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.
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My favorite sci-fi author, read by my favorite audiobook reader (he also read Atlas Shrugged). I think it works best if you read the trilogy first and then the prequels, but that may be a matter of taste. Either way, I highly recommend this and the other Foundation books.
This was a perfect accompaniment/prelude. Asimov addressed/answered so many matters without making them too obvious. This story was a great journey.
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
Intriguing, smart, masterful
Humen was the most interesting and the way it ends makes his character great :)
I would have because it is a page turner but I can't sit for hours on end.
Software Engineer, aspiring author, and avid reader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eto Demerzel, by a landslide. He's essentially the entire empire by himself. And has been so for an unknown number of years!
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.
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 and Empire
(End with this book) Foundation and Earth
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