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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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.
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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