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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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    Roger Lee 04-07-13
    Roger Lee 04-07-13
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    "An unabridged classic but "Psychologist?!!""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to this. It was one of the first major works of SciFi that I ever read.


    Any additional comments?

    Why on earth did the word "psychohistory" (and all derivatives thereof) become "psychology?" Where in the book they talk about psychohistorians, they talk about psychologists in the audiobook. What happened? Did the word get globally replaced by a spellchecker in the final copy of the script?

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 11-27-12
    Professor 11-27-12
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    "PSYCHOHISTORY"

    I was Six when I read it, the next day I committed to my first trip to local library.

    Try to guess which book I was looking for?

    I was looking for "Encyclopedia Galactica"
    Years have passed and I still have memories of Hari Seldon and Galactic Empire, the story of rise and fall of great civilization evolution and changes in human mind.
    The story of Foundation is a science fiction epic which deserves to be read or listened with new voice of Scott Brick

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 08-02-15
    Deep Reader 08-02-15
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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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    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
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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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    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.

    6 of 9 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
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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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    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.

    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.

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas J. Bonafede 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One of the best classic scifi stories"

    Scott Brick did am amazing job with this audio recording. I look forward to hearing more audio books read by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • mark
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/14/13
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    "A classic from a different age"

    Foundation is from a different age and it it feels it.
    It is no doubt a true classic and it is vasty influential, but I did find it difficult to like.
    One of the problems is that the story is all about the idea of a 1000 year plan to save civilisation, there are characters in the story, but they are difficult to tell apart.
    This is a basic problem with the story and nothing to do with the performance of the work, Scott Brick does a good job with material, but it is difficult to make such a work, interesting .
    The attitude towards technology and notably women also feels very dated.
    Having said all of this, I probably will try the next book in the series, since this was written as a single story, rather than as a series of linked short stories maybe that will work better?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "I wasn't sure when I chose it...."
    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Foundation is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased, its right at the top of the pile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have always been a fan of sci fi but I really enjoyed the low fantasy element. This led to a more plot and character driven story.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I wasn't sure about Scott Brick to start with although after a while I found his performance to be pleasant and clear.


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

    I think its a lot of story to listen to in one go and found it better to break the story into parts to let me think about the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Carter
    Hastings, East Sussex United Kingdom
    9/29/16
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    "Hugely frustrating, for such an epic book"

    I love this book. I read it as a child. So every glitch in the story telling is so frustrating! Scott Brick is great. His performance is brilliant. The characterization is gently and well delivered. So what is the problem?
    Edit faults? Glitches? Splicing errors? I don't know what they are but they are there. The first is at 58 seconds. The second at 1:24. Third at 1:41 and I stopped counting at chapter 5, 45 seconds in.
    If you can not let that effect your enjoyment, this will be a great listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr SA Lambe
    7/5/13
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    "A strange experience"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is what it is!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    Yes, of course


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

    There aren't any characters - that's one of the problems with the book. But probably Hardin.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a strange experience. I remember loving this as a teenager, but this comes across rather poorly now. It's not the outmoded attitude towards technology - Asimov can't be blamed for that. It's just the stories. They are pretty dry - it's all very talk driven. Most of the characters are interchangeable, and there's barely a woman in the entire book.

    It's funny how attitudes change. That said, I'll still probably listen to the next one at some point. But not now - I need something with more dynamics!

    Oh, Scott Brick does a very decent job - particularly as the text is 80% dialogue!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    10/17/17
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    "Classic science fiction, extremely well read."

    A classic of the genre; Mr Brick's narration breathes life into a work notorious for its long conversations, dozens of characters and political intrigue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S D BALL
    8/20/17
    "Old school Sci-fi classic."

    Written in the early 1950s it does have (no surprise) a dated feel, but in way that say, H.G Wells doesn't. It works as a social and political yarn, but the 'future' atomic technologies referred to are unconvincing. Maybe I am being a little unfair, but somehow I expected more from a giant like Asimov. All the way through, I kept wondering how with just 'atomics' inter-galactic travel was being managed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Kelly
    Kildare, Ireland
    8/2/17
    "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
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Russell
    UK
    7/17/17
    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TB
    4/22/17
    "Literary masterwork"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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