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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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    Brandon 05-14-15
    Brandon 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Asimov never disappoints"

    great story, great series, great narrator. this finished off the series for me so it was great to learn more about Hari

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    Gary Little Shakopee, MN USA 01-28-15
    Gary Little Shakopee, MN USA 01-28-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Enjoyable but ..."

    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.

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    william cozzo 04-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "good but not great"
    What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forward the Foundation?

    The introduction of Hari's grand-daughter with her unique ability was quite memorable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Larry McKeever?

    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.


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

    The project, the empire, and all humanity hang in the balance.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chance 04-05-14
    Chance 04-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Maybe try and read this one..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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..


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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    Olivia Mountlake Terrace, WA, United States 01-21-14
    Olivia Mountlake Terrace, WA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A robot as narrator?"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JP 12-21-13
    JP 12-21-13

    A moody, old, overly-educated, hypercritical, know-it-all who tolerates most literature, but is obsessed with physics, history, and politics

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    "The Human Side of Hari Seldon"
    What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Larry McKeever – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final revelation of Wanda's role in forming the future of psychohistory, and her devotion to her grandfather.


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    David United States 10-08-13
    David United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "R. Larry McKeever"
    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    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.


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    Drew Chevy Chase 09-14-13
    Drew Chevy Chase 09-14-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Narration was actually pretty lifelike"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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!


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    Harold Davenport, NE, United States 08-27-13
    Harold Davenport, NE, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The only reason for listening: Its a series"
    What did you like best about Forward the Foundation? What did you like least?

    It is the continuation of a classic series, the narration is compeltely uninspired.


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

    I did not.


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    D. F. Wilhelm 07-18-13

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    "Great book with a very poor performance"

    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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