Larry McKeever's voice sounds automated. Like the whole recording was an experiment to see if the uncanny valley applies to speech as well. ( Spoiler ... YES it does ). In the end I had to listen to it at 1.25 x speed to have a vaguely normal rhythm to the dialogue. It was still a painful experience; thankfully shorter at that speed. I still have Foundation and Earth, also read by McKeever, left to complete the Foundation Series in audiobook form and do not know if I can do it. I, like others who have commented, would gladly re-purchase this audiobook were a Scott Brick version recorded and made available.
Lots of complaints about the narration, but it actually sounded fairly close to a human narrator - in a few years once the technology advances we might not be able to tell the difference!
It is the continuation of a classic series, the narration is compeltely uninspired.
I did not.
I love nearly everything that comes from Asimov and this book is no exception. However, the performance of Larry McKeever on this book is quite possibly the worst I've ever personally heard. McKeever's cadence is wrong and lacks emotion in any of the characters. Its as if he is just hoping his deep voice will astonish people into liking his performance. Every character sounds the same and since Asimov does not use a lot of "he said" "she said" it can be very confusing as to who is actually talking. In addition, he uses different name pronunciations than Brick does in the other Foundation books. I wish they would have used Scott Brick to at least keep the series consistent. Having actually read this book I know its quality, but this performance nearly ruined it for me.
The book seemed a bit like it was written for time series publication in magazines, going from one event after the other creating a sort of peak and trough effect for the listener, but a lot of background information is laid out in the book that I hope will add to the experience of the rest of the books.
The narrator was easy to listen to and I would recommend him.
Although I liked the first chronological book in the series (Prelude to Foundation) better, I enjoyed this story and can't wait to get in to the rest of the books.
Not listening to Larry McKeever. I really believe it is a computer voice and Larry is not a real person.
Rach.... really like his development.
Asimov continues to astonish.
After listening to the first books of the Foundation series I appreciate the books later written expanding the Sheldon character. I can agree with some of the comments given about Mr. McKeever's performance. He tells the story succinctly and sometimes breaks the monotone with some emotion. His performance does not detract from Mr. Azimov's story.
The narrator - it sounds like they had one of Mr. Asimov's robots narrate this novel, and not a very advanced one at that. I literally can't stand to listen to this narrator, where's the refund button?
I've read this book and it provides a great backstory to the rest of the series. I was greatly disappointed that this recording was unlistenable
I think calling this trainwreck a performance is being overly generous
The reader reminded me of the old Texas Instruments Speak & Math from the 1980s. Larry McKeever reads in an almost monotone voice with very little variation between characters. This makes it difficult to follow the story.
I didn't make it far enough in to find something I liked.
It was difficult to follow which character was speaking since there was almost no variation in voice.
Larry McKeever was not the right voice for this book - he sounds like a children's book narrator at all times.
This book was a reasonable closure of the pre-Foundation story; it wasn't listen-to-again good, but as good as it needed to be.