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Publisher's Summary

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 FoundationForward the FoundationFoundationFoundation and Empire Second FoundationFoundation's EdgeFoundation and Earth

©1988 Isaac Asimov (P)2011 Random House

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loved my return to the Foundation series

It has been many many years since I read the Foundation trilogy. I had not gotten around to reading any or the books beyond the first three. What a pleasure to pick it back up with a brand new beginning!
Great book, wonderful performance. Now on to the rest of the series...

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millennia in the making

Brick does a fantastic performance for this book.

The book itself is also fantastic. I personally suggest reading or listening to the robot series before foundation, but the story is captivating either way and there is something to be said for the surprised in store if you're not familiar with the series in general. If you're a fan of science fiction, you cannot go wrong with these books.

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Asimov & Brick: a BRILLIANT combination!

And it has been a *most* satisfying listen to reconnect to one of the greatest series written!

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Excellent Book

I am a fan of science fiction and have know of Asimov's Foundation series since highschool. I actually pick him for my bibliogrophy report. A report I neglected and failed. How wrong that was of me, to neglect honoring a man who has achieved more than I may in a lifetime. This was a great book, and I look forward to the rest.

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I have loved Asimov story's for a long time.

listening to this story was better than reading it. I continue to listen to the rest of the series/

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prefer scott brick to larry mckeever

I wish all the foundation books had been narrated by Scott Brick. It is much easier to enjoy the story than books with Larry Mckeever.

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Isaac Asimov=literary genius

I still haven't found something I don't love from this amazing author. if you enjoy the robot books or the foundation this is an absolute must.

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Excellent Science Fiction

This is the first Asimov book in the Foundation series and only the 2nd of his works that I've listened to/read (the first being I, Robot). I love this story! And Scott Brick does a great job bringing it to life.

The combo of Asimov and Brick is so good, it lead me to listen to the rest of the Foundation series.

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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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Fantastic in every way

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