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Foundation Audiobook

Foundation

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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.

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):

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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    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 2014
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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 Sinnott 04-30-10 Member Since 2013
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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.

    24 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    John 06-23-16
    John 06-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "GREAT!"

    this book is the best sci-fi novel I have ever read. these are extra words to meet the 20 word minimum

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    Azat Sultanov Moscow 06-19-16
    Azat Sultanov Moscow 06-19-16
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    A bit too much political for my taste. Also what I didnt like is the fact that it cinsists of three stories with different characters. Things progress too quickly. Next chapter is 80 years ahead and I didn't get that first.

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    Adam Smith Prairieville, LA 06-14-16
    Adam Smith Prairieville, LA 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sets the stage for the rest of the series"

    I enjoyed this book, but really not as much as the robot series. I think the problem is the time scale and the lack of identification with the characters. While I do appreciate the brilliance of Seldon, I still felt emotionally distant from the characters. The drama of the book is in the political sphere. With great foersight, the foundation will last well into the future. It was interesting merely in the political sense, and in the historical sense.

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    RMac89 06-13-16
    RMac89 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A good read"

    Isaac Asimov is an author that was recommended to me by my mentor and great family friend. I enjoyed listening to this book because of the outstanding way it was written.

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    Amazon Customer Detroit, Michigan 05-14-16
    Amazon Customer Detroit, Michigan 05-14-16
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    "Starts well but falls into a shallow cycle"

    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?).

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    Vic VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK, US 05-14-16
    Vic VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK, US 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hit go back button many times"

    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.

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    J. Obleton Augusta, GA 05-07-16
    J. Obleton Augusta, GA 05-07-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Must-Read/Listen for Sy-Fi Fans"

    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.

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    mermaid 05-06-16
    mermaid 05-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    Excellent book. A fun frolic about the inevitability of change. The voice actor was a perfect choice! I absolutely fell in love with his voice.

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