Ok. I *LOVE* the Foundation series. And if you're going to run through the whole thing, you can't skip this one.
But in the name of all that is holy and good in this world: PLEASE get Scott Brick to re-narrate this. Holy hell this it terrible.
What makes it even worse, is you have to listen to it, right after hearing one of the best narrators give "Prelude" an excellent treatment.
I can almost feel my liver failing as I sit here and listen...
Great series by a great author
Never use someone that is just slightly above mono-tone. After listening to the Scott Brick doing the original 3 books and then the first of the prequel's, it felt like a version of "You were there". Then enter Larry McKeever.....I am not looking forward to having to plod through the rest of this book AND listen to him in the final book of the series. Fortunately Scott Brick comes back for Foundation and Earth. My suggestion is to bite the bullet and re-record the 2 books done by Larry using Scott.
I will NOT be getting any other books narrated by Larry McKeever
poor inflection, characterless, I thought at first it was being done by a text to speech program, makes the story characters seem stupid. I nearly had to stop listening to a story in one of my all time favorite set of novels. I see he does book 7 too......
Yes. Although not one of Asimov's best novels, and while the narration is abysmal, the book enlightens his wonderful Foundation universe.
Of course, the man's stories are brilliant, imaginative, and engaging.
Scott Brick. Definitely. Having just finished Prelude to Foundation, beautifully narrated by Scott Brick, I was very anxious to listen to the next in the series, Forward the Foundation. The shift from the richness of Scott Brick's narration to that of Larry McKeever was quite a shock. His nearly emotionless, almost mechanical rendition was like a slap in the face. Names were pronounced differently, and the timber of his voice rarely changed no matter the situation. The best description I can offer is that his narration was dead, really dead. There isn't another choice on Audible, so I struggled through and did my best to ignore the failings of the narrator to enjoy this chapter of Asimov's masterpiece.
Love the story
McKeever should have listened to the other stories before he did this one. His pronunciation of names and places was different and very irritating if you had heard the originals. I would not buy one of his stories again.
Yes, the book was if you could hear past the narrator
Is there any way to get the original "Foundation" read by Isaac Asimov? I had that one and someone stole it. I would like to find a copy, if possible.
I loved the first Audible recording of this series, Prelude the Foundation, but I am having a really hard time getting into this one, Forward the Foundation. The narrator has a great voice but he reads so painfully slow and without any inflection or intonation from sentence to sentence. Its a struggle to stick with and I don't think I can take 14 hours of it.
Foundation is a great story.
As the second book in the overall Foundation storyline, Forward the Foundation does a great job of moving the characters and events onwards; it serves as the perfect bridge between the Prelude and the Foundation books. For this specific audible, the narration was absolutely horrendous; that's what I liked the least. It was like William Shatner was told to speak like a robot.
For me, the most memorable moment was when one of the key characters died, more importantly, how they died.
Scott Brick, who I thought was going to be the narrator for ALL the Foundation books, would've been the better choice. Thankfully, he appears to be the narrator for the other books in the series, which I will be reading (in chronological order of the storyline), so I don't have to suffer through another narration by Larry McKeever.
This is a great second book (based on chronological order in the storyline itself) for the Foundation series and I'm looking forward to moving onto the third: Foundation (which was the original one written in the series).
Pretty good story, but not on the level of the original Foundation Trilogy, which I love.
Larry McKeever's reading is slow, plodding, careful, and flat-sounding.
I'm a big fan of Asimov, but this pot-boiler is just average.
I believe the story is good, but I never got around to completing it, as I don't like the narrator, Id rather read it myself or wait for a different narrator.
Isaac Asimov - Yes.
Larry McKeever - No.
Too monotone and too many unnatural pauses. I kept expecting the narrator to say "Greetings Professor Falken".