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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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.
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 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.
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.
A different narrator
Sure, if it isn't narrated by Larry McKeever
Monotone. Dry. No emotion. Bland. Puts me to sleep while driving. Characters all sound the same.
MASSIVE disappointment because I have come so far in this series, and I just can't get through this crap.
Narrator must have been sleeping with the producer, or is related to Asimov. Mind boggling how this was produced, honestly!
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.
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.
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.
Very much so.
The narrator sounds like an elaborate, automated text-to-voice program. His staccato delivery finally starts to ease into something more natural sounding about 2/3 of the way through. Otherwise the story is a fantastic continuation on the Foundation series.
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