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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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    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 2014
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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.

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    Mariusz Lodz, Poland 02-24-15
    Mariusz Lodz, Poland 02-24-15 Member Since 2011

    Trying to be good buddhist at life and at work... searching for good buddhist and bussines books.

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    "Good story with poor audio"

    Previouse fundation's books was recorded by Scott Brick and was greate. This one isn't very good becouse it misses Scott Brick

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    Andrew 02-17-15
    Andrew 02-17-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Lousy narration"

    I've listened to over 200 audiobooks and did not know I cared about good narration until I listened to this. For a while I thought it was a robot-ish artistic choice. Nope just bad. Seriously sounds like sections were read by a pc. Others not so bad. So maybe it was an audio engineers fault? Whatever it was, I now know I care. And I will not listen to him ever again.

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    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.

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    Jonathan 12-16-14
    Jonathan 12-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Probably the Worst Narration I've Heard"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Larry McKeever?

    I will buy more Asimov books, but not if they are narrated by Larry McKeever.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I have literally caught myself thinking that this is narrated by one of the more recent speech synthesis tools out there. The delivery seems almost completely devoid of emotion. I actually transcribed some of the narration and copied it into several online speech synthesis tools and, sadly, a few of them really were more pleasant to listen to than this. I understand different people have different preferences for narration, but this one has me baffled. There's no reason to pay anyone for narration that can be delivered by a computer. Scott Brick's performances in the previous couple of novels are far better.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually kind of wish I could get my money back for this. I made the mistake of downloading it just before a drive when I was in a hurry and didn't listen to the narration or I probably would have skipped it.

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    Robert Metamora, OH, United States 11-03-14
    Robert Metamora, OH, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A great Asimov addition, but why this reader?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation and Earth to be better than the print version?

    Nothing is better than reading a story; but I need to have books read to me as I drive some 200+ miles a day.


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

    Because I've experienced Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki and Dick Hill, who can all do different voices and actually read with expression. McKeever may start a new voice but after about 10 or 12 words falls back into his own voice.Sad but true...For those of us who were trained to read aloud it's very painful to listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't; just look at what they did to Ender.


    Any additional comments?

    What happened to using Scott Brick? I'd sell this back to you and buy his version even if it cost more money.

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    celticdude7 09-03-14
    celticdude7 09-03-14

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    "A new narrator at the end of a series is not wise"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Larry McKeever’s performances?

    Not especially. Too monotonous...


    Could you see Foundation and Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The entire Foundation series, yes. However it would be a bit bland for most viewers since it is not character driven so much as it is a description of a galaxy wide social experiment.


    Any additional comments?

    Larry Mckeever fails to utilize inflection of voice to distinguish between not only characters but also between characters and simple descriptions. His style is suited more suited for textbook or concept descriptions than stories.

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