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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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  • 10-07-15

Why!?

WHY can't I find a way to make my text-to-speech engine read it instead?! Would be SO much better. This guy is SOOOOOOOO bad...which is all the more frustrating because of all the time one has invested in the series before hitting this insufferable wall of a reader.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The story is, of course, brilliant. Asimov was a genius. The reader, however, sounds like a cross between a robot and Stephen Hawking. So bad it seems almost like a joke or text-to-voice software. Long pauses in dialog (so long you start to wonder if your MP3 player battery went dead). Same flat, annoying, emotionless voice for all of the characters. As much as I liked the story itself, it was a challenge to get through this book. His name seems to be Larry McKeever, so I'll be alert to avoid his narrations in the future.

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  • Robert
  • Lowell, MA, United States
  • 05-11-13

Narrater blew it....

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The reader seem to feel that ALL the characters should sound like robots...
had to force myself to get thru the book....

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

NO

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  • Michael
  • Erie, PA, United States
  • 02-01-12

Slow Story Slow Reader

I listened to this on fast, I cold not take the drowning pace. The story was OK it closed to series and provided insight as to the gaps in the saga. The story was true Asimov mystery style, But the book is a bit long winded, the bickering with bliss and Trevise was annoying. I read the book 20 years ago and liked it then, so much of it may be related to the performance. All in all must read to finish the story line started in I Robot. I love all the stories, but this was so so. The Story written in the 1980's still likens to Classic 1950's SCIFI that Isaac Asimov was the master of.

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  • Ryan
  • Berlin, MD, United States
  • 04-25-13

I want a refund. Worst narrator ever

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Robotic monotone emotionless .
TERRIbLE

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The book is awesome , the previous books in the series were narrated superbly , this book however has the worst narration I have ever heard.
I deleted it after about 30 minutes , and will read a physical copy, I want my money back , and this is the first time in 50+ audio books I've felt that way

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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most horrific reader I have ever heard

the only reason I listened to the entire book was because I wanted to finish the series. If Scott Brick was to do a version I would buy it in a heart beat.

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Great story progression, terrible narrator.

Seriously, would have been great if it wasn't read by the male version of Siri.

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Great content reader was ok

The content is great but the reader is very robotic. I thought I would get over it after a while but it was just too much.

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Narrator is bad

I hate the new narrator! YUCK! I've read these stories a dozen times and really enjoyed the previous narrator. this new narrator was putting me to sleep! Bad choice for such a great story!

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Good ending — bad narration!

I like the way this book brought robots and galactic empire together but the narration almost made me give up and toss it. How LM got picked to read any of these is beyond me. If the monotone wasn't enough, the mispronunciations made me crazy.

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