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.
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.