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):
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The status of this book as one of the classics in SF had me expecting something brilliant, but I found it rather average. Maybe it improves in part two or three, but I'm not in a hurry to find out.
Also, how could anyone write SF where every woman in the entire galaxy is a housewife? The only named female in the book is a stereotypical whiny "high maintenance" wife.
The story of course is excellent. Typical Asimov.
The performance is good except that there are several gaps where content from the original recording is missing and it just skips.
Yes, because I love the series and this is an essential part of it.
Same reason as above.
This book was originally written as a series of short stories. As a result, at times it is challenging to keep track of changing characters. However, it is worthwhile, since the series is fabulous.
I prefer to read books but audio books are a new found love of mine. Can't beat Asimov and I would likely listen to anything narrated by Scott Brick. With audio books, the narrator makes all the difference.
I liked the depiction of the setting and the idea of the plot, it was interesting to read of interplanetary civilizations. For a fictional book there were a lot of politics. Reading chapter after chapter of fictional politics was the downfall for me.
More action and story telling. He set up every character way too much.
The first 3 chapters are cool. You really have to want to stick with it.
Not for me.
I love Asimov's stories. They're thought provoking and deep.
Foundation sets up this immersive world, and sequence of events that carries into several books. The thought that all of it can be figured out by statistics is interesting.
I have listened to other books that have been narrated by Scott Brick. This one fell short. He doesn't give enough difference between characters to really be able to tell what is going on. I found myself backing up several times to catch different dialogs between characters.
I fell into a classic trap with this one. I am a big fan of Asimov, but I've listened to more than my fill of Scott Brick. I convinced myself that I wouldn't mind hearing Scott's over exposed voice in order to enjoy a classic Asimov tale. I stand correct. Scott's a fine narrator, but he's just done too many.
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We were listening to this in the car, my 20-year-old son was astonished that these stories were started before the nuclear age had really dawned. It's space opera of course but Asimov was one of the greatest storytellers of all time, and the books ave not dated as badly as some Heinlein and most of Smith - the story itself remains compelling and the science fails do not grate.
I just like his style. The rhythm he sets when he reads makes the story all the more engrossing.
The story was a political idea that hid behind a sci-fi story
I just tried a sci-fi novel to break up my other reading. I saw this book was highly reviewed. What a mistake.
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