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CS ISBN 0736602364 $64.00 Eight cassettes
Asimov's sweeping tale of the disintegration and fall of the Galactic Empire has never been more relevant or poignant. In the second book of the original trilogy, Dan Lazar handles the material adequately. He uses his limited range of voices nicely, if sometimes amusingly--he sometimes sounds like a foreigner attempting to mimic American accents. Varying pitch and pacing make for a lively narration, and his reading of a precocious young woman, who is ultimately an important figure, is delightful. Technical and editorial problems plague the title. Hearing Lazar repeatedly mispronounce a word that the text itself explains how to pronounce is very frustrating. Intermittent fade-outs on one channel; inconsistencies when switching sides; and low, rumbling background noise mar the sound quality. S.F. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB 93]
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