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.
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.
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.
Alystar Reynolds has some great books.
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.
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...."
This book is proof that you can turn pure gold into dung.
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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'll keep this short, it's really difficult and jarring to go from a high quality narrator like Scott Brick to Larry McKeever. I'm sure that Larry on his own is a quality narrator, but when compared to Scott Brick it seems like amateur hour. I also find it difficult to go from Edge of Foundation where Scott Brick's voice is established as Trevise etc and then go to McKeever voicing the same characters, it's a bit odd.
This would have been much better with Brick narrating.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
High. I enjoy Issac Asimov very much.
The other Foundation novels
No, I'm sorry but my 2nd grade elementary school teacher read better.
No, the reading prevented the listener from getting involved in the story.
This is unabridged so you will get the entire story, but it is being read to you in a monosyllabic and mono-tonal way.
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.
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