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.
Anyone who likes science fiction has to read (or listen to) The Foundation Trilogy--once at a minimum. I read it twice, decades ago; don't have much time for reading now; but drive a lot, so decided to listen to it.
It's fast-paced, rich with plot, and well-structured. Character development is entirely through words & deeds; there are no lengthy paragraphs of description.
Scott Brick is the narrator. He also did the version of Atlas Shrugged that I listened to. He's pretty good. His style allows the listener to realize that there were some similarities in Asimov's and Rand's styles.
For anyone who doesn't have the time to read the book, I unhesitatingly recommend this audiobook.
A very good book, obviously dated comparing how the intervening future did play out, but an intriguing look at politics of the future and the shaping of history by not few, but many.
I expected so much from Foundation and was seriously disappointed. I found the first part quite promising but got bored stiff midway through the third one. It's all about wise old men meeting and deciding about the fate of their cities and empires and not much is happening. I know I should carry on reading and then move on to the other Foundation books but I was really put off by this one.
Scott Brick is a great reader.
Interesting view on interstate relations and powerplay. Gives, in a way, an insight into how colonialism works.
Excellent conversations about political manoeuvring
Not always – the chapters about the traders was especially difficult sometimes
"The book is always better"
Starts off with a man being accused of treason after predicting the end of society, a society of a quintillion people covering 25 million planets. There is supposed to be a huge galactic battle and these 2 planets writing the encyclopedia galactica are supposed to save everyone from 30,000 years of barbarism. Instead everyone sits around, smoking cigars discussing the end and how they can't change what is inevitable.
If you love period pieces with no action, no twists and tons of dialogue then this is for you. If you love sci-fi for space exploration, aliens, technology and space battles then look elsewhere.
I, Robot was amazing, Foundation was really boring, I won't be getting the other parts.