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.
Glad I bought this title and I enjoyed it.
Not sure if it's the narrator or text, but I had trouble engaging with the story. Mr. Brick, while very talented, is not a reader I connect well with - I find him relatively flat and robotic, which served this story well, I suppose, but leaves me trying harder to stay engaged.
Will definitely check out more Asimov.
Excellent book to listen to...each story is like a mini robo-mystery...a robo-psycho puzzle to solve.
The first stories are relatively simple but grow in complexity in relation to interpreting the Three Laws of Robotics, culminating in a satisfying conclusion to the book.
I re-watched the Will Smith movie after, which is loosely founded on the principles in this book. I found many more things to enjoy about the movie with the added benefit of reading the book, such as the character details and the personalities of the robots.
Interesting stories throughout that, together, flavour the book. The last chapter was a good finish to the overall. I'm left with my own imaginings of what happens next.
The cover chosen sells the book to those unaware that the movie is inspired by but very unlike the novel, however, still well worth the listen.
The story was very interesting and grabs you right from the beginning. Though there were a couple chapters that I didn't follow as closely as others (disclaimer: I listened during my morning and evening commutes so my attention level could have been affected by my tiredness level).
The narrator was wonderful! I've listened to some stories that I couldn't finish because the voice was either annoying or boring. I would gladly listen to any other story narrated by Brick.
Overall I gave the book a 4/5 mainly because although I found it interesting I wasn't wholly captivated to the point where I HAD to listen to it. It definitely made my commute more entertaining though.
This is an awesome story: I have read it before as a kid, and reread it as an adult. But listening to Scott Brick narrate it is an even different experience, and very enjoyable.
I had read the book before so I knew that the movie was only loosely based on the book. If you're expecting the same or even similar plot line as the movie...don't bother.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Isaac Asimov stretched the imagination of science with a prescient understanding of robotics, in his book I, Robot. I, Robot, a book published in 1950, was a vision of the future; i.e. a vision that attracts and repels its reader. Attraction comes from a vision of human liberation and possible salvation. Repulse comes from a vision of robotic dependence and loss of human volition.
With the advent of Artificial Intelligence, some of Asimov’s vision of the future is blurred. If A.I. can be improved to the level of human brain function, morality becomes a part of a C.P.U.’s decision-making process. Of course, this leads to a more complicated set of problems but morality becomes a part of the decision making process. Ray Kurzweil takes that possibility a giant step farther by suggesting A.I. become a part of the human genetic code, melding human minds with C.P.U. capabilities. That science fiction novel might be titled “I, Robot, 2.0”. A new set of problems would be revealed in stories of enhanced human ability to lie, cheat, and steal in the pursuit of money, power, and prestige.
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
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.
"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.
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.
"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).
"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.
"Really smart story and superbly narrated"
Really great read/listen. I'm sure many people will be happy that the film only takes inspiration from this book, the stroy told here is very different. It's basically a handful of short(ish) stories about the evolution of AI, each focussing on a specific time and problem encountered, linked together with an overriding story. Each of the four or five "flashbacks", for want of a better word, is really smart and introduces some excellent concepts.
Scott Brick's narration is excellent, demonstrating why he's won awards for narration. His "attempt" at a Scottish accent was a particular highlight.
"A great SF series of stories"
Lots of different robot stories all in some way connected in sequence, with mysteries to solve, usually explained (without giving the plots away) by the laws of robotics. Great to dip into. Enjoyable entertainment. A good introduction to some aspects of science fiction.
Great stories, immaculately read. A rare combination!
This is a really great story, and narrated about as well as I could imagine!
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