In the near future, boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. The manager of a robot desperately in need of repair does the unthinkable to win a bout.
©2011 Richard Matheson (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This story is quick and true to the style of The Twilight Zone. It is hard to hear Lou Gossett Jr read this. It sounds like mumbling at times. I was glad that most of the time I listened in the house instead of in the car.
The story is sad and a bit creepy. I believe those are positive words for describing The Twilight Zone. HA!
Audible is also a big plus for folks in my situation...
Lou Gossett Jr. recreates the role of Steel perfectly. He punctuates an overall weary voice with moments of dogmatic optimism on a level that makes the listeners feel abject pity and embarrassment for his character. The radio play version captures each nuance of Matheson's original treatment. It shows a man who is desperately afraid of becoming useless and obsolete; so much so that he is willing to risk his very own life to prove that change is not always the best option.
Written in the 50's but still an obvious base for the (terrible) movie "Real Steel". Story might actually do with a little cliché, but "Rocky" wasn't out in 1956...
Still, fantastic sound production, adequate acting and good story makes this a worthwhile listen.
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