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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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    Allan 12-10-16
    Allan 12-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Performance top-notch, story only so-so"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would like to have seen less politics and more science fiction. This book only played around a bit with sci-fi. It was not centered on it.


    Has Foundation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Since there are at least 3 books in this series, 3 robot books and more after that, I am wary of it becoming a grandiose political melodrama. I'll probably get the next in series, but if it's the same, I'll just drop out of it.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Brick is a very good reader and actor. I have no complaints. He did an outstanding job.


    Was Foundation worth the listening time?

    As a standalone book, absolutely not. Taken in context with the rest of the series, whoi knows?


    Any additional comments?

    No. I was expecting better from Asimov. The penultimate book in this whole series (the Currents of Space) was fantastic, truly one of the better sci-fi books I've listened to.

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    Amazon Customer 11-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brick's narration takes more away than it adds"

    Scott Brick's narration is not suited to dialog-heavy books. It was very difficult to determine the character speaking, and that is a significant problem when most of the speaking scenes are between two characters with opposing views. I enjoyed his Devil In The White City reading, which is as much documentary as novel. I'll avoid him for books like Foundation.

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    Ramandeep 11-07-16
    Ramandeep 11-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Exciting and intelligent"

    Loved the book
    Narrator was on point
    You never get bored in this book. All the conversations and minute details have significance.
    A timeless classic for all SciFi fans.

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    Peter Bryant 11-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    A great story read by a great reader! I highly recommend this rendition of the story.

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    Taylor Of The Nati 10-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "hard to follow all the characters."

    I enjoyed the story and narrator in general. But the conversations (and the book is mostly convos) was sometimes hard to follow. But still definitely worth a listen

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    Brian Gryth 10-17-16
    Brian Gryth 10-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing work of fiction"

    Asimov's tale of a future universe is vivid and believable with characters that are worthy of any great work of fiction. Foundation is a work that will stand the test of time.

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    amy 10-16-16
    amy 10-16-16
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    "Foundation series"

    Thought this was a good book to listen to, love this authors work, good story line and though provoking

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    Irulan Los Angeles, CA USA 10-06-16
    Irulan Los Angeles, CA USA 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Classics never go out of fashion!"

    No matter how many times I read it, it always manage to surprise me. A true classic from the Father of Science Fiction!

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    Lilly Keel USA 09-29-16
    Lilly Keel USA 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Old Fashion SyFy"

    Good storyline without meaningless graphic violence or sex. I could listen to this story with kids in the car. The book ties three related stories together with interesting perspective how gov't can fail or be manipulated through power, miss-use of religion, and simple greed. It is an old book and found it interesting to see predictions of the future from forty years ago. One thing totally missed, people still smoked cigars inside their public offices l. But I enjoyed this aspect of the book as well.

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    Ryan 09-09-16
    Ryan 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well I'm still reeling"

    I loved the authors ability to tell a story that is so spread across time.

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