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Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world - all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov’s trademark.

The three laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. 

With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future - a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

©1950, 1977 Isaac Asimov (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Solid, Vintage Sci Fi

Fun, short stories tied together by a common narrative. Some are a little simplistic but some were certainly accurate guesstimates of our present and possible future technologies. When you are listening to this remember how long ago it was written! I really wish they had not used the Will Smith movie picture as it has little to no connection to the original robot stories.

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awesome

if you play at 125% it sounds like a old timey radioman. very enjoyable voice.

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the future 8s today

I Robot 
 
     Do robots dream of electric sheep, A.I, Bicentennial Man, Star Trek, Terminator, Ghost in the shell, Matrix and so much more in one way or another drawn from Isaac Asimov's works. I have heard him called the godfather of the Robot. 

     Robot in old Slavic means slave, or forced labor. In this book Asimov shows how in one lifetime mankind becomes dependent and in one way or another subservient to robots. 

     This is a very psychological book. With some heavy thoughts and questions mankind should discuss. Already we are very dependent on "the machine". Please understand beloved readers that no I am not saying to smash the machine. I am saying we should look at our relationship with the machine and think about how much control we want to give over to it. 

     This book is very different from the movie with Will Smith. Though a very good movie, it does touch on some of the book's ideologies.

     This book is on my list of 100 books to read before you die. Isaac Asimov is also one of the authors that I intend to collect. I have already purchased the first book in  The Foundation series and plan on collecting them all. Review's to be posted later😉😁😁😁. 
 
      He really is a fantastic writer. I find it humorous that I have met people who have never heard of Isaac Asimov. Yet his influence is still felt. Maybe now more than ever. When we live in a time of the birth of the I.A. Robots do exist!

      I can say in my lifetime computers, technology, "the Machine" has grown exponentially. I often wonder: Will we grow with this machine or will the machine replace us completely. If there is reincarnation, will my next life be that of a machine? Is there a Ghost in the shell? 

     What was one only fantasy we are living. Things dreamed of are now a way of life. Asimov and others like him imagined a world that is now our reality. I think it's important to look back at these authors. As well as the present ones and the ones to come.

      "I think, therefore I am". A quote that has many means. Like because I think I know I am real. Is taught the requirements of existence? Do rocks have thoughts? If they do are they light or heavy thoughts🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣?

     What do you think? What do you know? Do you know how much you do not know? Does it matter if you know what you do not know? Does knowledge matter to you? 
 
     As ever and always I want to thank everyone involved in the creation, publication, production, distribution, and supporting both the written and audiobook format. Our future lives in our thoughts. I think my thoughts. Therefore my thoughts are real. 

Yours 
David Evil Midknight 


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Disclaimer
     I am not an author of any book that I review. I have no affiliation with any organization responsible for the production and the distribution of any book I review. I am not a promoter in any way.

     I am Dyslexic a disability that makes the enjoyment of reading and writing taxing. However I do believe in facing your challenges. Thus I mainly listen to Audiobooks as I work. My review's are me exercising my comprehension of the book I just listened to. In putting my thoughts in words I am attempting to better myself. 

     My reviews are not meant to offend. I realise that everyone has their own opinions. I will not get into dog fights over my statement. 

   Understand and expect spelling errors, poor grammar, and I may sometimes misuse a phrase. Pointing my mistakes can be educational. I only ask you do it with kindness.

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Extremely Better than the Movie

Each story could be its own movie or a mini series based on Susan Calvin the Robo- Psychologist.
Asimov is absolute!!
I will listen at least 2 more times!!!

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wonderfully written, remarkably relevant

it was like looking into the past and the future simultaneously. The stories in this book should be known by everyone to make clear what we are up against with modern AI

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great start to the seires im hooked

i really enjoyed these storys and a great place to start if you cant find complete robot

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  • Herb
  • 2005-02-19

Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor

I listened to this before I saw the movie. It's too bad that Will Smith is on the cover. Don't get it wrong, I love Will Smith and never miss any of his movies. He did a great job in the Movie. The problem is giving the movie the title of a great book and then turning the story up-side-down is an injustice.

I have to admit, until I heard a review of the movie on NPR I had never read any of Asimov's Fiction. Yes, he wrote GREAT Non-Fiction. Being a programmer I enjoyed the book. In fact I liked it so much I have listened to it three times and suspect there will be a fourth.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes technical detail with their SciFi Fiction. I am sure you will want to listen to it more than once. Oh, and I would rate this book G for Great for General Audiences.

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  • Ken
  • 2004-07-17

Great story, but it's NOT the movie

Get this book if you're wanting a great story that explores the concepts of integrating robots into human society. If you're getting this book thinking that you'll get what you see on the silver screen, then pass it by because it has absolutely nothing to do with the movie...well, unless of course you count the robots. Otherwise, this book is written by Isaac Asimov and the movie is written by someone else.

This book takes you through the the concepts of how we could trust robots and how, through their obedience of the three laws, we could rely on them too much. It offers quite a few twists and turns.

I'm glad I finally got to read this book after so many years of just hearing about it.

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  • Fredrik
  • 2004-06-11

Thank you

Thank you so much for publishing this classic, I Robot! I have been waiting the five years of my membership for this to happen! This is the first book I read as a child in elementary school.At that age I naively wrote Asimov a letter offering him $7 for the plans for the robot character. The mench he was, Azimov wrote me back appologizing for the plans not being his to sell. I Robot is the foudation of all science fiction robot behavior published in written or film form. I reccommend this audio rendition highly.

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  • C
  • 2005-07-02

Classic Book, Excellent Narration

The book is a classic and if you haven't read it -- you won't be dissapointed with the picture of the future it paints.

The narration is excellent along with the audio quality.

The only minus -- it bears the image of Will Smith from the movie "I, Robot." The movie has 0.0% to do with the book, is the opposite of it in many ways with its hordes of killer robots. Dr. Asimov must be rolling in his grave.

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  • Gerry B Nichols
  • 2004-06-13

Great read.

The story starts out in the simplest of terms with the basic laws for robots, but quickly turns into complex thought provoking mind teaser. I loved the stories told by the lives of the characters and was sad for the book to end. The story starts simply but spirals up. Must read!

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  • D. Arkless
  • 2004-06-05

Absolute Must Hear

The Godfather of modern Science Fiction writes the Grandfather of all robot stories. Everything before was lacking in depth and everything after "borrowed" from this series. Asimov sets up rules of behavior for robots and a universe with a nearly unbreakable internal logic (only Asimov himself "bends" them with anything like impunity"). Other writers who have ignored the need for the Three Laws of Robotics have given us the Berserkers and the Borg and the like. Also good fiction; thus highlighting Asimov's genius in the first place! Enjoy!

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  • Robert Solomon
  • 2004-06-27

Pleasure to listen to

I had never read any of Asimov's books, despite having heard him as my college commencement speaker in the 70's. This book is really a collection of great short stories that is no less current now than when it was written. THis really is a pleasure to listent to. I wholeheartly agree with the other glowing reviews here.

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  • James
  • 2004-07-26

So many writers stand on Asimov's shoulders!!!

That's right! I'm not saying you'll like it, just that if other writers have written more detailed stories, more exciting in your opinion... then I promise you one thing. Before they started WRITING, they READ Asimov. I love every word of this story, I read them first when I was a boy and they had an impact of how I saw the world. For the "bad" reviewers, I suggest you read a few hundred of the books that Asimov wrote and you'll have a better idea what this man was capable of. Great science fiction of course, great mysteries too, and yes! Great non-fiction, like the book that got me through Organic Chemistry. If you have not read Asimov, just pick one. Give it a whirl. I will bet you will glad that you did.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Peace.

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  • Nothing really matters
  • 2015-04-17

Classic Old School Science Fiction

This is a collection of short stories revolving around a central character, a robot psychologist who is about to retire. She reminisces to a reporter and the stories represent the events she is telling the reporter about, although as told by a narrator other than the psychologist. All of the stories turn on the Three Rules of Robotics, which I’m sure another review or two have spelled out elsewhere.

This book in the first in the series and although I have not read the others (yet), I can tell you the story in the Will Smith movie is not found in this book or any of the others. Characters, situations, and ideas from this book do appear in that movie, but the idea of a violent robot uprising runs contrary to the theme in this book of robots not generally being able to harm humans. Though, the final story in this book suggests robots may be able to subtly manipulate mankind to their mutual benefit.

The stories are mostly clever and fun. The dialogue, the ways the characters interact, and the underlying “science”, now seem quaint of course. But younger readers will still enjoy this sci-fi classic if they suspend the part of their mind struggling with that and just enjoy the stories themselves.

I recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of vintage sci fi.

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  • NEZ_ADP 555_Man
  • 2004-07-24

I-Robot is entertaining sci-fi

Surprisingly on-target science fiction for the year in which it was published. Keen wit and creative story lines are Assimov. I am sure the movie will take a completely different tact. Enjoyable but not irrestible.

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