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Foundation Audiobook

Foundation

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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.

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):

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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    travis beagley 03-08-16
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    "A good, strong start to a wild ride."

    The series itself has some lofty highs that have since made the original book seem a bit small in comparison. It's still a good, strong starting point.

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    marcus messner 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Overrated"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I expected so much from Foundation and was seriously disappointed. I found the first part quite promising but got bored stiff midway through the third one. It's all about wise old men meeting and deciding about the fate of their cities and empires and not much is happening. I know I should carry on reading and then move on to the other Foundation books but I was really put off by this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    Maybe.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is a great reader.


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    Anneli Olsen Stockholm, Sweden 03-03-16
    Anneli Olsen Stockholm, Sweden 03-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's not really about space, is it?"

    Interesting view on interstate relations and powerplay. Gives, in a way, an insight into how colonialism works.

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    robert 03-03-16
    robert 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic book"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    Story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation?

    Excellent conversations about political manoeuvring


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not always – the chapters about the traders was especially difficult sometimes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The book is always better"


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Cole 02-26-16
    Cole 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Period piece in space, not sci-fi"

    Starts off with a man being accused of treason after predicting the end of society, a society of a quintillion people covering 25 million planets. There is supposed to be a huge galactic battle and these 2 planets writing the encyclopedia galactica are supposed to save everyone from 30,000 years of barbarism. Instead everyone sits around, smoking cigars discussing the end and how they can't change what is inevitable.

    If you love period pieces with no action, no twists and tons of dialogue then this is for you. If you love sci-fi for space exploration, aliens, technology and space battles then look elsewhere.

    I, Robot was amazing, Foundation was really boring, I won't be getting the other parts.

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    Jones 02-08-16
    Jones 02-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What's all the fuss about?"

    People have been telling for years about Azimov. Foundation is boring in the 21st century.

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    EntrepreneurNYC 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this icon of Sci fi!
    It holds up now as well as ever. I strongly recommend this for anyone who likes the genre.

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    Bruce Ralston Atlanta, GA 02-07-16
    Bruce Ralston Atlanta, GA 02-07-16

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    "a classic that's challenging to listen to"

    the narrator made the story difficult to follow. each character was in the exact same voice, making it confusing to follow.

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    Jack 02-05-16
    Jack 02-05-16
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    "A timeless masterpiece"

    Sometimes it's a bit difficult to understand which characters are speaking due to the narration

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    R. Perrin 02-01-16
    R. Perrin 02-01-16
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    "Awful"

    This book is just awful. It clearly isn't meant to be any sort of interesting story. The author fancies himself as Plato and this appears to be his republic.

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