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The Robots of Dawn Audiobook

The Robots of Dawn: The Robot Series, Book 3

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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
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Craven 12-04-16
    Craven 12-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Jehosephat"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Nelson Traverse City, MI 12-03-16
    M. Nelson Traverse City, MI 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William West Pittston, PA, United States 02-27-16
    William West Pittston, PA, United States 02-27-16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven J. Detroit 05-07-15
    Steven J. Detroit 05-07-15 Member Since 2012
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sergio M. 11-18-17
    Sergio M. 11-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the best"

    Not Asimov's best work, the first half is kind of boring, but this book has informatio that is necessary to complete the story for the foundation series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. M. Honer Hellertown,Pa. USA 10-11-17
    J. M. Honer Hellertown,Pa. USA 10-11-17
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    "Good read"

    Very interesting conclusion to series. Builds on previous books and develops the main characters. Read the series in order.

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    V. Salazar South Carolina 09-26-17
    V. Salazar South Carolina 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Sci-Fi classic wonderfully narrated!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I already have. This book (with the other books of the Robot series by Isaac Asimov) are wonderful and are very well known, so I will not comment on the story and the plot. This version narrated by William Dufris is outstanding!


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

    The Robots of Dawn must be read within the context of the Robots series (I Robot, Caves of Steel and Naked Sun). It may be enjoyable as a stand alone novel, but it is better understood and enjoyed as part of the bigger picture.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot pick a single favorite scene because I love the whole book. However, I must mention that the book came alive thanks to the masterful narration work by William Dufris. I have read the Robot books several times, but this is the first time I listen to them being narrated. Mr. Dufris is a master, makes distinct voices and makes the book come alive in your mind.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book has its moments that will make you laugh, but most importantly, it builds up the tension of the scenes and ends them with a BOOM!


    Any additional comments?

    Elijah Bailey, Daneel Olivaw, Giskard, Dr. Fastolfe and all the other characters found a great voice in Mr. Dufris. What a superb narrator! I will listen to any novel any time narrated by him.

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    Alan Ludwig 08-04-17
    Alan Ludwig 08-04-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Asimov"

    As good s book as any 3rd book in a series. not perhaps as much a page turner as Caves of Steel. But the last two pages are criciticsl to understand the connection between Asimov's Robot novels and the foundation series.

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    Rosalie A. Blenkhorn 08-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This series was a joy to listen to!"

    An interesting exploration of human and robotic behavior, believable and fantastical at the same time. Amazing that Asimov's take on technological advances is fairly accurate in sum, even though he missed on the digital revolution somewhat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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