The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.
Led by its founding father, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation has survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Yet now it must face the Empire, still the mightiest force in the Galaxy even in its death throes. When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire's glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope for the small planet of scholars and scientists lies in the prophecies of Hari Seldon.
But not even Hari Seldon could have predicted the birth of the extraordinary creature called The Mule, a mutant intelligence with a power greater than a dozen battle fleets, a power that can turn the strongest-willed human into an obedient slave.
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Isaac Asimov's books are always good and packed with detail, which I love. The details bring the characters alive and the story more imaginable. Unfortunately I was dragged through this one because I figured out the plot twist out immediately.
Scott brick is highly rated and indeed he is very expressive when reading this book. But somehow he puts me to sleep. The story is ok. I found Asimovs Robot series more interesting than this.
If you like Star Wars, you'll love the Foundation trilogy. I read it all (including prequels & sequels) twice when I was younger. I've always wanted to read them again, but don't have enough spare time these days. But I drive a lot, so now I listen in the car. Asimov packs so much plot into so little space, that his stories always entertain and never slow down. All sci-fi fans should either read or listen to the Foundation series.
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The Foundation story continues.
Its a terrific series so far.
Narration continues to be good.
I would consider them to be the same; it depends entirely upon the tastes of the reader/listener. In many ways it was nice to have the difficult names and words pronounced out loud in the audible version, however, it is equally satisfying to turn a physical page in your hands to see what's next in a story.
I liked that it was more human. Let me explain; stories that have an immense scope of time and space (Foundation series is a good example of this) tend to assign divine characteristics to some overarching characters or sub-plots. In many ways they have to; that's the only way to provide cohesiveness for the reader. (Minor spoiler ahead) However, I like this book because it casts a bit of doubt on the most over-arching of all plots in the Foundation storyline. To me, that symbolizes that nothing is safe, everything has the potential to fall, and it allows for an immense suspension in disbelief.
His narration is exceptional and really adds the right tinge of atmosphere to the storyline without overpowering it. His pronunciation of the very difficult names and terms of the book is also extremely good.
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.
book escape lover
Asimov at his best, an outstanding contribution to the Foundation series. Scott Brick is as good as he always is...excellent.
If you love science fiction, Foundation is a must. If you don't like science fiction, then maybe you won't like it. Unless you like history or historical fiction... It bears similarities.
The reader is great, but occasionally the volume seemed to get lower and was a little bit harder to hear. Overall, it was very understandable and read wonderfully.
Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him
The second half is very weak by comparison to the first. Overall this book is a shadow of the first, but still excellent as compared to other sci-fi. I'm hoping it is a worthy bridge to a better next novel.
"The Difficult Second Book"
Continuation, classic, compelling.
The denouement is the face off of the Foundation with the remains of the Galactic Empire, but it is handled so well, like any diplomatic crisis, people don't cry 'eureka' but change occurs imperceptibly, inevitably.
I've listened to the 3 'Foundation Saga' audiobooks and Scott was great in all of them. I think that sometimes the greatest accolade for a narrator is simply to go unnoticed. Too much or too little acting draws attention to itself.
It is certainly one I would listen to again, but it is a big chunk of time to do it all in one sitting.
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