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 real person reading the book
It was Asimov
Anyone reading the book
The entire part read by Larry McKeever (i.e. the entire book)
The most horrible book that I've bought on audible. Only finished it because I really wanted to read the entire series. Otherwise I would have dumped it.
His portrayals were dry, dull and the timing was as if he was forced to stop after each word and make sure he annunciated each letter with special emphasis.
The story gets lost. And I couldn't listen to more than 15 minutes in a sitting without losing the plot.
The book and author are great, so I knew the plot already. But I feel bad for anyone who doesn't know the plot. I strongly recommend against this narrator.
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.
Great story, horrible performance.
Wooden, artificial, robotic. It's like he doesn't understand human emotion or the English language. I don't think I can make it through this audiobook; I'll have to buy a hard copy.
Fire this guy
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
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.
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!
Asimov comes off as a lonely old nerd in this ridiculously mono-linear and monotonous tale of a group of remedial idiots clumsily scouring the galaxy to find Earth, the sudden center of all things origin. I'm not sure why he decided to do this, but it's clear that he's trying to wrap up his life's work with a neat little bow and make all the pieces fit together. This group of unlikely (unlikable) baboons entrusted with the fate of the Galaxy, travel around from planet to planet on nothing but hunches and eventually magically find earth, which is now a radioactive wasteland. Thankfully, and conveniently, the moon turned out to be a convenient place for a 20k year old Daneel Olivaw to exercise his omnipotent role as divine ruler of the Galaxy. This story was Lucas' midichlorians turned up to 11.
The only thing worse than this story was McKeever's robotic intonation smacking me up the side of my face for 18 hours of my life. I listened to it at 1.25 speed
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