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.
Listen to all of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, including (in chronological order):
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The detail and thoughtfulness of the world Asimov creates its staggering. It makes you think. And it's hugely entertaining. I downloaded the other books in the trilogy immediately.
I loved the Foundation when I read it many years ago and wanted to get a refresher by listening to it as an audio book. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much as I don't feel that the story matched my listening style, which is in 30 minute chunks. Because the storyline is composed of many fragments (different times and characters) I found myself getting lost between listening sessions of where I was in the story and what was going on.
I read this book twice and honestly this production gave me more than either reading. brick does a fantastic job narrating and voice acting a book that would be very challenging given the disjoint nature of the saga with a variety of settings (both spatial and temporal). there are aspects of the book, such as the encyclopedia references, that I expected would have been challenging to do in audio but he was able to tackle the challenge of narrating the encyclopedia, narrative, and dialogue aspects seamlessly. I highly recommend this audible to both fans of the story who have already read it as well as those new and unfamiliar with one I'd the most important and compelling works of classic science fiction; a book that is the beginning yet simultaneously the climax of Asimov's overarching tale spanning the future of mankind from its first steps into space colonization through its collapse and reemergence.
The story really was fantastic. I'll be the first to admit that it started slowly and I was wondering what I had gotten myself into at the beginning but once it picked up it was a truly fun ride with plenty of clever twists. Absolutely worth reading and the narration by Scott Brick was very well done.
I read it in grade school and loved it. I decided to buy the audio books and relive the series. I've heard so many books read by Scott Brick now that this one was all that more familiar due to his consistently great performances
Classic sci-if, overly bombastic reading that feels incredibly one note after an hour and makes it blend together too much. The last half sounded like nothing but shouting matches.
Folks who enjoy stories for their historical sake, and who are not really in it for a challenge.
There were several other points where material was missing from the recording. I listened to the beginning three times, and heard each time "...when he was 2 [...] Encyclopedia Galactica". The reading was also overly melodramatic to the point of a major turnoff. I guess I just don't read each sentence like every event was the end of the world throughout an entire book. All of the "twists" were made less important sounding because the whole reading was in the melodramatic mode. It was just over-the-top for me.
I'm sure it was groundbreaking for its day.
Asimov's English correctness was disturbing for something that was so conversational. The sanitized, quaint 1950's-style lingo was only made more difficult to listen to by his proper use of "to whom" and the "may I be" and "that it be" subjunctive case anywhere he could. Proper English has its place, but I found its use here out of place and unconversational.
As popular as the Foundation series is, I really expected to be excited by this book. But it's just a series of stories of someone being clever politically.
There's no character development. The protagonists throughout are uniquely insightful in their societies and maneuver expertly. And so they succeed in their plots to gain power and steer the Foundation to greater prominence. All of this in spite of the inertia of the reigning leadership.
Just not a story, or four stories, that were especially enthralling. Entertaining enough I suppose. Kept me busy for the few hours it took me to read.
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