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A millennium into the future two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.

Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance.

©1983 Isaac Asimov (P)2014 Random House Audio

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  • thomas
  • charlotte, NC, United States
  • 08-12-14

Some of Audible and Asimov's Best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Asimov is a very underrated writer. The Robot Series are a good example of his early work, Robots of Dawn was written later in the series and you can see how he matured as a writer, thinker and puzzle creator/solver. If you are an Asimov completest, this book represents an important bridge in understanding the connection between the Galactic Empire and the Foundation. Great stuff..

What other book might you compare The Robots of Dawn to and why?

It favorably compares to the other Robot novels, but this is a more mature version of the story. The themes are adult and take the story out of its childhood premises of earlier novels. In fact he plays on the theme of the young child and robot fascination with an interesting literary allusion.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really like the work that Dufris did in this series. Very well done.

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

The ending to this story is clever, well executed and a bridge to later novels, series and story lines. The intelligence of Asimov in weaving a complex story together is exemplified in how this specific story arch ends. the next book, Robots and Empire is somewhat different since Elijah Baily is only in that story historically. We say good to Elijah in this story as a foundational Asimov character, but it is not done melodramatically, its done in a way that demonstrates his intelligence and tenacity.

Any additional comments?

I implore Audible to make available Robots and Empire. I realize digital rights are bit complicated these days but this is an important story and the bridge to Prelude to Foundation. I would like to thank Audible for making the Robot Series available, it was briefly pulled off the Audible shelves, while they fixed an audio problem.

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Jehosephat

Exactly the ending this series deserved without sacrificing the perfect starting point for the foundation and empire books.

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Enjoyable and Surprising

Great Narrator. The story kept my attention and went in a few directions I didn't expect (all positive).

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The best of the Robot Series

What did you love best about The Robots of Dawn?

Great story to wrap up the early days of the pre empire galaxy. Elijah Bailey becomes more of a Sherlock Holmes than ever. Asimov even has great love scenes and the usual political/sci/fi suspense.
The reader is superb, although men can only do so much to sound convincing as Gladaya...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bailey himself is the best, but all the characters are vivid and powerful. Both robots are amazing. Daneel is the prototype for Data (Star Trek) and sounds just like him throughout the book. Giscaerd grows on you and emerges big at the end.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very last scene, the Asimovian Reveal...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I space it out for driving since it's mostly an iPod in automobile setup, but then it makes me want to drive!

Any additional comments?

I heard all the Foundation books, six in all, before the three Robot books. Now the Foundation makes more sense. I will look for whatever the sequel may be to Robots of Dawn, if any.

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  • William
  • West Pittston, PA, United States
  • 02-27-16

great story

Azimov takes the best of the Detective story and Marry it to scifi with such deftness that it does not matter if you like sci fi or a good detective story you will love this book.

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Solid

Good voice work and an excellent story. I don't think there's a bad story in the series and the voice acting adds to the story without distracting.

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read this when I was a teenager

loved this book, my first adventure into science fiction, brings back great memories. looking forward to the next book.

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A study of the walls we build.

I love this series of books. R Daneel Oliva is still one of my very favorite characters of all time. I also love Giskard and the other characters in the story.
I have read this book many times over many years, and I still enjoy it greatly. The story is compelling even if you only read it at a surface level. But I think its true genius is in the contrasting of internal and external walls that people and societies build to limit themselves.
Asimov will always remain one of my most favorite authors.

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  • Angela
  • Cincinnati, OH USA
  • 05-05-18

Police Procedural in socialist "utopia"

So I watched the I-Robot movie which is a police show and was pretty good for how movies are. I listened to the .5 book in this series, which despite Will Smith on the cover, is actually a really good little scifi story with nothing (but names) to do with the movie. That book was a bunch of very interesting vignettes talking about the rise of robots and I enjoyed it quite a lot. So I was looking forward to this book and learning more about the world that had come about from that start. I was somewhat disappointed to find it was just a police show, kind of like the movie, except with a weaker/less interesting plot, no revelations of note, and no characters I will remember T-minus 1 day.

In this book the setting is filled with some interesting futuristic ideas (the roads) and was an interesting vision based on when the book was written. The concepts of philosophy could have been interesting if the book didn't start from a place where people had already pretty much surrendered their individuality and freedom. I guess if you live downtown in a big city now maybe the people in the story are easier to understand. As a introvert I could only imagine that city being the third ring of hell to start with, so that was a little off putting. Then we come to the rather boring protagonist and his boring life. He is a police officer that, though we are told he is someone who is observant and can think things through, is also quick to throw out theories and accusations without much evidence just hunches. He eventually gets it right in the end, so ...yay, I guess. The "detective" was not exactly Sherlock Holms, more of a throw everything at the wall and see what sticks kind of guy. Most of the rest of the other characters in the book are equally boring but a little more whinny or crabby, but then they are living on the third ring of hell so I guess that's good characterization.

I already bought the next 2 books in this series on sale and I suppose they will all be Police shows which i am not a fan of (in books), but maybe they will be able to expand out of hell (NYC) and find more interesting investigations in the future elsewhere. This is not a bad book but not exactly the scifi I was looking for when I reached for something Asimov.

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A New Dawn for Robots and Man

This book will keep you on your toes for sure! With each book, Dufris gets better at vocalizing the characters and really brings Asimov's world to life. Definitely recommend this book for those individuals that love a good mystery and detective story. Bailey does it again and the future of both Robots and Man is definitely intriguing!