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!
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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.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, it is a well read classic. Classic Asimov compelling story with complex questions to ponder while enjoying the continuing Foundation story.
Foundation, Foundation and Empire. Foundations Edge is second only to Foundation and Empire's storyline. Although Foundations Edge has a few more thought provoking ideas.
Read the characters with appropriate voice and style.
Individual vs collective.
It is a continuation of the Foundation story that combines Seldon's plan of "Psychohistory" with the underlying premise of robotics. Scott Brick reads well.
The decision to go to Gaia instead of Trantor
The Search for Earth
Long, Intersting, unexpexted
The other bookies in the series
Just enough voice "acting" to be able to tell the characters apart.
In several years perhaps. It's is a good listen, but not up to the original trilogy.
Always. One of my favorite authors.
No and no.
If it was like the first three novels, a collection of short stories that are linked.
Asimov destroyed the excellent web of stories that is the Foundation series.
Scott Brick is excellent as always.
The book seems to have been written under duress from the publisher, so Asimov decided to make certain the Foundation was destroyed.
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