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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One of the best scifi stories I've read, as one might expect going into Asimov. But in all honesty the first book leaves you wanting more focus on the partnership of Elijah and Daneel, which is largely ignored in this one. Other than that it's fantastic and read wonderfully.
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.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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