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  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Isaac Asimov
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-08-02
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (22 ratings)

Summary

"You may have noticed that I speak of pocket computers. The story was written in 1957 before there were any pocket computers, and now there are. So, it's a little prediction that I managed to make. Of course, the pocket computers I thought of weren't quite like the ones they have now, but that's a detail." - Isaac Asimov More than 50 years after publishing his first story, Hugo Award-winning author Asimov remains one of the great names in science fiction. Almost single-handedly he transformed the field from the romantic and Gothic legacy of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs into the rational, clear-minded genre that exists today. In such classics as The Foundation Quartet, Asimov captured imaginations with tight, intricate plots set in distant but believable futures. Many of his innovations, such as the Three Laws of Robotics, are now stock devices in science fiction writing and films, and his ability to tap into his extensive knowledge of science and technology gives his fiction a veracity unmatched by any other writer in the field.
This selection of some of Asimov's most enduring and unforgettable stories is read by the author himself. These vintage tales encompass the full range of Asimov's versatility, while displaying his puckish sense of humor.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 13-05-09

Read by the author...

A good collection of stories all of which are exactly what you would hope for. My one and only gripe is that this is too short! I wanted more, I found Asimov was a good Narrator, personally I did not have an issue with his style at all. I challenge any fan of Asimov not to enjoy a story being read by Asimov himself. Also challenge you to do a good impersanation of an old fashioned robot without sounding a bit funny! Little anecdotes from the author between each chapter added to the pleasure of this listen.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Himanshu on 23-11-06

The worst ever

Excuse my rather extreme reaction but being an avid audiobook fan and listener in addition to being a huge isaac asimov fan this audiobook is a huge letdown- the narration by isaac asimov was so poor that i couldnt get on with listening to the audibook..especially his unbearable imitation of a robotic voice. Its the worst audiobook i have ever heard.. i will congratulate anyone who can bear to listen more than 30 mins of this garbage.

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8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeff on 03-04-03

Entertaining and personal

At first, I thought Asimov's voice was a horrible fit for an audiobook. "Now I know why he's an author, not an actor!" However, as I kept listening, the more personal and real connection he had to his work came through, and the less-than-stellar acting was overshadowed by the warmth and feeling of getting to know a bit of Asimov.

By the end of the last story, "The Ugliest Little Boy" (if I remember the title correctly), both the listener and Asimov are completely drawn into the narrative, and, frankly, it was a tear-jerker. I was glad I had stopped for gas when I hit the end of it, because it would have been hard to pay attention to the road and the emotion of the story and the narration.

Even if you're not a science fiction afficionado, these stories transcend genre boundaries and make great listening.

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32 of 35 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Brent Dilger on 08-03-15

A real treat having the stories read by the author

I don't understand some peoples objections to Mr Asimov's reading. He actually does a great job! And what's better than hearing the stories read the way they were intended to be.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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