Better editing; no sound track with its awful electronic sounds; uneven voice quality
worst Audible experience I've had
For $1.95 I should not expect much, but in addition to leaving out massive "foundational" portions of Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, the production works make this almost not listenable. The "scene transitions" are more than 6 dB louder than the quiet 'actors'. You must choose either pain, or not hearing some key lines.
The audio quality, when wired in or casted through Bluetooth, was very poor. The voice actors voices are annoyingly under modulated, all but unintelligible when the music and sound fx started playing.
I kept having to turn the volume up and down or adjust the sound tone on the radio or rewind cause I couldn't hear the dialog.
I'm a truck driver, so having to fool around with the sound options on the radio while driving is not an option. The only time I could listen to it is when I was home, sounds good on my tablet.
So, Overall - 3 stars, Performance - 3 stars - I liked the dialog, just wish they would have balanced it out along with the sfx, Story - 5 Can't go wrong with listening to anything from Asimov.
Sound quality poor. Sound effects an annoyingly poor attempt to sound like an old radio program.
I have read almost all Asimov books: sci-fI and scientific. This performance was summary of the foundation novels rather than a book reading but I had not paid attention to BBC references. Nevertheless I enjoyed it.
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.