Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the galaxy lie in the delicate balance.
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It's been many years since I first read this book. The second reading is even better than the first. The book, is in its essence, a murder mystery, set in a future time when humans have colonized parts of the universe.
The characters are superb. Elijah Bailey is the quintessential human who relies on his own senses and intellect to solve the crime. R. Daneel Olivaw and Giscard are as sympathetic as characters can be, with some surprises thrown in at the end.
The plot is tight, and moves along at a good clip that keeps the reader's attention. The ending is, as a good mystery should be, a surprise.
Narration is also excellent.
I highly recommend this book.
This is a very good book and the narrator does an excellent job on "making" all the different characters voices. I have read/listened the two previous books in the series ('Caves of Steel' and 'The Naked Sun') and this one is just a little bit inferior, nevertheless the ending is great and made me anxious for reading the next: 'Robots and Empire' which I had to buy in the conventional way, as it is not available at audible.com.
Still as amazing as when I first read the book many years ago. The reader is excellent and even though I remembered much of the story I still could not put it down easily.
Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
The power of the spoken word is evident in this telling of Dr. Asimovs astounding novel. I had read it some years ago after it was first published, but dimly remembered the impact it had at the time. Mr. Dufri's gifted and extrodinary narrative is so beautifully rendered that the characters come to life and are made seemingly real. Many thanks to all who are responsible for the "Bobot Novels" live and unforgettable.
This is science fiction at it's best. Asimov takes a complex storyline and creates a novel that is simple to follow but far from simple in it's presentation and makeup. The characters are very well developed and are either quite personable or make good antagonists. Of course the development and integration of robots is classic. No one does robots better than Asimov.
This is science fiction of the possible. You can easily convince yourself that this story is a feasible version of how mankind will venture into the stars and populate a galactic empire (which is told in other Asimov novels). This whole concept is so believable because it's so well written and thought out. A very enjoyable listen that will have you searching for more Asimov. He has some more very good novels and all are highly recommended.
This series of books is better than I expected. Asimov built on I Robot so very well. I love the characters and the complex dialogue. Many of the current Sci-Fi authors should re-read books like this to understand what the genre is supposed be... real characters asking a question about society.
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The story moves forward the concept of tying the foundation series and robot series together very well. Yes, alittle weird in small spots about sex but the adolescent in you will smile at it. The narrator is top notch and his variation on the voices is very understandable and consistent, he is that good of a reader.
Always get a kick out of robot stories and detective books and this was the best of both worlds. Interesting bit of the story had a branch off to the later "Positronic Man" book from 1993 which became "Bicentennial Man". You will recognize the refference to "Little Miss" in the book. Well woven story by the master and well voiced. I was confused and thought the reader was William Devries at first as he sounded similar to the actor and the spoken version of his name is a little confusing. That was my fault though. Well worth a listen.
As a big Sci-Fi fan, i had read quite a few of Mr asimov's books.
(the original Foundation trilogy kept me shut off from my family for hours on end). This book is no different, i was grip'd from start to finish. Brilliantly writen and brilliantly narrated.
on many occasions i had to find a Lay-by stop the van and just listen. Great stuff.....
Only the second Asimov book I have read (after 'I Am Robot') but definitely not the last. Great characters and great plot in a fascinating future. Well read.
An excellent production of an excellent book. I cannot overstate how well this audio book has done justice to the book itself. Highly recommended.
"A little unsatisfying"
This futuristic murder mystery makes the fundamental error of solving the case by introducing a twist at the end that the reader couldn't possibly have anticipated. And there's too much sexy business in it, and in my opinion, Isaac Asimov's fame does not arise from the subtlety and elegance of his descriptions of relations between men and women. So a little unsatisfying for those reasons, but all right on the whole.
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