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Prelude to Foundation Audiobook

Prelude to Foundation

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It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.

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

©1988 Isaac Asimov (P)2011 Random House

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    Tom 03-20-17
    Tom 03-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "New found life fan!"

    you have to read or listen. wow the end will make your feels go mad crazy (in a good way)!

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    Amazon Customer 02-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic in every way"

    Scott Brick is fantastic and the twists and turns and full circle nature of Asimov are nothing short of perfection.

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    Dr F 11-08-16
    Dr F 11-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Meandering, over-sexed, and underwhelming"
    What did you like best about Prelude to Foundation? What did you like least?

    There are some elements of this book that are good, but a lot of drawbacks.Part of my disappointment comes from the fact that I loved the original Foundation Trilogy. That was Asimov at his finest - a sweeping space opera with fascinating ideas, in a galaxy all of its own. His subsequent books for the series, both subsequent (Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth) and now this prequel (Prelude to Foundation) have not lived up to the first three, or even come close.So, what is wrong with this book? First, it delves once again into Seldon's obsession with linking his series about robots with the Foundation series and it does not really work. It feels forced and ruins much of the original mystery of how the empire was formed for no good reason. Second, nothing much happens in the book and much of the plot is meandering and feels more like an anthropological tour than a story. When the end comes, it is surprising because little if anything that has happened really explains how the main actors achieve what they are able to do. Third, Asimov's later years obsession with sex and sexual innuendos (mercifully absent in the original Foundation Trilogy, but present in the two follow on books) stands out in this book and it's both distracting and annoying. So, what is right with the book? Well, the plot twist at the end is reminiscent of the better plot twists in Seldon's original trilogy, albeit a bit less profound. There are also some pretty effectively written descriptions of the various peoples that Seldon encounters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less emphasis on tying together Asimov's different series for seemingly no reason. More of a story arc where things happen on a macro, space opera level, and less on micro events that have little or no macro impact upon the plot.


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

    N/A


    Did Prelude to Foundation inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it inspired me to pretend that Asimov finished the Foundation stories after his trilogy and forget all of the later books ever existed.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad story, it's just not a particularly good one. There is little offensive, per se, it's just not the quality that I would have expected from Asimov.

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    Benjamin Taylor Boston, MA, USA 11-06-16
    Benjamin Taylor Boston, MA, USA 11-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "READ THIS ASIMOV NOVEL LAST!"

    I recommend starting with Forward The Foundation and ending on this for the ultimate Asimov Foundation/Robots/Empire novels experience. Please consider for your enjoyment.

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    Edward C Knoeckel III 10-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling narration with compelling narrative!"
    What did you love best about Prelude to Foundation?

    The people group studies of Asimov, and at such a young age is cause for much reflection. How different are we all really? In the search for a psychohistory, Seldon, is pondering what makes us human, our fears and desires.


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

    Brick did an excellent job transitioning between grownups like Seldon and Venabili and to the street tough Raych. The discourse between Rashelle and Raych was a work of a top rate narrator!l


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish that Brick would record, at least make available, all the Foundation series on Audible. Going from Brick to who ever covers the Forward Foundation is just plain painful! Audible help Brick make this happen!

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    John G Bailey Bettendorf, IA, US 08-27-16
    John G Bailey Bettendorf, IA, US 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wow, this was amazing"

    Asimov was an amazing author. Had he he and Scott Brick teamed up, Asimov would have been known as a screenwriter and Brick would be winning Oscars.

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    A. Ortali 08-19-16
    A. Ortali 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Robots+ Foundation = win"

    I don't care for Scott Brick, but if I speed up the playback just a smidgen I can forget who it is. I've read all the Asimov robot and foundation books and I'm enjoying working through the whole lot again in audio form.

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    Kurtiss Jacobs Somewhere in California 07-22-16
    Kurtiss Jacobs Somewhere in California 07-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Scott Brick reads Isaac Asimov"

    My favorite sci-fi author, read by my favorite audiobook reader (he also read Atlas Shrugged). I think it works best if you read the trilogy first and then the prequels, but that may be a matter of taste. Either way, I highly recommend this and the other Foundation books.

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    J. Obleton Augusta, GA 06-23-16
    J. Obleton Augusta, GA 06-23-16 Member Since 2013

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    "So Many Questions Addressed"

    This was a perfect accompaniment/prelude. Asimov addressed/answered so many matters without making them too obvious. This story was a great journey.

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    Sanjay Rao Buffalo Grove USA 04-14-16
    Sanjay Rao Buffalo Grove USA 04-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Dull but nice ending"

    These Foundation books are kind of dull compared to the Robot series. This one is so so. But it gets interesting as you near the finish and it has a good ending.

    Although Scott Brick is very highly rated, I found his voice to be quite monotonous and sleep inducing on this book.


    Still I would recommend this book to anyone who like me wants to read the entire Foundation series.

    It is chronologically the first in the series though it was written after many of the other stories

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