I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I like Asimov, especially The End of Eternity, The Gods Themselves, Nightfall, The Positronic Man and The Ugly Little Boy, but it don't matter what order you read the Foundation books, they all suck. With the exception maybe of Forward the Foundation.
The whole concept of figuring out how an Empire is going to fall or rise through Math is a fantastic concept. The problem is that when Asimov writes about it, he puts you to sleep. These books started out as short stories and that is how they should have stayed.
I read this years ago, loved the ending, but remembered the book as being boring. Thinking I was not a good Science Fiction Person if I didn't love Foundation, I bought and tried to listen to this again. It was still boring and I only made it through the first 26 chapters.
You should expect a book to either inform, entertain or take you to another world, this will take you to another world: Dream Land.
I am not normally a Scott Brick fan, but this book is suited to him and I am not saying that because I think it was boring, I believe he reads it like Asimov wrote it.
Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!
I read this book about twenty years ago and remembered how much I enjoyed it. Thankfully for me my memory is a bit faded and I was able to enjoy Asimov's amazing prose once again as if it were brand new. A couple of things are different now. In the 21st century, with instant texting and cellphones everywhere I found it rather amusing that the citizens of Trantor had not gotten very far with their communication devices, or their travel options. In 1988 we were just getting our teeth sharpened on personal computers -- to have a "286" was top of the line, and only text pilots and geeks were on the world wide web. AOL was not even born yet and dial-up was the way to go and SO expensive. Who knew that technology would leap so far so fast!
So, tongue in cheek, I retread Hari Seldon's path as he postulated his theory of psychohistory, so much more enjoyable with Scott Brick's spot-on narration. As the story unfolded I had a germ of remembrance about the ending which I shoved to the back of my mind as I listened happily to Hari and Dors' travel experiences. In the end it was as I suspected and so utterly perfectly delivered I enjoyed it thoroughly again.
This was a perfect listen. I am ready now to re-experience the rest of the Foundation series. I hope that Scott Brick will be my storyteller.
I had gone through the Foundation series as written and at this point the series was getting to be more of the same
The most interesting part of the book was how Assimov created different societies on the same planet. Most sci-fi books have the occupants of an alien world as one grand unified society, whereas Assimov makes Trantor more like Earth. Several different "sectors", basically countries, with different beliefs, values, ethnic traits, etc.
Yes but only as part of the series
This is part of a series that can be a short (Foundation) series, or a much longer one if you start at I Robot.
Nothing, it's just easier to find time to listen than to read