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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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    Lynwood Saint George, SC, United States 06-17-12
    Lynwood Saint George, SC, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterpiece"

    Books in the original Foundation trilogy need no introduction; they have stood the test of time and are broadly accepted as some of the greatest masterpieces in the science fiction genre. You can find millions of words written about these books all over the Internet.

    I have some comments that relate to frustrations I encountered while reading reviews for this book. First, I wish that I could comment on reviews that others have written like I can on Amazon. What follows would more appropriately be entered as such a comment, but it's here because there is no other way to respond to existing reviews.

    To Joseph: First of all, it is misleading and unhelpful to give a book a poor rating because you didn't realize it was part of a trilogy. You are supposed to review the quality of the work, not vent your frustration at being unaware that the book is part of a series. That's your problem, not the book's.

    Secondly, it would have taken you all of 5 minutes to discover not only the series to which this book belongs, but also the published order of all the books in the series, with a simple Google or Wikipedia search. This is made even easier by the fact that this is one of the most famous serials written during the entire 20th century in any genre, and at least in the top 5 of most famous science fiction serials of all time.

    That said... it would not hurt my feelings if Audible would include both the chronological order and published order of books that belong to a series. It would really be nice to be able to add all books in a series to my wish list with a single click, and for those books to remain grouped together in the wish list so it is clear that they are all members of the same series. That would make it easy to buy them all at once too. Keeping them ordered by original book publication date within the grouping would also be VERY helpful. NOT the date the audio version was published -- the date the ORIGINAL BOOK was FIRST published.

    Chronological order is interesting but not terribly useful, because you do not want to read them that way. The author expects you to read them in PUBLISHED order, so that is what you should do for maximum effect. For example, there are essentially "spoilers" in prequels that will ruin mystery and suspense created in the books published earlier in the series.

    For anyone not willing to type the words "foundation series published order" into Google, below is the published order of the series. This is the proper and expected order in which to read them.

    Foundation
    Foundation and Empire
    Second Foundation
    Foundation's Edge
    Foundation and Earth
    Prelude to Foundation
    Forward the Foundation

    Enjoy!

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Lynwood E. Hines Saint George, SC USA 06-17-12
    Lynwood E. Hines Saint George, SC USA 06-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterpiece"

    Books in the original Foundation trilogy need no introduction; they have stood the test of time and are broadly accepted as some of the greatest masterpieces in the science fiction genre. You can find millions of words written about these books all over the Internet.

    I have some comments that relate to frustrations I encountered while reading reviews for this book. First, I wish that I could comment on reviews that others have written like I can on Amazon. What follows would more appropriately be entered as such a comment, but it's here because there is no other way to respond to existing reviews.

    To Joseph: First of all, it is misleading and unhelpful to give a book a poor rating because you didn't realize it was part of a trilogy. You are supposed to review the quality of the work, not vent your frustration at being unaware that the book is part of a series. That's your problem, not the book's.

    Secondly, it would have taken you all of 5 minutes to discover not only the series to which this book belongs, but also the published order of all the books in the series, with a simple Google or Wikipedia search. This is made even easier by the fact that this is one of the most famous serials written during the entire 20th century in any genre, and at least in the top 5 of most famous science fiction serials of all time.

    That said... it would not hurt my feelings if Audible would include both the chronological order and published order of books that belong to a series. It would really be nice to be able to add all books in a series to my wish list with a single click, and for those books to remain grouped together in the wish list so it is clear that they are all members of the same series. That would make it easy to buy them all at once too. Keeping them ordered by original book publication date within the grouping would also be VERY helpful. NOT the date the audio version was published -- the date the ORIGINAL BOOK was FIRST published.

    Chronological order is interesting but not terribly useful, because you do not want to read them that way. The author expects you to read them in PUBLISHED order, so that is what you should do for maximum effect. For example, there are essentially "spoilers" in prequels that will ruin mystery and suspense created in the books published earlier in the series.

    For anyone not willing to type the words "foundation series published order" into Google, below is the published order of the series. This is the proper and expected order in which to read them.

    Foundation
    Foundation and Empire
    Second Foundation
    Foundation's Edge
    Foundation and Earth
    Prelude to Foundation
    Forward the Foundation

    Enjoy!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-14-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Sci Fi Classic(s)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. The audible version is stellar and these books (Foundation Series) are a must read for any fan of Sci Fi or speculative ficiton.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everyone of them. Superbly done.


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

    I have read some negative reviews of Scott Brick and I don't get it. I think he is terrific, he lends the right tone of drama to material that lends itself to that type of delivery. He was great in the Dune Series and his work here is equally well done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. These books are logical puzzles, with lots of characters and sub-plots. The fun is in keeping track of it all, in a world that Asimov has built just for you.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read. Audible has done a great job with the Asimov books. I suggest reading reading the Robot Series and the Galactic Series first, then delving into the Foundation Series. However read Prelude to Foundation last, which is largely background information.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 01-24-11
    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book"

    It is second book from the trilogy. Not as thrilling as the third one (Second foundation), it is still very interesting and entertaining. Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and his narration is flawless. I am glad that I bought this book, it was true fun to listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 05-25-10
    Joseph 05-25-10
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    "NOT AS HAPPY AS I WOULD LIKE TO BE"

    I feel that when a BOOK IS OFFERED, if it is part of a SERIES THAT A STATEMENT BE MADE AS TO WHAT PART OF THE SERIES IT IS !!!!!

    This is the Second book in the series and it needs / you should have some knowledge of the First book to make some sense when listening to this Audio Book. This series was originaly a TRILOGY. The series should be read as ( FOUNDATION, FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE, SECOND FOUNDATION ). There are also two additional sequels to the series ( FOUNDATION'S EDGE AND FOUNDATION AND EARTH ). And two prequels
    ( PRELUDE TO FOUNDATION AND FOWARD THE FOUNDATION ). The sequels and prequels are not required for the " FOUNDATION / EMPIRE SERIES ". They just make good reading.

    I KNOW THIS INFORMATION TO BE CORRECT AS I HAVE FIVE OF THESE BOOKS [ PRINTED VERSIONS ].

    64 of 96 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 08-02-15
    Saud 08-02-15

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "No plan survives contact with reality"

    The grand plan mentioned in the previous book is derailed when a mutant shows up and starts dominating planet after planet. Most series see the second story be weaker than the first or third book, but this series proves to be an exception. Intense and dark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    OJB New Zealand 06-04-15
    OJB New Zealand 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    While some of the style and plot elements are a bit dated the storyline is still interesting and relevant. Great story telling. Asimov was a genius!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Smith N. Las Vegas 05-30-15
    J. Smith N. Las Vegas 05-30-15 Member Since 2006

    book escape lover

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Guilherme Sao Paulo, Brazil 05-07-15
    Guilherme Sao Paulo, Brazil 05-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Audible obsessed

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 03-16-15
    Sarah 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    3/1/11
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    "Better than the first book"

    A magnificent book that surpasses the first in the series, although both books are superb. The Foundation is in trouble and Hari Seldon's prophecies are at risk from a mutant intelligence he could not have predicted. Hope is turned towards the revelation of a second foundation but discovering its location could prove its downfall as dark forces are also interested in it.

    This book is different from the first in that it is not so split up into shorter stories (five in the first book) that cover hundreds of years of history. This book consists of two stories ('The General' and 'The Mule') and as such I enjoyed it more since I could get better involved in the characters and longer plot than the fragmented structure of the first book. Both of these books are sci-fi at its best, though.

    This book was a real pleasure to listen to, all the more enjoyable for the great narration by Scott Brick.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • SCH
    1/23/12
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    "Asimov Foundation and Empire"

    Simply put I really enjoyed this, I have been a fan of Asimov for years and have read this book conventionally more than once. The narration is clear and fits the classic sci fi feel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ioannis
    Kuopio, Finland
    7/20/15
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    "The Seinfeld of SF - book 2"

    A pioneering work in SF. Well worth listening to. But it's age shows at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Datoria
    5/28/15
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    "classic"

    I already lived this book, but the reader is so good too. It's required reading for Sci Fi fans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andreas
    5/19/15
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    "Great story.."

    Great concept and well narrated.. If you like classic science fiction this is the book for you. I would strongly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    3/18/15
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    "Very happy"

    Listening to the audio version of this book was wonderful. It really added to the tension and the climax. I always liked this book best of the foundation series. The beta player I used had none of the quirks of the released windows phone player. Audio always resumed from the last position. Great when you are listening through the Bluetooth connection while driving and make many stops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Braintree, United Kingdom
    8/6/13
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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