A millennium into the future two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.
Detective Elijah Baiey 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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Asimov is a very underrated writer. The Robot Series are a good example of his early work, Robots of Dawn was written later in the series and you can see how he matured as a writer, thinker and puzzle creator/solver. If you are an Asimov completest, this book represents an important bridge in understanding the connection between the Galactic Empire and the Foundation. Great stuff..
It favorably compares to the other Robot novels, but this is a more mature version of the story. The themes are adult and take the story out of its childhood premises of earlier novels. In fact he plays on the theme of the young child and robot fascination with an interesting literary allusion.
I really like the work that Dufris did in this series. Very well done.
The ending to this story is clever, well executed and a bridge to later novels, series and story lines. The intelligence of Asimov in weaving a complex story together is exemplified in how this specific story arch ends. the next book, Robots and Empire is somewhat different since Elijah Baily is only in that story historically. We say good to Elijah in this story as a foundational Asimov character, but it is not done melodramatically, its done in a way that demonstrates his intelligence and tenacity.
I implore Audible to make available Robots and Empire. I realize digital rights are bit complicated these days but this is an important story and the bridge to Prelude to Foundation. I would like to thank Audible for making the Robot Series available, it was briefly pulled off the Audible shelves, while they fixed an audio problem.
Great story to wrap up the early days of the pre empire galaxy. Elijah Bailey becomes more of a Sherlock Holmes than ever. Asimov even has great love scenes and the usual political/sci/fi suspense.
The reader is superb, although men can only do so much to sound convincing as Gladaya...
Bailey himself is the best, but all the characters are vivid and powerful. Both robots are amazing. Daneel is the prototype for Data (Star Trek) and sounds just like him throughout the book. Giscaerd grows on you and emerges big at the end.
The very last scene, the Asimovian Reveal...
No, I space it out for driving since it's mostly an iPod in automobile setup, but then it makes me want to drive!
I heard all the Foundation books, six in all, before the three Robot books. Now the Foundation makes more sense. I will look for whatever the sequel may be to Robots of Dawn, if any.
Azimov takes the best of the Detective story and Marry it to scifi with such deftness that it does not matter if you like sci fi or a good detective story you will love this book.
Good voice work and an excellent story. I don't think there's a bad story in the series and the voice acting adds to the story without distracting.
I had read this book in the 80s when it came out and this time listened to all 3 robot books in this series right after each other. Great experience, and great performance. What I really enjoy about this type of audiobook is that I never look to see how much time is remaining, unlike a real physical book when you know you are one page from the end. For this book in particular, I would strongly recommend it!
Having read these books many years ago I found the audible experience just as enthralling (if not more so) as reading them when they were first published!
Anyone with a stomach for misogynist soft porn thinly veiled as science fiction might enjoy this book. While "Caves of Steel" was a great read, Asimov is struggling to veil his own erotic fantasies in this pointless installment of the Robot Series. We must endure an endless series of Elijah Bailey's interrogations of a father and daughter, where Bailey focuses obsessively and without much reason on their failed attempt at incestuous intercourse. Unlike in the previous books there are massive holes in Bailies reasoning and the book never delivers any insight that might redeem its departure into the seedy - and that is the definition of pornography. Since the book does not describe anything other than fantasies, it fails pretty miserably as erotic fiction as well. So we are left with dirty old man thoughts.
I loved Asimov's first book and it was enough for him to create a massive reputation and following. I have since been disappointing. The "foundation series" left me yawning. I would only read further books from him in the hopes that he may regain the brilliance of his first novel "Caves of Steel".
William Dufris is fantastic at assuming multiple personalities and vocal mode's during his reading. His characters are astonishingly distinct and it's is easy to follow him at all times.
I am afraid there is little to redeem this book that is not already present in the previous books of the series. Our knowledge of robotics and the positronic brain are not much expanded. Its seems like an arduous exercise to advancement of the series. If you wish to read the whole series you might lack some key information rendered in this book though, especially on the "history" of Auroran society and the beginnings of "Psycho History". Since the series seems to build heavily on concept that expand from one book to the next it might not be completely advisable to skip this one.
Unexpected situations, great sci-fi narrative. I enjoyed it throughly. The climax is intense and some of the twists clever and unexpected.
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