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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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By NorEaster on 11-20-14
3.5 stars. This is definitely what I would consider "hard sci-fi" and is for the physics minded reader. It is split into 3 parts which were apparently released as novellas. The first part takes place on Earth where scientists discover the possibility of a parallel universe where physics doesn't follow the same rules. The second part takes us into that para-universe. The third part takes place in the near future on the moon where there has been colonization. Liked the first part, loved the second, and got a bit bored with the characters in the third.
As a classic, it holds its own and doesn't feel too dated. Great science and concept but I was disappointed that the characters seemed a bit one dimensional
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