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The Naked Sun Audiobook

The Naked Sun: The Robot Series, Book 2

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A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection. Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on. Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities: Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots - unthinkable under the laws of Robotics - or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!

©1957 Isaac Asimov (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    subtitles 05-26-15
    subtitles 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful follow up."
    Would you listen to The Naked Sun again? Why?

    I would, but not for a long time. The thing about a good mystery is that once it is solved, and in your head, it is hard to go back.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Naked Sun?

    Getting to hang out with the to lead characters again.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    It felt like coming home. The characters were true to form, and like a true sequel to Caves of Steel.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andre 05-01-15
    Andre 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dufris outdoes himself"

    The voice acting is superb. And while many might prefer Scott Brick, Dufris does a wonderful wonderful job with voices His feminine voices are great. The story itself is lovely. And none of the twists I anticipated. Beautiful exploration of fear and isolation.

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    rkap 04-01-15
    rkap 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "jehosaphat, thoroughly enjoyed"

    good story. good narration. this series was a good place to start a long appreciation for Asimov.

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    DeerKing 02-07-15
    DeerKing 02-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than the first book"

    I enjoyed listening to the narrator more during this book since he didn't have to do the whiny voice of the police chief.
    *spoilers* But I am seeing character flaws with Elisia (sp). I hope he doesn't keep allowing the murders to go free.

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    Slayin_Sales 01-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic in every way"

    This is one of the best book sequels I've ever listened to bar none. Recommend to anyone who likes Isaac Asimov.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-04-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "A Bedrock of Modern Sci Fi"
    Where does The Naked Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank this book very highly. This series was taken off Audible for a few months to correct some audio errors. The series is back, and its spectacular. If you are a fan of modern sci-fi, you owe it to yourself to return to this classic series. It helps to form the foundation of many of the literary conceits common today. Asimov changed our perceptions are the man-machine relationship from Frankenstein to a story about the complexities of life and it works great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fundamentally Asimov uses the basis of Kant's logic and weaves it into a detective story. This is somewhat similar to but very different from other stories in the genre. He imbues the characters with humanism and reason to weave a fascinating story that forms the basis for his Galactic Empire and Foundation Series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the the main character(s) and the humanoid(s). I think the clever wordplay is difficult to match in any other author. Finding humanity in the non-human goes beyond personification, its just brilliant.


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

    Asimov is not really that type of author. A common criticism of him is that his characters are not very well developed. Not sure I fully agree, I view them as not having alot of melodramatic emotion. Asimov rarely plays the emotional card. These are books that define logic and complex story telling. I find the entire series the foundation of science fiction and modern literature. Asimov is an under rated author.


    Any additional comments?

    Great job audible. I implore you to get the last book in the series, Robots and Empire. I realize there might be copyright issues since it was written much later, but it is an important work in the Robot/Galactic/Foundation story arch.

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    Gregory Spahn 08-22-16
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    "Great Story...Ahead of its time."

    a great job by Isaac Asimov and well ahead of its time. most of the things he predicts are seeming more likely to be true.

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    "Bailey hasn't learned"
    Would you listen to The Naked Sun again? Why?

    I do not think so, it's not that its bad but it's not compelling enough to drag me back. The lack of character development from the first book to the second ruins it for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting parts involve both Bailey and Daneel figuring out ways to get around the 3 laws and how to obstruct one another. The least interesting is Bailey's unending mistrust of Daneel, robots (in general), and spacers. It just seems like he is the same as in the first but more annoying because his views have not changed even with evidence pointing in the other direction.


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    Luke 02-26-16
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    "captivating story"

    Strong Story, Second book in this particular storyline. great reader, consistent voices between the two I've listened to so far.

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    David Hays St Louis, MO 10-18-15
    David Hays St Louis, MO 10-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Classic for a reason"

    Steller book. Old but holds up exceptionally well. Deeper, more complex than Caves of Steel.

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