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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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    Robert New Milford, CT, USA 03-31-14
    Robert New Milford, CT, USA 03-31-14 Member Since 2001
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    "UGH!"
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    Ok. I *LOVE* the Foundation series. And if you're going to run through the whole thing, you can't skip this one.

    But in the name of all that is holy and good in this world: PLEASE get Scott Brick to re-narrate this. Holy hell this it terrible.

    What makes it even worse, is you have to listen to it, right after hearing one of the best narrators give "Prelude" an excellent treatment.

    I can almost feel my liver failing as I sit here and listen...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Knepp Northampton, PA United States 03-18-14
    Dale Knepp Northampton, PA United States 03-18-14

    Dale Knepp

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    "Where did you get this reader from"
    What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

    Great series by a great author


    How could the performance have been better?

    Never use someone that is just slightly above mono-tone. After listening to the Scott Brick doing the original 3 books and then the first of the prequel's, it felt like a version of "You were there". Then enter Larry McKeever.....I am not looking forward to having to plod through the rest of this book AND listen to him in the final book of the series. Fortunately Scott Brick comes back for Foundation and Earth. My suggestion is to bite the bullet and re-record the 2 books done by Larry using Scott.


    Any additional comments?

    I will NOT be getting any other books narrated by Larry McKeever

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 03-13-14
    John 03-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration is hard to describe"

    poor inflection, characterless, I thought at first it was being done by a text to speech program, makes the story characters seem stupid. I nearly had to stop listening to a story in one of my all time favorite set of novels. I see he does book 7 too......

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Caruso 07-21-12
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    "Hard to get through"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved the first Audible recording of this series, Prelude the Foundation, but I am having a really hard time getting into this one, Forward the Foundation. The narrator has a great voice but he reads so painfully slow and without any inflection or intonation from sentence to sentence. Its a struggle to stick with and I don't think I can take 14 hours of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Foundation is a great story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark FORT WORTH, TX, United States 07-09-15
    Mark FORT WORTH, TX, United States 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Asimov's last novel"
    What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

    Pretty good story, but not on the level of the original Foundation Trilogy, which I love.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Larry McKeever's reading is slow, plodding, careful, and flat-sounding.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of Asimov, but this pot-boiler is just average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Norway 06-14-15
    Brian Norway 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Need a different narrator!"

    I believe the story is good, but I never got around to completing it, as I don't like the narrator, Id rather read it myself or wait for a different narrator.

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    Dr. Tindall 06-09-15
    Dr. Tindall 06-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story. Painful narration."
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    Isaac Asimov - Yes.
    Larry McKeever - No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too monotone and too many unnatural pauses. I kept expecting the narrator to say "Greetings Professor Falken".


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    Brandon 05-14-15
    Brandon 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Asimov never disappoints"

    great story, great series, great narrator. this finished off the series for me so it was great to learn more about Hari

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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