The book is very broad and sweeping in its subject and spans a great expanse of time. It is interesting to see the ideas of creation and control played out across the rise and fall of religious power - leading to economic.
I'm quite interested to see where the second and third books of the trilogy take me.
Incredible story! my only complaint is sometimes it was hard to tell who was who bc the voice acting between characters towards the end of the novel were really similar
Maybe I am spoiled by Orson Scott Card but I experienced Foundation as outdated and at times annoying. For me, I think it was the overuse of colloquialisms, such as "by space!"
Also, the only character I even remotely connected with, Gaal Dornick, disappears after the first few chapters as time is fast forwarded to future events and characters, which I find myself not caring too much about.
Finally, the story didn't resonate with me. Maybe that means I am not a true sci-fi fan. I thought I was but this novel didn't do it for me.
Time has not been kind to this story. Dull, stilted, uninspiring... Back in the day this was epic futurism but now if is kinda silly and bland...
The reader has a great voice and does well enough delivering the material. Asimov doesn't always clarify who is talking in long conversations. This coupled with the reader not doing any different voices for any of the characters makes it a little confusing at times. Still a good listen but had to dock the score.
Hard to separate the performance from the story, but I think both are culpable. Many times I could not avoid listening to how the dialogue was read and thinking "I don't think that's how it was meant". The story is disjoint, by the time characters are somewhat established, it's on to the next generation. I also could not buy some of the key sci-fi based concepts. I feel you shouldn't have to suspend disbelief in a sci-fi book, that is for Hollywood drivel. In summary, I hope the sequel is better.
I love listening to Scott Brick! Scott Brick and a great Asimov story too boot ... I am in heaven! The story moves quickly so pay attention or you'll be replaying repeatedly.