Bob Heinlein has written better over his prolific writing history - and this is one of his painfully dated 1950's novels - but the performance was so well done, I just couldn't stop listening. Great characters, albeit lampoonish, sucked me into the story and left me wanting more.
Good suspense, action, humor, throughout, and the ending was just predictable enough to satisfy.
Lots of chuckling and smirking.
Worth every penny to hear this performance.
I loved the intrigues of Trantor's Imperial court along with Hari Seldon's interplay with the Emperor and his advisor. Best of all was the humanizing of Seldon's character using details about his interaction with his family.
Despite the negative remarks about the narrator, once he warmed up a bit and got into dramatizing the characters a bit more, he was fairly good. He did a great job of portraying Seldon and the Emperor, but also did well with the female characters.
The final revelation of Wanda's role in forming the future of psychohistory, and her devotion to her grandfather.
Salacious, sci-fi, who-done-it
Typical of a good mystery "who-done-it" novel, the surprise ending is not a complete surprise, but is the most memorable, beyond the poignant ending where Eli says goodbye to the robot who will shape the future of humankind.
Dufris brings a masterful rendering of the characters in the novel. Each character is distinct, easy to follow, although not quite what I had envisioned or "voiced" when I read the book in print as a kid. Eli Baley should have been more baritone, as described in the book, but everyone else was portrayed spot-on.
Yes. I did.
This is my favorite of the Robot series.
It might have been better if the author had actually studied basic economics, and put together an outline of cogent thoughts, before writing a book about her feelings.
Set aside Samuelson, Friedman, Hayek, Keynes, Smith, and read this book! Sowell combines the best of all these experts, explaining economics in clear prose, using appropriate historical examples, and his profound knowledge in the field. The book is so good, I recommended President Obama and his staff read it to understand how appropriate economic theory and lessons in historical fact, properly applied, can change the world and make it a better place. Perhaps some in Congress might eventually read it too -- but I'm not holding my breath...
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