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Prelude to Foundation Audiobook

Prelude to Foundation

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Publisher's Summary

It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.

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

©1988 Isaac Asimov (P)2011 Random House

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    Sanjay Rao Buffalo Grove USA 04-14-16
    Sanjay Rao Buffalo Grove USA 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Dull but nice ending"

    These Foundation books are kind of dull compared to the Robot series. This one is so so. But it gets interesting as you near the finish and it has a good ending.

    Although Scott Brick is very highly rated, I found his voice to be quite monotonous and sleep inducing on this book.


    Still I would recommend this book to anyone who like me wants to read the entire Foundation series.

    It is chronologically the first in the series though it was written after many of the other stories

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    "A intriguing romp across the empire..."
    If you could sum up Prelude to Foundation in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, smart, masterful


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humen was the most interesting and the way it ends makes his character great :)


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

    I would have because it is a page turner but I can't sit for hours on end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 02-01-16
    Ben 02-01-16 Member Since 2012

    Software Engineer, aspiring author, and avid reader.

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    "Perhaps the greatest space opera of all time."

    The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov is perhaps the single greatest space opera of all time. Star Wars, as great as it is, is but a pale imitation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tristan 12-30-15
    Tristan 12-30-15
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    "suffers from prequel-itis"

    Good voice work, but the story is ultimately fairly predictable and didn't really amount to much. I have higher hopes for the succeeding books.

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    Timboslice 12-22-15
    Timboslice 12-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Writing"

    This is my first Asimov novel, and what an introduction indeed! He does an excellent job drawing you into a world that never quite has existed and does just enough to make you feel his books are merely a forecast of humanity's distant future.

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    Brady & Heather Hebert 09-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "asimov and Scott brick"

    The narrator is awesome. He's narrated a few books my husband and I have listened to so far.
    Asimov's books are great... though I want a huge fan of his empire trilogy, foundation is starting off wonderfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. H. C. 07-29-15
    S. H. C. 07-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, fluid narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Prelude to Foundation to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print edition; I know, I'm embarrassed to admit it as well, especially since I have always been a Sci-Fi fan. I decided to read/listen to it now, but barely having free time to read a physical book, this audible book was the better option; I could listen to it in the car, at the gym, etc.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I decided to start the Foundation series in chronological order of the storyline, not the publication date. Asimov himself had once stated in an interview that it might be a better way to go about reading the series. So far, so good! Loved the story and the universe it sets up.


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

    Eto Demerzel, by a landslide. He's essentially the entire empire by himself. And has been so for an unknown number of years!


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

    Not really. The book was written in the 80-90s, so the "shock value" in it isn't derived from extreme emotional string-pulling, but more from plot twists and their implications. Neither made me laugh or cry out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    I would strongly suggest reading the Foundation series in their chronological order of the timeline versus the publish date. I'm on book-3 of the series now and while conversing with a friend who had read them by publication date, found that I had a better grasp of the (excuse the pun) foundation of the story, hence found later elements more enjoyable.

    The chronological order by story timeline is:

    (Start with this book) Prelude to Foundation
    Forward the Foundation
    Foundation
    Foundation and Empire
    Second Foundation
    Foundation's Edge
    (End with this book) Foundation and Earth

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    Michael 06-10-15
    Michael 06-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Another Amazing Robot story."

    Love these books and Scott Brick does a wonderful job reading, so glad I got it.

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    Paul 04-09-15
    Paul 04-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I wouldn't read it as the first in the series . The narrator took a little getting used to but was good after a little while.

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    Lawrence 03-27-15
    Lawrence 03-27-15
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    "this should be a mandatory for all high-schools"

    this is a great piece of literary art and should be read by every person in the world

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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