sci-fi about the development of robots in human history. At first, the book was hard to follow because it's a series of short stores about the development of robotics. Then, when that became obvious, the book became a fun listen. After Asimov describes the three rules of robots, the book develops around those--from mute robots through politician robots. The book draws on human characteristics. I think I'll read number two in the series.

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    Will Concord, MA, United States 01-11-14
    Will Concord, MA, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome. But Nothing Like the Movie"

    The only thing this book has in common with the movie is robots.
    That said, I loved the movie and I loved the book. They are just two completely different entities.
    This is a typically awesome Asimov book. And the performance was well done. Not spectacular. But professionally done, and produced with attention to detail.
    He's no Frank Muller. But very few have achieved a Muller level of impassioned delivery.

    Good book. Decent performance. And nothing like the movie.

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    Kenneth Scott Davis Maryland 06-29-13
    Kenneth Scott Davis Maryland 06-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A must - don't be fooled by the Hollywood version"
    If you could sum up I, Robot in three words, what would they be?

    A true epic


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. I'm hard of hearing and have difficulty with some narrators. I think that if I wouldn't have started with Scott's narration, I probably would've dismissed audio books entirely or maybe not even have given them a chance. I've been ordering from Audible since 2004.


    Any additional comments?

    You should know that the I,Robot started out as a collection of many short stories. Isaac Asimov pulled them all together and made an epic story out of it. Therefore, it gets a bit repetitive, as the protagonists constantly repeat the Laws Of Robotics. However, a grand scale story was put together that spans a person's lifetime. But it is easy to listen to, as each chapter can be listened to in pieces, over time, and generally represents a complete story, in itself.

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    Niki 05-18-13
    Niki 05-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Still futuristic, even 60ish years later"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Robot?

    I loved the first story about the little girl and her robot care-taker. It is so simple but lovely. Really, all the stories are amazing because this still seems futuristic even though it was written more than 50 years ago.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I love this book because it is a bunch of short stories that weave together to make something more impactful. So it is good listening to it in little bits, and when you put the pieces together and see how the robots evolve makes for a complex story.


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    John SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-01-13
    John SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great stories."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommend. The world Asimov creates is interesting and engrossing. I zipped through this book in less than a week, which is pretty fast for me. The final story really brings the whole collection together. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.


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    Brian DURHAM, NC, United States 10-01-12
    Brian DURHAM, NC, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Asimov impresses (as usual)"

    I, Robot is a collection of short stories woven into a single overarching narrative. The stories are fun, clever, and surprisingly human. I've never regretted reading an Asimov book, and now I expect I'll be listening to a few, as well.

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