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Publisher's Summary

A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

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

©1993 Nightfall, Inc (P)2011 Random House Audio

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  • Jim
  • Mill Creek, WA, United States
  • 01-24-14

McKeever is not a good narrator for this.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Love the story

What did you like best about this story?

The story

How could the performance have been better?

McKeever should have listened to the other stories before he did this one. His pronunciation of names and places was different and very irritating if you had heard the originals. I would not buy one of his stories again.

Was Forward the Foundation worth the listening time?

Yes, the book was if you could hear past the narrator

Any additional comments?

Is there any way to get the original "Foundation" read by Isaac Asimov? I had that one and someone stole it. I would like to find a copy, if possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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R. Larry McKeever

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

Larry McKeever's voice sounds automated. Like the whole recording was an experiment to see if the uncanny valley applies to speech as well. ( Spoiler ... YES it does ). In the end I had to listen to it at 1.25 x speed to have a vaguely normal rhythm to the dialogue. It was still a painful experience; thankfully shorter at that speed. I still have Foundation and Earth, also read by McKeever, left to complete the Foundation Series in audiobook form and do not know if I can do it. I, like others who have commented, would gladly re-purchase this audiobook were a Scott Brick version recorded and made available.

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Narrator makes me want to go back to print.

What made the experience of listening to Forward the Foundation the most enjoyable?

Not listening to Larry McKeever. I really believe it is a computer voice and Larry is not a real person.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rach.... really like his development.

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

anyone!

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

Asimov continues to astonish.

Any additional comments?

None

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book - TERRIBLE Narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator - it sounds like they had one of Mr. Asimov's robots narrate this novel, and not a very advanced one at that. I literally can't stand to listen to this narrator, where's the refund button?

What did you like best about this story?

I've read this book and it provides a great backstory to the rest of the series. I was greatly disappointed that this recording was unlistenable

Would you be willing to try another one of Larry McKeever’s performances?

I think calling this trainwreck a performance is being overly generous

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yep

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  • jw
  • 11-16-12

Great story... Very bad performance.

What disappointed you about Forward the Foundation?

The reader reminded me of the old Texas Instruments Speak & Math from the 1980s. Larry McKeever reads in an almost monotone voice with very little variation between characters. This makes it difficult to follow the story.

What did you like best about this story?

I didn't make it far enough in to find something I liked.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was difficult to follow which character was speaking since there was almost no variation in voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Its Asimov

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  • Phillip
  • BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY, United States
  • 01-26-12

Great book, HORRIBLE narrator

What did you love best about Forward the Foundation?

The continuing story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Forward the Foundation?

learning to tune out the narrator and listen to the story

Would you be willing to try another one of Larry McKeever’s performances?

NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER.... I'd rather stick needles in my eyeballs.

Any additional comments?

Scott Brick, where are you? How could you take a pass on this?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good story-poor narration

The story is unbearable when played at normal speed. It is tolerable when played it one and 1/4 times the normal speed. The story itself is good but one of the weaker efforts in the foundation series. Still it is quite good.

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Absolute ruination

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one who loves Isaac Asimov

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator.

Any additional comments?

I do not review many books but felt I had to speak up on this. As someone who has read Asimov and loves the Foundation series, I had to simply force myself to continue past the first few minutes of this book. This is a perfect example of a wretched narrator completely destroying a fantastic novel. The other books in the series that are narrated by Scott Brick are excellent and well worth a listen. Please know that I do not think the performance deserves even one star but the review system does not allow zero stars.

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A Classic! !

This second. book of the prequel to theFoundation series was really great i read it in '93 when it first came out. While the story is great the reader was terrible they should have stuck with Scott Brick reader in the previous book of the prequel. either way it is still worth the time, ENJOY !!

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  • Jeremy
  • Westminster, Colorado, United States
  • 11-03-17

The narrator is actually a robot

If that's not a computer-generated voice, then he really needs to find a new line of work!
Maybe he thought reading like a robot would be cool given the subject matter, but, it just made listening to this story painful.

The story itself is, obviously, excellent.