I, Robot

Version: Unabridged
Author: Isaac Asimov
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: June 2004
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 20 minutes
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Overview

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 givein 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.
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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (10)

I, ROBOT

Written by larrycop on December 7th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I grew up reading Isaac Asimov's science fiction books and always found his stories riviting and entertaining. I have read his Robot Novels many times and always find them hard to put down once I start. To me, he is the standards that others should strive for when they write..

I, Robot

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on October 20th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was my first Asimov book and I enjoyed it. The read was great. This was written as an interview of a retiring robotise which goes back over this history of robotics. Of course. this is in a time far more advance that we are now. Looking forward to more books by this author.

Great book

Written by Anonymous on July 31st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Good, vintage Asimov - one of his best. Ranks up there with the Foundation books. As per usual, he doesn't have a lot of "action" but the stories are really interesting with great ideas!

I, Robot

Written by shelleelorayne from Carson City, NV on July 12th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. Scott Brick is an excellent reader. If you're looking for the movie, you won't find it here. The story flowed a bit choppy, but the it kept my attention and I was engaged with the story until the end.

I Robot

Written by Thom Ramsdell on October 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

You would think with today's state of the art visuals in movies, that Asimov's stories must be a bit simple and dusty. Not! A story starts and you think, where could this go? By the end of the story, you just go WOW. These are true classics. A great listen.

I, Robot

Written by Anna Shirey on March 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really, really good. You keep waiting for the robots to become the bad guys - as is so typical of our sci-fi fiction culture. And you are continually amazed by their innocence and commitment to the human race. Surprising and touching.

I, Robot

Written by Talmadge V Vessels Jr on November 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Best to have all parts while you listen, had to wait for second half after enjoying the first. Excellent narrative, story flows but could use a few "back to todays interview" to let you know when you are transitioning from the remembered times to the present interview. Well worth listening to.

Great for Short Trips

Written by Anonymous on March 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I, Robot was originally written as a series of short stories with some overlapping characters but each with its own individual plot. So listening to this CD for me was a bit less enticing than say one of Asimov's Foundation Series novels, but still fun. I certainly liked some stories better than others, especially the ones featuring Susan Calvin. Her job as a "robo-psychologist" delves into much more than ordinary science-fiction drama, and reminds us of human strengths and weaknesses through Asimov's increasingly complex series of robots.

I, Robot

Written by Ralph M from Toronto, ON on December 2nd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I, Robot is a series of short stories about the early days of robots on - and off - Earth. The description of the robots, including the famous three laws, dominate the perception many of us have as to how robots should be to this day. Asimov weaves interesting and fun tales, and in each one, the three laws play a central role. Asimov seemlessly merges good writing, interesting characters, and fascinating speculation to weave together perfect science fiction. A must read for any science fiction fan. Written in the 50's, it's aged very well. It's a bonus that much of the early stories are set in the late 20th and early 21st century.

Classic science fiction that holds up

Written by Ronald Hayden from San Francisco, CA on September 16th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

For science fiction stories published in 1950 and earlier, these hold up pretty well. Unlike other robot-based stories of the time (or, for that matter, of certain movies now), they are not about murderous robots so much as about the subtle psychology involved when you create thinking beings. The strongest stories are about the most human things, like what it would mean for humans if we accidentally created a psychic robot, or what kind of religion a robot would develop. The stories are interesting and enjoyable, and enthusiastically read. The only real exception is the last story, which is overly-long and more of a treatise than a story, however it still has an interesting conclusion. Definitely worth checking out if you have any interest in the subject matter or the genre.

Author Details

Author Details

Asimov, Isaac

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.