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Forward the Foundation | [Isaac Asimov]

Forward the Foundation

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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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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    Jeff L Wise 11-16-12
    Jeff L Wise 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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tristan ANNAPOLIS, MD, United States 10-22-12
    Tristan ANNAPOLIS, MD, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A decent final prequel to "Foundation""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Larry McKeever was not the right voice for this book - he sounds like a children's book narrator at all times.


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

    Unlikely


    Was Forward the Foundation worth the listening time?

    This book was a reasonable closure of the pre-Foundation story; it wasn't listen-to-again good, but as good as it needed to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan PHOENIX, AZ, United States 10-12-12
    Ryan PHOENIX, AZ, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible Narrator - Great Book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry


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

    No


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is terrible, he sounds like a computer. Too bad its not the same narrator as the prelude book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Mullner Butler, PA United States 09-26-12
    Jim Mullner Butler, PA United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great series, bad narrator"
    Where does Forward the Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is a good story


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

    the first in the series is good


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

    the first series narrator,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the fringe


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Condra Jacksonville, IL United States 09-21-12
    Connie Condra Jacksonville, IL United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "The story is great. The narrator was terrible"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    I enjoy Asimov's books and would like to see Audible offer the rest of the Robot series. However, I would never purchase another book narrated by Larry McKeever. His performance made an otherwise excellent story a difficult listen.


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

    Absolutely not!


    Do you think Forward the Foundation needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Forward the Foundation is a good bridge between Prelude to Foundation and Foundation. This is just as Asimov intended. There is no need for a follow-up.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick narrates the other Foundation books as well as I, Robot. If he was on vacation when Forward the Foundation was produced, the producers should have waited until he got back. Larry McKeever's performance is just awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob O. 09-07-12
    Bob O. 09-07-12
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    "Fire The Narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If Audible did not list the name of the narrator, I would swear that they slipped a text-to-speech program in on us. Audible should fire Larry McKeever immediately and send a replacement book to anyone who bought it. I don't expect (but would definitely prefer) Scott Brick, but 99.9% of the current readers could do a better job than McKeever. Honestly - doesn't Audible have any quality controls?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I haven't quite gotten the stomach to listen past the first couple of chapters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If it had been narrated by a person who had a minimum of eye to mouth coordination and could place the em-pha'-sis on the correct syl-la'-ble.


    What character would you cut from Forward the Foundation?

    Don't know yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Just re-publish this book with a quality narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bf6 04-11-12
    bf6 04-11-12
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    "Narrator should read for adults."

    Narrator McKeever speaks as if to first graders. Also, his pronunciation of the name of a main character sounds very wrong to my ear, and of course it is repeated frequently. His reading style caused me to abandon this book after about 45 minutes. I had already finished Prelude to Foundation with Scott Brick reading very nicely. After stopping Forward the Foundation, I skipped ahead to Foundation, again with Mr. Brick, but I was finding that even with a very good narrator, this series is not nearly as fantastic and captivating as I regarded it in high school. Maybe Kirk and Spock simply eclipsed Hari Seldon. I have already purchased the entire Foundation series from Audible, but now, especially after noting Mr. McKeever's name again as narrator for Foundation and Earth, I'm stopping this series three-fourths of the way through Foundation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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