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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Yes. Although not one of Asimov's best novels, and while the narration is abysmal, the book enlightens his wonderful Foundation universe.
Of course, the man's stories are brilliant, imaginative, and engaging.
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.
Love the story
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.
Yes, the book was if you could hear past the narrator
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.
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!
A moody, old, overly-educated, hypercritical, know-it-all who tolerates most literature, but is obsessed with physics, history, and politics
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.
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.
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!
It is the continuation of a classic series, the narration is compeltely uninspired.
I did not.
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.
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.
Not listening to Larry McKeever. I really believe it is a computer voice and Larry is not a real person.
Rach.... really like his development.
Asimov continues to astonish.
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