Having read the Foundation series previously and more recently returning to the Audible edition to enjoy a commute, I have enjoyed them up to this point. However, listening to Mr. McKeever's performance has been PAINFUL! It has been distracting from the story line and detracts from the overall effect of the book. I am an Isaac Asimov fan.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading these novels when I was in high school & the series was great to listen to again now.
I thought the performance was not as good as Scott Brick (who read the other novels in this series) but I waited a while between listening to Foundation's Edge & to Foundation & Earth, which helped transition authors.
Anyone looking to finish the Foundation series should give this a listen, but perhaps have a break to transition authors like I did or the change may get in the way of a great story.
The first books in this series were read by Scott Brick, who is fantastic. I didn't even check to see who the reader was for this one and I was very disappointed. Larry McKeever reads everything like it's a Driver's Ed video. The personalities of the characters are flat, especially when compared to how Scott Brick reads
If the next one is read by someone other than Scott Brick, I will just read it rather than listening to it.
The overall plot line is interesting and offers the listener a single set of characters to identify with, unlike many of the prequels. It is more like an adventure novel, instead of the political strategy theme of the initial Foundation books.
It is however, quite long and the narrator is nearly monotone. The narrator also over-inflects syllables and over-emphasizes the pauses between sentences, while maintaining a consistent cadence between each syllable.
Considering Asimov seemed to focus more on dialogue in this book and really left nothing to the audience to infer or conclude on their own, this made me impatient at times and reluctant to endure the robotic reciting of the narrator.
After a great series with the first four books why would you record this with out Scott. This narrator is is boring and dry. My only choice will be to read this on Kindle. I returned the Audible edition after only 23 minutes of listening.
Not with this narrator.
No. As not having Scott Brick read this ruins it.
Worse. Not having Scott Brick read this ruins it.
For some other type of book he is probably fine.
Look Larry McKeever has a nice voice, but compared to the style of Scott Brick he seems like an unfeeling robot. You just can't get used to the complexly dead pan narration after listening to more lively style of the other books. It runis the book.
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.
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