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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mallow was my favorite; a great parallel to Seldon in many ways.
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."
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.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"A strange experience"
It is what it is!
Yes, of course
There aren't any characters - that's one of the problems with the book. But probably Hardin.
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!
"A Classic Written By A Genius"
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.
When the true purpose of the Foundation is revealed and the extent Harry Seldon has planned becomes apparent.
I thought Scott Brick did very well in coping with a multitude of characters and did not let it become 'pantomime' in any way.
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.
"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?
"I wasn't sure when I chose it...."
Foundation is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased, its right at the top of the pile.
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.
I wasn't sure about Scott Brick to start with although after a while I found his performance to be pleasant and clear.
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.
"asimov at his best"
For me the narrator seemed just to fit the part and his voice (Unlike many others) did not intrude into the story line
Just griping from start to finish
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
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
"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.
"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
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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.
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