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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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>9.4 / 10.0

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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First two stories are the best

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

The first story, "Little Lost Robot", was an excellent short and wish it could have been much longer.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Kirstin
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 07-06-15

Narration isn't great

What did you like best about Robot Dreams? What did you like least?

Asimov! If you are a fan you really can't go wrong reading it, but if this is your first listen to an Asimov book I would start elsewhere. Mainly because the narration is kind of terrible. Start with something narrated by Scott Brick.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a series of short stories. I like some of them more than others, but all held my attention. I am glad I bought this book despite the description. I had only ever read one of the stories in this collection and almost did not buy it, because the description of the book recount the one story I had read.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It really felt at times like he was reading from a page. You could tell where the line in the book ended, but not the sentence. Also at first it was somewhat disjointed and bland.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

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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. <br/>

Any additional comments?

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 if 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 how his work influenced the world through this work.

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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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Guidall is great!!

This book is already great, but the performance of Guidall is aways stellar. I strongly recommend this book for fans of the Foundation and robot series.

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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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  • Alex
  • 03-24-15

Super stories-not a dull moment

Every story thought provoking. Serious points made but with Isaacs usual sense of humour and insight into human behaviour. Also some education in there as well but done in such an entertaining way you don't realise your being educated!

Isaac your sorely missed

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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...