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They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks. For the scientists who invented the earliest robots weren't content that their creations should remain programmed helpers, companions, and semisentient worker-machines. And soon the robots themselves, aware of their own intelligence, power, and humanity, aren't either.

As humans and robots struggle to survive together, and sometimes against each other, on earth and in space, the future of both hangs in the balance. Here human men and women confront robots gone mad, telepathic robots, robot politicians, and vast robotic intelligences that may already secretly control the world. And both are asking the same questions: What is human? And is humanity obsolete?

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

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  • Global
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  • Herb
  • 19/02/2005

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • C
  • 02/07/2005

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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  • Global
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  • Ken
  • 17/07/2004

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
  • 11/06/2004

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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  • D. Arkless
  • 05/06/2004

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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  • Global
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  • Gerry
  • 13/06/2004

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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  • Robert Solomon
  • 27/06/2004

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
  • 26/07/2004

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
  • 17/04/2015

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
  • 24/07/2004

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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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 26/02/2006

Eigenwillig und Unerwartet

Eigenwillg und Unerwartet sind zwei Worte, die mir beim Anhören eingefallen sind. Unerwartet, da es sich nicht um eine durchgängige Geschichte sondern um eine Rahmenhandlung mit einer Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten handelt. Eigenwillig ist ein Attribut aus heutiger Sicht - auf Grund des Alters des Buches ist die Sicht auf technische Dinge wie Roboter und Computer eine erfrischend andere, an die man sich ersteinmal gewöhnen muss. Jedoch sind die dahinterliegenden Aspekte, die Auswirkungen und Interpretation der Regeln sowie im hinteren Teil des Buches die Bezugnahme auf die menschliche Gesellschaft hochinteressant und durchaus aktuell. Unerwartet aktuell sogar - es ist erstaunlich wie der Autor verschiedene heutige Probleme bereits so trefflich beschreibt.
Die Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten erleichtert das Hören in Etappen, somit ist das Hörbuch für 'Intervallhörer' besonders gut geeignet - allerdings erfordert es doch auch gewisse Aufmerksamkeit, da es sonst schwer verständlich ist.

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  • Matthias
  • 30/04/2015

the cover sucks!

The book shows it's age but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
The optimism of the time is just heartwarming and it made me realize that I love atompunk for all it's demented ideas of how technology is going to develop.
p.s. I found the idea that a space station full of robots doesn't use computers incredible funny

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  • M.T.
  • 20/03/2017

The classic is starting to show its age

it is a great work, or collection of stories;
in view of present day advances it is however not as realistic as it could be
(i'm very much in to 'hard' (realistic) scifi)