Robot Dreams

Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
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In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Isaac Asimov - science writer, historian, and futurist - accurately predicted how technological breakthroughs would be developed and utilized, years before they became reality. His foresight envisioned calculators, computerized cars, and advances in the field of robotics as chronicled in such popular books as I, Robot; Robots and Empire; and The Robots of Dawn.

Robot Dreams spans the body of his fiction from the 1940s to the mid ’80s, featuring all of the classic Asimovian themes - from the scientific puzzle and the extraterrestrial thriller to the psychological discourse. In addition to the title story (a Locus poll winner and Hugo and Nebula Award finalist), this collection features several of Asimov’s robot tales. A robopsychologist must outwit a machine determined to stay hidden in "Little Lost Robot"; a woman’s talent for "Light Verse" overshadows her true accomplishments with her robot servants; "The Last Question" presented to computer after computer over a hundred billion years may remain forever unanswered…and 17 more future visions from the grand master of science fiction.

©1986 Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc., Isaac Asimov (P)2014 Recorded Books
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The 3 Laws of Robotics

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This book is a collection of many of Isaac Asimov's best short stories. The title and image on the front cover are somewhat deceiving as not ALL of the stories involve robots, although many do. A good deal of the robot stories are actually taken directly from Asimov's book "I, Robot", which is a slight drawback.

I have ready a great deal of Asimov's short fiction but some of these stories were new to me, which was refreshing. The order of the stories in the collection was also crafted extremely well.

It is also important to note that the narration performance in this audio book is top notch. The reader has a very soft, relaxing voice and makes sure to give every different character his or her own unique voice.

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Classic, original Asimov, all else is dirivitive

This is a book of Asimov's early short stories that explore the beginnings of robot production and the rise of robopsychologist Susan Calvin, early concepts of the Three Laws and their actual implementation, even time travel, the nature of God, inter-species cultural differences, the consequences of dependence on computers, and much much more. Many of Asimov's scientific/space/robotic/propulsion principles are accepted today as fact, and can be seen in most movies in the genre, especially perhaps, the Star Trek movies and shows.

Just a few of the ideas here have fallen short of reality, but the stories are still wonderful to read. George Guidall does his usual fine job of giving voice to both the humans and the robots.

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Great narration to an epic set of stories

Asimov's short stories collection "Robot Dreams" will definitely get you thinking - "is this possible? Has this already happened? What if...?"

The narrator does a wonderful job for the most part with changing tones and accents depending on the part read. The only issue I had was with one of the stories where a doctor was clearly described as "Australian" and the narrator gave him an Indian accent. Now if I were to read the book myself, I would definitely hear an Indian accent and not an Australian.

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cool tales of futurism by the master asimov

very good collection of issac asimov's stories. not just robots, some aliens, human augmentation and space as well. great to add to your collection if it's not there already

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love it

Isaac Asimov remains among my favorite if not my most favorite science fiction authors. Unfortunately I zoom off was of a generation of Science Fiction writers who for the most part gave into the traditional stereotypes and conventions of race and gender. I'll be it still he was a master for science fiction writer as will be conveyed through this book. It is also clear that I truly loved mystery and detective novels. But R. Danielle novels also convey that. Read it you enjoy it.

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Sci-fi at it's best!

The reader was great. He really brought the stories to life. Some are still timeless. And all are great.

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A great collection of thoughtful sci-fi gems

Where does Robot Dreams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was actually the first audiobook I listened to from Audible, so, best audiobook yet?

What other book might you compare Robot Dreams to and why?

I would say Arthur C. Clark's 2001/2010/.../3001 series is the closest set of books I have read to this one. Both combine very human stories with interesting science known at the time the stories were written set in the future. Plenty of drama and interesting turns kept me looking forward to the next listening session.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

The performance was very solid. His voice reminds me of hearing stories read by my grandfather as a boy; a very enjoyable experience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was delightful to hear so many stories about themes we see in the news again today- some of these stories were especially enjoyable.

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This was my first time enjoying Isaac Asimov; it was absolutely worth the time dedicated to these stories.

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a visionary in logical science fiction

Isaac Asimov allows readers to ponder the logical possibilities of the near and distent future.

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Wonderful Venture of Imagination

If you're a sci-fi fan this collection of short stories will easily capture your attention, if not your whole imagination. Isaac Asimov is one of the most influential sci-fi writers and you can see much of his work influenced the world.

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Not So Good Inside

I'll admit--this book just did not click in my brain. It's a collection of short stories which advocate a particular future. The unrelated short stories wore on my patience, and I didn't find them all that engaging or thought provoking. I was disappointed and did not finish it.

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  • UK
  • 05-21-18

fantastic

Truly great writing. Thought provoking, intelligent & entertaining. A collection of stories that leaves you asking questions about what is possible.

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  • DOC
  • 04-11-18

Fascinating ideas page after page.

Love love love these stories, full of thought provoking, imaginative ideas. A great audio book as it's composed of short stories, can get through most of the stories in under 1 hour, so suitable for work commute. The narration is somewhat robotic which is quite apt and in no way boring or annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-14-20

Not worth the amount of time

This book takes about 32 hours to listen to, you are better off listening or reading a non-fictional book so you can expand your knowledge. I wish I had done that

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  • I. A. Wright
  • 10-22-19

Good selection of Asimov’s work

Many unrelated tales of sci-fi imagination, not all of which now engender the willing suspension of disbelief, other than to make one wonder how people might have shrugged acceptance those years ago.

But even those tales are fun, in their own way.

This collection contains some really good yarns.

My one reservation is that the narrator puffs his way through the stories, catching his breath after every one to eight words. My emphysemic father spoke in the same manner. The pauses make the stories somewhat hard to listen to and concentrate on.

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  • Jiveduke
  • 08-31-19

Brilliant and relevant

A great read, Asimov is so clever at getting you to think about imponderable subjects. so relevant today with AI on the horizon

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  • Mark
  • 11-13-18

Changed the world's view on robots

Just sublime listening. Amazingly prescient for it's time. Read this first then read the robots of dawn trilogy.

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  • Mihail Alexandru Ana
  • 09-19-18

Loved it!

This truly was an amazing experience. Not much of a reader but this was a pleasure.

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  • Joan
  • 11-06-17

Love the stories, hate the narration

The stories are very intriguing and engaging, however the narration really detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book - there are stops at odd places of the sentence, and sometimes it's quite hard to distinguish between characters.

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  • Zhongxia Li
  • 08-25-16

enjoyable!

enjoyed every minute of it! both the book and the narration is sooo good!! whether you are a fan of science or not you will love it

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  • Digitalsitiriyadh
  • 05-10-16

I love the stories but ....

I wish this was read by Grover Gardner. No disrespect meant to Guidall. Love Asimov!

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  • Peter
  • 09-27-16

Asimov At His Best..

A fine collection representing Asimov at his very best.. Stories that both make the reader think whilst entertaining.. A balance group of tales...

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