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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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    Brad Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-11-12
    Brad Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good end to the story"
    Would you listen to Foundation and Earth again? Why?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just a good book


    What does Larry McKeever bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Didn't realize scott brick wasn't narrator till i started listening. I prefer him


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Did my best


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    Tony United States 11-10-12
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    "Classic that could have been performed better.."

    The continuing story of Harry Seldon and his Foundations could have been so much better if Larry McKeever didn't sound so much like a "Speak n' Spell" during his performance. So very monotone and unexciting.

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    S. R. Constantine Minnesota, USA 10-28-12
    S. R. Constantine Minnesota, USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2003
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    "What a difference the narrator makes."

    I read the original Foundation trilogy as a teenager in the 1960s, and I was wondering how much I would recall after all these years. I was pleasantly surprised that I remembered very little, and so I delved in, starting at the beginning. Scott Brick can take even a mediocre story and make it worth a listen, and I was able to enjoy the series as I was unable to in my youth. When the next book in the series was read by Mr. McKeever, I was concerned about the change but, of course, I could not skip this volume as it is part of a whole.

    I was stunned… and not in a good way. While Mr. McKeever READS well enough, he does not NARRATE. I felt like I was listening to a children's book written by a completely different author. Even worse, I got the feeling that it was being read by children. The inflection in the voice is all wrong. Stressful situations are read in a matter-of-fact tone rather than with the intensity that is required. None of the dialogue comes across with any degree of realism or believability, and the story itself seems plodding. Pauses in the reading are dreadfully long, and I forced myself to finish the book because Mr. Brick returned to narrate the next… and then all was right with the world again. I could not believe that a reader/narrator could actually make a book seem as though it was written by an entirely different person until listening to this one. I'm rating it 4 stars (would prefer 3-1/2) for the part that the novel plays in the entire series, but that's it.

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    Craig Genoa City, WI, United States 08-14-12
    Craig Genoa City, WI, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2010

    An avid book "listener". As I own my own dental lab,I make teeth sitting at a bench all day, I have plenty of time to enjoy Audible titles

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    "Emotion missing?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation and Earth to be better than the print version?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Honestly, the voice of the narator was fine, but the delivery lacked the emotional quality that I have come to expect. Also, the sound of the narators voice remided me vividly of the voice of the narator that I used to hear accompanying film strips when I was a kid in grade school.


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    Joseph United States 03-06-12
    Joseph United States 03-06-12

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    "Asimov Wraps up the Foundation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation and Earth to be better than the print version?

    About the same


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

    The last words - The enemy of mankind may already be among us


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the reading was a little mono-tone, i liked the other foundation novels better


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


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    Jerry D. Miller The Colony, TX United States 05-11-13
    Jerry D. Miller The Colony, TX United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book"
    If you could sum up Foundation and Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Great Follow Up


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it picks up where the other foundation books end and continue with the story.


    What does Larry McKeever bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good reader easy to listen to.


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

    The interaction between the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think the Narrator was bad, he read clearly and was easy to listen to, don't understand the other comments that run him down.

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    Artin HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 08-20-12
    Artin HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Masterpiece from Asimov"

    A great book. Growing up with Asimov's stories, it was so fun to go back in time & absorb Earth series again. A wonderful make - Believe Galaxy to travel with an incredible Spaceship.

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    Martha Healy Hartford, Ct, United States 05-09-12
    Martha Healy Hartford, Ct, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Still fantastic after fifty plus years"
    If you could sum up Foundation and Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Very thought provoking


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

    The end.


    Any additional comments?

    Obviously Asimov left room to continue the series with the ending. It is amazing though how he tied all of his varied series (starting with I Robot) together and managed to make it fit into a compelling story as well as enough to think about philosophically for the ages.

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    Stanley J. Cash SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-05-12
    Stanley J. Cash SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-05-12
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    If you could sum up Foundation and Earth in three words, what would they be?

    The final chapter


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

    The complete Foundation Collection. All were top notch studies of the way man thinks and behaves


    Have you listened to any of Larry McKeever’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Always great.


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