Foundation

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 21,700 ratings

Foundation 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.

©1982 Isaac Asimov (P)2010 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • Foundation

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,947
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,986

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An unabridged classic but "Psychologist?!!"

    • By Roger Lee on 04-07-13

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 2

    • Foundation and Empire

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,476

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterpiece

    • By Lynwood on 06-17-12

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 3

    • Second Foundation

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,926

    The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only 14 years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed, before it destroys them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Distractions

    • By Joseph Y. on 05-21-10

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 4

    • Foundation's Edge

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

    At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation - a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian - set out in search of the mythical planet Earth. Meanwhile, someone - or something - outside of both Foundations seems to be orchestrating events to suit its own ominous purpose.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of the series so far

    • By Jeff on 08-03-16

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 5

    • Foundation and Earth

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,510
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

    Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!

    • By Jerry on 06-12-12

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 6

    • Prelude to Foundation

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Trantor, capital of a galactic empire!

    • By Svenghali on 11-09-12

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 7

    • Forward the Foundation

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,056
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 959
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 958

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!

    • By Christine on 03-14-12

    Regular price: $35.00