We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$38.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (536 )
5 star
 (219)
4 star
 (168)
3 star
 (100)
2 star
 (29)
1 star
 (20)
Overall
4.4 (479 )
5 star
 (272)
4 star
 (138)
3 star
 (48)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (6)
Story
3.2 (479 )
5 star
 (143)
4 star
 (103)
3 star
 (63)
2 star
 (65)
1 star
 (105)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 04-12-12
    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paul 05-27-12
    Paul 05-27-12 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    104
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John 05-18-12
    John 05-18-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matt Lagrotte 04-18-12 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S. Radecki Silicon Valley, CA USA 03-15-12
    S. Radecki Silicon Valley, CA USA 03-15-12 Member Since 2007

    Writer at Large

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brennan 02-22-12
    Brennan 02-22-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Erie, PA, United States 02-01-12
    Michael Erie, PA, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    104
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Slow Story Slow Reader"

    I listened to this on fast, I cold not take the drowning pace. The story was OK it closed to series and provided insight as to the gaps in the saga. The story was true Asimov mystery style, But the book is a bit long winded, the bickering with bliss and Trevise was annoying. I read the book 20 years ago and liked it then, so much of it may be related to the performance. All in all must read to finish the story line started in I Robot. I love all the stories, but this was so so. The Story written in the 1980's still likens to Classic 1950's SCIFI that Isaac Asimov was the master of.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SR Carter Spanish Fork, UT USA 01-04-12
    SR Carter Spanish Fork, UT USA 01-04-12 Member Since 2005

    SR Carter

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    120
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Don't get this if performance is important to you"
    Where does Foundation and Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High. I enjoy Issac Asimov very much.


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

    The other Foundation novels


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

    No, I'm sorry but my 2nd grade elementary school teacher read better.


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

    No, the reading prevented the listener from getting involved in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is unabridged so you will get the entire story, but it is being read to you in a monosyllabic and mono-tonal way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    STEPHEN D SANDERLIN 04-21-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ginger 02-27-14
    Ginger 02-27-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Why was this not narrated by Scoot Brick"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    After a great series with the first four books why would you record this with out Scott. This narrator is is boring and dry. My only choice will be to read this on Kindle. I returned the Audible edition after only 23 minutes of listening.


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

    Scoot Brick


    Was Foundation and Earth worth the listening time?

    Not with this narrator.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.