We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Foundation Audiobook

Foundation

Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (5329 )
5 star
 (2714)
4 star
 (1658)
3 star
 (705)
2 star
 (180)
1 star
 (72)
Overall
4.3 (4430 )
5 star
 (2436)
4 star
 (1223)
3 star
 (536)
2 star
 (161)
1 star
 (74)
Story
4.3 (4394 )
5 star
 (2269)
4 star
 (1414)
3 star
 (553)
2 star
 (114)
1 star
 (44)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-11-12
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-11-12 Member Since 2016

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

    HELPFUL VOTES
    300
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    209
    88
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    45
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Like remembering an old love"

    Having read this series long ago I was pleased to renew an acquaintance with an old love. This is a great series and this first book is performed flawlessly. The tale of science fiction that improves with age is rare. A wonderful book with a great narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Denise Sinnott 04-30-10 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Kevin R. Douglas 01-12-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it."

    I know that Asimov's work is considered classic, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alfonso Amat Capital Federal, Buenos Aires Argentina 01-08-17
    Alfonso Amat Capital Federal, Buenos Aires Argentina 01-08-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "beautiful compression of human history"

    Asimov understands human history and plays with it joyfully at the stars. Very well written and very well narrated. I enjoyed the entire journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tracy McMahon 01-07-17 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    143
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Simple"

    It's simple. You have to give it five stars, there could be no other rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    George 12-21-16
    George 12-21-16 Member Since 2002
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "wonderful"

    the story twists till the end in political Twist and turns. I am looking forward to future books in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Aaron Johnson 12-15-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    Overall
    "Great classic"

    Follow the rise of a new Roman empire, in space, with atom bombs, spaceships, microwaves, and galactic trade deals. I promise it is better than Phantom Menace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-15-16
    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-15-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    217
    50
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Will need to listen again to see what I am missing"

    I was fascinated by I, Robot and enjoy Scott Brick's readings. I, Robot defines AI and raises ethical and philosophical questions related to humanity and machines. I expected to find The Foundation equally interesting. While the start was compelling, somewhere about 2 hours into the story I felt I was listening to a repetitive conversation between a few leaders rather than a story line. I will be listening to this a second time to see what I missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shawn P 12-14-16
    Shawn P 12-14-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Asimov creates stories worth telling"

    I keep coming back to the Foundation and Asimov's other works, brilliant, deep and timeless

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    3/1/11
    Overall
    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom
    1/31/11
    Overall
    "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.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Carter
    Hastings, East Sussex United Kingdom
    9/29/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hugely frustrating, for such an epic book"

    I love this book. I read it as a child. So every glitch in the story telling is so frustrating! Scott Brick is great. His performance is brilliant. The characterization is gently and well delivered. So what is the problem?
    Edit faults? Glitches? Splicing errors? I don't know what they are but they are there. The first is at 58 seconds. The second at 1:24. Third at 1:41 and I stopped counting at chapter 5, 45 seconds in.
    If you can not let that effect your enjoyment, this will be a great listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/14/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Donald
    Braintree, United Kingdom
    8/6/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr SA Lambe
    7/5/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 4 people found this review helpful
  • the drumer
    Sussex. UKK
    6/24/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Ryan James Hodgetts
    1/5/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Astounding piece of political sci-fi"

    Great book, satisfying and intriquing with excellently written characters and events. Much more political than expected, this made the book all the more interesting. Top class narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo Lunt
    1/1/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fast moving Adventure"

    This is the first Asimov book I have listened to. The narration was spot on, and I would have listened to it in one sitting if I had had the time.

    It starts with an empire on the verge of crumbling, which is predicted by Harry Seldon and his team at the University and it describes brilliantly the twists and turns over time.

    Fully recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.