Unwise Child

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.6 stars; 322 reviews)

When a super-robot named Snookums discovers how to build his own superbombs, it becomes obvious that Earth is by no means the safest place for him to be. And so Dr. Fitzhugh, his designer, and Leda Crannon, a child psychologist acting as Snookums’ nursemaid, agree to set up Operation Brainchild, a plan to transport the robot to a far distant planet. But the space ship becomes the scene of some frightening events--the medical officer is murdered, and Snookums appears to be the culprit… - Summary by Mark Nelson (5 hr 53 min)


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The fix uncovered

(4.5 stars)

The story was very well written. Certain turns of phrase, had me raucously laughing to myself; like the mustache/eyebrow comment, or the hidden body one, & especially the penguin-eese one. However, the fix I'm gonna mention is hindsight /computer-age knowledge: Partitioning. As with most humans, when it comes to religion & logic, they partition their brain, and admit religious dogma when it suits the situation &/or covers their lack of knowledge &/or malaise towards the effort of thinking. The robot could have been taught this before rampancy occurred.

Unwise Child

(5 stars)

Great read. Fun story and interesting plot line with good twists. Most enjoyed. Thanks!

Bravo from Borneo

(5 stars)

Bravo! Bravo! I really enjoyed this early 60s sci-fi novel...so sublimely read by Mark Nelson. The author has packed this interplanetary murder mystery tale full of technical material and at the same time crafted a complex plot line centred on AI and the unpredictable nature of a robert's self-learning. There's even the obligatory space opera love interest and some deep theology for good measure. Certainly one of the best sci-fi novel's of its time I have listened to for a while.

A ripping yarn with some thoughtful ideas

(4 stars)

This is a rambunctious tale in the ray gun sci-fi style, all-American clean cut hero saves the day and so on. there's some odd bumps around homosexuality which aren't explained or explored which confused me as we went through the tale. There are some neat ideas, some strange ideas and a decent plot hanging it all together. Enjoyable all the more for its excellent reading by Mark Nelson

iRobot like gem

(5 stars)

Another fantastic reading by Mark. Very interesting story that feels like it could have been a lost iRobot-ish Asimov story. It starts out in a very cyberpunk style. I was actually very excited about this but it then mutates into a different sort of story. Some nice concepts. I can't really give the best bit away but it's a very interesting concept to include in a robot story.

(5 stars)

A very good book I enjoyed the entire book that Mark Nelson read. Marc Nelson is a very good narrator and that he brings good life to the story. He is one of my favorite narrators I like to listen to.


(5 stars)

neat story! I will definitely look for more from this author. Favorite quote, "[he] is a chromatically bc variant equine indeed."

The Unwise Child.

(5 stars)

One of the best narrator's I've ever heard. It would be great if he'd do some westerns!