Forward the Foundation (Unabridged)
by Isaac Asimov
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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.
Really bad narration!
After finishing the robot series which is read by an incredible talent, William Dufris, I was happy to find the familiar, and soothing, voice of Scott Brick reading the precursor to this book, Prelude to Foundation. However, Forward's narrator is just awful! Long pauses between sentences and in conversations between characters throw off the flow of the story. At times the reading sounds overly condescending, like he' reading to a two-year-old. He barely changes voice inflections and tones between characters so you get lost on who is taking in a conversation of more than two people. I love Asimov's work, but this book has been laborious to get through and I have almost given up many times. Only the story itself and the great imagination of Asimov keep me motivated to suffer through this awful reading. Two stars for Asimov.
Mike Wallace Speak and Spell
Like the others have said, this is a great book, but the narration is awful. I have come to think of the reader as a Mike Wallace version of the old Speak and Spell. I really can't stand it, it does sound like an electronic computerized voice reading the book. For a while I was thinking it was meant to be that way because of the robots involved in the story.
In the future I will be looking to see who is doing the reading on these Asimov books.
Tried to relisten to this book last night, and was disgusted again by the narration. I had forgot that I had already left a 1 star review and came on here to warn of anyone from purchasing this version of the audio book. I still have yet to finish this audiobook, but remembered I liked the paper book so I thought I'd give it another try. I just cannot follow what is going on with this reader. Every voice sounds the same, and it is so monotone that it makes it a choir to figure out who is saying what or to maintain any interest. I really like audiobooks, in general (the harry potter series by Jim Dale being my favourite readings), but this guy is at the very very bottom of my library. And, Asimov is probably my favourite author. Just a shame. Also look into "the classic tales podcast" on iTunes, he does a good job. Below is my original review from around when I purchased the audiobook.
5 stars for the story... But maybe buy this one on the Kindle. This narration is not much better than having the Kindle read it back to you electronically. Actually at some points I was wondering if this was an electronic reading. It is horrible and nearly impossible to determine which character is talking.
Save your money, and buy the print version. This reading is horrible.