Asimov's Foundation series, based on the ideas from the "Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire," starts with a 12,000 year-old Galactic Empire. The great Hari Selden has mathematically proven that the Empire will soon fall and a 30-millennium Dark Age will follow, but Selden's Foundation can shorten that time by a factor of 30.
This is the story of the formation and first few centuries of Hari Selden's plan, showing the transition of the Foundation from an academic encyclopedia foundation to (cynical) religious leadership to commercial empire. All is well with Selden's plan.
The Foundation trilogy is a bit dry, and the characters are quite one-dimensional and cartoonish. It may be more enjoyable if you think of it as a history book from the distant future rather than an adventure story. The envisioned technology was typical for the 1940's (computing your course across the galaxy with a slide-rule), but seems rather quaint now. One other complaint: Asimov got pretty wordy in places, to the detriment of the story.
I like Scott Brick as a narrator and he does a pretty good job with this.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
Having read this series long ago I was pleased to renew an acquaintance with an old love. This is a great series and this first book is performed flawlessly. The tale of science fiction that improves with age is rare. A wonderful book with a great narration.
It's extremely hard to follow this story. There are tons of jumps in time with no explanation as to why we went to whatever time it is. The characters are all forgettable. There is no firm ground for you as a reader to explore this world. Way to much happening with no common theme or character to hold it all together. Interesting concepts but not executed brilliantly.
It was hard to sort out all the various characters (almost all are male),since the narrator does not modulate his voice enough...so it made for a tough listen.
I wanted to like this and it does have some redeeming qualities but overall kinda slow. This was made worse by the reader who also did the Atlas Shrugged performance I heard so I just kept hearing that pompous John Galt in the protagonists. The performance on this one was better, because the antagonist were not quite so whiny but still to close to the same themes in that book. Pity.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
The most surprising thing about this novel is that it was first written back in 1942; and yet many of the concepts and ideas are relevant to today's world. Yes, some of it is dated such as people still using paper so far into the future, but the forward-thinking of the main premise still intrigues.
The premise of the story is that a mathematician, Hari Seldon, has calculated predictions of human behavior so far into the future that he foresees a coming event that will lead to millennia of barbarism and a basic de-evolution of civilization. However, he believes that if this knowledge is acted upon swiftly, the period of barbarism can be reduced to a very small percentage of time.
Thus begins the creation of Foundation on an outer world of Terminus. The main goal of Foundation is to establish a repository of knowledge that will be a beacon of light when the period of time descends the galaxy into a more primitive state.
The novel time-skips through various points of history as the custodians of Foundation attempt to navigate the unforeseen "foreseen" future.
The novel lacks of much action and mostly follows conversations between characters which amounts to exposition of the current state of Foundation and the galaxy.
The narrator is decent as have all the novels I've listened to read by Scott Brick.
While a classic, it is not timeless and my interest was not piqued enough to continue with the series.
A good listen and a testament to the vision of Isaac Asimov.