I read this book twice and honestly this production gave me more than either reading. brick does a fantastic job narrating and voice acting a book that would be very challenging given the disjoint nature of the saga with a variety of settings (both spatial and temporal). there are aspects of the book, such as the encyclopedia references, that I expected would have been challenging to do in audio but he was able to tackle the challenge of narrating the encyclopedia, narrative, and dialogue aspects seamlessly. I highly recommend this audible to both fans of the story who have already read it as well as those new and unfamiliar with one I'd the most important and compelling works of classic science fiction; a book that is the beginning yet simultaneously the climax of Asimov's overarching tale spanning the future of mankind from its first steps into space colonization through its collapse and reemergence.
The story really was fantastic. I'll be the first to admit that it started slowly and I was wondering what I had gotten myself into at the beginning but once it picked up it was a truly fun ride with plenty of clever twists. Absolutely worth reading and the narration by Scott Brick was very well done.
I read it in grade school and loved it. I decided to buy the audio books and relive the series. I've heard so many books read by Scott Brick now that this one was all that more familiar due to his consistently great performances
Classic sci-if, overly bombastic reading that feels incredibly one note after an hour and makes it blend together too much. The last half sounded like nothing but shouting matches.
Folks who enjoy stories for their historical sake, and who are not really in it for a challenge.
There were several other points where material was missing from the recording. I listened to the beginning three times, and heard each time "...when he was 2 [...] Encyclopedia Galactica". The reading was also overly melodramatic to the point of a major turnoff. I guess I just don't read each sentence like every event was the end of the world throughout an entire book. All of the "twists" were made less important sounding because the whole reading was in the melodramatic mode. It was just over-the-top for me.
I'm sure it was groundbreaking for its day.
Asimov's English correctness was disturbing for something that was so conversational. The sanitized, quaint 1950's-style lingo was only made more difficult to listen to by his proper use of "to whom" and the "may I be" and "that it be" subjunctive case anywhere he could. Proper English has its place, but I found its use here out of place and unconversational.
As popular as the Foundation series is, I really expected to be excited by this book. But it's just a series of stories of someone being clever politically.
There's no character development. The protagonists throughout are uniquely insightful in their societies and maneuver expertly. And so they succeed in their plots to gain power and steer the Foundation to greater prominence. All of this in spite of the inertia of the reigning leadership.
Just not a story, or four stories, that were especially enthralling. Entertaining enough I suppose. Kept me busy for the few hours it took me to read.
What a disappointment. This book gets called things like timeless, classic, or masterpiece. I thought it was...ok.
The premise of the book is really innovative. It has so much potential! But that potential goes mostly unrealized. Foundation is rife with cheesy dialogue and one dimensional characters, and I just couldn't get into the story.
There were several plot twists, but you can usually tell when one is coming, and it's usually nothing too astonishing. It felt like a twist usually happened just as I was getting so bored I was considering giving up. Then there'd be a twist, my interest would be piqued again, and it would slowly wane until the next twist.
This book is similar to a lot of other classic sci fi I have read. Their premises are often quite good, but the standards for entertainment value back then were much lower. If you truly love reading classic sci fi, this might be a good book for you. It was far too dry for me.
The book is fantastic. The narration left a lot to be desired. I think Scott Brick was more interested in how his voice sounded than the tone of the book, which made differentiating characters difficult at times.