Probably the first 1 hour or so of the book is rather dull while Asimov sets up "Eternity", but the climax of the story is beyond worth the the slightly slow beginning.
Oh, and don't worry about the "monotone" sound of the narrator, that is merely who Harland is (even a character in the story says he has the appeal of a "dead fish").
Such a good story!!!
An interesting concept explored through mostly unlikable characters. I found the idea of the story and exploration of its premise to be interesting, but I found the execution of the story to be lacking. I picked this up based on the claim that it was one of Asimov's best, but having finished it, I would disagree with that claim. I did enjoy the conclusion and the ideas presented in the final chapter.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
EXTREMES ARE NEVER HEALTHY
Asimov wrote a lot of books, but not that much pulp fiction. Unlike Clarke he did not concentrate on the science. Asimov seemed to be concerned with society and what it would be like to live in the future. His books are cerebral. Don't expect long chase scenes, big explosions, or even the wonder of a future world. If you buy this book or any book written by Asimov than expect to think about consequences, relationships, or everyday life. This starts out slow, but gets better as it goes. I personally think it is one of Asimov's better stories, but it takes time to get there.
I loved the narrator. I might not want him to read my next Zombie book, but I believe he captures the mood of this book. He understands the material and reads it perfectly.
loved the foundation trilogy, so thought I might like this one. not so. it was a real struggle to stay with the plot.
There are multiple twists most chapters. Especially toward the end. Asimov's masterwork, I say. The reading is really well done. Multiple accents and good pauses. I adore this book. Read it. Go.