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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I realize that opinions vary; however, I just do not enjoy Scott Brick. His readings are almost monotone. I have great difficulty enjoying stories when he performs them.
Another classic Bricked. Scott Brick vomits his over dramatic reading style and everyone-is-sarcastic mischaracterizations into this franchise, rendering it all but unlistenable to anyone who still attempts to use their imagination and doesn't need the bedtime story approach spoonfed to them. Tragic.
Listening to Foundation is like watching Twilight Zone on Netflix. They're classics told in a mid-century style, but feature themes & characters that are still relevant.
Excellent, book, great voice actor, mediocre recording. I had to completely dump the treble on my eq to keep the voice from hurting my ears. That said it a better recording than most audio books. The actor was good but i got confused in some of the conversations because he would mix the characters voices sometimes.
Foundations is a pretty fascinating political saga taking place in the far future amongst the many planets of a single galaxy. In general, I find the themes of different sci-fi stories ending up somewhere on a scale between a focus on the intricacies of a fantastical or futuristic world, and a focus on the human interactions and politics that take place in that fictional world. Foundations definitely leans more thirds the latter. In a very fascinating way though. It takes place over hundreds of years with some pretty long term and far reaching concepts. Just know that you'll be witnessing more clever maneuvering of power during grandiose historic events rather than mind blowing futuristic technology or concepts.
Not really. The story just didn't engage after the first couple of hours.
The beginning is fairly interesting, the idea of predicting the fall of the empire and establishing an outpost at the edge of civilization to bring back it's return was intriguing. As well as the idea that psychoanalytics could predict the broad outlines of human behavior and therefor chart a general course (but this didn't play out in how things actually happened, it turned out a very narrow course was needed)The idea that psychoanalytics can be so precise in determining the future was hard to swallow (even when you suspend belief), particularly when the future, in the story, was driven not by major historical trends but by the anachronistic actions of a few individuals. That combined with the rather rough view of people and religion, that suddenly you just wave a new religion in front of people backed by a handful of gadget and everyone becomes the most blind fanatical adherents.
He was okay, sometimes overly dramatic. Towards the end of the book I was tired of hearing him. FYI, I'm usually not too picky on narrators.
Only in that I finally know what it's about, which is unfortunate, I've been wanting to read this book since I was in high school twenty years ago.
Scott Brick is pretty awesome; my major complaint is that he narrates very slowly. Takes a while to get anywhere. Still, it beats the mile-a-minute Larry McKeever recording.
"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.
"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.
"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?
"I wasn't sure when I chose it...."
Foundation is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased, its right at the top of the pile.
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.
I wasn't sure about Scott Brick to start with although after a while I found his performance to be pleasant and clear.
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.
"A strange experience"
It is what it is!
Yes, of course
There aren't any characters - that's one of the problems with the book. But probably Hardin.
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!
"asimov at his best"
For me the narrator seemed just to fit the part and his voice (Unlike many others) did not intrude into the story line
Just griping from start to finish
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
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
"A Classic Written By A Genius"
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.
When the true purpose of the Foundation is revealed and the extent Harry Seldon has planned becomes apparent.
I thought Scott Brick did very well in coping with a multitude of characters and did not let it become 'pantomime' in any way.
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.
"Hugely frustrating, for such an epic book"
I love this book. I read it as a child. So every glitch in the story telling is so frustrating! Scott Brick is great. His performance is brilliant. The characterization is gently and well delivered. So what is the problem?
Edit faults? Glitches? Splicing errors? I don't know what they are but they are there. The first is at 58 seconds. The second at 1:24. Third at 1:41 and I stopped counting at chapter 5, 45 seconds in.
If you can not let that effect your enjoyment, this will be a great listen.
"Good story spoiled by outdated predictions of the future"
Asimov knew nothing of the Internet and the pervasiveness of computers in society now and it's likely impact in the future
Technology in the story is seen through the lens of the 50s nuclear age where people smoke and expect women to be tied to the kitchen.
Hard to ignore these aspects of the storyline but the political intrigue kept me going to the end
"Classic Sci-fi but the short story format can be hard to follow"
Truly a classic of the genre. A story that manages to be both grandiose and intricate.
The audio format doesn't lend itself too well however. The change of sections can be jarring and the book does not ease the reader into newly introduced characters. Once it gets going I found it gripping though.
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