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3.99997472039222 out of 53.99997472039222 out of 53.99997472039222 out of 53.99997472039222 out of 53.99997472039222 out of 5 4.00 (13,054 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isaac Asimov Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Robot Series Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9780804191227
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A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain.

On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection. Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on. Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities: either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots—unthinkable under the laws of Robotics—or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kadja Draenor | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked this one. It was a bit faster paced than Caves of Steel, but it kept the same feel and fun characters. I liked the mystery aspect of it as well, and the solution was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 2/12/2014

    " If you're reading this with a feminist critique, forget about it. Otherwise, it's a pretty good if you don't mind the glaring sexism. -_- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/13/2014

    " Mystery + robots + space + the future + sociology. Pretty fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Madsen | 1/3/2014

    " This is the second in the Asimov series of "Caves of Steel," "The Naked Sun" and "Dawn of Robots." Great stuff, wonderful characters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 12/27/2013

    " It was alright, I guess. I didn't believe a senior investigator would get so flustered by one naked spacer, though. The story seemed pretty innocent and naive, like comparing TNG to DS9. *ahem* Those are Star Trek references. Sorry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chisty | 12/11/2013

    " Enjoyable, quick read. Asimov was the king of science fiction back in the day. I liked other books of his better, but would be willing to read the other books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Nygren | 12/1/2013

    " The second story of elijah bailey does not deter from the first, a rarely excellent sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ty | 10/30/2013

    " Not Asimov's best work in my opinion. It was an enjoyable read and had some fun ideas, but wasn't the thriller that I hope for in sci fi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 10/27/2013

    " Readable, but dated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florin Pitea | 10/23/2013

    " A quite enjoyable mixture of science fiction and a murder mystery. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander Z | 9/4/2013

    " Loved it. A detective story that challenges reason, logic, and morality in a sci-fi setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 9/3/2013

    " Not quite as good as Caves of Steel but Asimov did a great job of predicting the isolation that our technology can potentially bring us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/18/2013

    " Though it feels scaled down to the previous book (The Caves of Steel) it holds it's own in a completely different way. A great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Remy | 6/25/2013

    " so very very cool "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 10/30/2012

    " Great book, can't wait to start the third. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/14/2012

    " I don't know if the I, Robot series got worse or if I became a more discriminating reader, but this book was excruciating to read. And yay Asimov for several times dismissing the murder victim's wife as the murderer solely because she's a woman. The cliches and sexism have ceased to be endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen Kephart | 6/25/2012

    " As relevant as the day it was written - great detective mystery with a science fiction twist. The best of science fiction - it's about the people, not the science. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/9/2012

    " Another great book in the Robot series by Isaac Asimov. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Budget Books | 2/12/2012

    " Stacey's Pick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 11/4/2011

    " A classic sci-fi murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Celander | 10/13/2011

    " Asimov at his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlos | 5/22/2011

    " Apasionante narración de la investigación de un crimen en otro mundo, Solaría. Impactantes descripciones de sensaciones, costumbres, vestimentas y actitudes. Leer a Asimov es un privilegio. Siguiente lectura de la saga de Robots, Robot #3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 5/18/2011

    " Re-reading books I read in the '70s. This was okay but not as good as I remember. I recall Caves of
    Steel was better. It's on my to-read list. Elijah Baley can be quite a jerk at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pablo | 4/29/2011

    " Nice characters, but kind of slow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smitty | 4/27/2011

    " More good stuff from Asimov. Robot mysteries are awesome! I listened to it as a audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 3/5/2011

    " I love Asimov & I love mysteries. His robot mysteries are top-notch! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 2/2/2011

    " Enjoyable detective story, but I enjoyed the sci-fi aspect more and wanted Asimov to spend more time developing that part of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/16/2011

    " Grade A+. Also read 1978, grade A+. Book Rn2, Fh3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Titus | 1/13/2011

    " Even better than the first novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 12/31/2010

    " I really enjoyed this audio version, and I don't really even like science fiction usually. "

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About the Author
Author Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.
About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.