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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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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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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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Outstanding

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Nice story monotonous voice

Scott brick is highly rated and indeed he is very expressive when reading this book. But somehow he puts me to sleep. The story is ok. I found Asimovs Robot series more interesting than this.

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Read or listen--unquestionably the best SF series

If you like Star Wars, you'll love the Foundation trilogy. I read it all (including prequels & sequels) twice when I was younger. I've always wanted to read them again, but don't have enough spare time these days. But I drive a lot, so now I listen in the car. Asimov packs so much plot into so little space, that his stories always entertain and never slow down. All sci-fi fans should either read or listen to the Foundation series.