A bit too much political for my taste. Also what I didnt like is the fact that it cinsists of three stories with different characters. Things progress too quickly. Next chapter is 80 years ahead and I didn't get that first.
I enjoyed this book, but really not as much as the robot series. I think the problem is the time scale and the lack of identification with the characters. While I do appreciate the brilliance of Seldon, I still felt emotionally distant from the characters. The drama of the book is in the political sphere. With great foersight, the foundation will last well into the future. It was interesting merely in the political sense, and in the historical sense.
Maybe three cycles of internal and external conflict points is too many to properly establish enough context to avoid having each be resolved with "Oh but wait, I've been ready for this all along. Have a listen to these secret plans I made off stage that resolve the issues without much trouble at all." Scott Brick is great though, could read the phone book well (do those still exist?).
I listened to Prelude first and liked it very much. I had some difficulty following the Foundation story and needed to go back often. I plan to actually read the book and then listen again. I like to read a series.
We all know if Asimov's ability to imaging worlds and futures and peoples and then express his imagination in the written word.
This is a must-read/listen.
I've been interested in the reading the Foundation Series for a long time. However, after finishing the 1st book I came away disappointed. It's an interesting concept to track and influence an empire across a millennium, but it results in a detachment for the reader. Just as I became invested in a character or storyline a time jump would occur and I'd be back at square one. I'd equate it more to reading and anthology series more than anything else. About halfway through the book I realized I just didn't care anymore. Finished for the sake of finishing, but I have no intention of continuing the series.
A "foundational" contribution to the sci-fi genre, Asimov's series-opener is as enjoyable now as it was when it first appeared nearly seventy years ago. Nearlyvall subsequent sci-fi work featuring a galactic empire is in one way or another influenced by Asimov.