In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Isaac Asimov - science writer, historian, and futurist - accurately predicted how technological breakthroughs would be developed and utilized, years before they became reality. His foresight envisioned calculators, computerized cars, and advances in the field of robotics as chronicled in such popular books as I, Robot; Robots and Empire; and The Robots of Dawn.
Robot Dreams spans the body of his fiction from the 1940s to the mid ’80s, featuring all of the classic Asimovian themes - from the scientific puzzle and the extraterrestrial thriller to the psychological discourse. In addition to the title story (a Locus poll winner and Hugo and Nebula Award finalist), this collection features several of Asimov’s robot tales. A robopsychologist must outwit a machine determined to stay hidden in "Little Lost Robot"; a woman’s talent for "Light Verse" overshadows her true accomplishments with her robot servants; "The Last Question" presented to computer after computer over a hundred billion years may remain forever unanswered…and 17 more future visions from the grand master of science fiction.
©1986 Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc., Isaac Asimov (P)2014 Recorded Books
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
This book is a collection of many of Isaac Asimov's best short stories. The title and image on the front cover are somewhat deceiving as not ALL of the stories involve robots, although many do. A good deal of the robot stories are actually taken directly from Asimov's book "I, Robot", which is a slight drawback.
I have ready a great deal of Asimov's short fiction but some of these stories were new to me, which was refreshing. The order of the stories in the collection was also crafted extremely well.
It is also important to note that the narration performance in this audio book is top notch. The reader has a very soft, relaxing voice and makes sure to give every different character his or her own unique voice.
9.4 / 10.0
"Not all those who wander are lost" -JRR Tolkien
The first story, "Little Lost Robot", was an excellent short and wish it could have been much longer.
I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.
Asimov! If you are a fan you really can't go wrong reading it, but if this is your first listen to an Asimov book I would start elsewhere. Mainly because the narration is kind of terrible. Start with something narrated by Scott Brick.
This is a series of short stories. I like some of them more than others, but all held my attention. I am glad I bought this book despite the description. I had only ever read one of the stories in this collection and almost did not buy it, because the description of the book recount the one story I had read.
It really felt at times like he was reading from a page. You could tell where the line in the book ended, but not the sentence. Also at first it was somewhat disjointed and bland.
And Buffalo George
I'll admit--this book just did not click in my brain. It's a collection of short stories which advocate a particular future. The unrelated short stories wore on my patience, and I didn't find them all that engaging or thought provoking. I was disappointed and did not finish it.
This book is already great, but the performance of Guidall is aways stellar. I strongly recommend this book for fans of the Foundation and robot series.
enjoyed every minute of it! both the book and the narration is sooo good!! whether you are a fan of science or not you will love it
"I love the stories but ...."
I wish this was read by Grover Gardner. No disrespect meant to Guidall. Love Asimov!
"Super stories-not a dull moment"
Every story thought provoking. Serious points made but with Isaacs usual sense of humour and insight into human behaviour. Also some education in there as well but done in such an entertaining way you don't realise your being educated!
Isaac your sorely missed
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