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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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.
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.
The narrator - it sounds like they had one of Mr. Asimov's robots narrate this novel, and not a very advanced one at that. I literally can't stand to listen to this narrator, where's the refund button?
I've read this book and it provides a great backstory to the rest of the series. I was greatly disappointed that this recording was unlistenable
I think calling this trainwreck a performance is being overly generous
The reader reminded me of the old Texas Instruments Speak & Math from the 1980s. Larry McKeever reads in an almost monotone voice with very little variation between characters. This makes it difficult to follow the story.
I didn't make it far enough in to find something I liked.
It was difficult to follow which character was speaking since there was almost no variation in voice.
This book should have been recorded with Scott Brick. Larry McKeever is very robotic.
No, it has not.
I read several Asimov books many years ago and loved them. After joining Audible, I looked forward to hearing them read. My first listen was Prelude To Foundation, read by Scott Brick. Beautifully read and produced, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Moving on to Forward To Foundation was a big disappointment. McKeever's reading lacks emotion and ironically sounds to me like it is actually read by a robot. The pauses between sentences are excruciating, making it feel like an endless chore rather than an exciting, pleasurable listen. I had to stop listening after an hour or so and will submit a refund request. I see many of the other Asimov books are read by Scott Brick, so I will choose them in the future.
Sheldon's continued contemplation on psychohistory is compelling to me as a reader who sees a larger meta narrative at work here. Sci-fi is as much about us now as it is about a time in the distant future.
As far as comparison, I'm not sure. I got interested in Asimov by way of Neal Stephenson. Funny though, Stephenson's books are like whole series packed into one novel. Seriously long reads. Anathem reminded me a bit of Foundation because of its questions of humanity by a solitary "scholar" type figure.
So funny that Audible's suggestion prompt is "what DIDN'T you like". McKeever's unfortunately presents the narrative with long breathless pauses which give the effect of a non-performance to the 'performance'. I suggest that he change recording techniques to allow more inflection to come through the mic; perhaps less compression or a wider gate setting.
Unfortunately, no, due to the narration.
I recommend that Audible make Brick's narration available for this book if he has done it before.
oh yeah what a wonderful story, I will listen to it over and over
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