It's extremely hard to follow this story. There are tons of jumps in time with no explanation as to why we went to whatever time it is. The characters are all forgettable. There is no firm ground for you as a reader to explore this world. Way to much happening with no common theme or character to hold it all together. Interesting concepts but not executed brilliantly.
It was hard to sort out all the various characters (almost all are male),since the narrator does not modulate his voice enough...so it made for a tough listen.
Time has not been kind to this story. Dull, stilted, uninspiring... Back in the day this was epic futurism but now if is kinda silly and bland...
The reader has a great voice and does well enough delivering the material. Asimov doesn't always clarify who is talking in long conversations. This coupled with the reader not doing any different voices for any of the characters makes it a little confusing at times. Still a good listen but had to dock the score.
Hard to separate the performance from the story, but I think both are culpable. Many times I could not avoid listening to how the dialogue was read and thinking "I don't think that's how it was meant". The story is disjoint, by the time characters are somewhat established, it's on to the next generation. I also could not buy some of the key sci-fi based concepts. I feel you shouldn't have to suspend disbelief in a sci-fi book, that is for Hollywood drivel. In summary, I hope the sequel is better.
I love listening to Scott Brick! Scott Brick and a great Asimov story too boot ... I am in heaven! The story moves quickly so pay attention or you'll be replaying repeatedly.