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.
Please note: The text of this book includes some passages that begin or end in mid-sentence. This is intentional by the author.
Listen to all of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, including (in chronological order):
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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.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
The idea of having a story where no individual character survives from beginning to end, but instead we follow generations as they pave their way and deal with what the previous generations did. I'm surprised I didn't get to this series before.
Don't get attached to characters any more than you would reading a history book. They come and go suddenly, and some are barely mentioned after they pass away.
This book is in the middle of the road for me.
On the one hand I am intrigued by the premises of the book to map out the course of history over 1,000 years to try to shorten the suffering of mankind after the collapse of the Empire.
The other side of it, that it has to describe 1,000 years of history in 7 books and around 150 years in this first volume. Because of that, the book feels like you are constantly pressing the fast forward button only seeing bits and pieces of the story, just focusing on 3 people for very brief moments of their lives.
Also, the book shows it's age and feels just plain outdated at times.
It is a story that has many elements we could learn from today.
the background music was distracting, the narrative was ABRIDGED as I have read the book itself many times and a lot was left out of the narrative.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Great! Scott does a fantastic job reading a Sci-Fi classic. I read this book in my early teens and have loved it ever since. Just listened for the first time and it is a very good rendition.
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Seems like every Science Fiction novel I read that was written in the 1960???s or 1970???s they seem to substitute story for social and philosophical issues. Foundation is no different, while this book has a very interesting take on a shifting society; I found the story and the characters very flat. While I didn???t like this aspect of the book there fast paced; rise of the foundation was really great. Don???t read this for the story; read this book for an interesting social aspects and the effects change has on mankind.
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.
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.
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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.
Trust me. Just listen. The review needs at least 20 words. I personally don't agree.
"Not performed very well."
After having just finished listening to the Iain Banks culture series read by Peter Kenny, I found the performance here hard going. In addition there are glitches in it. All in all a low budget production of a great book. Shame.
"Classic book, excellent reading."
Glad I tfound this reading of Foundation. I never got around to reading it, thankfully it did not disappoint! Scott Brick's performance was perfect.
I have read and listened to this entire series more times than I can count, and this first book is still brilliant every time!
Brilliant - can't wait to get to vol 2.
I couldn't help but notice several resonances to todays situation. I know it's supposed to be based on Gibbon's Decline & Fall and i spent a quite enjoyable time working out the connections! However just a few days listening to the news and the rhetoric from some of our world leaders (sic) convinced me that there is nothing new under the sun.
Perhaps we are heading for a 'Seldon crisis'!
"Astounding piece of political sci-fi"
Great book, satisfying and intriquing with excellently written characters and events. Much more political than expected, this made the book all the more interesting. Top class narration.
"Fast moving Adventure"
This is the first Asimov book I have listened to. The narration was spot on, and I would have listened to it in one sitting if I had had the time.
It starts with an empire on the verge of crumbling, which is predicted by Harry Seldon and his team at the University and it describes brilliantly the twists and turns over time.
great book and story. ends a bit abruptly. but I think that is a result of being half of a collection of existing storys. great narration. big fan of Scott Brick.
"Good story spoiled by outdated predictions of the future"
Asimov knew nothing of the Internet and the pervasiveness of computers in society now and it's likely impact in the future
Technology in the story is seen through the lens of the 50s nuclear age where people smoke and expect women to be tied to the kitchen.
Hard to ignore these aspects of the storyline but the political intrigue kept me going to the end
"Classic Sci-fi but the short story format can be hard to follow"
Truly a classic of the genre. A story that manages to be both grandiose and intricate.
The audio format doesn't lend itself too well however. The change of sections can be jarring and the book does not ease the reader into newly introduced characters. Once it gets going I found it gripping though.
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