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.
Listening to Foundation is like watching Twilight Zone on Netflix. They're classics told in a mid-century style, but feature themes & characters that are still relevant.
Excellent, book, great voice actor, mediocre recording. I had to completely dump the treble on my eq to keep the voice from hurting my ears. That said it a better recording than most audio books. The actor was good but i got confused in some of the conversations because he would mix the characters voices sometimes.
Foundations is a pretty fascinating political saga taking place in the far future amongst the many planets of a single galaxy. In general, I find the themes of different sci-fi stories ending up somewhere on a scale between a focus on the intricacies of a fantastical or futuristic world, and a focus on the human interactions and politics that take place in that fictional world. Foundations definitely leans more thirds the latter. In a very fascinating way though. It takes place over hundreds of years with some pretty long term and far reaching concepts. Just know that you'll be witnessing more clever maneuvering of power during grandiose historic events rather than mind blowing futuristic technology or concepts.
Not really. The story just didn't engage after the first couple of hours.
The beginning is fairly interesting, the idea of predicting the fall of the empire and establishing an outpost at the edge of civilization to bring back it's return was intriguing. As well as the idea that psychoanalytics could predict the broad outlines of human behavior and therefor chart a general course (but this didn't play out in how things actually happened, it turned out a very narrow course was needed)The idea that psychoanalytics can be so precise in determining the future was hard to swallow (even when you suspend belief), particularly when the future, in the story, was driven not by major historical trends but by the anachronistic actions of a few individuals. That combined with the rather rough view of people and religion, that suddenly you just wave a new religion in front of people backed by a handful of gadget and everyone becomes the most blind fanatical adherents.
He was okay, sometimes overly dramatic. Towards the end of the book I was tired of hearing him. FYI, I'm usually not too picky on narrators.
Only in that I finally know what it's about, which is unfortunate, I've been wanting to read this book since I was in high school twenty years ago.
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.
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