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4.0000531661641 out of 54.0000531661641 out of 54.0000531661641 out of 54.0000531661641 out of 54.0000531661641 out of 5 4.00 (12,602 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: 9780804191241
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A millennium into the future, two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov’s Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.

Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There’s only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there’s more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley’s career, his life, and Earth’s right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Réal Laplaine | 2/18/2014

    " Insightful, and quite brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stanley Brookoff | 2/17/2014

    " THE ROBOTS OF DAWN has some flaws, but it kept my interest throughout. It's definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/10/2014

    " Not my favorite Asimov book. I have been revisiting several of the Foundation-Robot books/stories I had enjoyed years ago to see how they held up over time. In this one, I found too much discussion, not much action. I did enjoy seeing how the differing psychology of Auroran-Solarian-Earth cultures worked out. (A minor note: I was listening to this as an audiobook and found Baley's endless and needless repetition of Gladia's name during their conversations to be extremely unnatural and annoying.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Hamilton | 2/7/2014

    " Fourth novel in the Elijah Bailey Robot Detective series -- all of which are well worth the time spent readng them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athanark | 2/4/2014

    " I always knew it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 2/2/2014

    " Fantastic. Once again, later Asimov proves to be infinitely superior to the already terrific early Asimov. If only more Sci-fi could live up to the immersion, complexity, and lasting relevance that Asimov generates in his fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 1/27/2014

    " Third Elijah Baley & R. Daneel Olivaw novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Bateman | 1/15/2014

    " On Aurora, a robot is murdered. Baley and Daneel must clear Dr. Han Fastolfe, the only roboticist capable. This book introduces Giskard. A central character in Robots and Empire. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/6/2014

    " I found the pace of this book much too slow at times. Interesting, but lengthier than it needed it be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 12/6/2013

    " Pretty good. Some of the same irritating late-career traits as with the later Foundation books, though, and Lucas-esque overdone foreshadowing, but still an enjoyable plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/8/2013

    " Another great Asimov book. This is where Olivaw finally fully takes center stage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graeme | 10/7/2013

    " Wonderful series - the more I read the more I enjoy the entire collection of Asimov books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/29/2013

    " Interesting mystery with some fantastic characters and visions of the future. It's interesting the way the psychology of the characters is looked at in future situations which aren't applicable at the moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald Wise | 6/15/2013

    " Detective Elijah Bailey travels to the planet Aurora to investigate the murder of the most advanced robot in the universe. The characters remained two-dimensional and the motives rather unconvincing, but the twist at the very end made the read worthwhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fernando Calleja | 3/6/2013

    " Giskard O_O "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Kay | 9/22/2012

    " I read this a long time ago. Just noting that I actually have a signed copy of this book, signed in person by the author at a children's book convention I attended many, many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Mathieu | 8/12/2012

    " Good book, as long as you don't mind the slow, after-the-fact type of investigation genre. Think Hercule Poirot mysteries set in a sci-fi world. There is a big, big twist at the end, definitely worth sticking it out if you're an Asimov fan at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/15/2012

    " I didn't guess the ending either :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun | 2/1/2012

    " Quite a good story. Another space detective novel in the series that follows very well from the previous ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L Greyfort | 10/6/2011

    " Part of the excellent series featuring policeman Elijah Bayley & his robot sidekick Daneel -- all worth the plunge into another fascinating world created by one of the geniuses of imagination. "

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

    " A very good read. Typical Asimov, I love the set up for typing things together with Foundation. This was a audio book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joeyham | 4/14/2011

    " My favorite title from Asimov's Robots series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emanuele Stoppa | 3/29/2011

    " In questo Episodio del Ciclo dei Robot, troviamo l'ispettore Elijah Baley alle prese con il caso più difficile della usa carriera, un caso vitale che mette a repentaglio il destino di tutti i terresti. Ritroviamo Daneel, Fastolfe e un altro personaggio femminile... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 3/6/2011

    " Not only was Asimov a terrific science fiction writer, but he could write mysteries that were just as enchanting as his SF. I love all his robot mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 1/28/2011

    " This is the third book in the Robot series. It is along the same lines of the first two, although it focuses more on dialog and robotic/human relationships instead of action. I liked both Daneel and Giskard, but Gladia isn't my favorite heroine. "

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

    " My favorite of the Robot books, and one of my favorite Asimov books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Me Linda | 12/7/2010

    " Great book. I have read the series many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 11/3/2010

    " A real zinger. You don't find out the truth until the last chapter! "

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About the Author
Author Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) was born in the Soviet Union and came to the United States in 1923. He earned his PhD in chemistry in 1948, and in 1958 became a full-time writer. His writings include the Foundation Trilogy; I, Robot; Tomorrow’s Children; and numerous works of nonfiction touching on a range of scientific topics. Among his accolades are six Hugo awards, a SFWA Grand Master Award, and high praise from such luminaries as Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Roddenberry.

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.