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Foundation | [Isaac Asimov]

Foundation

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.
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For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun or fight them and be destroyed.

Listen to all of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, including (in chronological order):

Prelude to Foundation
Forward the Foundation
Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation's Edge
Foundation and Earth

©1982 Isaac Asimov (P)2010 Random House

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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Hard to suspend belief"

    I love Isaac Asimov’s ideas, but I just couldn’t suspend disbelief for the plot of this famous novel. The premise is that Hari Seldon, a psychohistorian, has calculated the course of history and made preparations for preserving humanity on a distant planet. I think it’s the psychologist in me that just can’t get past this premise. There’s no way that history can be predicted — there are just too many factors. Another issue I have with Asimov, and it’s so blatantly displayed here, is that though he could imagine all sorts of futuristic technology and possible histories, he didn’t seem to be able to imagine that someday women might find their way out of their kitchens and bedrooms.

    As always, Scott Brick gives a nice performance.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 11-27-12
    Professor 11-27-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "PSYCHOHISTORY"

    I was Six when I read it, the next day I committed to my first trip to local library.

    Try to guess which book I was looking for?

    I was looking for "Encyclopedia Galactica"
    Years have passed and I still have memories of Hari Seldon and Galactic Empire, the story of rise and fall of great civilization evolution and changes in human mind.
    The story of Foundation is a science fiction epic which deserves to be read or listened with new voice of Scott Brick

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    D&G 09-11-13
    D&G 09-11-13
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    "can't stand the sing-song sighing narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i regret having purchased this audiobook...i listened to the preview and though i didn't like the narration i was so interested in this classic work that i thought i could overlook it. i was wrong. Brick is one of those narrators constantly inserting himself and his style into the reading so obtrusively that it is distracting. he has a sing-song cadence, and a kind of vague sighing style that is hugely irritating, and gets more so with time. almost like he is relating something with an ongoing sense of vague regret and superciliousness.

    i finally got to the point, after only a short while, that i just couldn't stand it any more and decided to read the book instead. i with there were other readings of this series as i would very much enjoy listening to it, but not with this narrator.

    obviously, this is a highly subjective judgment and others may enjoy the reading. but listen closely to the sample and if you find yourself finding the reading a bit intrusive, just know that that sense is likely to grow, not diminsh, as you listen to the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    simon vance would have been good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 02-12-12
    Sandy 02-12-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "OK.This is a classic."

    As I personally do not enjoy Scott Brick as a narrator, I downloaded this through an Audible Sale. Redardless, the story still holds up as a classic. This is for me another 'great' that I read ages ago, and hearing it read is a little like a lazy read.
    I am still listening, and as the Sale is still on I wanted to let others know this is great story. I think what holds up is a view that humanity's development is slow indeed. With so much going on at the moment in research into Global Conciousness and the effectiveness of group meditations, this is a story that is worth hearing. Well for those who not yet read or heard of Foundation.... Think along lines of who is best served by manipulating belief systems, and put that against great Research that is being done.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 11-11-10
    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Marvelous"

    Foundation series was my favorite reading of childhood, I have read it many time. Just wanted to check if I would enjoy listening. Yes, it was fun to listen. But I feel that I would not understand some sophisticated details if I would not knew almost by heart what would be next, I believe that for the best result, this book should be read and listened to.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ladd lyons, CO, USA 06-19-10
    Ladd lyons, CO, USA 06-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book, poor production"

    Great book, Scott Brick is excellent, Production or editing was poor. Drop outs and repeated sentences almost ruined it for me

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    Joel D Offenberg 07-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Classic but flawed"

    Asimov's Foundation series, based on the ideas from the "Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire," starts with a 12,000 year-old Galactic Empire. The great Hari Selden has mathematically proven that the Empire will soon fall and a 30-millennium Dark Age will follow, but Selden's Foundation can shorten that time by a factor of 30.

    This is the story of the formation and first few centuries of Hari Selden's plan, showing the transition of the Foundation from an academic encyclopedia foundation to (cynical) religious leadership to commercial empire. All is well with Selden's plan.

    The Foundation trilogy is a bit dry, and the characters are quite one-dimensional and cartoonish. It may be more enjoyable if you think of it as a history book from the distant future rather than an adventure story. The envisioned technology was typical for the 1940's (computing your course across the galaxy with a slide-rule), but seems rather quaint now. One other complaint: Asimov got pretty wordy in places, to the detriment of the story.

    I like Scott Brick as a narrator and he does a pretty good job with this.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-11-12
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-11-12 Member Since 2008

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Like remembering an old love"

    Having read this series long ago I was pleased to renew an acquaintance with an old love. This is a great series and this first book is performed flawlessly. The tale of science fiction that improves with age is rare. A wonderful book with a great narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron T BIgler MOUNTAIN HOME A F B, IDAHO, US 12-08-11
    Aaron T BIgler MOUNTAIN HOME A F B, IDAHO, US 12-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "No narrative thread"

    It's extremely hard to follow this story. There are tons of jumps in time with no explanation as to why we went to whatever time it is. The characters are all forgettable. There is no firm ground for you as a reader to explore this world. Way to much happening with no common theme or character to hold it all together. Interesting concepts but not executed brilliantly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise South Pasadena, CA, USA 04-30-10
    Denise South Pasadena, CA, USA 04-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Different guy, same voice"

    It was hard to sort out all the various characters (almost all are male),since the narrator does not modulate his voice enough...so it made for a tough listen.

    19 of 35 people found this review helpful
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