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Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.
©1980 Isaac Asimov (P)2014 Random House Audio
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-27-16

WE ARE NOT MACHINES

MELTING IS A PUTTING TOGETHER OF THE MINDS, TOO
This is consider by some to be Asimov's best stand alone novel and I will have to agree. It was also important to Science Fiction readers as, it was a return to fiction for Asimov. After having been a prolific writer of Science Fiction, he wrote very little Science Fiction in the 50's and 60's to concentrate on non-fiction. This is also one of the few novels of his, that includes aliens. No aliens will be found in his foundation or robot series.

The alien world he invents here is the best reason to get the book. It is unique, but very understandable and interesting. Melting seems to be very similar to sex with three people, but Asimov would not be so crude as to call it so. It last for hours and involves every part of the body.

The physics can get thick in parts and the story does drag in parts. Overall it is a five star book.

I personally am not a fan of the Brick, while many others love him. For me this book would have been a lot better with a different narrator.

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By thomas on 09-02-14

Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Science Fiction. Asimov is the master and this is him at the top of his game. Intrigue, imagination, cleverly written and thought provoking

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gods Themselves?

I found the depiction of the creatures in the parallel universe very touching. It was an interesting way to comment on humans, but in an indirect manner.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I enjoy Scott Brick. The Asimov series used William Dufris for the Robot Series and he did a good job as well. Scott has done most (unfortunately not all) of the Galactic Empire and Foundation Series and he does a superb job. His strength is not in performing different characters but in adding gravity to the dialogue. You will have to keep track of the characters closely, but overall Scott is excellent.

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

No way too long.

Any additional comments?

This is my last book in my re-read of the Asimov Series after many years, and it dawned on me why he is not given more credit as a writer. These stories are intended to entertain. They are detailed, clever and help you escape into another world. Although they have commentary on the human plight and our interaction with each other there is no pretension of climax or overly dramatic ending. Unlike much of what we see on TV and movies, the stories are more to be savored than change your life. Asimov wrote these to amuse himself primarily, and as a reader you almost wish they would never end. I cannot recommend them highly enough for someone looking to escape into a place that makes you forget about the everyday. To me that is what entertainment ultimately is, and why I think Asimov is underestimated and not given enough credit. Kudos Audible, great job.

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