This was entertaining but noticeably dated. While the storyline was certainly brilliant when Asimov wrote it (1950s?), technology has changed to the point that older Sci Fi can feel dated.
Despite the author's reputation, it took me months to finish this book and only because of a dedicated effort did I decide to listen to the whole book. This trilogy is the story of civilization in it's nadir, jumping from crisis to crisis, with it's highlight another empire in 1000 years? Why an empire? One wonders that other forms of human government may be a better goal. I guess that will become evident in book 3 but I don't know if I'll get there.
I had shied away from "classic" sci-fi, and I have no idea why, this book was one of the best I have read, as well as the heart of the series being very good.
Work in IT for a county office of education. love scifi and alternative history
I tried to read it growing up and it couldn't keep my interest and now that I am older I tried the audio book and discovered WHY!! The sentence structure is almost that of a young reader, and I found the short, choppy sentences to be annoying and bothersome.
If this is the "cornerstone" of scifi, no, I will read David Weber or Elizabeth Moon.
Don't really have much to compare it to, the story is much more than most authors attempt.
I loved this book, can't wait to get to the rest of the series!
No, didn't like the narrator
Great to hear Asimov again 30 years after first reading. The work holds up.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
The ultimate SF Classic. I loved Dune (the Audible version is spectacular), but the Foundation Series in my opinion, is the greatest SF Series ever. The basic tenets that Asimov describes and the arch of history he creates form the basis for a myriad of other SF novels and stories. His notion of psycho-history is so unique and interesting that it will keep you enthralled over the course of the series.
Within the genre I would say the Dune series. Equally great, but Herbert and Asimov are just different writers.
I think Scott is the best narrator on Audible. I don't know why but he does a great job without over-acting, he brings the right tone to the reading.
No particular moment, the sweep of this novel is enormous and will make you want to know more about this universe
If you love SF you have to read/listen to this novel. If its been awhile since you read it, you should revisit it. You will not be disappointed and in fact I would suggest you will enjoy it more! It is just a great production. Kudos to Audible and Scott Brick.
Much more enjoyable than actually reading the book. I read the first three books of the series as a young adult and they are all still highly enjoyable.
This is classic Asimov and really enjoyed the narration by Scott Brick...I plan on listening to it again soon...
Advid audio book listener, I am a slow reader but I burn through audio books like wildfire.
A Sci Fi classic that must be read by anyone who likes of world galactic adventures.