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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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    Shawn P 01-18-17
    Shawn P 01-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding"

    Asimov's whole series is always exciting and memorable. Scott Brick does an excellent job with Asimov's work.

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    Florida Robert 11-13-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Old classic"

    I think it was better to hear it read then to
    Read it myself. Good job!

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    Jennifer Pennsylvania, USA 10-26-16
    Jennifer Pennsylvania, USA 10-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Most Excellent!!"

    I have listened to Scott Brick narrate other works and he has never disappointed! This is one of my favorite series and he just makes it all the more brilliant.

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    Brian Wilcox 09-02-16
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    "A good second"

    Classic second book. Little Slow. Open ended. Still a delightful tale. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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    B. D. Stagg 08-22-16
    B. D. Stagg 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's where it all started"

    old, but one of the best sci fi novel ever written by one of the best sci fi authors. A must read.

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    Thearse 08-12-16
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    "Good, but easy to figure out "

    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.

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    Sanjay Rao Buffalo Grove USA 05-16-16
    Sanjay Rao Buffalo Grove USA 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice story monotonous voice"

    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.

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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
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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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    "The Difficult Second Book"
    If you could sum up Foundation and Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Continuation, classic, compelling.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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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