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Foundation and Empire | [Isaac Asimov]

Foundation and Empire

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.
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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.

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

©1991 Isaac Asimov (P)2010 Random House

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    Ben United States 03-10-15
    Ben United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him

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    "Good but not great entry in the series"

    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.

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    Russell Townsend 03-07-15
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    "Classic"

    Always satisfies both my appetite for literature and science fiction. Ageless story of human population and fall of empire. Excellent.

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    Vance 03-01-15
    Vance 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterpiece"

    A prime example of why Isaac Asimov is a cornerstone in the science-fiction community. This great work of sci-fi is enhanced even further by the outstanding performance of the narrator.

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    Jay Roscoe Seattle, WA 01-26-15
    Jay Roscoe Seattle, WA 01-26-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Factastically suspenseful and believable"

    This book is written in such a way that I knew the whole time what was going to happen but never believed that my idea could possible be the case, in ither words some of the most exhilarating and rewarding suspense I've yet encountered in a story, wonderful. On top of that the details are such that it is no challenge at all to suspend disbelief entirely and accept the tale without any resignation.

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    Tim 01-14-15
    Tim 01-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Foundation and Empire Audible Review"

    Foundation and Empire is a brilliant Sci Fi novel by Isaac Asimov. It is the second book in the Foundation series. F&E is as much a psychological thriller as it is Sci Fi. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story right to the nail biting conclusion!

    My only criticism of this audio book is the occasional glitch where one or two times the audio seemed to stop android miss a word or two. This is incredibly annoying when you are hanging on every word.

    Personally I find Scot Brick's reading easy to listen to and only occasionally does the emphasis in the sentence lack clarity in conveying the emotional intention of the text. For lovers of Sci Fi this is a must listen!

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    SFDS 12-25-14
    SFDS 12-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome once again!!!"

    Scott Brick is fantastic my third time reading/listening second in audio. He captures it. Asimov is the king. when I am in a funk and can not find something to listen to. I go back to the beginning and read the entire series starting with robots..

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    Kevin D LAmbert 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Big Asimov Fan"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation and Empire the most enjoyable?

    I have read numerous volumes of Isaac Asimov's works. As I get older, I find reading a little more difficult because of my eyes (you yung ins will find out soon enough) So having an unabridged copy available is great. I can take it in my car, or listen while I work on the computer. Audiobooks are a wonderful addition to my media collection.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation and Empire?

    There has been no change in my interest, I have read the entire series twice. I also have Foundation on audio tape with Isaac Asimov as the narrator. Doesn't get any better than that.


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

    Scott Brick is a competent narrator. I like his ability to alter his voice slightly to indicate the different characters.


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    Ray Killdeer, ND, United States 02-19-14
    Ray Killdeer, ND, United States 02-19-14
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    "This is SciFi for the common man."
    If you could sum up Foundation and Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Frighteningly relevant view


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that Asimov - who moonlighted as a SciFi writer when he wasn't at the Chicago Tribune as science editor - writes his tales makes you feel like you might see these events come to pass in the near future (any of the titles tied to his Three Laws of Robotics) or makes you look at our society as a whole from a broader perspective (Foundation saga). The view he paints may be set in some far-off future, but it could have easily been set in the modern world.


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

    I have the Enderverse saga through Audible, and Brick was very impressive in a dynamic where he works with others. But in the Foundation books, he is prodded to do more as a solo act. This comes across with all the vehemence and the passion and fervor the book portrays.


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

    To achieve Paradise, all must be undone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 10-29-12
    Daniel 10-29-12
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    "Dissappointing"

    Very slow and boring, with a long drawn out plot that was extremely predictable. After listening to Foundation, I was very disappointed by this sequel.

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    kenneth Birmingham, AL, United States 09-25-12
    kenneth Birmingham, AL, United States 09-25-12
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    "A differnt approch to Sci-Fi"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation and Empire the most enjoyable?

    The story line.


    What other book might you compare Foundation and Empire to and why?

    The first book in this trilogy Foundation.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    they were all good


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

    Mankind can never get away from its basic weakness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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