The narrator's voice is pleasant but leaves much to be desired in terms of distinguishing between characters. Considering this story takes place over multiple generations with new characters, it's a serious impediment.
This is one of the first SciFi stories I read as a youth. It did me good to revisit the ethics and ideology of a long ago species. There is no 'me' that succeeds in this story. The good of the all overhauls the collective good of the individuals.
The detail and thoughtfulness of the world Asimov creates its staggering. It makes you think. And it's hugely entertaining. I downloaded the other books in the trilogy immediately.
I loved the Foundation when I read it many years ago and wanted to get a refresher by listening to it as an audio book. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much as I don't feel that the story matched my listening style, which is in 30 minute chunks. Because the storyline is composed of many fragments (different times and characters) I found myself getting lost between listening sessions of where I was in the story and what was going on.
I read this book twice and honestly this production gave me more than either reading. brick does a fantastic job narrating and voice acting a book that would be very challenging given the disjoint nature of the saga with a variety of settings (both spatial and temporal). there are aspects of the book, such as the encyclopedia references, that I expected would have been challenging to do in audio but he was able to tackle the challenge of narrating the encyclopedia, narrative, and dialogue aspects seamlessly. I highly recommend this audible to both fans of the story who have already read it as well as those new and unfamiliar with one I'd the most important and compelling works of classic science fiction; a book that is the beginning yet simultaneously the climax of Asimov's overarching tale spanning the future of mankind from its first steps into space colonization through its collapse and reemergence.
The story really was fantastic. I'll be the first to admit that it started slowly and I was wondering what I had gotten myself into at the beginning but once it picked up it was a truly fun ride with plenty of clever twists. Absolutely worth reading and the narration by Scott Brick was very well done.
I read it in grade school and loved it. I decided to buy the audio books and relive the series. I've heard so many books read by Scott Brick now that this one was all that more familiar due to his consistently great performances