The Caves of Steel : Robots

  • by Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • Series: Robots
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. 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. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot - and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!


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Sci-Fi Mystery at its Best!

Where does The Caves of Steel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Listening to The Caves of Steel was a delightful experience. The story takes place in a future New York City, after Man has colonized other worlds. The problems on earth include overpopulation, food shortages, and vast unemployment due to technology. The story was not too science-y and the police procedural aspects were interesting. I think the Fox t.v. show "Almost Human" takes many of the themes from this book regarding robot police officers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist, Elijah, was my favorite. He was obviously torn between idolizing earth's simpler past and embracing a technological future. Having read other Asimov works...I would say that character development is not something seen in many of Asimov's other books. Here, though, we have a well-rounded character who struggles and grows as the story unfolds.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Mr. Dufris did a good job of narration. His R. Daneel Olivaw was robotic, but not stereotypical. His other voices were just different enough to recognize characters without being too "out there".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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Overall, I was very happy with this audiobook purchase.

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- Elsie MacGregor "Moo"

amazing sci-fi mystery

this book is Asimov's statement that sci-fi can mix with mystery and other genres. His ability to build on the foundation of the chronologically earlier "Robot" stories in creating such an intriguing and thought provoking setting/atnosphere is remarkable. That he was able to prove his contemporaries, who said that the two genres couldn't mix, wrong is an understatement as this is one of his masterpieces. This story sets the stage for the Robot Mystery series with diverse characters: a protagonist you can relate to in a world we would find to be wholly unearthly. The series itself provides readers with a great bridge between the stories revolving around more primitive robots and The Foundation series; it is the stepping stone between his vision of man taking a major leap and the great fall it ensures millennia later.

I also must give credit to an excellent production, as the narrator used a variety of distinct voices to help the reader tremendously both with the dialog, character thought, and exposition. I had already read the book and heard a different audio book, and this was my favorite of all three options. I look forward to hearing his reading of the rest of the series!
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- Rishi Sachdeo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio