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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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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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    Amazon Customer 07-11-12 Member Since 2006

    Greenville

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    "Really Enjoyable Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I, Robot to be better than the print version?

    I really liked I, Robot, but probably should not have a picture from the movie since there is very little in common between the movie and the book. Common items, the name, some character names and robots, but that is where it ends. I like a lot of Asimov and found this a very fun read highly recommend the book.


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    Walter Asheville, NC, United States 06-04-12
    Walter Asheville, NC, United States 06-04-12
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    "A great intro to the Foundation series."
    What did you love best about I, Robot?

    It gives information Re robots and interstellar travel which gives yu the information to better understand the Foundation series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Robot?

    How a man accused of being a robot seems to break the first law of robotics and gets away with it.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He is the best, give the man a raise.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, it's very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn United States 01-21-12
    Lynn United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Scott Brick?

    Yes i would!!!


    What could Isaac Asimov have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Issac did fine. Hollywood stinks.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    None


    Do you think I, Robot needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe it part of a set of short stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited to read the details of the movie only the book could give. The entire movie was absent from the book. The book was good. The movie stunk!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy BOISE, ID, United States 01-09-12
    Roy BOISE, ID, United States 01-09-12

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    "Wish I read it sooner."

    Some of the concepts in this book like "the three rules of robotics" were way ahead of the time when this material was written back in the 1950's. The last chapter was particularly visionary.

    My only criticism of the format is that this is a collection of short stories and the break between each story could have been a bit more defined either by a longer pause or some other production technique. This however is not meant as a bad reflection on the material in the least.

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    Gary Hilo, Hawaii, United States 12-19-11
    Gary Hilo, Hawaii, United States 12-19-11
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    "Some of the earlier SF is the best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I, Robot to be better than the print version?

    No. The audio version is not dramatized it's simply a straight read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Susan Calvin. Her personality and intelligence appealed to me


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    I would


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when the main character died


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book years ago when I was still in my twenties. I was surprised at how much I still enjoyed the stories

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    Michael Erie, PA, United States 11-26-11
    Michael Erie, PA, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Dated Classic Short Stories."

    The I Robot stories and much of Issic Asamov's stories are dated by unforeseen directions. The book is set in current times, but is missing modern technology and we have never made a Positronic Robot. But if you get past that, it is a great story, written from a 1950's point of view. But someday this moray will be vogue again, Assamov talks about this in his 1980's books. The stories are set from the mid 1990???s to the mid 2160???s and are about the development and testing of Robots. Each story is a mini mystery as to why the Robot is not working as expected and ties back to the 3 laws of Robotics which are over repeated in each story, as the original stories were written as magazine articles. Each problem was new and the solution intriguing. This is a good story for the young with much vocabulary building. This was my first real book I read in the 1970's I love the stories then and today, they are well written and intuitive, If you look at each with a what if point of view and past no cell phones or PCs you will see why I gave it 5 stars. If you don???t like this book I would recommend steering clear of Vern, Orwell, Clarke and Heinlein. All Science Fiction becomes dated with time but is doesn???t change the quality of the story. The performance by Scott Brick is as always outstanding.

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    Anders Olofstorp, Sweden 11-22-11
    Anders Olofstorp, Sweden 11-22-11
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    "Good discussions about our fears of robots!"

    This book are several stories in one. The beginning is a little bit slow but wait until they get into space. All stories has something to do with the three laws of robotics. What happens if you change them, what problems can they cause, what would happen if a robot questions man etc.

    The book is like the philosophy meetings where one is placed in an imaginary situation with some moral or ethical dilemma and you reason about the options and it consequences.

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    So Fain Atlanta, GA 03-04-11
    So Fain Atlanta, GA 03-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing!"

    First, this is my first Isaac Asimov book and it left me wondering why I hadn't gotten around to reading his work before. I'm stingy with 5 star ratings but this earned one from me easily. As many others have stated, despite Will Smith being on the cover, this book has very little to do with the movie other than the 3 Rules of Robotics and a few plot elements from some of the stories in the book. This is a fantastic collection of short stories tied together cleverly. Yes, some of the technology seems a little old-fashioned as we have already found better solutions to some problems presented in the book but it does not take much effort to place yourself into Asimov's world. This was a great listen! Fantastic book! Good narrator. Highly recommended for any sci-fi lover!

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    Morris Burch Houston, Texas 09-09-09
    Morris Burch Houston, Texas 09-09-09 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best AND nothing like the movie"

    This is a brilliant, thought provoking work. I loved it. The movie was a disappointment and probably should not have been linked to the book - and vice versa.

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    Susan Ventura, CA, USA 06-15-09
    Susan Ventura, CA, USA 06-15-09
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    "Asimov's Robot Stories"

    I've read the book, and now I get to listen to it. I drive 50 miles to and from work each workday, and it's great to have a book on CD along for the ride, and this is one of the best by the best. I liked the narrator, and he did a good job with the characters, and I heartedly recommend this Audiobook!

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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
  • Roberta
    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.

    5 of 5 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.

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  • Steve
    SE England
    4/20/14
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    "Consequences"
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    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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  • 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
  • Mr. Matthew Burgess
    London, UK
    2/27/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • number six
    Inverness, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    Northallerton, United Kingdom
    3/26/11
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    "Excellent"

    Great stories, immaculately read. A rare combination!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/14/10
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    "I, Robot"

    This is a really great story, and narrated about as well as I could imagine!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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