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.
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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.
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.
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.
This is one of the first SciFi stories I read as a youth. It did me good to revisit the ethics and ideology of a long ago species. There is no 'me' that succeeds in this story. The good of the all overhauls the collective good of the individuals.
The detail and thoughtfulness of the world Asimov creates its staggering. It makes you think. And it's hugely entertaining. I downloaded the other books in the trilogy immediately.
I loved the Foundation when I read it many years ago and wanted to get a refresher by listening to it as an audio book. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much as I don't feel that the story matched my listening style, which is in 30 minute chunks. Because the storyline is composed of many fragments (different times and characters) I found myself getting lost between listening sessions of where I was in the story and what was going on.
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