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.
The reader has a rather monotone voice which made it sound like the characters were utterly.calm and logical in even the most intense scenes, personally I sort of liked that but it also made it difficult to appreciate the humanity (or otherwise in some cases) of the characters
The narrator for this book didn't read with the emotion of the narrator of the other books in this series. However, the story was great and I got used to his monotone style after a few hours.
Like most others I was very disappointed initially by the narration. Then I started listening to this audiobook at 1.5x speed. Big difference. Would still take Scott Brick any day, but the book was much more enjoyable once I changed the speed setting.
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An intriguing and sad story of Earth's fate.
It was engaging if a little ponderous in narrative and in dialogue.
The male narrator was a little monotone at first but came to life as he portrayed the female characters.
Yes - good story despite the distracting badness of the narration.
I think "Larry McKeever" is the code-name for Audible's text-to-voice computer. Not ready for prime-time.
No, never, I couldn't even get through the first couple of chapters because Larry McKeever should never narrated fiction. NEVER. He's horrid. I really love Scott Brick and was so excited that he read the other books, but when I got to this one I thought I'd give it a chance. He sounds like someone reading an old filmstrip or narrating a Disney animal documentary in the 60s.
There was none, because I can't get through the book.
He was TERRIBLE. I wish someone would have this book and Forward the Foundation, with Scott Brick. Really, Audible, you could this. I'm pretty sure you would have the power to do this now.
No, not at all. I could have if Scott Brick was reading it!
I rarely write reviews and I am sure that the narrator is a nice guy and I am not trying to be mean but it's impossible to listen to him narrating this book especially when compared with the superb narration abbilities of Scott Brick. Unfortunately I will have to return this book and read it the old fashion way even though I enjoyed inmensely listening to all the other foundation books using audible.
Poorly, very boring :-(
Please re-record using Scott Brick as the narrator or someone more suitable for this type of book.