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Well they found a way! This is so over produced with music effects and poor control of the sound volume, the book in unlistenable.
You get a couple of lines of dialogue then some weird loud music. It is also very hard to follow a conversation because they have one person talking so softly with a low volume and the other one set high. So if you set your volume so you can hear the lows you get blasted when the other guy talks or the music kicks in.
Someone took this in post production and ruined it!!!!! Luckily Audible has an excellent rendition of Foundation it will cost you quite a bit more but it is worth it; just click on Isaac Asimov’s name above.
67 of 69 people found this review helpful
James totally got it right, the post-production sound is awful. You have to crank up the volume to hear anybody, but then in between scenes or chapters in the book, they have awful '50's and 60's sci-fi electronica that is played at TOP VOLUME! The first time this happened it nearly blew my eardrums in.
I gave is two stars because it is Asimov, but this audiobook is one of the worst I've bought from Audible. There's a reason it's only $2.
36 of 37 people found this review helpful
This recording originates from 1973 as a BBC radio 4 dramatization and is contemporary with the John Pertwee era of Doctor Who. Not unsurprisingly the sound effects are of their time, with an additional nod to Forbidden Planet. Its effects and music comes from the same stable, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, as the Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy. When I originally listened to both of these programmes, in the late Seventies, the sound effects sounded really exciting through a little transistor radio and sometimes through the single earphone that came with it.
I own a tape version that I bought many years ago. The ?hardcopy? version is superior, in quality, to this copy, which from playing the sample sounds muffled as if it had been recorded out of a speaker, from an old LP recording, I?m sure I heard a pop or crackle here or there. I?ve just compared (played through the same speakers) my copy against the Audible sample and while there are passages that have a resonant ambience ? the narrative Encyclopedia Galactica, Court scenes etc. ? the dialogue is clear and crisp (on the hardcopy), as one would expect from the BBC.
This is another example of older recordings needing re-mastering for modern media. I have downloaded a copy of Bill Bryson?s Notes from a Small Island (Unabridged) and it too suffers from this muffled sound quality. I understand Audible are not the originators of the material on their site but they should exercise better quality control before they offer this sort of thing for sale, or perhaps offer a discount for damaged goods.
For the time being I'm sticking to the hardcopy.
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
The story as expected is excellent and the abridging has been done well. The voices are good and the timing works. However, the music/sound effects are like Pertwee Dr Who at it's most intrusive and the actors sound like they were recorded in a toilet. In a car you can hardly make out some of the quieter (in the distance) speakers as they boom with too much bass (I turned my bass right down). The musical interludes and intermittent backgrounds on the other hand are too loud, too jarring and just make you wince - they are simply unbearable on headphones - this would be better if the music was cleaned off completely. I'm guessing it was recorded in the 70's.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
The audio is way too loud in places and soft on the dialogue. I was riding the volume buttons up and down constantly to hear it
Asimov's famous Trilogy, somewhat condensed but adequately so, is acted quite well in this BBC adaptation, but I found the entire effort to be destroyed by overuse of the efforts of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (circa 1960's - 70's) - early Dr. Who style. These sounds tend to dominate the performance, to the extent that I found this Audible release to be unlistenable. The Overall rating is due to this problem. Get the separate books, narrated rather than dramatized.