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Foundation and Earth Audiobook

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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    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 04-12-12
    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Easily the worst read Audible.com book."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if you have a sentimental attachment to the Foundation series and want to read it to its end. Larry McKeever turned one of my favorite books into a daily toil. I slept through large portions of the book and didn't even bother rewinding because I just wanted to finish it. He has the reading voice of a Geritol advertisement. Also he obviously didn't bother, or did his editors, to listen to any of the other Foundation books because his pronunciations are terribly inconsistent: Zer-oth law instead of Zero-eth. Gee-skard instead of Gis-kard etc. To those with fond memories of the Foundation series who want to keep them that way should avoid this book. I honestly don't know Larry McKeever was ever allowed in front of a microphone.


    What other book might you compare Foundation and Earth to and why?

    Alystar Reynolds has some great books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Pick a different guy. I know! How about the same person who read all the other books in the series. At least he knows how to pronounce the names and words.


    Could you see Foundation and Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I know they say they are making one but the general public is too dumb to absorb a story like this. They'd have to turn it into a travesty of intellectual minimalism like Will Smith's "I, Robot. Maybe if Daneel Olivaw was a transformer...."


    Any additional comments?

    This book is proof that you can turn pure gold into dung.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 05-27-12
    Paul 05-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Read with all the emotion of a medical text!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A different reader would help tremendously. The reading was dispassionate, almost mechanical. Like reading a text book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bliss


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

    Scott Brick


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    no.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-18-12
    John 05-18-12
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    "Narrator is reminiscent of a speak & spell"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    I love Asimov as an author, and have for years. However, Larry McKeever will drive me away every time.


    What didn???t you like about Larry McKeever???s performance?

    This narrator is atrocious. I honestly thought that this book was being read by a computerized voice from the late 1980's.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-25-13
    John 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book in a great series poorly narrated."

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Radecki Silicon Valley, CA USA 03-15-12
    S. Radecki Silicon Valley, CA USA 03-15-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Great continuation of the series! Drab narrator."
    What did you like best about this story?

    It's great to hear a continuation of the


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

    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.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brennan 02-22-12
    Brennan 02-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the series, but a terrible reader"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Lagrotte 04-18-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Great story but narrator was awful!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not unless it is redone someday by someone else


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible voice. Sounded like he was from the 40s. Zero inflection, didn't change his voice at all to differentiate characters.


    Could you see Foundation and Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. I couldn't cast a movie, I leave that up to much more competent people.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHEN D SANDERLIN 04-21-14
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    "Save your money"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Roy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 09-10-13
    Steve Roy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 09-10-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Have this re-read by Scott Brick... Please."
    What disappointed you about Foundation and Earth?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Lowell, MA, United States 05-11-13
    Robert Lowell, MA, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Narrater blew it...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader seem to feel that ALL the characters should sound like robots...
    had to force myself to get thru the book....


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

    NO


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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