What a horrible production of a great book. The sound control is non existant, you have to turn the volume way up to hear them wispering, then some terrible excuse for space music blast your eardrums. Like the sound track from Dr Who run amok. Audible should pay you to down load this, ever if they put it on the free for members list it is over priced. Wow, I never thought I would write a bad review of an Asimov book, but it is not the book I am panning, it is the worst production of one I have ever heard.
I would recommend the Foundation series to a friend. It is truly a classic. I'd be much less likely to recommend this dramatization, however. The sound effects were quite irritating at time. The volume varied, causing me to adjust it more than an audible book I've ever heard. The adaptation had more of the "cheesy" feel of Dr. Who or "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" than the Asimov Foundation series itself. If a listener's only experience with Asimov's "Foundation" series is this dramatization, they would have a very incomplete appreciation of the series. They should read "Foundation" first, but then I expect they would likely find this dramatization very disappointing
the sound is so all over the place, it hurts to listen!
add a feature to audible to level the audio in a book, and this would be great.
Good story, although the performance lets it down. There are too many sound effects and the volume differs greatly.
The weird "space age" noises that broke up the chapters combined with poor sound quality make this tedious to listen to even if it were free.
The voice actors are really good and interesting and this is a truly great story, but going from a voice actor to having your ears blasted off by a fake computer sounds.
Very interesting vision of the future, psycho linguistics is just a great idea.
I am good with the narrators, but I feel this should be remixed. For now I would suggest going with the Scott Brick version.
The Foundation Trilogy is one of the great, classic sci-fi series from one of my all time favorite authors, but this was a terrible production. I can see why I paid less than $2.00.
The performances may have been great & the adaptation to the form of a radio drama might have been excellent, but I had a hard time hearing it due to the sound quality. The "sci-fi" sounds were extremely loud while the spoken words were very soft. I'm relieved that I was listening to this over speakers instead of on headphones or my eardrums would have blown when I turned it up to hear what was being said.
I would not consider recommending this version.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Yes, I love radio shows and this one is very well done.
Arkady Darell was my favorite with her Grandmother Bayta a close second. These women rocked! They were well rounded and fiercely protective yet amazingly fun.
A radio play, so no real narrator. Everyone played their own characters. Wonderfully done.
If I had 7 + hours to listen I would have, as it was I finished it in 2 days.
A lot of people complained about the sound quality, either Audible fixed it, or at least on the Fire HD with their Bose speakers, there wasn't a problem. I listened with headphones and without throughout.
Wonderful story that has inspired many famous people, Paul Krugman and Elon Musk among them.
The use of several voice actors made this version enjoyable. I had an older version of the book on tape and its awful when done by one voice. It's a three part story and same actor could not keep up his interest on the material himself.
This multi cast version is more solid, several voices complement each other and get you into the rise and fall of a nation story through out each book.
the professor, his theory on the end of the Empire as we knew it got him from the classroom to the Emperor 's hit list from one little planet to Trantor, the capital of the galaxy. Very similar to real life victims of their own celebrity, your ideas become public and before you know people want to praise you or crucify you.
Asimov's book is an ageless masterpiece that shows no matter where, on Earth or Trantor, history repeats itself and no political force can change it.
When Harry realizes the Emperor of the Galaxy lives secluded and has never been out of the city, like the most powerful man is just the real prisoner of his own Empire administrators. .
No. It's one long book. Best way to enjoy it is on the way to work.
The sound effects are a bit dated and Dr Who-ish, but as ironoc twist, the BBC radio gave the saga a vintage feeling. Great voice actors.
It's an Asimov classic and the adaptation to radio was excellent. I was disappointed in the audio though - some of the dialog was very faint, and might be immediately followed by a jarringly-loud sound effect.