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Paul

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  • Prelude to Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (379)

    It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

    Svenghali says: "Trantor, capital of a galactic empire!"
    "Great Start to a Great Series"
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    Where does Prelude to Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily one of my favourites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prelude to Foundation?

    Parts I can't mention in order to avoid spoiling the book for others who haven't read/listened to this book. I will say there are some moments of surprise that I loved.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have one particular favourite scene but I loved diving into the world of the empire and following Harry and Dors around. The different worlds and sectors made the book exciting and has now lead me to listen to all the books in this (The Foundation) series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again I don't want to ruin any surprises in the book but I do like the surprises that are in this story and I love the concept of Psychohistory and its role in this story and the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to the books in chronological order of the The Foundation series universe and this being the first I listened to really got me interested in the whole series.

    This for me was one of the best books in the series and I found subsequent books in this series mixed with some as good as this story and some difficult to stayed interested in.

    Overall I love the entire Foundation series and am currently finishing off the last book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forward the Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (269)

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    Christine says: "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
    "Keeps the story going"
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    What disappointed you about Forward the Foundation?

    The narrator was terrible. The story was extremely slow in the first half.


    Has Forward the Foundation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Hasn't set me off ask I'm only 2 books away from finishing the series.


    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    I didn't like his pronunciation of the names or the sound of voice it was very croaky.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Forward the Foundation?

    The first half of book would've been cut.


    Any additional comments?

    The book keeps the series connected so I stuck with it. The narrator was horrible his pronunciation of Eto Demerzel was different from Scott Brick which first set me off but then the tone and sound really did me in. Somewhat mono tone and croaky.

    The first half I found very slow and boring, I think it could have been summed up into 15 minutes of reading then followed up by the second half where things started to get interesting.

    Disappointed with this book but it was only one in this otherwise great series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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