this is probably the best book ive heard on audible in over 2 years of listening! excellent story, beautifully performed. an excellent listen. pls ..Show More »can we have more of asimov read by this narrator? move over scott brick, your throne is taken!
Isaac Asimov's “Naked Sun” is science fiction at it's Finest. This is a story of the human race as it spreads it's wings to populate the galaxy. The..Show More » interplay between mother earth and it’s children who have grown up and surpassed the home world and the inevitable conflict that arises from that fact. Mr. Asimov relates how the elements of socialization and adaptation to the differing environments can change who and what we are as people far into the future. He uses the basic emotions and feelings that makes us human to tell the story. Then by taking those emotions and feeling that are so human and central to the story he introduces an element that is completely contrary to humanity. Robots. No one can weave a finer story based on the interplay of human and robot like Mr. Asimov.
This is the second of 4 book that makes up Asimov's “Robot Novels” and is truly a classic. Humans and robots, fear and phobia, passion and loathing, crime and punishment with a galactic twist. The most unique part of the story is that it could be Bogart or Columbo of the future solving the crime that no one else can. Classic deduction and reasoning except for the fact that the setting is hundreds of light years from Earth and he has a partner that is a robot, and the fact that everything that happens revolves around robots and Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics.
Asimov is the master of the traditional science fiction novel. His intelligence and understanding are very much a part of his writing style. His forward thinking is revealed in many instances through out the book while some advances he foresaw in the 50s (when the book was written) didn't quite make it into the 21st century.
This is a story that is highly complex in many ways yet is so easy to follow. It flows from one chapter to the next, but is far from a simple story. I guess that anyone who writes more than 500 books must like what he is doing and it shows.
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, se..Show More »t 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.