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Foundation's Edge | [Isaac Asimov]

Foundation's Edge

At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation - a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian - set out in search of the mythical planet Earth. Meanwhile, someone - or something - outside of both Foundations seems to be orchestrating events to suit its own ominous purpose.
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Publisher's Summary

At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. The scientists of the First Foundation had proved victorious; and now they return to Hari Seldon's long-established plan to build a new Empire that the Second Foundation is not destroyed after all - and that its still-defiant survivors are preparing their revenge.

Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation - a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian-set out in search of the mythical planet Earth.... and proof that the Second Foundation still exists.

Meanwhile, someone - or something - outside of both Foundations seems to be orchestrating events to suit its own ominous purpose. Soon representatives of both the First and Second Foundations will find themselves racing toward a mysterious world called Gaia and a final shocking destiny at the very end of the universe!

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

©1982 Isaac Asimov (P)2011 Random House

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    chris Eden Prairie, MN, United States 11-16-12
    chris Eden Prairie, MN, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2010

    I read perhaps 1 or 2 books a year before Audible. Now I listen to 1 or 2 books a month. I'm mostly listen to sci-fi, fantasy, and classics. I'm a software developer and tabletop game designer.

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    "Enjoyed it as much as the original trilogy"

    I was worried to listen to this book, realizing it was written like 30 years after the first 3. But if I had not known that fact before hand, I would have never guessed it. The book doesn't miss a beat and feels consistent with the previous 3. I really enjoyed it. It was as good as the originals and in some ways better. The narrgator is top notch. It's a good mystery and kept me totally engaged. I was a little disappointed how it ended. Not that it was poorly done. It just sort of waterdowns the importance of the 2 foundations. But it was still interesting and well done. Looking forward to the next book. Sadly, it has a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coy Siddall Terre Haute, Indiana, US 09-17-12
    Coy Siddall Terre Haute, Indiana, US 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it."
    Would you listen to Foundation's Edge again? Why?

    Sure. It is the second time I have read or listen to it, because it is a great story.


    What other book might you compare Foundation's Edge to and why?

    There is a similar scope like the Dune series, but with a more specific edge to it. Where Dune and Foundation deal with galaxy wide issue, area, and history. Foundation does it in the context of a few characters, but Dune is multi-character. Love em both.


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

    Yes and he is always great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Treves makes his choice for Galaxia.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley J. Cash SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-20-12
    Stanley J. Cash SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-20-12
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    "Foundation books as a group are outstanding"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation's Edge to be better than the print version?

    No. Reading lets the mind run wild where audio tells delivers the book in a way that lets you enjoy the book but as the reader tells it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paul TUCSON, AZ, United States 02-14-12
    paul TUCSON, AZ, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "well done...wish scott did the final book also"

    This was a good listen...too bad the next book in the series: 'foundation and earth'- it was great book---the climax the foundation series...but what a brutal listen. Scott Brick did a fine job with other foundation books, and he should've did the final book also.

    I have listened to much of the Dune series also...all very good esp 'Dune.'
    Scott Brick did much of it also, and was good. Simon Vance as the narrator in 'Dune' is a real treat-- he is probably one of my favorites...in any of his narrations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andre 03-21-15
    Andre 03-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning."

    The deeper I go into Asimov's Foundation universe, the happier and more hopeful I become. Beautiful work.

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    Gary Little Shakopee, MN USA 03-08-15
    Gary Little Shakopee, MN USA 03-08-15 Member Since 2011

    Gary

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    "IT'S ASIMOV"

    I've read or listened to all of Asimov's Foundation series and have enjoyed them all. Scott Brick is the better narrator, but if you have read much Asimov, you quickly realize that the narrator really cannot improve the story. Asimov seems to be stuck in the 1930's possibly the 19th century when it comes to story telling. He writes great science, the later novels incorporating much of the science of the late 20th century. However, his characterization and dialogue is so deep into the 19th century and Victorian age that the narrator does not matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tutti fongul 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "classic asimov"

    always loved the foundation series and the narrator is excellent. truly brings the books alive

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lush 02-12-15
    Lush 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply great."

    FE is a surprising, entertaining and thought provoking story. It starts to tie together all of the Foundation stories and the robot stories.
    Scott Bricks performance is simply masterful.

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    Jeff Wright 02-12-15
    Jeff Wright 02-12-15
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    "epic"

    this continuation helps bring foundation series into the folds with Asimov s other book series.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-19-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Series Climax"
    Would you listen to Foundation's Edge again? Why?

    I might. All of the Foundation books are great, they are a multi-layered set of books that have timeless elements of political intrigue, human frailty and interplay and a story that spans generations. Science Fiction doesn't get much better.


    What other book might you compare Foundation's Edge to and why?

    Obviously the other Foundation books are similiar in tone however there are other books from the time period that I would say are somewhat similar. This era of Sci Fi put value on the importance of the genre beyond pure entertainment. Books that carry that same gravitas are Childhoods End, The Dispossessed, Dune and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. None of these books have the same story line but share with Foundations Edge the over riding concern to combine entertainment with a Sci Fi genre that has something to say about people and what we can become.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I like Scott Brick, he is very involved in his characterizations. He never seems to be just reading, I think he does a great job. Some reviewers think he is a bit overly dramatic but that never bothers me.For this material, occasional melodrama is not out of place. He is one of my favorite narrators on Audible, and I wish he did the final book in the series.


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

    Probably not. I typically listen to 2 books a month. A lot of times, especially with a great book like Foundations Edge, I don't want to rush through the book. I want to savor it a bit, and I am somewhat disappointed when it is over. This book is an example of that listening experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall Audible has done a nice job with the Asimov Series. My only gripe is that Robots and Empire is missing, and the narrator on Forward the Foundation and Foundation and Earth is a bit misplaced. The Robot Series, Galactic Series and most of the Foundation Series is done excellently. Listening to 12 of the overall 15 books will more than suffice in getting a great understanding of what Asimov intended, and the arch of his universe. Well done Audible.

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