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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Just a good book
Didn't realize scott brick wasn't narrator till i started listening. I prefer him
Did my best
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.
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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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.
About the same
The last words - The enemy of mankind may already be among us
the reading was a little mono-tone, i liked the other foundation novels better
Great Follow Up
The fact that it picks up where the other foundation books end and continue with the story.
Good reader easy to listen to.
The interaction between the characters.
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.
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.
Very thought provoking
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.
The final chapter
The complete Foundation Collection. All were top notch studies of the way man thinks and behaves
Yes. Always great.
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