I don't know if I can finish this book. The narrator's ability to very deliberately speak each word as if it stood on its own rather than in the flow of a sentence is maddening. Listen to a sample and see if its something you can stomach on your commute. Also when character's are being "emotional" we are treated to a particularly annoying whiny voice that has only one timbre.
Otherwise the book is decent, though I find the main character's motivation a little hyperbolic and rash without enough exploration by Asmiov as to why. It ends up feeling forced in order to push the dramatic plotline along.
We really like the book, not the reader. He was far too flat an emotionless. Just doesn't sound like the Asimov I've heard in my heard for years; almost the opposite.
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.
I have great affection and respect for Asimov but this story shows it's 1955 date in culture more than in technology. Thousands of years on, the essential conflict is men fighting each other for power and over women. The lone woman is a temptress and in fact there is a Garden of Eden theme that is pretty heavily stressed. The concepts of time in the book are interesting, and whether changing the past or future removes free will is a central question. The narrator was awfully SLOOOW. I tried to speed up the audio but on my player that gave it an echo, so I just stuck with it.