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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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    Chris Arizona 04-16-15
    Chris Arizona 04-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow - narration is pretty bad"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - good story despite the distracting badness of the narration.


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

    SCOTT BRICK!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I think "Larry McKeever" is the code-name for Audible's text-to-voice computer. Not ready for prime-time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Davis Illinois USA 04-14-15
    Dave Davis Illinois USA 04-14-15 Member Since 2010

    Anybody Listening?

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    "The story is good the narrator is HORRIBLE!"
    Would you listen to Foundation and Earth again? Why?

    No, never, I couldn't even get through the first couple of chapters because Larry McKeever should never narrated fiction. NEVER. He's horrid. I really love Scott Brick and was so excited that he read the other books, but when I got to this one I thought I'd give it a chance. He sounds like someone reading an old filmstrip or narrating a Disney animal documentary in the 60s.


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

    There was none, because I can't get through the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was TERRIBLE. I wish someone would have this book and Forward the Foundation, with Scott Brick. Really, Audible, you could this. I'm pretty sure you would have the power to do this now.


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

    No, not at all. I could have if Scott Brick was reading it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beta 04-09-15
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    "Please re-record with scott brick"
    What disappointed you about Foundation and Earth?

    I rarely write reviews and I am sure that the narrator is a nice guy and I am not trying to be mean but it's impossible to listen to him narrating this book especially when compared with the superb narration abbilities of Scott Brick. Unfortunately I will have to return this book and read it the old fashion way even though I enjoyed inmensely listening to all the other foundation books using audible.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poorly, very boring :-(


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record using Scott Brick as the narrator or someone more suitable for this type of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Wright 04-06-15
    Jeff Wright 04-06-15
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    "Where is Scott Brick"

    Scott needs to narrate this. Would help it fit into the rest of the series which he did.

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    Renoir Boulanger 04-06-15 Member Since 2014

    Loves novels illustrating "What if...?". Galactic Empire, Zombie apocalypse, Utopia, Dystopia.

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    "Mindblowing, once you get past horrible narration"
    What did you love best about Foundation and Earth?

    What a nice way of closing every loops there were. I enjoyed to re visit the spacer worlds and see it as archeologists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hero of the book, Golan Trevize. He’s such a complete character and described so well


    How could the performance have been better?

    Change the narrator, or ask him to do it again. I felt Mr. McKeever wasn’t very well at the time he did the recording. Hopefully it can be re-recorded.


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

    Since I didn’t read any Wikipedia entries before each book, I enoyed very much every parts of the story and how it ended.


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    Andre 04-03-15
    Andre 04-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful."

    I wish there were more! It is unfortunate that the author was not able to write beyond this text. but we ought to be grateful that we have preludes.

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    Jordan Schaefer 03-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Refund Please - Narrator Sounds Like Robot Voice"

    I have requested a refund. The narration was horrible. Bring Scott Brick back. I also recommend Roy Dotrice. He is one of the best.

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    Londell DALLAS, TEXAS, United States 03-28-15
    Londell DALLAS, TEXAS, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This book needs a better reader!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He is slow, mechanical, and shows no emotion in his reading. Where was Scott Brick?


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    Christa D. 03-25-15
    Christa D. 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent book, narrator not my favorite"

    Great continuation of the Foundation series! However I found the narration of the other books much more engaging.

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    Slayin_Sales 03-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Asimov's best story and bad reading"

    The story itself does wrap up the foundation series quite nicely, and it is a fun overall story, but it's severely lacking in Asimovs other books that sport multiple perspectives. Worst of all, the reader makes every scene feel like it's being read by a robot, so when a character has a panicked moment it sounds no different then them asking for the salt. Re-record this book please, it's a terrible way to end the foundation series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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