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Foundation Audiobook

Foundation

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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

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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.

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    Denise Sinnott 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.

    24 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Brighton, UK 08-14-16
    Amazon Customer Brighton, UK 08-14-16 Member Since 2011

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    "It was a classic but..."

    Time has not been kind to this story. Dull, stilted, uninspiring... Back in the day this was epic futurism but now if is kinda silly and bland...

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    Paz 08-12-16
    Paz 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Something different"

    Instead of developing character, Asimov develops world history. The politics are intriguing and commentary, insightful.

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    Hilary 08-12-16
    Hilary 08-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book and reader but..."

    The reader has a great voice and does well enough delivering the material. Asimov doesn't always clarify who is talking in long conversations. This coupled with the reader not doing any different voices for any of the characters makes it a little confusing at times. Still a good listen but had to dock the score.

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    Logan79 08-10-16
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    "Wow"

    what a Visionary novel, the concept of this is superb. I am excited to see what the further additions of this world will reveal.

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    Scott S 08-10-16
    Scott S 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh."

    Hard to separate the performance from the story, but I think both are culpable. Many times I could not avoid listening to how the dialogue was read and thinking "I don't think that's how it was meant". The story is disjoint, by the time characters are somewhat established, it's on to the next generation. I also could not buy some of the key sci-fi based concepts. I feel you shouldn't have to suspend disbelief in a sci-fi book, that is for Hollywood drivel. In summary, I hope the sequel is better.

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    Thearse 07-30-16
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    "Asimov and Brick, a perfect combo!"

    I love listening to Scott Brick! Scott Brick and a great Asimov story too boot ... I am in heaven! The story moves quickly so pay attention or you'll be replaying repeatedly.

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    John G Bailey Bettendorf, IA, US 07-30-16
    John G Bailey Bettendorf, IA, US 07-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "read it before, Listening made it totally new!"

    Scott brick made the book fantastic.and worth the time to enjoy its majesty once again

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    Justin 07-29-16
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    "Dickens in Space"

    a long-burning work of massive scale. Character development falls short, but universe-building is strong. uniquely, the development is of time, not of details.

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