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):
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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
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.
It feels like a series of connected vignettes -- perfect for intermittent listening, but all with a space-opera twist.
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.
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.
A Classic story told by the Classiest Reader. Thoroughly enjoyed The Foundation Series so many years later.
If I could have listened to it!
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.
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.
Prelude to the Foundation because it gives the preliminary background to the Foundation series that helps you understand the rest of the boks.
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.
I haven't read Foundation since I was a teenager. But listening to it now as an adult, I enjoyed it even more
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.
Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. Whether he's reading Asimov or a thriller he always gets it right.
Even though Foundation is the first book in the series, I highly recommend reading Prelude to the Foundation first for backround information.
No Pink Ponies
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.
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
Not at all. This is the first sci fi series that I have read, & what got me to enjoy this genre
He has alway been a brilliant performer in several different authors, so no problem here.
Story line did'nt match (what I thought) what I read in the book itself
I am still an Issac AAsimov fan, & will always be
I love reading and knitting, so listening to a good book while knitting is my idea of heaven.
Inclusion of female characters
It just wasn't as good at 71 as I had thought at 16.
Everyone was still smoking and reading newspapers.
I really don't have a suggestion.
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.
I enjoy good hard sci-fi sometimes and this was somewhat fulfilling in that regard.
This was a usual Scott Brick performance. He's good and ubiquitous, but he is not among my favorite narrators.
Foundation has many follow-up books.
The lack of women in the story is quite jarring.
Lots and lots of politics.
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