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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These books are all about social evolution, and he does a great job of showing the steps of that evolution in an interesting story.
There are many good scenes but I link the one in the beginning of the book where Celdon establishes the foundation by making it easy for the empire simply to give them a worthless planet yet its exactly what he wants.
The author should have chosen between Science Fiction or Fantasy. I would rather have seen more imagery to prove these worlds derive from our own.
I'm sure political and judiciary dialogs will still be held in the far future, but amongst the quintillion or so humans, somebody must be up to something more interesting.
Scott Brick's narration helped me through the byzantine rhetoric where my bookmark still rests in the paperback.
Everything but the narrator.
less cloak and dagger. less political maneuvering.
His melodramatic style is the only thing that made it bearable.
There has to be a better story than the machinations of a futuristic version of the Roman Catholic Church.
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.
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.
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
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.
Yes - it's a classic, and a fun listen.
The scenes in the imperial library are very vivid in my mind.
The performance got out of the way. I didn't notice it - just the story and the characters.
no, but I think I finished it in 24 hours.
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.
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.
no connection to entertainment
the science was at best borrowed from others with basic knowledge
not write it
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
Make it more active and less descriptive.
Not sure, I think it's too early for me to judge that as I am only recently an audiobook listener.
Yes, to give it a rest and try the foundation books maybe later on.
"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 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!
"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.
"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.
"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
"Fantastic future history on a galaxy-wide scale"
The definitive sci-fi, a history of the far future, with a scope across the whole galaxy, but almost contemporary in the politics and dreams of the frontier. This and the two sequels must be read - by sci-fi, but also by politics and philosophy students alike.
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