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Forward the Foundation Audiobook

Forward the Foundation

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jim Mill Creek, WA, United States 01-24-14
    Jim Mill Creek, WA, United States 01-24-14 Listener Since 2008
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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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    Marquis 05-01-13
    Marquis 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canada 11-16-12
    Amazon Customer Canada 11-16-12
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    "Great Book - TERRIBLE Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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?


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Would you be willing to try another one of Larry McKeever’s performances?

    I think calling this trainwreck a performance is being overly generous


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yep


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jw 11-16-12
    jw 11-16-12
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    "Great story... Very bad performance."
    What disappointed you about Forward the Foundation?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't make it far enough in to find something I liked.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was difficult to follow which character was speaking since there was almost no variation in voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Its Asimov


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    skylark_grl Florence, MS USA 06-28-16
    skylark_grl Florence, MS USA 06-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, horrible narration"

    The Foundation series are my first science fiction novels to read and I am so glad I picked those series. Isaac Asimov is an epic storyteller and I the influence his work has had on many modern fantasy and sci-fi novelist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A robot reader"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader is really bad. He sounds like a robot: he speaks one word after another with a weird tone and rhythm. He pauses for too long and when there is a sentence of one word he makes it sound like a title, even when it's part of a dialog.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Forward the Foundation?

    After the gardeners episode till the birthday episode and from there to the librarian deal.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, change the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good for fans, narrator was so-so"

    Fans of the Foundation series will enjoy this book. I didn't really care for the narrator. Early on I found his voice to be difficult to understand without turning up the volume a little bit. Later the delivery got a bit smoother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James W. Austin, TX 05-10-16
    James W. Austin, TX 05-10-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story ruined by poor narration"

    This is such a wonderful book but I did not care for the narration at all. Slow, long pauses between sentences, mispronunciation and lack of consistency in pronunciation of names as established by other narrators in the series.

    With WhisperSync for Voice, I frequently switch between the book and audiobook but not with this title. I really enjoyed reading this book but could not continue to listen to the audible version.

    Other reviewers stated they had to force themselves to listen through this recording which is a shame considering this is such an important book in the Foundation series. I would not recommend buying this audiobook but instead read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 04-22-16
    Michael 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "W.T.F"

    the worst reading of a great novel ever. almost ruined the story. no vocal talent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catruggz 03-27-16
    Catruggz 03-27-16
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    "Worst reader ever"

    The reader sounds like a robot and is soooooo slow. After the first aggravating hour, I listened to it at a faster speed (1.3x). If the reader was more engaging, I might have enjoyed listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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