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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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    Simonsez 05-01-13
    Simonsez 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 Member Since 2016
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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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    jjh1234 01-04-17
    jjh1234 01-04-17
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    "Larry McKeever = Bad"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book should have been recorded with Scott Brick. Larry McKeever is very robotic.


    Has Forward the Foundation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it has not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry McKeever?

    Scott Brick


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dalen Lawrence Las Vegas, NV 01-03-17
    Dalen Lawrence Las Vegas, NV 01-03-17 Member Since 2012

    Dalen

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    "Can't even get past 1st chapter"

    The narration is so awful, I can't get to chapter 2. I want my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hal McMillen aka Thinman Studios 11-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator makes it a chore to get through..."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alina 11-08-16
    Alina 11-08-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Please re-record with another narrator."

    Disliked the narrator so much I ran the recording at 1.5 speed just get through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward C Knoeckel III 10-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivated by the story but..."
    What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Forward the Foundation to and why?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unfortunately, no, due to the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend that Audible make Brick's narration available for this book if he has done it before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anson Pasadena, CA, United States 09-29-16
    Anson Pasadena, CA, United States 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this story so much, I woll listen to it ov"

    oh yeah what a wonderful story, I will listen to it over and over



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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