Really interesting if somewhat dated exploration of politics, religion and power. A Cold War antidote, maybe. Oddly Platonic, too, with its suggestion of back-door ascension of philosopher kings.
great story, well read :) very interesting idea for a galactic story which takes place over multiple generations - interesting perspective on chainging cycle of human society.
I realize that opinions vary; however, I just do not enjoy Scott Brick. His readings are almost monotone. I have great difficulty enjoying stories when he performs them.
Another classic Bricked. Scott Brick vomits his over dramatic reading style and everyone-is-sarcastic mischaracterizations into this franchise, rendering it all but unlistenable to anyone who still attempts to use their imagination and doesn't need the bedtime story approach spoonfed to them. Tragic.
Listening to Foundation is like watching Twilight Zone on Netflix. They're classics told in a mid-century style, but feature themes & characters that are still relevant.
Excellent, book, great voice actor, mediocre recording. I had to completely dump the treble on my eq to keep the voice from hurting my ears. That said it a better recording than most audio books. The actor was good but i got confused in some of the conversations because he would mix the characters voices sometimes.
Foundations is a pretty fascinating political saga taking place in the far future amongst the many planets of a single galaxy. In general, I find the themes of different sci-fi stories ending up somewhere on a scale between a focus on the intricacies of a fantastical or futuristic world, and a focus on the human interactions and politics that take place in that fictional world. Foundations definitely leans more thirds the latter. In a very fascinating way though. It takes place over hundreds of years with some pretty long term and far reaching concepts. Just know that you'll be witnessing more clever maneuvering of power during grandiose historic events rather than mind blowing futuristic technology or concepts.
Not really. The story just didn't engage after the first couple of hours.
The beginning is fairly interesting, the idea of predicting the fall of the empire and establishing an outpost at the edge of civilization to bring back it's return was intriguing. As well as the idea that psychoanalytics could predict the broad outlines of human behavior and therefor chart a general course (but this didn't play out in how things actually happened, it turned out a very narrow course was needed)The idea that psychoanalytics can be so precise in determining the future was hard to swallow (even when you suspend belief), particularly when the future, in the story, was driven not by major historical trends but by the anachronistic actions of a few individuals. That combined with the rather rough view of people and religion, that suddenly you just wave a new religion in front of people backed by a handful of gadget and everyone becomes the most blind fanatical adherents.
He was okay, sometimes overly dramatic. Towards the end of the book I was tired of hearing him. FYI, I'm usually not too picky on narrators.
Only in that I finally know what it's about, which is unfortunate, I've been wanting to read this book since I was in high school twenty years ago.