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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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    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 South Pasadena, CA, USA 04-30-10
    Denise South Pasadena, CA, USA 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.

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    David Wellman 08-17-15
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    "Classic novel, very good performance."

    Scott Brick is pretty awesome; my major complaint is that he narrates very slowly. Takes a while to get anywhere. Still, it beats the mile-a-minute Larry McKeever recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    junchen feng Chicago, IL, US 08-16-15
    junchen feng Chicago, IL, US 08-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "roman history reimagined"

    the book read like a history book and it makes the effort to construct details that look like historical record.

    the narrator is kind of plain. not much variation among characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. H. C. 08-14-15
    S. H. C. 08-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best book in the Foundation series by far."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation to be better than the print version?

    It depends on the listener/reader. The audiobook allows you to hear the pronunciations of difficult words (like names) without have to stumble through them; there are many strange names in the Foundation books. However, you lose out on a portion of the suspense of the story which is inherently related to the turning of physical pages in books.


    What other book might you compare Foundation to and why?

    In it's scope, I would compare it to Dune; both speak of the human society on a galactic scale and detail the intricate workings of governing bodies. Both books delve into the use of technology, trade, and religion as a means of control over populations of planets. And both allude to a greater story being told via quotes from fictional encyclopedias and books.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Mallow was my favorite; a great parallel to Seldon in many ways.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott does a fantastic job of narrating the Foundation series. This is ever more apparent to me after having listened to the god-awful narration of McKeever for "Forward the Foundation." Thankfully, as I understand it, Scott has narrated most of the Foundation books, so I have that to look forward to at least for "Foundation and Empire."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Scott Los Angeles, CA 08-14-15
    J. Scott Los Angeles, CA 08-14-15 Member Since 2012

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    "An undeniable classic."

    I almost didn't get this because of some of the negative opinions of the narrator, but I did and totally disagree with those opinions. I thing he did a great job. I only gave it 4 stars because there were some obviously bad editorial mistakes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan Mitchell 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    Scott Brick as always performs excellently while Asimov's story plays out really quite well this book really stands up to it's reputation as a sci fi classic

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    Saud 08-02-15
    Saud 08-02-15

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Big history sci-fi series"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "enigmatic and witty"

    loads of fun. a short adventure in a foreboding universe. it has a great deal to say about the role of great empires in the individual life and our responsibility to create a better future for those yet to see our world. my only qualm is that characters tend to carry a repetition, new names playing similar roles with similar beliefs.

    certainly a must read classic for modern mind.

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    JM 07-09-15
    JM 07-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story mediocre narration"

    The narrator's voice is pleasant but leaves much to be desired in terms of distinguishing between characters. Considering this story takes place over multiple generations with new characters, it's a serious impediment.

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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    3/1/11
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    "On Audible at last!"

    A brilliantly thought out book that was a pleasure to listen to. The story is ambitious in scale to say the least but Asimov is more than up to the task and creates a fascinating world in which to immerse the reader. The format is that of short stories encapsulated within the broader Galactic history. These stories drive the prophecy of Hari Sheldon with glacial inevitability - they are clever and the characters engaging and sharp in their depiction. I will definitely be finishing the trilogy. As always, Scott Brick does a great job of narrating this epic series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom
    1/31/11
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    "A great interpretation of Foundation"

    Foundation is clearly one of the best science fiction books ever written. Any audiobook interpretation of a good story can be compromised both by choice of reader and the addition of background music or sound effects. I have listened to both versions of Foundation offered by Audible narrated by Scott Brick and Jim Gallant. The Scott Brick interpretation completely outclasses the Jim Gallant version. To be fair, Scott Brick has the advantage of working with the unabridged book and he does a wonderful job - his narration is clear and his phrasing is good whereas Jim Gallant had to work with an abridged version padded by long periods of awful music. Anyone listening to this version of Asomov's greatest stories will, I am sure, not be disappointed.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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    "A strange experience"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is what it is!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    Yes, of course


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

    There aren't any characters - that's one of the problems with the book. But probably Hardin.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a strange experience. I remember loving this as a teenager, but this comes across rather poorly now. It's not the outmoded attitude towards technology - Asimov can't be blamed for that. It's just the stories. They are pretty dry - it's all very talk driven. Most of the characters are interchangeable, and there's barely a woman in the entire book.

    It's funny how attitudes change. That said, I'll still probably listen to the next one at some point. But not now - I need something with more dynamics!

    Oh, Scott Brick does a very decent job - particularly as the text is 80% dialogue!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Braintree, United Kingdom
    8/6/13
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    "A Classic Written By A Genius"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    I've read and re-read the Fountain books 'til the spines broke. As an introduction to Sci-Fi it still stands as a great epic. I love the thought processes of the characters, the ideas and plot twists.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation?

    When the true purpose of the Foundation is revealed and the extent Harry Seldon has planned becomes apparent.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I thought Scott Brick did very well in coping with a multitude of characters and did not let it become 'pantomime' in any way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every time there is a triumph of reason and thought over aggression and bullying - a point that is laboured throughout the Foundation Saga but still gets me every time.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/14/13
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    "A classic from a different age"

    Foundation is from a different age and it it feels it.
    It is no doubt a true classic and it is vasty influential, but I did find it difficult to like.
    One of the problems is that the story is all about the idea of a 1000 year plan to save civilisation, there are characters in the story, but they are difficult to tell apart.
    This is a basic problem with the story and nothing to do with the performance of the work, Scott Brick does a good job with material, but it is difficult to make such a work, interesting .
    The attitude towards technology and notably women also feels very dated.
    Having said all of this, I probably will try the next book in the series, since this was written as a single story, rather than as a series of linked short stories maybe that will work better?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "I wasn't sure when I chose it...."
    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Foundation is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased, its right at the top of the pile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have always been a fan of sci fi but I really enjoyed the low fantasy element. This led to a more plot and character driven story.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I wasn't sure about Scott Brick to start with although after a while I found his performance to be pleasant and clear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think its a lot of story to listen to in one go and found it better to break the story into parts to let me think about the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • the drumer
    Sussex. UKK
    6/24/13
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    "asimov at his best"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    For me the narrator seemed just to fit the part and his voice (Unlike many others) did not intrude into the story line


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation?

    Just griping from start to finish


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not yet


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This question seemes to paraphrase the question before last "What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation"? so I refer to that answer


    Any additional comments?

    Asimovs depth of story line and characters have such relevance and a great understanding of our own society. The Foundation Trilogy could be said to almost explain some of the theories of Karl Marxy. Any one who reads the Foundation should without doubt get the rest of the Trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D
    Winterbourne, South Glos., United Kingdom
    1/13/11
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    "Fantastic future history on a galaxy-wide scale"

    The definitive sci-fi, a history of the far future, with a scope across the whole galaxy, but almost contemporary in the politics and dreams of the frontier. This and the two sequels must be read - by sci-fi, but also by politics and philosophy students alike.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • craig
    2/25/15
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    "forced to comment because of annoying app"

    I liked it it was good. now stop with the pop ups please every time I launch the android app

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nickolai_V
    2/15/15
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    "Very good! Few comments below."

    The narrator tries to vary the voice between characters, but sometimes it's hard to tell who is who. And sometimes it feels like the speech has been cut off and you're not sure whether intentionally or glitch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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