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The Gods Themselves | [Isaac Asimov]

The Gods Themselves

Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.
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Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.

©1980 Isaac Asimov (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 09-02-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2012

    I work in Financial Services and love History, Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Science Fiction. Asimov is the master and this is him at the top of his game. Intrigue, imagination, cleverly written and thought provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gods Themselves?

    I found the depiction of the creatures in the parallel universe very touching. It was an interesting way to comment on humans, but in an indirect manner.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy Scott Brick. The Asimov series used William Dufris for the Robot Series and he did a good job as well. Scott has done most (unfortunately not all) of the Galactic Empire and Foundation Series and he does a superb job. His strength is not in performing different characters but in adding gravity to the dialogue. You will have to keep track of the characters closely, but overall Scott is excellent.


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

    No way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my last book in my re-read of the Asimov Series after many years, and it dawned on me why he is not given more credit as a writer. These stories are intended to entertain. They are detailed, clever and help you escape into another world. Although they have commentary on the human plight and our interaction with each other there is no pretension of climax or overly dramatic ending. Unlike much of what we see on TV and movies, the stories are more to be savored than change your life. Asimov wrote these to amuse himself primarily, and as a reader you almost wish they would never end. I cannot recommend them highly enough for someone looking to escape into a place that makes you forget about the everyday. To me that is what entertainment ultimately is, and why I think Asimov is underestimated and not given enough credit. Kudos Audible, great job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RICK COHEN 02-18-15
    RICK COHEN 02-18-15 Member Since 2014

    Likes science fiction.

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    "Pre environmentalism"

    Interesting spin on environmentalism.
    I thought the pari- universe was more interesting than our own.

    Unique depiction of soft one sex.

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    James Manotick, ON, Canada 05-08-15
    James Manotick, ON, Canada 05-08-15
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    "Drags at times but some interesting parts too."

    It took several attempts to get through this one. It drags on at times. Normally Scott Brick does a fine job reading but on this one he speaks as though every word is dramatic, there's no excitement and no difference between the characters. Some interesting concepts were advanced in the book though.

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    Kenneth Crawford 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a little slow but great book"

    This. book really makes you think. I found it much better the second time I listened to it.

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    T. Law Foster City, CA USA 01-16-15
    T. Law Foster City, CA USA 01-16-15
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    "Great Book Brought to Life"

    Isaaz Asimov weaving together his stories, Scott brick bring it to life. Well read and kept audience wanting to keep listening.

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    Nor'easter 11-20-14
    Nor'easter 11-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "classic sci-fi"

    3.5 stars. This is definitely what I would consider "hard sci-fi" and is for the physics minded reader. It is split into 3 parts which were apparently released as novellas. The first part takes place on Earth where scientists discover the possibility of a parallel universe where physics doesn't follow the same rules. The second part takes us into that para-universe. The third part takes place in the near future on the moon where there has been colonization. Liked the first part, loved the second, and got a bit bored with the characters in the third.

    As a classic, it holds its own and doesn't feel too dated. Great science and concept but I was disappointed that the characters seemed a bit one dimensional

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    Bookoholics Anon 01-17-14 Listener Since 2009

    No Pink Ponies

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    "Asimov's most innovative novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gods Themselves to be better than the print version?

    The audio version may be better than the print version because who doesn't love listening to Scott Brick? The man could read a phone book and I'd be riveted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gods Themselves?

    The second section of the book, taking place in a different universe with the triad of Odeen, Dua and Tritt is amazing. Alien marriage, sex, reproduction and maturation is handled deftly and creatively. The characters really shine, especially Dua.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Dua attempts to communicate with humans to warn them. Her message is touching and thrilling.


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

    When the message from the alternate beings is translated--it's thrilling.


    Any additional comments?

    This may be my favorite Asimov novel. No robots--but very different and very creative. As usual, Asimov's female characters are better-drawn than his male characters and again, he has a female character play the heroine.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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