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.
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A different reader would help tremendously. The reading was dispassionate, almost mechanical. Like reading a text book.
I love Asimov as an author, and have for years. However, Larry McKeever will drive me away every time.
This narrator is atrocious. I honestly thought that this book was being read by a computerized voice from the late 1980's.
Scott Brick had done the narration for the other books in the series and does a great job. That makes Larry's narration on this book all the more difficult to listen to. I usually listen in the car and this very nearly put me to sleep. I'm not sure why they changed narrators and maybe Larry does a better job with books he connects with better. You CAN make it through this audio book but I'd suggest reading this one yourself.
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It's great to hear a continuation of the
Almost certainly not. His reading style reminds me a educational films in high school. There's inflection, but very little enthusiasm. I don't feel like the narrator is engaged at all in telling the story.
I have read all of the Foundation novels, The Robot novels and the Galactic novels by Issac Asimov on audible and I have loved every one of them. The only two I haven't read are Foundation and Earth and Forward The Foundation. I got about 15 minutes into this book and the reader was so terrible I could not listen to any more. He is unbearably slow and that monotone voice completely detracts from the story. I am going to actually read these last two Foundation novels. Any of the books read by Scott Brick are great and if you like the Foundation series, I suggest reading the Robot novels or End of Eternity.
Other than the narrator,the characters were only vehicles for the endless speeches
Remember that this is a story and keep it moving as your characters make the points
Get another narrater. Horrible, horrible.
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.
I love the Series, but couldn't finish this instalment. The Larry McKeever was unbelievably annoying to listen to. Couldn't even get through the first hour.
Not unless it is redone someday by someone else
Terrible voice. Sounded like he was from the 40s. Zero inflection, didn't change his voice at all to differentiate characters.
Yes. I couldn't cast a movie, I leave that up to much more competent people.
The story is, of course, brilliant. Asimov was a genius. The reader, however, sounds like a cross between a robot and Stephen Hawking. So bad it seems almost like a joke or text-to-voice software. Long pauses in dialog (so long you start to wonder if your MP3 player battery went dead). Same flat, annoying, emotionless voice for all of the characters. As much as I liked the story itself, it was a challenge to get through this book. His name seems to be Larry McKeever, so I'll be alert to avoid his narrations in the future.
The reader seem to feel that ALL the characters should sound like robots...
had to force myself to get thru the book....
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