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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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..
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.
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.
Scott Brick is a competent narrator. I like his ability to alter his voice slightly to indicate the different characters.
Frighteningly relevant view
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.
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.
To achieve Paradise, all must be undone.
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