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Grade 6 Up—Isaac Asimov's mid-20th century tale artfully combines science fiction and detection. William Dufris performs it in multiple voices and with just enough camp to pull in contemporary listeners by playing to the ironies of the period in which the story was written. A human police detective, Baley, lives in New York City a thousand years hence. He's tapped to help solve a murder in a community where robots are not reviled and ends up with a partner, Daneel, who is a highly sophisticated, humanoid machine. Baley and Daneel don't have an easy time with each other or with those New Yorkers, called Medievalists, who despise robots. The action moves swiftly, yet there is time for Asimov to weave in some engaging and edifying glosses on the Bible as literature—and for Baley to smoke, making this as an adult book of the period. While most of Dufris's voices are successful, his interpretation of Baley's 16-year-old son reduces the latter to sounding like a whiney 8-year-old. Asimov's story is a great way to introduce young readers to a polymath who captured the "American century" through futurism and literate character development.—Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Canada
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"William Dufris breathes new life into this classic science fiction mystery.... Ultimately, he is the perfect narrator for the series, which includes three more novels." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Somewhat disappointing compared to other Asimov works, this novel attempts to highlight the inevitable conflict and antipathy between the human mind and AI but falls short on both... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jeffrey P Rhinesmith
Although I gave five stars for the way the story was told and how the characters developed, I didn't appreciate the vain use of God, and other few curses that showed character... Read morePublished 9 days ago by B. Scott Williams
Very nice and interesting book, i bought the next un series forma that reasonPublished 1 month ago by Robinson Molina
a good writer with good characters and compelling story/ plot - one reads onward ~ keeps the mind engaged ~Published 1 month ago by ReaderViews