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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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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-01-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Recommended reading"

    I read this book while driving across the county to Custer SD. The story starts out fast and keeps moving. Here we have people that truly teach 'Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.' Salvor Hardin in "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov

    Here we follow a group of people who were placed on a planet for the sole purpose of preserving our knowledge, so we could rebuild when the inevitable happens and our government and way of life collapses.

    You should read it to learn how were destroying our own way of life by now following the a fore mentioned rule.

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    chris Eden Prairie, MN, United States 06-14-12
    chris Eden Prairie, MN, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2010

    I read perhaps 1 or 2 books a year before Audible. Now I listen to 1 or 2 books a month. I'm mostly listen to sci-fi, fantasy, and classics. I'm a software developer and tabletop game designer.

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    "Amazing, especially for 1950."

    I've always been scared of reading the Asimov classics for fear the outdated science would ruin the experience.

    There is outdated science and technology of course, but it's not prevalent and you quickly adjust. But most of the concepts and story are timeless and it's amazing that they were written in 1950. After reading the Foundation, I downloaded I, Robot and the Foundation and Empire, which were equally as good.

    In short, it's a classic for a reason. Don't be be afraid that it was written over 60 years ago. It will still make you think.

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    Photo Maven CO USA 06-08-12
    Photo Maven CO USA 06-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful story of decline and emerging power."
    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is engaging, the delivery was sharp. It is certainly different from when I read it as a child. I already knew the story, but it kept me engaged nonetheless. The storyline and the narrator contributed to that!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the intricacies of the plot and how one could draw parallels into today's society and culture.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Because of some of the "foreign" names, consistency in pronunciation probably ranks high. His telling of the story feels consistent and rhythmic with the evolution of the tale.


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

    There are many moments ... mostly when the underlying methods employed by the protagonists were revealed. Although I knew them from my past reading, it was just as exciting to hear them again.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the stories (the entire trilogy) and have long admired Isaac Asimov's way of spinning a tale that keeps one (me) engaged and wanting more.

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    D. Borghoff New York, New York 06-04-12
    D. Borghoff New York, New York 06-04-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Asimov should have been president!"
    What did you love best about Foundation?

    I want to know more about Psycho History!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hari


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's got that tone that makes you think you're part of the conversation.


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

    Absolutely. I want the whole series in one sitting!


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    Chris 06-04-12
    Chris 06-04-12
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    "This one works better in visual than audio form"

    I love the ideas in Foundation, and I love Scott Brick's performance, but the concepts Asimov brings out need to be mulled over. That's hard to do when the audio keeps on going, plowing through revelations and on to the next section. I need to read Asimov instead of listening to him so I can stop when I need to and think about the ideas he presents. With the audiobook, it all ends up being background, so it's harder for me to get my mind around.

    That said, Scott Brick brings another great performance. Can't go wrong with him.

    Other books I have preferred the visual to the audio version include John Carter from Mars because of the great language used, Flatland because of the pictures, and some YA fluff books because it takes less time to read than to listen to them and they don't sustain interest over 8 hours.

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    Matthew LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-11-12
    Matthew LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Odd voice, but it grows on you"

    I didn't realize how much I was missing out on classic Sci-Fi until I listened to Foundation. Scott Brick has an odd voice and pronunciation of certain words, but after an hour I was hooked.

    Initially I thought I'd be put off by the independent mini-stories comprising the book, but I've since found that each had a satisfying end that made me yearn to hear more when the next story came up. Definitely going to listen to the sequel now!

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    Sharalyn Fairfield, IA, United States 04-30-12
    Sharalyn Fairfield, IA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2014

    I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.

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    "For me, it was outdated"
    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I thought Brick had a good grasp of the story, read fluently, and was good overall. My only complaint was that there was a certain "sameness" in his voice that I sometimes wearied of.


    Any additional comments?

    I recall our enthusiasm for Asimov in the 70's but the future that seemed so imaginative in the past does not seem the future we would imagine today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2015

    Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!

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    "Less excitement, more philosophy"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was great, but unless you're familiar with science fiction I would warn you that it is not the type of science fiction that you'd see in a Hollywood blockbuster. It is far less action-packed than most stories, but it is none-the-less a very full story.

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    Joseph P. Gorski 04-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Classic Stuff!"
    What did you love best about Foundation?

    Parallels in governments from this story to those of our history start to give you a clue as to how human governments rose to power and faded away. Sometimes you need to hear someone else's story to understand your own.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hari Seldon, the genius that out-thinks everyone for a thousand years.


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

    Brick does a great job at level story telling. His even and calming reading helps show that while everything is in turmoil the protagonists are in control of the situations and you can feel their confidence of their actions through his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Classic Sci Fi born while the world was in total war gives hope that a brighter future can evolve.

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    Erica United States 04-12-12
    Erica United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012

    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire

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    "Classic Story, Well Told"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    The narration is perfect for the story -- this isn't a hollywood-glitz-superbowl performance, nor is it a hootin-hollerin' story, but a calm, intriguing, fantastic story that is narrated just right.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It feels like a series of connected vignettes -- perfect for intermittent listening, but all with a space-opera twist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    While the entire book was good, my favourite chapter was The Encyclopedists, because we really see the trend of intelligence over might carry through. Also, I'm a huge fan of Salvor Hardin.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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