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Foundation and Empire Audiobook

Foundation and Empire

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kurtiss Jacobs Somewhere in California 05-04-16
    Kurtiss Jacobs Somewhere in California 05-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read or listen--unquestionably the best SF series"

    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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    John G 02-27-16
    John G 02-27-16
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    "Yawn"

    Pretty dull by today's standards, but I guess it was more remarkable when first published. The naration was pretty flat too, which made it hard to sit through.

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    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 01-17-16
    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 01-17-16 Member Since 2014

    SciFi crazy! Geek! Love my dog, Dylan! Was never a good reader, then I discovered Audible and topics that interested me. Generally SciFi, b

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    "The Foundation Continues, a good read!"

    The Foundation story continues.

    Its a terrific series so far.

    Narration continues to be good.

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    S. H. C. 11-07-15
    S. H. C. 11-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great sequel to a hard Sci-Fi classic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation and Empire to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this 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.


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

    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.


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

    Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.


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    J. Smith N. Las Vegas 05-30-15
    J. Smith N. Las Vegas 05-30-15 Member Since 2006

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    "Outstanding contribution to the Foundation series"

    Asimov at his best, an outstanding contribution to the Foundation series. Scott Brick is as good as he always is...excellent.

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    Guilherme 05-07-15
    Guilherme 05-07-15

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    "Great"

    The real foundation to fictions such as Star wars and star trek! Great listening and history is cliff hangysh. Will read the next ones.

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    Sarah 03-16-15
    Sarah 03-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenomenal story, great reader"

    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.

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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
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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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