The Gods Themselves

  • by Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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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- thomas "I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books."

Wonderful concept of alien creatures.

If you could sum up The Gods Themselves in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, Thought Provoking, and Different.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I became most attached to the alien creatures. Especially the Dua the emotional. I suppose the inner struggle of feeling different from everyone else and unable to really connect.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

I love Scott Bricks narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No I didn't have any extreme reactions, but I was wonderfully surprised by the ending of this book. Very thought provoking and interesting way to look at the structure of self and the meaning of identity.

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- Kirstin "I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-14-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio