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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The people group studies of Asimov, and at such a young age is cause for much reflection. How different are we all really? In the search for a psychohistory, Seldon, is pondering what makes us human, our fears and desires.
Brick did an excellent job transitioning between grownups like Seldon and Venabili and to the street tough Raych. The discourse between Rashelle and Raych was a work of a top rate narrator!l
I only wish that Brick would record, at least make available, all the Foundation series on Audible. Going from Brick to who ever covers the Forward Foundation is just plain painful! Audible help Brick make this happen!
Asimov was an amazing author. Had he he and Scott Brick teamed up, Asimov would have been known as a screenwriter and Brick would be winning Oscars.
I don't care for Scott Brick, but if I speed up the playback just a smidgen I can forget who it is. I've read all the Asimov robot and foundation books and I'm enjoying working through the whole lot again in audio form.
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.
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