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Foundation and Empire Audiobook

Foundation and Empire

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Publisher's Summary

The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.

Led by its founding father, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation has survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Yet now it must face the Empire, still the mightiest force in the Galaxy even in its death throes. When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire's glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope for the small planet of scholars and scientists lies in the prophecies of Hari Seldon.

But not even Hari Seldon could have predicted the birth of the extraordinary creature called The Mule, a mutant intelligence with a power greater than a dozen battle fleets, a power that can turn the strongest-willed human into an obedient slave.

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

©1991 Isaac Asimov (P)2010 Random House

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    Kane 03-30-17
    Kane 03-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "did not have the excitement of the first. "

    it felt like nothing really happened. a slow book. here's hoping the third picks up

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    Robert B. Truxal 02-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Almost too much good stuff"

    This book & series are layered with so many important lessons for behaving strategically, I found myself repeating chapters and taking away new lessons each time. Calling it timeless almost feels like an understatement.
    Also, the narration is impeccable.

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    Arturo Garzon USA 02-06-17
    Arturo Garzon USA 02-06-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Foundation vs Foundation and Empire."

    I you want to read both books it is disappointing. Just read Foundation and Empire. then you read both.

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    George Ciesinski 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great sequel"

    Very excited for the third book! Had me guessing until the end! As with the first, great presentation and story.

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    Shawn P 01-18-17
    Shawn P 01-18-17
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    "Outstanding"

    Asimov's whole series is always exciting and memorable. Scott Brick does an excellent job with Asimov's work.

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    Florida Robert 11-13-16 Member Since 2016

    Robert

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    "Old classic"

    I think it was better to hear it read then to
    Read it myself. Good job!

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    Jennifer Pennsylvania, USA 10-26-16
    Jennifer Pennsylvania, USA 10-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Most Excellent!!"

    I have listened to Scott Brick narrate other works and he has never disappointed! This is one of my favorite series and he just makes it all the more brilliant.

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    Brian Wilcox 09-02-16
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    "A good second"

    Classic second book. Little Slow. Open ended. Still a delightful tale. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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    B. D. Stagg 08-22-16
    B. D. Stagg 08-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "It's where it all started"

    old, but one of the best sci fi novel ever written by one of the best sci fi authors. A must read.

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    Thearse 08-12-16
    Thearse 08-12-16
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    "Good, but easy to figure out "

    Isaac Asimov's books are always good and packed with detail, which I love. The details bring the characters alive and the story more imaginable. Unfortunately I was dragged through this one because I figured out the plot twist out immediately.

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    "The Difficult Second Book"
    If you could sum up Foundation and Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Continuation, classic, compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation and Empire?

    The denouement is the face off of the Foundation with the remains of the Galactic Empire, but it is handled so well, like any diplomatic crisis, people don't cry 'eureka' but change occurs imperceptibly, inevitably.


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

    I've listened to the 3 'Foundation Saga' audiobooks and Scott was great in all of them. I think that sometimes the greatest accolade for a narrator is simply to go unnoticed. Too much or too little acting draws attention to itself.


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

    It is certainly one I would listen to again, but it is a big chunk of time to do it all in one sitting.


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