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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 Tucson, AZ, US 02-07-14
    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ, US 02-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Narration is Dead, Really Dead"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Although not one of Asimov's best novels, and while the narration is abysmal, the book enlightens his wonderful Foundation universe.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Isaac Asimov? Why or why not?

    Of course, the man's stories are brilliant, imaginative, and engaging.


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

    Scott Brick. Definitely. Having just finished Prelude to Foundation, beautifully narrated by Scott Brick, I was very anxious to listen to the next in the series, Forward the Foundation. The shift from the richness of Scott Brick's narration to that of Larry McKeever was quite a shock. His nearly emotionless, almost mechanical rendition was like a slap in the face. Names were pronounced differently, and the timber of his voice rarely changed no matter the situation. The best description I can offer is that his narration was dead, really dead. There isn't another choice on Audible, so I struggled through and did my best to ignore the failings of the narrator to enjoy this chapter of Asimov's masterpiece.


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    Jim Mill Creek, WA, United States 01-24-14
    Jim Mill Creek, WA, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "McKeever is not a good narrator for this."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Love the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story


    How could the performance have been better?

    McKeever should have listened to the other stories before he did this one. His pronunciation of names and places was different and very irritating if you had heard the originals. I would not buy one of his stories again.


    Was Forward the Foundation worth the listening time?

    Yes, the book was if you could hear past the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Is there any way to get the original "Foundation" read by Isaac Asimov? I had that one and someone stole it. I would like to find a copy, if possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Olivia Mountlake Terrace, WA, United States 01-21-14
    Olivia Mountlake Terrace, WA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A robot as narrator?"

    I've always enjoyed Asimov's stories, but this narrator is worse than a phone auto-voice! He was the ruin of an otherwise great book. I had been looking forward to hearing this, but can barely stand the voice. Maybe the publisher can re-record it with Scott Brick or ANYONE except this reader!

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    JP 12-21-13
    JP 12-21-13

    A moody, old, overly-educated, hypercritical, know-it-all who tolerates most literature, but is obsessed with physics, history, and politics

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    "The Human Side of Hari Seldon"
    What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Larry McKeever – was your favorite?

    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.


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

    The final revelation of Wanda's role in forming the future of psychohistory, and her devotion to her grandfather.


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    David United States 10-08-13
    David United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "R. Larry McKeever"
    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    Larry McKeever's voice sounds automated. Like the whole recording was an experiment to see if the uncanny valley applies to speech as well. ( Spoiler ... YES it does ). In the end I had to listen to it at 1.25 x speed to have a vaguely normal rhythm to the dialogue. It was still a painful experience; thankfully shorter at that speed. I still have Foundation and Earth, also read by McKeever, left to complete the Foundation Series in audiobook form and do not know if I can do it. I, like others who have commented, would gladly re-purchase this audiobook were a Scott Brick version recorded and made available.


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    Drew Chevy Chase 09-14-13
    Drew Chevy Chase 09-14-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Narration was actually pretty lifelike"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Lots of complaints about the narration, but it actually sounded fairly close to a human narrator - in a few years once the technology advances we might not be able to tell the difference!


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    Harold Davenport, NE, United States 08-27-13
    Harold Davenport, NE, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The only reason for listening: Its a series"
    What did you like best about Forward the Foundation? What did you like least?

    It is the continuation of a classic series, the narration is compeltely uninspired.


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

    I did not.


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    D. F. Wilhelm 07-18-13

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    "Great book with a very poor performance"

    I love nearly everything that comes from Asimov and this book is no exception. However, the performance of Larry McKeever on this book is quite possibly the worst I've ever personally heard. McKeever's cadence is wrong and lacks emotion in any of the characters. Its as if he is just hoping his deep voice will astonish people into liking his performance. Every character sounds the same and since Asimov does not use a lot of "he said" "she said" it can be very confusing as to who is actually talking. In addition, he uses different name pronunciations than Brick does in the other Foundation books. I wish they would have used Scott Brick to at least keep the series consistent. Having actually read this book I know its quality, but this performance nearly ruined it for me.

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    melanie United States 05-11-13
    melanie United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hooked on the series"

    The book seemed a bit like it was written for time series publication in magazines, going from one event after the other creating a sort of peak and trough effect for the listener, but a lot of background information is laid out in the book that I hope will add to the experience of the rest of the books.
    The narrator was easy to listen to and I would recommend him.
    Although I liked the first chronological book in the series (Prelude to Foundation) better, I enjoyed this story and can't wait to get in to the rest of the books.

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    marquis Baytown, TX, United States 05-01-13
    marquis Baytown, TX, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Narrator makes me want to go back to print."
    What made the experience of listening to Forward the Foundation the most enjoyable?

    Not listening to Larry McKeever. I really believe it is a computer voice and Larry is not a real person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rach.... really like his development.


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

    anyone!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Asimov continues to astonish.


    Any additional comments?

    None

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