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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Great pre-story to the Foundation series. But ... Asimov is terrible in writing dialog and developing character that depends on narrative. His dialogue is straight out of the 1930s starring Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper.
The Foundation story continuation was by far the most valuable aspect of Forward the Foundation. The plot advances nicely if even without a major climax moment.
The introduction of Hari's grand-daughter with her unique ability was quite memorable.
Well, if it were in a series that I had already started, I would. But I did not enjoy his reading nearly as much as the reading of the first book of the series.
The project, the empire, and all humanity hang in the balance.
Well, I am a junky for continuing a series so there was no way I wouldn't listen to this 2nd installment. I enjoyed the story but felt the lack of character depth more apparent than in the first book.
It is fitting that robots make an appearance in this Foundation Series adventure, since the book is read by one. I would recommend reading this yourself rather than this audio version..
The performance is staccato and with little feeling. It does not 'flow' and leaves the listener distracted by the choppiness rather than being able to fall into the story.
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.
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