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
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.
After reading Asimovs' spectacular "Robot Series", this was rather a disappointment. It starts off slow and pretty much stays slow. The very end of the book takes a stunning and intriguing turn that almost makes the prior 99.9% worth reading. Almost... Put it this way, if this work did not say Asimov on the cover, it would never make it past door stop status. In fact, I doubt it would have been published. Serious Asimov fans will probably want to give it a go but I cannot recommend it.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
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).
I like the way it ended, there was a twist that I did not see coming....
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!
The story is deceptive in it's simplicity. Asimov goes to great lengths to make the reader feel smart. He carefully sets up the "twist" dominoes in such an obvious way that you don't fully believe it's on purpose until the final chapter. Despite this atrocious betrayal of my trust, I can't help but appreciate this story as an Asimov. Compared to the eloquence of his Robot trilogy, this novel amounts to little more than inspiration for the ignorant. Listen only to complete the entire saga.
I love this narrator so so much. What diversity he brings to all the characters. Well done, sir. The story itself is full of twists as is Asimov's way. Which is great. Ad the last few were unguessable. I guess I just didn't love the characters as much as other books of his.
I really enjoyed the story, and especially the departure with a little romance. As with most classic sci fi there wasn't gratuitous bad language or violence. It was very well done and Stephen Thorne did an excellent job as narrator.
I wish there was more out there to pick from, but it seems that writers today lack imagination and vocabulary. The vast majority is the same: violence, more graphic violence with torture, the undead, vampires, gratuitous sex and constant swearing. How about new plot lines without these and having more technology and beautiful vocabulary. There is a vast almost endless universe, get inspired and be bold and write some interesting and insightful science fiction!
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