I always love Asimov's sci-fi. What more can be said about his genius as a writer... it's all been said before. However, the narration was very hard to follow much of the time due to the VERY ANNOYING, GRATING soumd effects. If the producer would just not have the actor's speak during all that terrible background noise, it would resolve this problem. Even if the producer did follow my suggestion, I could still do with MUCH LESS of those grating noises... such as the (supposed) noise of computers & of Magnifico's (so-called) musical instrument. The sound effects/background noise just plain got on my NERVES! (Isaac, if your spirit is still hanging around watching over your faithful readers & general sci-fi junkies, I still love ya Babe!!! I'll continue to read, re-read, re-re-read/re-re-listen to your awesome sci-fi till I die & give up the ghost! You are awesome, Dude!!!)
Namaste... Jade Dragon
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.
Really liked the story. The sound effects made it difficult to hear some parts if the story and we're way louder than the Narrator
Sound effects between scenes 4 times louder than the voices. Terrible spund quality. Turn up volume to hear voices then hurt your ears with all the ober tbe top syfi sounds.
I wouldn't accept getting paid $100 to listen to the rest of this (I gave it 60 minutes of agony only because I couldn't get to my computer). The production is just awful. ridiculous and annoying sounds for every transition(frequent) at way higher volume than the rest, and the background part <what would be called a narrator for a movie> has a sound effect that's echo and tin and other abrasive terribleness
DO NOT fall for it. BBC is usually pretty good, not here!
Don't get this audio book because it is not one but a bad quality radio recording of an old interpretation of the book.
The story is good but you'll struggle listening to it whereas good audio books of the foundation are available too.