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Foundation Audiobook

Foundation

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Publisher's Summary

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun or fight them and be destroyed.

Please note: The text of this book includes some passages that begin or end in mid-sentence. This is intentional by the author.

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)2010 Random House

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    Deep Reader 08-02-15
    Deep Reader 08-02-15

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Big history sci-fi series"
    What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

    The idea of having a story where no individual character survives from beginning to end, but instead we follow generations as they pave their way and deal with what the previous generations did. I'm surprised I didn't get to this series before.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get attached to characters any more than you would reading a history book. They come and go suddenly, and some are barely mentioned after they pass away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-01-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 01-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Middle of the Road"

    This book is in the middle of the road for me.

    On the one hand I am intrigued by the premises of the book to map out the course of history over 1,000 years to try to shorten the suffering of mankind after the collapse of the Empire.

    The other side of it, that it has to describe 1,000 years of history in 7 books and around 150 years in this first volume. Because of that, the book feels like you are constantly pressing the fast forward button only seeing bits and pieces of the story, just focusing on 3 people for very brief moments of their lives.

    Also, the book shows it's age and feels just plain outdated at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D&G 09-11-13
    D&G 09-11-13
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    "can't stand the sing-song sighing narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i regret having purchased this audiobook...i listened to the preview and though i didn't like the narration i was so interested in this classic work that i thought i could overlook it. i was wrong. Brick is one of those narrators constantly inserting himself and his style into the reading so obtrusively that it is distracting. he has a sing-song cadence, and a kind of vague sighing style that is hugely irritating, and gets more so with time. almost like he is relating something with an ongoing sense of vague regret and superciliousness. <br/><br/>i finally got to the point, after only a short while, that i just couldn't stand it any more and decided to read the book instead. i with there were other readings of this series as i would very much enjoy listening to it, but not with this narrator. <br/><br/>obviously, this is a highly subjective judgment and others may enjoy the reading. but listen closely to the sample and if you find yourself finding the reading a bit intrusive, just know that that sense is likely to grow, not diminsh, as you listen to the book.


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

    simon vance would have been good.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry D. Miller The Colony, TX United States 03-17-13
    Jerry D. Miller The Colony, TX United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not unabridged"
    What did you love best about Foundation?

    It is a story that has many elements we could learn from today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Characters


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

    no comment


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    the background music was distracting, the narrative was ABRIDGED as I have read the book itself many times and a lot was left out of the narrative.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 11-06-12
    Farrell 11-06-12

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "The book that got me hooked on Sci-Fi"

    Great! Scott does a fantastic job reading a Sci-Fi classic. I read this book in my early teens and have loved it ever since. Just listened for the first time and it is a very good rendition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 02-12-12
    Sandy 02-12-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "OK.This is a classic."

    As I personally do not enjoy Scott Brick as a narrator, I downloaded this through an Audible Sale. Redardless, the story still holds up as a classic. This is for me another 'great' that I read ages ago, and hearing it read is a little like a lazy read.
    I am still listening, and as the Sale is still on I wanted to let others know this is great story. I think what holds up is a view that humanity's development is slow indeed. With so much going on at the moment in research into Global Conciousness and the effectiveness of group meditations, this is a story that is worth hearing. Well for those who not yet read or heard of Foundation.... Think along lines of who is best served by manipulating belief systems, and put that against great Research that is being done.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ladd 06-19-10
    ladd 06-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book, poor production"

    Great book, Scott Brick is excellent, Production or editing was poor. Drop outs and repeated sentences almost ruined it for me

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    Scott 06-13-13
    Scott 06-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Poor copy"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is great, but the quality of the audio is poor, skipping large chunks.

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    Joel D Offenberg 07-10-10
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    "Classic but flawed"

    Asimov's Foundation series, based on the ideas from the "Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire," starts with a 12,000 year-old Galactic Empire. The great Hari Selden has mathematically proven that the Empire will soon fall and a 30-millennium Dark Age will follow, but Selden's Foundation can shorten that time by a factor of 30.

    This is the story of the formation and first few centuries of Hari Selden's plan, showing the transition of the Foundation from an academic encyclopedia foundation to (cynical) religious leadership to commercial empire. All is well with Selden's plan.

    The Foundation trilogy is a bit dry, and the characters are quite one-dimensional and cartoonish. It may be more enjoyable if you think of it as a history book from the distant future rather than an adventure story. The envisioned technology was typical for the 1940's (computing your course across the galaxy with a slide-rule), but seems rather quaint now. One other complaint: Asimov got pretty wordy in places, to the detriment of the story.

    I like Scott Brick as a narrator and he does a pretty good job with this.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Hard to suspend belief"

    I love Isaac Asimov’s ideas, but I just couldn’t suspend disbelief for the plot of this famous novel. The premise is that Hari Seldon, a psychohistorian, has calculated the course of history and made preparations for preserving humanity on a distant planet. I think it’s the psychologist in me that just can’t get past this premise. There’s no way that history can be predicted — there are just too many factors. Another issue I have with Asimov, and it’s so blatantly displayed here, is that though he could imagine all sorts of futuristic technology and possible histories, he didn’t seem to be able to imagine that someday women might find their way out of their kitchens and bedrooms.

    As always, Scott Brick gives a nice performance.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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  • Joseph Kelly
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    8/2/17
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    "First time listening to a book read long ago"

    Very interesting to listen to a book I read 40 years ago. Took a while to get into it but got there :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Stoker
    London, England
    7/26/17
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    "A classic, worth perseverance"

    Having loved it as a child I wanted to revisit it. To my surprise, it was a little slow to get into, but after persevering it built up interest over time and I was quite gripped by the final section.

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  • Stephen Russell
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    7/17/17
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    "Classic"

    Isaac Asimovs classic trilogy written long before Star Wars and 10 times better in respect of it being real Sci Fi as apposed to what I like to call Science Fantasy. A must read for all Sci Fi enthusiasts

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  • TB
    4/22/17
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    "Literary masterwork"

    A wonderful book brought to life. Scott Brick is a terrific narrator - I always enjoy his reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/29/17
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    "Do it"

    Trust me. Just listen. The review needs at least 20 words. I personally don't agree.

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  • S. J. Smith
    3/14/17
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    "Not performed very well."

    After having just finished listening to the Iain Banks culture series read by Peter Kenny, I found the performance here hard going. In addition there are glitches in it. All in all a low budget production of a great book. Shame.

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  • D. Davidson
    London, UK
    2/21/17
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    "Classic book, excellent reading."

    Glad I tfound this reading of Foundation. I never got around to reading it, thankfully it did not disappoint! Scott Brick's performance was perfect.

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  • A GORDON
    2/15/17
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    "Classic"

    I have read and listened to this entire series more times than I can count, and this first book is still brilliant every time!

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  • A. Winkworth
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    2/11/17
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    "Foundation"

    Brilliant - can't wait to get to vol 2.
    I couldn't help but notice several resonances to todays situation. I know it's supposed to be based on Gibbon's Decline & Fall and i spent a quite enjoyable time working out the connections! However just a few days listening to the news and the rhetoric from some of our world leaders (sic) convinced me that there is nothing new under the sun.
    Perhaps we are heading for a 'Seldon crisis'!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan James Hodgetts
    1/5/17
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    "Astounding piece of political sci-fi"

    Great book, satisfying and intriquing with excellently written characters and events. Much more political than expected, this made the book all the more interesting. Top class narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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