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.
The other reviwers are correct. The production is awful ....BUT!! This is an Audible.com mess up not the original production. I have this production on cassette tape (I'm very old!!) and it is absoutely fine. I bought this Audible.com version as I could not be bothered to convert my cassettes to MP3, but this is just awful. I don't know what they did but I'll be going back to my tapes.
Some great voices in this adaptation and some of the early episodes are particularly well transferred to the medium (radio drama). Some of the later episodes are slightly less well done, losing some of the force and spirit of asimov's books. The audio links are a legacy of the bbc radiophonic workshop going a bit crazy with the synth and it's a product of the late 70s/ early 80s. But I find it oddly relaxing. Others may not. Worth getting if you like radio.
I should have chosen a version made for private listening. Increasing the volume did not make it any easier to listen as the volume range is too wide for a good listening. A Great story though.
The volume of beeps, boops, and dings are a LOT higher than the normal sound, making it painful to listen to at times. In addition, any time we hear a bit of the dictionary(for definitions), they put a *rasp* under it, which IS neat, but again, painful and difficult to listen to.
All in all, skip this version. I LIKE the actors but the rest makes this a bad experience. I am greatly disappointed, and not worth the money.
The dramatisation is great, and brings the book to life. The only criticism of the dramatisation is the rather loud interstitial noises between chapter.
Unfortunately, the book mostly sounds muffled, as if all the treble has been wound down. It sounds like it was recorded on a cheap compact cassette tape.
Impossible to follow, with weird oscillator-sounds dividing one scene from another, many passages inaudible, others too loud. Bad old-school British sound production all the way. Just awful.
BBC Radio multi-touch drama. Interesting presentation, but hokey sound effects (think original Star Trek). Some narrative would have helped in spots to carry the flow, but 7-plus hours were very enjoyable.
This audio book seems to be a recording of a BBC radio production. They have actual actors involved, which is cool. But the volume levels are all wonky. Dialogue can barely be heard at the maximum level but sound effects (think space lasers) are deafening at that volume. Not ideal for listening on a noisy train. If you can listen in your home with noise canceling headphones it should be OK. But it makes for a very annoying listening experience. Then again, at a cost of $2 what do you expect?