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The Stars, Like Dust | [Isaac Asimov]

The Stars, Like Dust

Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin. He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father's death.
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Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin. He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father has been murdered.

Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father's death, and becomes entangled in an intricate saga of rebellion, political intrigue, and espionage. The mystery takes him deep into space where he finds himself in a relentless struggle with the power-mad despots of Tyrann.

©1983 Isaac Asimov; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Scifi USA 11-05-09
    Scifi USA 11-05-09
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    "Classic 1950's boyhood scifi"

    Great story. Great science behind the science fiction - most of which is still not too dated to enjoy today. Though some of the 50's attitudes would grate against feminist beliefs today, but if read in a "Leave it to Beaver" mindset of that time, would still be enjoyable.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 06-23-14
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic Asimov with timeless tale"

    The Stars, Like Dust is the 2nd installment Asimov's Empire series, but sufficiently loosely connected to be a standalone rendition. Briefly, the tale takes place in the far distant future with current Earth history a distant memory. Star travel has been mastered and planetary systems are largely settled with humanoid intelligent life. Earth and the rest of the local inhabited worlds are under the tyrannical rule of distant overlords.

    The plot revolves around a young man whose father, a fellow of considerable economic significance, has been murdered. The son embarks on a journey to discover the truth which leads to political intrigue and hints of rebellion. The sci-fi elements are limited to interstellar travel, a "radiation" bomb which was probably the concept for neutron bombs, and "massometers" which can detect gravitational fields. While all this seems rather simplistic, this was released in 1951.

    The narration is excellent with a solid range of voices, appropriate pacing, and good tone and mood. While the story is short by current sci-fi standards, the plot is still quite engaging and rich in complexity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-10-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012

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

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    "An Entertaining Read/Listen!"
    Where does The Stars, Like Dust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put The Foundation Series as Asimov's high water mark, this is secondary storyline (Galactic Empire Series) but worth reading/listening to fit into the larger context.I thought it was great but the Foundation Series is excellent. I consider his Non-Foundation books "boyhood science fiction", entertaining and well worth the effort but not as complex. You can almost see the blueprint here for later works by other artists, writers and move makers. Asimov is the original (in my opinion).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stars, Like Dust?

    I like the way it ended, there was a twist that I did not see coming....


    What about Stephen Thorne’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a great job! The different characters had different voices, I am always surprised how the best narrators do this....he was fantastic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's not that type of material (to me). It reminds me of the old Buck Rodgers TV show a little bit, entertaining and a great diversion.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend it to anyone to enjoys SF and wants to fill out their understanding of the Asimov cannon. Good book for a vacation, the beach or just wan to mentally "get away".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 07-26-10
    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 07-26-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun Sci-fi, 1950's style."

    I don't know if this book was actually written in the 50's, but it has that flavor to it. Anyway, it's a well-crafted story from a master of the genre. Not a monumental, life-changing experience, but an engaging little story, and Asimov's attention to detail always makes his work a pleasure to read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Edwardsville, IL, USA 04-15-10
    Mark Edwardsville, IL, USA 04-15-10
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    "the best science fiction saga"

    excellent quality in sound and continuity, i also like that the book was broken down in 6 min. increments so you could easily find your place,or revue what you listened to when you last stopped. after ripping to cd's (which i found abit tedious)
    i was easily able to transfer it to my mp3 player and still have a hard copy, (you know mp3 players go haywire occasionally)
    ABOUT THE BOOK: this is an addition to my collection, as well as 3 other books i downloaded,(by the same author) and takes me into many long hours at night as i drive(my occupation). Hoping to complete the set! while the book itself stands alone as a short story, it fills in the gaps and the cronological order of man,space travel,robots,and empire. which in my opinion is better then "star wars". of course that is my opinion. And once you start listening to one of these books by Isaac Asimov, you'll, like me want to get another. i suggest you start with "Prelude to Foundation" the beginning of a man called Harry Seldon. 1 of 6 books about "Psycho-history". Happy listening!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George 06-28-15
    George 06-28-15
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    "Among Asimov's best"

    Biochemist and prolific author Isaac Asimov had well over 500 books published during his life. Where grading on a curve fails with a class full of excellent students so fails finding a bad Asimov book, short story, limerick, or poem. This book is one of the top ten (IMHO) of earlier Asimov. Enjoy!

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    Lonnie Ducote Palm Springs, Ca 05-05-15
    Lonnie Ducote Palm Springs, Ca 05-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Tough to follow"

    Usually love Asimov but couldn't quite get into this one. Found it less engaging and harder to follow than his other works

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-27-15
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good story by Isaac Asimov"

    Here is another great story by Isaac Asimov that goes along with the ‘Caves of Steel’ series. I can also see why Gene Roddenberry consulted him regarding Star Trek.

    The story is a straightforward one where a young man is almost killed and begin his adventure. From there the story follows the character through synchronicity events until ultimately the end. In some ways this story reminds me of the ‘Mote In God’s Eye’. I won’t ruin it for you, but like ‘Robots of Dawn’ it will keep you guessing to the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erick Fife 01-20-15
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    "Great Audio Book"

    Narrator does a great job with characters. Great story with twists and turns. Asimov is cool.

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    George 10-02-14
    George 10-02-14
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    "OK Book"

    A slow and clunky read...probably because it was one of the author's first. Contains deep intrigue akin to human interaction, but attributed to non humans. Good story, though.

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