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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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    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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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-11-12
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 02-11-12 Member Since 2017

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Like remembering an old love"

    Having read this series long ago I was pleased to renew an acquaintance with an old love. This is a great series and this first book is performed flawlessly. The tale of science fiction that improves with age is rare. A wonderful book with a great narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron T BIgler MOUNTAIN HOME A F B, IDAHO, US 12-08-11
    Aaron T BIgler MOUNTAIN HOME A F B, IDAHO, US 12-08-11 Member Since 2014
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    "No narrative thread"

    It's extremely hard to follow this story. There are tons of jumps in time with no explanation as to why we went to whatever time it is. The characters are all forgettable. There is no firm ground for you as a reader to explore this world. Way to much happening with no common theme or character to hold it all together. Interesting concepts but not executed brilliantly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Sinnott 04-30-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Different guy, same voice"

    It was hard to sort out all the various characters (almost all are male),since the narrator does not modulate his voice enough...so it made for a tough listen.

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    Raymond 05-24-17
    Raymond 05-24-17
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    "Mandatory Read/Listen"

    Best Sci-fi series of all time.

    Asimov is a Legend, and the Foundation trilogy was his best work.

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    Rodolfo 04-05-17
    Rodolfo 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story"

    Very Nice audio book.... Foundation story is full of surprises and well written narative.
    A must read / listen book!

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    Troy Boulder, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-28-17
    Troy Boulder, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-28-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Classics seem worn out because everybody has copied them"

    I wanted to like this and it does have some redeeming qualities but overall kinda slow. This was made worse by the reader who also did the Atlas Shrugged performance I heard so I just kept hearing that pompous John Galt in the protagonists. The performance on this one was better, because the antagonist were not quite so whiny but still to close to the same themes in that book. Pity.

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    David 03-27-17
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    "A classic well presented."

    It has been many years since I first read Foundation. This narrative captured everything that the book had.

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    Pasindu 03-24-17
    Pasindu 03-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "one of the best SCIFI Novel I have read"

    one of the best SCIFI Novel I have read, "or shall I say heard"

    narrator was very influential to imagine the situations plotted in the book

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    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-12-17
    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-12-17 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.

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    "Premier work of Sci-Fi!"

    The most surprising thing about this novel is that it was first written back in 1942; and yet many of the concepts and ideas are relevant to today's world. Yes, some of it is dated such as people still using paper so far into the future, but the forward-thinking of the main premise still intrigues.

    The premise of the story is that a mathematician, Hari Seldon, has calculated predictions of human behavior so far into the future that he foresees a coming event that will lead to millennia of barbarism and a basic de-evolution of civilization. However, he believes that if this knowledge is acted upon swiftly, the period of barbarism can be reduced to a very small percentage of time.

    Thus begins the creation of Foundation on an outer world of Terminus. The main goal of Foundation is to establish a repository of knowledge that will be a beacon of light when the period of time descends the galaxy into a more primitive state.

    The novel time-skips through various points of history as the custodians of Foundation attempt to navigate the unforeseen "foreseen" future.

    The novel lacks of much action and mostly follows conversations between characters which amounts to exposition of the current state of Foundation and the galaxy.

    The narrator is decent as have all the novels I've listened to read by Scott Brick.

    While a classic, it is not timeless and my interest was not piqued enough to continue with the series.

    A good listen and a testament to the vision of Isaac Asimov.

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  • Roo Waters
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    7/1/16
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    "Sadly Dated"

    I loved this as a boy and still enjoy the central idea but the storytelling lacks the vitality of modern SiFi such as Banks or Hamilton.
    I shall still probably buy Foundation & Empire, and Second Foundation, to hear the story once more, but it won't be as enjoyable as I had hoped.

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  • Richard
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    "classic scifi"

    We get a glimpse at the seeds of epic sci fi in its infancy here - many things we now recognize as clichés started in such literary epics. for this reason, I'd recommend foundation as a must read for sci-fi fans...

    however, leave all need for a solid through line, character development or in-depth lore behind you - like Harry Seldon, they all perform functions in the greater story for Asimov.

    I found the reading sometimes hard to follow the character but it was clear and expressive.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Lancashire, England
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    "Enjoyed it but hard to follow the characters"

    OK stories but sometimes it was difficult to tell which character was speaking. Chapters would skip entire periods of time with new characters being introduced. You had to hope that you generally picked up on who these new ones were, or keep open a wiki page that explains it instead. I enjoyed the book overall but I don't know if I'd rush to recommend it to others.

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  • peterbbb
    4/23/16
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    "as good as the book"

    easy listening and a great book and series. loved it a great deal listen and enjoy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ioannis
    Kuopio, Finland
    4/5/16
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    "Fantastic!"

    The first great book of maybe the best Science Fiction trilogy of all time. It reads as well today as it would have 70 years ago, when it was written. Highly recommended!

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  • decco999
    2/21/16
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    "Book One of a Seminal Series"

    I first read this book, along with all the sequels, in the 1970s and ‘80s. Back then, of course, aged in my teens and twenties, I wouldn’t have appreciated that these were such pivotal science fiction novels. So now, decades later, I felt it was time to revisit what I remembered as a real mind expanding, page-turner of a book. And, yes, the magic is still there. A must-read for everyone, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr C D Ashley
    12/12/15
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    "Asimov sounds disappointingly dated."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a book that is very much of it's time. There were no characters that I felt any sympathy with... it lacks the humanity found in Iain M Banks "Culture" books, or William Gibsons work. I didn't really care for anyone.


    If you’ve listened to books by Isaac Asimov before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't.


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

    None - but Brick did his best with what he had to work with. The conversations and dominance of the Foundation were well played out and compelling.


    Could you see Foundation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Unless huge liberties were taken with the source material, I can't imagine this being made into a series.

    I suppose you could cast the thin geeky guy from The Big Bang theory as many of the Foundation characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Just above "Meh" for me I'm afraid. Brick was good, but I wasn't enamoured with Asimov.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nickolai_V
    2/15/15
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    "Very good! Few comments below."

    The narrator tries to vary the voice between characters, but sometimes it's hard to tell who is who. And sometimes it feels like the speech has been cut off and you're not sure whether intentionally or glitch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D
    Winterbourne, South Glos., United Kingdom
    1/13/11
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    "Fantastic future history on a galaxy-wide scale"

    The definitive sci-fi, a history of the far future, with a scope across the whole galaxy, but almost contemporary in the politics and dreams of the frontier. This and the two sequels must be read - by sci-fi, but also by politics and philosophy students alike.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • craig
    2/25/15
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    "forced to comment because of annoying app"

    I liked it it was good. now stop with the pop ups please every time I launch the android app

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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