Robotic monotone emotionless .
The book is awesome , the previous books in the series were narrated superbly , this book however has the worst narration I have ever heard.
I deleted it after about 30 minutes , and will read a physical copy, I want my money back , and this is the first time in 50+ audio books I've felt that way
Scott Brick had done the narration for the other books in the series and does a great job. That makes Larry's narration on this book all the more difficult to listen to. I usually listen in the car and this very nearly put me to sleep. I'm not sure why they changed narrators and maybe Larry does a better job with books he connects with better. You CAN make it through this audio book but I'd suggest reading this one yourself.
A real person reading the book
It was Asimov
Anyone reading the book
The entire part read by Larry McKeever (i.e. the entire book)
The most horrible book that I've bought on audible. Only finished it because I really wanted to read the entire series. Otherwise I would have dumped it.
His portrayals were dry, dull and the timing was as if he was forced to stop after each word and make sure he annunciated each letter with special emphasis.
The story gets lost. And I couldn't listen to more than 15 minutes in a sitting without losing the plot.
The book and author are great, so I knew the plot already. But I feel bad for anyone who doesn't know the plot. I strongly recommend against this narrator.
Asimov is fantastic! I can't get enough of of the Foundation series. This installment doesn't disappoint. Wish I could say the same about the reader.
Put in some effort. This reading is so lifeless that I'm thinking about buying the text and having Siri read it back to me just for a bit of humanity. Seriously. Not kidding. This book is so poorly read that it's actually quite hard to follow. Please bring Scott Brick back and re-do this and Forward the Foumdation.
Very much so.
Great story, horrible performance.
Wooden, artificial, robotic. It's like he doesn't understand human emotion or the English language. I don't think I can make it through this audiobook; I'll have to buy a hard copy.
Fire this guy
I want to write a passionate defense of Larry McKeever as narrator. I think the comments about his performance on this adaptation have been extremely unfair. His style of narration is different from Scott Brick's, I grant that. But McKeever is extremely good in his own right. In fact, I like some of McKeever's interpretations better (I think he is better with female characters, for example, and I like his portrayal of Pelorat even more than Brick's). Don't get me wrong--I love Scott Brick and what he does with the novels. But I think McKeever is just as good, and I have come to appreciate McKeever's different style, which is a bit more subtle than Brick's and leaves more to the imagination. So--don't steer clear just because there's a different narrator here. McKeever is also excellent.
This book is a painful requirement for those who love the Foundation trilogy and the Asimov world. It is a requirement because it is the keystone that ties all the stories together, but the passion for this book was terrible. In the introduction Asimov writes he was offered x amount of money for y amount of pages and you get the feeling from the first chapter that he was just trying to fill his word requirement.
The main characters constantly argue the same points over and over again, nothing is left to subtly (like Star Wars episode III), and the narrator is dispassionate. Larry McKeever's voice adds age and takes away so much from the main character. I had to listen to it on 1.5x as to not fall asleep.
The end of the novel (NO SPOILER) is intriguing and thoughtful and makes this book a requirement for the Foundation-ers like myself.
Get the book and muscle through it.
I love the Series, but couldn't finish this instalment. The Larry McKeever was unbelievably annoying to listen to. Couldn't even get through the first hour.
I was really looking forward to finally finishing this series and enjoyed the story overall; however, the narrator was a bit mechanical in his delivery. Previous reviewer's noted the mechanized delivery but as I really wanted to listen to it, I decided to just deal with it. It wasn't too bad but it gave a very emotionless tenor to the story in some parts as if it was being delivered by the automated voice on my Kindle. If you're like me and "need" to hear the end of the story, you may be able to get beyond the somewhat toneless delivery. But, if you're looking for anything close to what Scott Brick did for the other books, you'll be disappointed.
Aside from the narrator, there were times in the book I wanted the "action" to move forward, there were several "lulls" in the story when the primary character's seemed to be "arguing" or "discussing" the same points over and over without actually coming to any conclusion. I found the female character to be whiny and incapable of following many thoughts out to a logical conclusion despite being part of a "super-collective". Her ineffectual "handling" of "the child" infuriated me to no end as she failed over and over to reason out or even see the points being made by the main character.
Given the "flaws" in the characters as I saw them, the explanations given by the "ultimate" final character helped me better understand the thought processes the characters were supposed to be attempting to get across. I'm not sure that it could have been done any better, especially in light of the fact I wish there was one more book to let the readers know what happens next...
Would Galaxia flourish? What happens when Daneel downloads his consciousness into Fallom? Will Fallom become the super monster I believe s/he will become? Will Fallom discover that it was Bliss and not Golan that "stole" her from Solaria...