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
An avid book "listener". As I own my own dental lab,I make teeth sitting at a bench all day, I have plenty of time to enjoy Audible titles
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.
Nothing is better than reading a story; but I need to have books read to me as I drive some 200+ miles a day.
Because I've experienced Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki and Dick Hill, who can all do different voices and actually read with expression. McKeever may start a new voice but after about 10 or 12 words falls back into his own voice.Sad but true...For those of us who were trained to read aloud it's very painful to listen.
Don't; just look at what they did to Ender.
What happened to using Scott Brick? I'd sell this back to you and buy his version even if it cost more money.
Not especially. Too monotonous...
The entire Foundation series, yes. However it would be a bit bland for most viewers since it is not character driven so much as it is a description of a galaxy wide social experiment.
Larry Mckeever fails to utilize inflection of voice to distinguish between not only characters but also between characters and simple descriptions. His style is suited more suited for textbook or concept descriptions than stories.
Perhaps. I really enjoyed the story; I would love to see this book and the predecessor made into a film.
For fans of quest stories, this one certainly delivers. Asimov keeps things fresh despite writing this book long after the original trilogy. It fits well into the foundation universe and ties in the robot series by Asimov in an interesting way. Best of all, I was surprised by a few things at the end!
Anybody. Literally anybody else.
Something about the narrator's voice sounds automated.... Are you sure this wasn't narrated by a robot?
Larry McKeever does not do characters with enough distinction so it is next to impossible to tell when the characters are changing and who is saying what. Would be a good fit for documentaries but not novels.
I have not been able to listen to the entire book, in fact I could not get through the first couple of chapters. I'll update my review if I can go back some time and actually finish listening to the book.
The physical book, yes.
The narrator has the most monotone, soulless, and dry reading I've ever heard. I actually think it probably takes an immense amount of skill and effort to read with absolutely zero personality, inflection, or tone. Maybe he'd be good for reading me a science textbook, but nothing else. It was especially jarring coming from the excellent narrator in the rest of the series. I stopped the book over a dozen times in the first hour because i just couldn't go on, and I eventually put it down for a week. Finally, I decided to power through because I had to know how the series ends. Talk about a buzzkill. What a way to end a fantastic series. I was so disappointed (in the narration, not the story).
Tip: listen to it at 1.25 or 1.5x speed. It will make the mind-numbingly-slow way he reads much more tolerable, and since he already sounds like a robot, it doesn't make him sound any less human.
Great book. Until Audible re-produces it, just this once buy it in paperback.
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 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...