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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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    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

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

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Fox Point, WI, United States 11-12-13
    Jeffrey Fox Point, WI, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great sci-fi classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a well read classic. Classic Asimov compelling story with complex questions to ponder while enjoying the continuing Foundation story.


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

    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.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Read the characters with appropriate voice and style.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Individual vs collective.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 10-27-13
    Farrell 10-27-13
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    "Tie-ins"

    While staying true to the Foundation trilogy this has the added benefit of tying in some of Asimov's other books. Just great!

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    hslanda Boca Raton, FL, United States 01-02-13
    hslanda Boca Raton, FL, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Asimov"
    What did you love best about Foundation's Edge?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation's Edge?

    The decision to go to Gaia instead of Trantor


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Golan Trevize


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Search for Earth


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan SILVERDALE, WA, United States 09-11-12
    Ryan SILVERDALE, WA, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Long, but keeps listener interested."
    If you could sum up Foundation's Edge in three words, what would they be?

    Long, Intersting, unexpexted


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

    The other bookies in the series


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just enough voice "acting" to be able to tell the characters apart.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tomw 08-13-12
    Tomw 08-13-12
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    "Okay listen"
    Would you listen to Foundation's Edge again? Why?

    In several years perhaps. It's is a good listen, but not up to the original trilogy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Isaac Asimov? Why or why not?

    Always. One of my favorite authors.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    No and no.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-05-12
    Mike 08-05-12
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    "Asimov should have stopped at the Trilogy"
    What would have made Foundation's Edge better?

    If it was like the first three novels, a collection of short stories that are linked.


    What was most disappointing about Isaac Asimov’s story?

    Asimov destroyed the excellent web of stories that is the Foundation series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick is excellent as always.


    What character would you cut from Foundation's Edge?

    Guia


    Any additional comments?

    The book seems to have been written under duress from the publisher, so Asimov decided to make certain the Foundation was destroyed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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