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Foundation and Earth | [Isaac Asimov]

Foundation and Earth

Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.
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Publisher's Summary

The fifth novel in Asimov's popular Foundation series opens with second thoughts. Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

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

©1986 Nightfall, Inc (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Jerry Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-12-12
    Jerry Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!"

    I read the series long ago an enjoyed re-visiting it agai an audible. All was going well, until this book. Like nearly every review I've seen I say the same thing....the narration is BAD BAD BAD!!!!

    If Audible or anyone with influence reads this and the other reviews, please pay attention and re-do this narration. I would not recomend this series at this point, which is very sad given the excellent quality of the ealier books.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    "Good story, Poor reading."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they were an Asimov fan. The poor quality of the reader limits it to only those really into the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Golan Treviese. He's the hero of the story. His actions drive the story forward.


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

    Scott Brick did an excellent job on the rest of the series. He should have done this one too.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a classic Asimov story, smart and insightful. it's just a shame it's such a bland and uninteresting reading, it really ruined the experience.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "Good Book, poor performance"

    Good finish to the series. Narration sounded more robotic than the robots in the story. Unwelcome change from the rest of the series.

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    Jim 12-27-11
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    "Good story. Terrible narration."

    I have always enjoyed the stories of Isaac Asimov. However, the performance of this narrator is terrible and significantly detracts from the overall performance.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Germantown, MD, United States 12-07-11
    Andrew Germantown, MD, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book, poor narration"

    I love the storyline after listening to the previous 4 recordings from Audible, but the narration of this one makes listening into more of a chore than something enjoyable. For some reason the series switches from Scott Brick's excellent narration to what sounds like an 80s Speak & Spell for the last installment. The lack of differentiation between characters is disconcerting, especially having just listened to Foundation's Edge where the narrator gives the main characters (who return in Foundation and Earth) very distinctive tones.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    T King of Prussia, PA, United States 11-23-11
    T King of Prussia, PA, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Reader is terrible"

    I am only in the first chapter but this may be the worst narrator I have come across. Reminds me of something computer generated. I hope it gets better.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Seth Oakland, CA, United States 07-11-12
    Seth Oakland, CA, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I'm sure Larry is a nice guy but....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation and Earth to be better than the print version?

    No - because the reader was so poor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation and Earth?

    Don't want to give it away. I thought Alpha was cool.


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

    He is very monotone and boring. One of the worst read stories I have ever listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    Please have a quality reader tell the story

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Luis 09-10-12
    Luis 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Unwelcome change in narrator"
    What did you like best about Foundation and Earth? What did you like least?

    Scott Brick is sorely missed. The story line is consistent with the series, however, the narration sounds computer generated and detracted from the enjoyment of the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sounds computer generated.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    britney s Albany, NY USA 06-12-12
    britney s Albany, NY USA 06-12-12
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    "Larry McKeever is the worst"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    I love Isaac Asimov, but Larry McKeever is the worst narrator I have ever heard. Its like having a book read to you by the mac voice. That said, Isaac Asimov is one of my favorite authors.


    How could the performance have been better?

    When you read the line "'What are you doing here?' she said with surprise," there should be some surprise in your voice. Simple deliveries like that should be pretty basic for a narrator. I don't even know how he got a job reading books when the delivery is so awful.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L.Maria 06-16-12
    L.Maria 06-16-12
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    "I Love Asimov, but..."
    What disappointed you about Foundation and Earth?

    Other than the narrator,the characters were only vehicles for the endless speeches


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Remember that this is a story and keep it moving as your characters make the points


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get another narrater. Horrible, horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this was one of his best. However, it tied up with his short stories. However, the narrator was absolutely horrible. I nearly put it down the first hour. Instead of hearing an actor define the authors word, I felt as if my 2nd grade teacher was reading from a primer. " See Dick. See Jane. See Spot run. Run Spot run" I know anyone over fifty recognizes that.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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