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...
A voracious reader/listener with specific requirements for what I read/listen.
I read all the reviews about how the narration was less than satisfactory. But really? I don't think even Scott Brick could have made this book interesting. I don't remember it being so dry and uninteresting on the read, but I read faster than I listen so the story didn't get a chance to get on my last nerve like this audio version did. I can only hope that had Asimov survived, his next Foundation book would have been *much* more interesting and a lot more lively. And that a narrator could be found that didn't read like he was doing a picture book for kindergartners in the media center.
Asimov returned to this series after many years to continue the Foundation story, and it is apparent that he forgot how to write good science fiction in that time. The basic premise of the story is that Golan sets out to find Earth to confirm his decision for Galaxia at the end of book 4. The resulting story is mostly one boring conversation after another between Golan and his traveling companions about pointless minutiae. Furthermore, Asimov has thrown in a good dose of gratuitous sex to fill in the lack of story, aggravating me further. I always considered such tactics to be the mark of an uninspired author. If Asimov wants to write about topless women standing there to offer herself to his little band when they go planet hopping despite all reason and logic to the contrary, then he should focus on selling his story to junior high school boys. I on the other hand like a bit more realism to my science fiction. The first 4 books were way better than this one. After laboring through 75% of this book, I no longer have the will to finish it. I don't care if they find Earth, and quite frankly I think Asimov made this story up on the fly to reach his page requirements for his publishers.
Isaac absolutely... I've listened to the whole series. Larry McKeever I can do without. I'm not sure if it was him or the engineering of the audio but it's very disjointed (long pauses whenever they switch characters). Larry also does a lack luster job of bringing the characters to life. I just wish Scott Brick who narrates a number of the other titles in the series did this one as well.
Always Golan Trevise
Just a good book
Didn't realize scott brick wasn't narrator till i started listening. I prefer him
Did my best
The continuing story of Harry Seldon and his Foundations could have been so much better if Larry McKeever didn't sound so much like a "Speak n' Spell" during his performance. So very monotone and unexciting.
I read the original Foundation trilogy as a teenager in the 1960s, and I was wondering how much I would recall after all these years. I was pleasantly surprised that I remembered very little, and so I delved in, starting at the beginning. Scott Brick can take even a mediocre story and make it worth a listen, and I was able to enjoy the series as I was unable to in my youth. When the next book in the series was read by Mr. McKeever, I was concerned about the change but, of course, I could not skip this volume as it is part of a whole.
I was stunned… and not in a good way. While Mr. McKeever READS well enough, he does not NARRATE. I felt like I was listening to a children's book written by a completely different author. Even worse, I got the feeling that it was being read by children. The inflection in the voice is all wrong. Stressful situations are read in a matter-of-fact tone rather than with the intensity that is required. None of the dialogue comes across with any degree of realism or believability, and the story itself seems plodding. Pauses in the reading are dreadfully long, and I forced myself to finish the book because Mr. Brick returned to narrate the next… and then all was right with the world again. I could not believe that a reader/narrator could actually make a book seem as though it was written by an entirely different person until listening to this one. I'm rating it 4 stars (would prefer 3-1/2) for the part that the novel plays in the entire series, but that's it.
Honestly, the voice of the narator was fine, but the delivery lacked the emotional quality that I have come to expect. Also, the sound of the narators voice remided me vividly of the voice of the narator that I used to hear accompanying film strips when I was a kid in grade school.