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Foundation and Earth Audiobook

Foundation and Earth

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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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    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emmanuel SICKLERVILLE, NJ, United States 03-12-12
    Emmanuel SICKLERVILLE, NJ, United States 03-12-12
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    "Good story, poor narration"

    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.

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    C. Harris 12-14-15
    C. Harris 12-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sorry Larry Mckeever :("

    I haven't finished this book yet, but Larry McKeever is awful! I have listened to the rest of the Foundation series and enjoyed them immensely. Scott Brick was the narrator and while I don't think he is amazing; he is infinitely better than McKeever. Every other sentence uttered by McKeever grates on my nerves, like fingernails on a chalkboard. It's not that his voice is bad per se. It's that his voice is boring, and somehow annoying at the same time. As if that isn't bad enough all of his characters sounding exactly the same so I am not sure which character is speaking sometimes. Again I actually thought this about Scott Brick a little bit but his characters have loads of personality by comparison. I never thought that a narrator would have such an effect on my overall perception of a book, but I was wrong. I don't know, the best thing I can say about McKeever is maybe I was spoiled by Scott Brick and maybe his performance just falls flat by comparison. I wish I knew what Audible/Amazon was thinking when they chose McKeever to narrate this novel. All I know is Scott Brick probably wasn't available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul J. Korpi 09-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great content reader was ok"

    The content is great but the reader is very robotic. I thought I would get over it after a while but it was just too much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Megan 08-13-15
    Megan 08-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "monotone reader......"

    Loved the story. Very different from the other books, but still enjoyable. The narrator was.... harder to listen too. He was very monotone for all characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shizfest 02-09-15
    shizfest 02-09-15
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    "Reader sounds like an Automaton"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's a good book, the reader ruins the experience though. If Scott Brick had read it like he did the other 4 books, it would be fine, but this author literally sounds like a computer generated voice reading it.


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

    the other foundation books, cause it is the conclusion to them.


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

    Scott Brick, cause he read the others very well and Larry Mckeever sucks at reading it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Foundation and Earth?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    please get Scott Brick to read this one too and burn all copies of this reading of the book so no one else has to suffer his terrible narration abilities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shaher detroit, MI, United States 04-15-14
    Shaher detroit, MI, United States 04-15-14
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    "Narrator is so bad, it's hard to get into story"
    What would have made Foundation and Earth better?

    A different narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    Sure, if it isn't narrated by Larry McKeever


    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    Monotone. Dry. No emotion. Bland. Puts me to sleep while driving. Characters all sound the same.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    MASSIVE disappointment because I have come so far in this series, and I just can't get through this crap.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator must have been sleeping with the producer, or is related to Asimov. Mind boggling how this was produced, honestly!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy ARLINGTON, VA, United States 01-31-14
    Jeremy ARLINGTON, VA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Why did they switch narrators?"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The only real grip I had about this book was the change of narrator. The narrator of the previous books while not the best was solid. This guy at times like listening to Stephen Hawking.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher United States 01-23-13
    Christopher United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish that I could give the reader one star"
    What did you love best about Foundation and Earth?

    Asimov is fantastic! I can't get enough of of the Foundation series. This installment doesn't disappoint. Wish I could say the same about the reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Put in some effort. This reading is so lifeless that I'm thinking about buying the text and having Siri read it back to me just for a bit of humanity. Seriously. Not kidding. This book is so poorly read that it's actually quite hard to follow. Please bring Scott Brick back and re-do this and Forward the Foumdation.


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

    Very much so.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James 02-11-17
    James 02-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Crown jewel of foundation series"

    Of all the foundation books I found this one to be the most entertaining, not that the others are not, but so many loose ends are tied up here, it is very satisfying.

    Often the author enriches small plot points with excellent detail, lending a vibrancy to imagery and relationships in the story.

    The narrator may appear plodding at first, but he suits the male characters well. Very enjoyable overall.

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