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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mickey Zucker Reichert Narrator: Alma Cuervo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781470380106
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2036: Robotic technology has evolved into the realm of self-aware, sentient mechanical entities. But even as humanity contends with the consequences of its most brilliant creation, there are those who have their own designs for the robots: enslavement—or annihilation.

Susan Calvin is about to enter her second year as a psych resident at the Manhattan Hasbro teaching hospital when a violent crime strikes her very close to home.

When she was young, Susan lost her mother in a terrible car wreck that also badly injured her father. She now believes the accident was an attempted murder by government powers who wanted her parents dead. Susan has always known that there was a faction of the US government that wanted to hijack her father’s work for military use. Now, it seems that faction is back.

As she struggles to overcome her pain and confusion as well as deal with her studies, Susan finds herself hunted by violent anti-tech vigilantes who would revert mankind to the dark ages—and at the same time watched very closely by extremists who want high-tech genocide. Somehow she must find a way to stop them both.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 2/9/2014

    " I, Robot: To Protect tells the story of Susan Calvin in Asimov's I, Robot universe. I have never read any of Reichert's works before but I was quite satisfied with this story. Reichert is a pediatrician and her medical background comes through in this story. I don't have much more than a passing knowledge of psychiatry but all of the clinical descriptions of the patients seemed very genuine and plausible. I also appreciated that she explained the bioengineering / nanorobots simply but still correctly. Growing tissue using a polymer scaffold, islet cell transplantation, and nanoscale "robots" (aka programmable viruses) are all very real research areas today. Some of the examples of biotechnology were not crucial for the story (those other than the robots) but it made the story feel all the more convincing that she was using real technology in her futuristic fictional story. I enjoy science fiction that is heavy on the science and lighter on the fiction and this book does not have any of the irritating glossing over of science concepts that authors sometimes do. The character development left something to be desired- the patients that Susan was treating were all very interesting but Susan herself seemed a bit flawless and one-dimensional, something that changes a bit in the last chapter of the book. It was a bit short and the actual robots did not appear until a good 1/3 into the book- the first 1/3 read like a medical drama, which may or may not be enough to hold the interest of some readers. Overall, I enjoyed it. 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ram Tackett | 1/26/2014

    " well written. good balance of hope vs. fear. unpredictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renae | 1/23/2014

    " The story line was somewhat unbelievable, and I kept feeling like someone had managed to sneak a Harlequin disguised as an Asimov story in on me. The writing wasn't bad, it just had this constant "romance novel" flavor to it that I did not care for. At the risk of sounding sexist, until I started the book, I assumed that Mickey was a man's name but I wasn't very far into the book before I began to question that assumption; eventually I looked it up and my first thought was, "Yep. Woman writer." Overall, I would not really recommend it and I doubt I will ever read anything else by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 1/10/2014

    " The book is an easy read. The credits don't say, but it reads as though it was something that Asimov started and never finished or at least heavily outlined. It reads much like early Asimov work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 12/3/2013

    " Grey's Anatomy meets Isaac Asimov. It's a sci fi medical drama that is a great quick read. A nice romance, interesting science and more than few surprises. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tad Deshler | 11/29/2013

    " This was an enjoyable quick read. The characters were a bit simplistic, but the plot moved along nicely and the tech parts were interesting. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/1/2013

    " A truly enjoyable pre-quel to Asimov's series, giving us a good mystery story, some great psychology, and a very credible backstory for Dr. Susan Calvin. Felt almost like the Good Doctor was back with us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher Bounds | 8/24/2013

    " Not really worth a review: adequate knock-off but not in the same league as Asimov. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caren | 5/15/2013

    " I loved the Asimov I Robot series, and this was a nice prequel. Wouldn't give it any awards, but it was an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/6/2013

    " Review book for November, 2011. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 12/18/2012

    " A good book for children, or adults with reading/learning difficulties. Inane blabber mostly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Comstock | 10/1/2012

    " Imagined this would be more of a robot-focused plot. Not so much. Robots played a minor role in the plot, until about 3/4 of the way through the book. Most of the book has been a "Robin-Cook-ish" doctor-hospital-psych ward sort of story. It's OK, just not what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djblained | 9/30/2012

    " Just finished this book and it is a page-turner! True to the spirit of Isaac Asimov, if you are a fan of his robot stories you will love this story of Dr. Susan Calvin as a young resident in the psychiatric profession. I think Asimov himself (my all time favorite author, btw) would praise this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly Laude | 3/21/2012

    " Never read the original by Asmiov but enjoyed this one. "

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About the Author

Mickey Zucker Reichert is a bestselling fantasy author best known for her Renshai series. She has written over twenty-two novels and more than fifty short stories. Some of her other work includes the Books of Barakhai, the Flight of the Renshai books, and the Nightfall series.

About the Narrator

Alma Cuervo is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a stage actress and singer who has also performed in film and television. She holds an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, from which she graduated in 1976 alongside Meryl Streep. She starred in the role of Madame Morrible in the first national tour of Wicked.