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):
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I have requested a refund. The narration was horrible. Bring Scott Brick back. I also recommend Roy Dotrice. He is one of the best.
He is slow, mechanical, and shows no emotion in his reading. Where was Scott Brick?
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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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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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.
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.
the other foundation books, cause it is the conclusion to them.
Scott Brick, cause he read the others very well and Larry Mckeever sucks at reading it.
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.
I will buy more Asimov books, but not if they are narrated by Larry McKeever.
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.
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.
Nothing is better than reading a story; but I need to have books read to me as I drive some 200+ miles a day.
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.
Don't; just look at what they did to Ender.
What happened to using Scott Brick? I'd sell this back to you and buy his version even if it cost more money.
Not especially. Too monotonous...
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.
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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