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.
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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.
This is one of the first SciFi stories I read as a youth. It did me good to revisit the ethics and ideology of a long ago species. There is no 'me' that succeeds in this story. The good of the all overhauls the collective good of the individuals.
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