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R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

By: Karel Čapek,Paul Selver - translator,Nigel Playfair - translator
Narrated by: Laura Richcreek,Kristina Rothe,John Burlinson,Susan Iannucci,Marty Krz,Patrick Barker,Alan Weyman
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R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

by Karel Čapek

Translated by Paul Selver and Nigel Playfair

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) is a science-fiction drama that was first presented in the original Czech version in January 1921. It introduced the term "robot", which is derived from a Czech word meaning "worker," to international vocabulary.

The action opens in a factory that has successfully produced thousands of robots, who are essentially mindless drones. An idealistic humanitarian activist launches a plan to imbue some of the robots with human traits. The robots which have been humanized then assume leadership over the other robots and eventually seek to organize them in a revolution to take over the world.


Narrator—Laura Richcreek

Harry Domin/A Servant—John Burlinson

Sulla/Nana/Helena (robot)—Kristina Rothe

Marius/Radius—Tom Saer

Helena Glory—Susan Iannucci

Dr. Gall/First Robot—Denis Daly

Mr Fabry/Primus—Patrick Barker

Dr Hallemeier/Third Robot—Marty Krz

Mr Alquist—John Burlinson

Consul Busman/Second Robot—Alan Weyman

Audio edited by Denis Daly

Public Domain (P)2022 Voices of Today

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  • 10-11-22

Wow. I can't believe I finished it.

This is the first time I've given such a low rating. I was expecting dated material, but this was painful. It was made all the worse by a performance that was beneath even a mediocre community theater's level of competence. Simply abysmal.