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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Noora 11-21-14
    Noora 11-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as fabulous as I had expected"

    The status of this book as one of the classics in SF had me expecting something brilliant, but I found it rather average. Maybe it improves in part two or three, but I'm not in a hurry to find out.

    Also, how could anyone write SF where every woman in the entire galaxy is a housewife? The only named female in the book is a stereotypical whiny "high maintenance" wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Herbert 11-10-14
    Herbert 11-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good except for the gaps"

    The story of course is excellent. Typical Asimov.

    The performance is good except that there are several gaps where content from the original recording is missing and it just skips.

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    Elizabeth Portsmouth, RI, United States 11-02-14
    Elizabeth Portsmouth, RI, United States 11-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Least Favorite of a Great Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I love the series and this is an essential part of it.


    Would you recommend Foundation to your friends? Why or why not?

    Same reason as above.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was originally written as a series of short stories. As a result, at times it is challenging to keep track of changing characters. However, it is worthwhile, since the series is fabulous.

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    Daniel 08-11-14
    Daniel 08-11-14
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    "Great book and great narrator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation to be better than the print version?

    I prefer to read books but audio books are a new found love of mine. Can't beat Asimov and I would likely listen to anything narrated by Scott Brick. With audio books, the narrator makes all the difference.


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    jay 08-07-14
    jay 08-07-14
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    "Lots of politics. Just wasn't my type."
    What did you like best about Foundation? What did you like least?

    I liked the depiction of the setting and the idea of the plot, it was interesting to read of interplanetary civilizations. For a fictional book there were a lot of politics. Reading chapter after chapter of fictional politics was the downfall for me.


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

    More action and story telling. He set up every character way too much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first 3 chapters are cool. You really have to want to stick with it.


    Was Foundation worth the listening time?

    Not for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rai X 08-04-14
    Rai X 08-04-14
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    "Not Scott Brick's best"
    What did you like best about Foundation? What did you like least?

    I love Asimov's stories. They're thought provoking and deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Foundation sets up this immersive world, and sequence of events that carries into several books. The thought that all of it can be figured out by statistics is interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    I have listened to other books that have been narrated by Scott Brick. This one fell short. He doesn't give enough difference between characters to really be able to tell what is going on. I found myself backing up several times to catch different dialogs between characters.


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    Neil Lockhart 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enough Brick"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Scott Brick?

    I fell into a classic trap with this one. I am a big fan of Asimov, but I've listened to more than my fill of Scott Brick. I convinced myself that I wouldn't mind hearing Scott's over exposed voice in order to enjoy a classic Asimov tale. I stand correct. Scott's a fine narrator, but he's just done too many.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    1) Anyone
    2) My dog


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Chapman UK 07-20-14
    Guy Chapman UK 07-20-14

    Just zis Guy, you know?

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    "A classic, and justly so."
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    We were listening to this in the car, my 20-year-old son was astonished that these stories were started before the nuclear age had really dawned. It's space opera of course but Asimov was one of the greatest storytellers of all time, and the books ave not dated as badly as some Heinlein and most of Smith - the story itself remains compelling and the science fails do not grate.


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    Londell DALLAS, TEXAS, United States 07-09-14
    Londell DALLAS, TEXAS, United States 07-09-14
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    "DEFINITELY WORTH THE REVISIT"
    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I just like his style. The rhythm he sets when he reads makes the story all the more engrossing.


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    Ray ORLANDO, FL, United States 04-18-14
    Ray ORLANDO, FL, United States 04-18-14
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    "How does anyone call this a sci-fi classic"
    What disappointed you about Foundation?

    The story was a political idea that hid behind a sci-fi story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I just tried a sci-fi novel to break up my other reading. I saw this book was highly reviewed. What a mistake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    3/1/11
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom
    1/31/11
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    "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.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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    "A strange experience"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is what it is!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    Yes, of course


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

    There aren't any characters - that's one of the problems with the book. But probably Hardin.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Braintree, United Kingdom
    8/6/13
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    "A Classic Written By A Genius"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation?

    When the true purpose of the Foundation is revealed and the extent Harry Seldon has planned becomes apparent.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I thought Scott Brick did very well in coping with a multitude of characters and did not let it become 'pantomime' in any way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/14/13
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    "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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "I wasn't sure when I chose it...."
    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Foundation is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased, its right at the top of the pile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I wasn't sure about Scott Brick to start with although after a while I found his performance to be pleasant and clear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • the drumer
    Sussex. UKK
    6/24/13
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    "asimov at his best"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    For me the narrator seemed just to fit the part and his voice (Unlike many others) did not intrude into the story line


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation?

    Just griping from start to finish


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

    Not yet


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D
    Winterbourne, South Glos., United Kingdom
    1/13/11
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • craig
    2/25/15
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    "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

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nickolai_V
    2/15/15
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    "Very good! Few comments below."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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