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.
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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.
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.
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.
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