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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karel Capek Narrator: Simon Ward, Tessa Peake-Jones Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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The BBC Radio drama production of Karel Capek's play, set in a future when all the work in our society is carried out by robots manufactured by Rossum's Universal Robots.

Feeling sorry for the emotionless robots, the headstrong Helena persuades the company to factor emotion into them. The robots' new-found consciousness leads them to revolt against their masters, and the resulting catastrophe makes for a highly suspenseful and thought-provoking drama. Simon Ward and Tessa Peake-Jones star. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/7/2014

    " A fantastic play and the grandfather of every other robots-taking-over-the-world story. You don't get to the Terminator without first going through Rossum's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/20/2013

    " This Czech play is the origin of the word "Robot". It fits into the genre of fiction which expresses human fear of technology. I actually read it for a German literature class during which we also watched the movies Metropolis, The Cabinet of Doctor Calligari, and The Gollum. I enjoyed the class, the movies and the play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Kaufman | 12/19/2013

    " The world is inhabited by robots sans souls. This is also before Asimovs laws governing robots. A historic book and a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♥BookGeek♥ | 12/3/2013

    " Probably an abriged version of the play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flynn | 11/19/2013

    " Science Fiction/ utopian idea of man functioning without manual labor backfires as robots rebel and take over the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 11/10/2013

    " Early sci-fi, it was the play that coined the term "robot." Not worth the time unless you have a thing for sci-fi in the post-communist revolution Czechoslavakia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Watson | 11/4/2013

    " Great translation of an often-overlooked Modernist Czech playwright. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 10/11/2013

    " dated & prescient at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett Cottrell | 9/3/2013

    " Fantastic. Deeply complex look into what it means to be human, how we treat each other and the consequences of our actions. It's a quick read, and highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 8/29/2012

    " Rossum's Universal Robots: notable of course for its introduction of the word 'robot' outside of the Slavic languages, this play is the most famous work of the Czech journalist, who also wrote novels and essays, and studied philosophy in Prague, Berlin and Paris. He died in 1938. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Pellicci | 6/30/2011

    " This is hard evidence that confirms suspicions that Robots are taking over the earth with hard work and by applying themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 10/16/2010

    " The Czech play about love, hate, and manufacturing that made the word "robot" mainstream. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 7/2/2010

    " Most epic drama which I ever read. But it reminded me a Dollhouse:D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 7/25/2009

    " Influential, sure. Imo - obsolete now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adelaide Metzger | 3/27/2009

    " Wicked aweseome!...Because it's the original! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/8/2009

    " 'We are only a handful of people here amidst a hundred thousand Robots, and there are no women. It's as though we're cursed, Miss Glory.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 11/19/2008

    " Must read for robophobes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maerdi | 11/9/2008

    " An interesting read, but too heavy-handed with the philosophical message (while skirting the most interesting philosophical ideas that arose) and a bit out-dated for my tastes. Fortunately, it's quite short so you can read it quite quickly and only mull over the bits of interest. "

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