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Foundation | [Isaac Asimov]

Foundation

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.
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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.

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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    Erica United States 04-12-12
    Erica United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012

    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire

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    "Classic Story, Well Told"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    The narration is perfect for the story -- this isn't a hollywood-glitz-superbowl performance, nor is it a hootin-hollerin' story, but a calm, intriguing, fantastic story that is narrated just right.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It feels like a series of connected vignettes -- perfect for intermittent listening, but all with a space-opera twist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    While the entire book was good, my favourite chapter was The Encyclopedists, because we really see the trend of intelligence over might carry through. Also, I'm a huge fan of Salvor Hardin.


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    Eldon Snippet Las Vegas, NV, USA 04-10-12
    Eldon Snippet Las Vegas, NV, USA 04-10-12 Member Since 2011

    computer dude

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    "A True SciFi Classic"

    I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and "Foundation" along with "Foundation and Empire" and "Second Foundation" rank among the top, both as to the remarkable writing by Isaac Asimov, which stands up very well over half a century later, and the performance of the material by Scott Brick who does a remarkable job of bringing the characters to life.
    Scott does more than read; he creates a cast of characters that act with believable motivation.
    The three above mentioned books were all read by Scott and he is among the best of the vocal actors of today. Buy all three as I did and you will listen this remarkable trilogy of the collapse and rebirth of human society throughout the galaxy many times, as I will.
    It is not inconceivable that George Lucas found some inspiration here.

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    Vaughn BALTIMORE, MD, United States 04-06-12
    Vaughn BALTIMORE, MD, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic"

    A Classic story told by the Classiest Reader. Thoroughly enjoyed The Foundation Series so many years later.

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    Simon Warkworth, New Zealand 03-30-12
    Simon Warkworth, New Zealand 03-30-12
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    "Diappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I could have listened to it!


    What could Isaac Asimov have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    N/A


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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    Any additional comments?

    I still cannot listen to any of the downloads except by sitting at my desktop computer at which I work long hours and wish to get away from. I have three portable devices but appears they are not capable of playing the books. The files are transferred but they do not play.
    Also I have tried to cancel my subscription TWICE but withdrawals keep taking place and I have a big backlog of unread books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Asheville, NC, United States 03-23-12
    Walter Asheville, NC, United States 03-23-12
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    "A must read for all Asimov fans."
    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a great way to get into the Foundation series as it helps set the plot for the rest. I can't wait to listen to whole series.


    What other book might you compare Foundation to and why?

    Prelude to the Foundation because it gives the preliminary background to the Foundation series that helps you understand the rest of the boks.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick is fantastic. He knows how to capture the mood of a book. He reads in thoughts NOT just in words. I really wish he had recorded all of the Foundation series.

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    Danopower 03-19-12
    Danopower 03-19-12
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    "Asimov is the best"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    I haven't read Foundation since I was a teenager. But listening to it now as an adult, I enjoyed it even more


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't believe how young Isaac Asimov was when he worte this story. It is very intellectual, yet accesible to readers of almost every age.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. Whether he's reading Asimov or a thriller he always gets it right.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though Foundation is the first book in the series, I highly recommend reading Prelude to the Foundation first for backround information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bookoholics Anon 03-13-12 Listener Since 2009

    No Pink Ponies

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    "The Good Doctor Better Story Best Performance"

    I didn't appreciate The Foundation as much as Asimov's robot novels when I was a teen, but going back to this first novel of the series, I was impressed with Asimov once again and have to say, this book reads well out loud. And Scott Brick as always is the perfect narrator. His voice is always well modulated and his characterizations are subtle but distinct. I was sorry when it ended and had to listen all over again. GREAT classic sci-fi at its very best.

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    Norman Olive Branch, MS, United States 03-12-12
    Norman Olive Branch, MS, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm thinking that maybe the audio version of this has been rewritten, because it sounded like it was far ahead of where I was when I originally read the book. If I remembered correctly, the main character Harry had not put his theory to work yet. That was being develope as you go along in the book. Has something change, or do I remember the wrong book in the series


    Has Foundation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. This is the first sci fi series that I have read, & what got me to enjoy this genre


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He has alway been a brilliant performer in several different authors, so no problem here.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Story line did'nt match (what I thought) what I read in the book itself


    Any additional comments?

    I am still an Issac AAsimov fan, & will always be

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    June Moore Royal City, WA USA 03-12-12
    June Moore Royal City, WA USA 03-12-12 Member Since 2013

    I love reading and knitting, so listening to a good book while knitting is my idea of heaven.

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    "Memory trumped by time"
    What would have made Foundation better?

    Inclusion of female characters


    What was most disappointing about Isaac Asimov???s story?

    It just wasn't as good at 71 as I had thought at 16.
    Everyone was still smoking and reading newspapers.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I really don't have a suggestion.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing

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    Kristin Galvin-Burwick N. Chili, New York United States 03-12-12
    Kristin Galvin-Burwick N. Chili, New York United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A Bit Dry for My Taste"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm glad I listened as Foundation is foundation sci-fi. That said, I'm glad it was relatively short as I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy good hard sci-fi sometimes and this was somewhat fulfilling in that regard.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a usual Scott Brick performance. He's good and ubiquitous, but he is not among my favorite narrators.


    Do you think Foundation needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Foundation has many follow-up books.


    Any additional comments?

    The lack of women in the story is quite jarring.
    Lots and lots of politics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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