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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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    Obfucius Global 03-05-12
    Obfucius Global 03-05-12

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    "Prolific"
    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story starts of strong, immersing the listener into the depths of the futuristic empirical world of Asimov's Foundation with a bang. That being said, it tends to dwindle towards the end at times coming in and out again here and there. The first part of the book was definitely the best part.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Nothing against him personally but his voice was fairly high pitched and nasally which I don't know if it was just a bad recording or and older recording or what-not but it surely tended to grate on the nerves over time making this a listen to enjoy in sparing intervals.


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

    There is much to be learned from Asimov's Foundation from the standpoint of its political and social-economic structure as a whole as I believe it is safe to say that we ourselves may now be facing a true


    Any additional comments?

    The core fundamentals and concepts addressed in Asimov's Foundation are of great appeal as they address issues relevant to the situation we now face in our own history as a civilization. The political structure of the foundation is based on a true meritocracy where those wise and learned of society (the most meritorious) are allowed to hold political offices and through their intellect and wisdom are able to overt terrible catastrophes of the future. This of course, is an ideal political structure but it is nothing new. The ideas based of liberty, justice and free trade are similar to those expressed in Plato's Republic, of which were largely adopted by the founding fathers of The Republic of The United States of America, which sadly is no more but has instead been replaced by a doppelgänger now referred to as a Democracy. This new system, while greatly reducing individual freedoms, liberty, justice and free trade, allows 51 percent of the popular vote to lead the minority and don't even need an education to do so. It is a system mostly designed to benefit the upper class, who through providing fear and misinformation to the populace are able to control the popular vote and remain in power. Fed by mass consumerism and a widely corrupt banking system, it's politicians can be bought by corporate interests through lobbyists who will actually get their political contributions returned back to them in the form of bailout bonds purchased by unwitting tax payers. As you can see, our civilization may well be facing such a crisis now as outlined in Asimov's Foundation.

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    Andy Rochester, NH, United States 03-05-12
    Andy Rochester, NH, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good performance of a classic of science fiction"
    Would you listen to Foundation again? Why?

    Yes - it's a classic, and a fun listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation?

    The scenes in the imperial library are very vivid in my mind.


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    The performance got out of the way. I didn't notice it - just the story and the characters.


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

    no, but I think I finished it in 24 hours.


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    A Hull, QC, Canada 02-16-12
    A Hull, QC, Canada 02-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Written 60 years ago and still a very good sci-fi"

    The story stands the test of time! I was hooked after the first two chapters. My mind was constantly working trying to figuring out what the next chapter would bring. When I finished the book, I purchased the second one immediately. If you’re a Larry Nevin or Jerry Pournelle fan you will most likely love this book. A few things to consider are that you have to on occasion suspend your critical eye as certain thing show this book was written in the 50s (everyone is smoking and some of the technology references date the book). Also the narrator was pretty good but sometimes did not change his intonation enough when changing character. Note that he improved this significantly in the second book and was no longer an issue for me.

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    Jose Atlanta, GA, United States 02-13-12
    Jose Atlanta, GA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Not this narrator's best work"

    This was a challenging listen. It was helpful to know from other reviews that there are fragments of text in the print edition that simply stop without warning. I have loved Scott Brick as a reader in both fiction (mostly thrillers) and nonfiction, especially in his unabridged version of The Devil in the White City. In this book, however, I found myself lost in dialogue between just two characters on a number of occasions, not sure who was saying what. The voicings and inflections he chose were too similar, and the shifts from one character to the other not apparent enough.

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    Robert Eddyville, OR, United States 12-21-11
    Robert Eddyville, OR, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "boring and unimaginative"
    What disappointed you about Foundation?

    no connection to entertainment
    no heart
    the science was at best borrowed from others with basic knowledge


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

    not write it


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Overijse, Belgium 12-19-11
    Tom Overijse, Belgium 12-19-11
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    "Too descriptive for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I do like Isaac Asimov's stories usually, but I think I'm more in for the shorter stories. For some reason this book did not drag me into the story. Not to say that it was bad, but it went too much into the politics of


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make it more active and less descriptive.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    Not sure, I think it's too early for me to judge that as I am only recently an audiobook listener.


    Did Foundation inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to give it a rest and try the foundation books maybe later on.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Henry FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 12-06-11
    Henry FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Epic"

    Wonderfully epic novel. If you'd like to read this, check out the whole series, they're not in order by release date. You should read them by story order, great stuff!

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    Micheal DOTHAN, ALABAMA, United States 06-27-11
    Micheal DOTHAN, ALABAMA, United States 06-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book but the characters sound the same"

    While I really enjoyed listening to this book, it is the first one I purchased, I have to agree with some of the other reviewers and say that you have to pay attention to which character is talking. While this is not usually a problem, the way that Asimov wrote can sometimes get confusing with this reading. That being said I did not experience any problem with the reader. At times when I thought that the reader was simply making a mistake I usually found that he was reading the Encyclopedia Galactica's little tid bits. I remember reading this book years ago and wishing that some more information was given, but just like when I read the book there is often just a hint at what is going to happen and then the encyclopedia entry drops off.

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    mark moore, OK, United States 12-16-10
    mark moore, OK, United States 12-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    "classic science fiction at its best"

    Fantastic story superbly told as only isaac asimov can do it. Asimov weaves a tapestry as rich and vibrant as any. Classic science fiction the way that it should be.

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    Cletus van Damme Edmond, OK, United States 03-24-11
    Cletus van Damme Edmond, OK, United States 03-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Cliche-ridden dialog"

    I wanted to like this book since so many have recommended the Foundation Trilogy. Scott Brick's narration is excellent. No fault there. He does his best to breathe life into an incredibly dull book. Asimov's narrative technique involves interminable, cliche-ridden dialog to advance the plot. There's no action here, just conversations between characters describing what happened. The dialog drags on and on, endlessly. I find myself fast-forwarding just so the characters will get to the point. Deadly dull. I cannot understand why so many like this book.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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