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Forward the Foundation | [Isaac Asimov]

Forward the Foundation

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.
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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.

Listen to all of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, including (in chronological order):

Prelude to Foundation
Forward the Foundation
Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation's Edge
Foundation and Earth

©1993 Nightfall, Inc (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Amazon Customer Schaumburg, IL, United States 07-19-12
    Amazon Customer Schaumburg, IL, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2014

    Kugelblitz

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    "This is NOT Scott Brick"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The Foundation novels are among the very best novels in science fiction. The audiobook versions read by Scott Brick are fantastic. But this narrator is no Scott Brick. Not even remotely. He is terribly suited for narrating a work of fiction. He has no voices, accents, intonations, style, rhythm, or anything that qualifies him to narrate a novel. He is better suited for narrating nonfiction.

    It's just not worth it. I bought all the Foundation audiobooks because I wanted to listen to these books I love so much, read by a wonderfully talented narrator. But two of these audiobooks are completely useless to me. I find it difficult to believe that anybody actually listened to this to its completion. This is a great book, however.

    I think people deserve a refund for this. We see the that the cover art is identical, and the publisher is the same, so we assume this is the same quality as the other novels. But this edition, as well as Foundation and Earth, are read by the same narrator who is wholly unsuitable to the role.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Irina M. Flowers Newport News, VA 05-03-12
    Irina M. Flowers Newport News, VA 05-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Irina M. Flowers

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    "Was this narrated by R. Daneel Olivaw?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is fine, but the narration is terrible. I wasn't able to make it through the entire book. It sounds like a robot is reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry McKeever?

    Anyone but


    Was Forward the Foundation worth the listening time?

    Didn't finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, re-record the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David P. Thompson 02-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst production ever out of hundreds of books"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    This series is terrific. The McKeever narration sounds like a kindle text to speech version. I can't tell if its the production or the narrator. Give me Scott Brick for this series!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Delivery is monotone. No difference in speech patterns among any of the characters. This is my single worst Audible listen ever.


    What character would you cut from Forward the Foundation?

    none


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T King of Prussia, PA, United States 02-04-12
    T King of Prussia, PA, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad Reader listen to this narrator on Fast Forward"

    Based on another review, I decided to listen to this book with my audio speed at 1.5. It was way better than the normal rate from narrator. I enjoyed this final Foundation story (I did them all in published order). I think I will do the robot series next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY, United States 01-26-12
    Phillip BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, HORRIBLE narrator"
    What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

    The continuing story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forward the Foundation?

    learning to tune out the narrator and listen to the story


    Would you be willing to try another one of Larry McKeever’s performances?

    NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER.... I'd rather stick needles in my eyeballs.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick, where are you? How could you take a pass on this?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 01-18-12
    Robin Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 01-18-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Can't stand the reader."
    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    There is no performance, It's like he was a text to speech program. He would be fine for a technical journal but not for a novel. I sped up the reading (on an iPod) and this actually made it better because the pauses between words had a smaller impact and reading felt more fluid even with the distorted tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure I can finish the book as it is. I hope they release a new reading of this novel with Scott Brick. He did a great job on the previous Foundation novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Denver, CO USA 01-09-12
    Amazon Customer Denver, CO USA 01-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Rick

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    "Not a McKeever fan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If presented by McKeever, no. If re-recorded by a new artist, most likely yes.

    Asimov's galaxy view is fun and interesting and the Foundation and Empire aspects are worthy of inspection. 25,000,000 inhabited worlds, 40,000,000,000 folks on ONE PLANET. It's all kind of out there and fun. And after the fact, I think that the Foundation and Empire of the 40s/50s series really benefited from the prequels and postludes.

    If you are a fan then you are going to be interested in the formation/creation of Psychohistory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dors. She's cute, tough and a 'bot. What more could you want. :-)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Larry McKeever???s performances?

    No. I would not recommend this book as narrated by Larry McKeever. I listen to audio books on my iPhone using the Audible App. In order to even begin to listen to this book, I had to bump up the spoken speed to 1.5x normal. Mr. McKeever speaks SO SLOWLY. I'm not some speed freak, I'm seriously stating that the speed of oration is abominably slow. I haven't sampled the audio and done this experiment but I believe it might be possible to see EVERY WORD SPOKEN as a discrete element in the wave form of the audio file.

    Problem two. There is almost NO DRAMATIZATION. Oh the pitch of the voice might rise a bit to denote a question. Some other minor embellishments may be added. But basically this reading sound like an excellent computer text to speech reading of the book. In fact, no kidding, I actually started to think that when I was perhaps 30 minutes into the book. But, you can tell it's a human. and the copyright blurb somewhere dates the recording to the 1990s.

    I'm thinking that perhaps back then books were more often than not read flat with no artistry. I'd call a modern reader an actor/artist more than a reader. Many of them speak in different voices for the different main characters. It can be a very impressive thing when done right and once heard that way, the really flat recitations of the text in books becomes substantially more boring than it probably was when that type of presentation was the norm.

    So, I listened to the entire book regardless of all this negative criticism. Why? Because I was stuck in the foundation heptalogy and wanted to know... how did Seldon create Psychohistory. I suffered through it and if you are into this series of books so can you. It isn't totally unlistenable, just significantly so.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    WAY TOO LONG for that.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Broomfield, CO, United States 01-04-12
    Robert Broomfield, CO, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Need a Better Reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if a big Foundation fan.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Its best and worst characteristic is that it is trivia. We already know psychohistory was developed.


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

    He is ponderous at best. When he reads conversations, its like he is talking to an idiot. During narrative parts, he sometimes has a better flow.


    Could you see Forward the Foundation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Altus, OK, United States 12-29-11
    Karen Altus, OK, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad Sound, reader can't read the names correctly"
    What disappointed you about Forward the Foundation?

    Very Bad Sound


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

    There was no performance. He could not pronounce the names correctly.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carl AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-29-11
    Carl AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Read by a robot?"

    So monotonic it sounds like it's being read by a computer which makes it really hard to follow dialogs. Great story though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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