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  • Foundation (Apple Series Tie-in Edition)

  • Auteur(s): Isaac Asimov
  • Narrateur(s): Scott Brick
  • Durée: 8 h et 37 min
  • 4,5 out of 5 stars (624 évaluations)

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The first novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series

The epic saga that inspired the Apple TV+ series Foundation, now streaming. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future - to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save humankind, 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 future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are among the most influential in the history of science fiction, celebrated for their unique blend of breathtaking action, daring ideas, and extensive worldbuilding. In Foundation, Asimov has written a timely and timeless novel of the best - and worst - that lies in humanity, and the power of even a few courageous souls to shine a light in a universe of darkness.

©1982 Isaac Asimov (P)2010 Random House

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Timeless politics

As much or more of a political commentary than science fiction. Timeless, though. So many of the ‘classics’ from this era have cringeworthy passages, melodrama, and a writing style that takes serious getting used to. Not with Foundation, which has remained relevant, clever, and carries social messages that are decades ahead of its time. A good read for those who value intellect over ignorance, and nuance over force.

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Interesting Concept, No Depth

This was highly recommended by at least one friend, so I may be the odd one to dislike this. But I saw no real character development at all. The book is 99% dialogue, and it's between 2 or 3 characters, and all the interactions feel the same, across each set of new characters.
There main plot was one of a grand impending doom, but I never once felt any tension. Even the characters didn't have a sense of tension or doom.
Overall, I just didn't care about anything in the book.
Narration was decent. Clear and Easy to understand, and the occasional change in voice to convey a different character is speaking, but I've heard better. But that could just be that the book didn't provide any emotion to go on.

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Foundation ... A Book of it’s Time

I will say that these books are classics. Asimov crafted a story where civilization is more the protagonist than any of the moving human parts that drive the story along. As a modern reader (re-reader really as I read these 30 years ago when I was a teen), it’s uncomfortable to read a book with women reduced to mere mentions of domesticity. One minor female character in the entire book, occupying a couple paragraphs and is not even named, just referenced by her association to her husband. But a book written in 1951, even a work of futuristic fiction, can be mired in the politics and moral restrictions.

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Header is optional, right?

The story surprisingly relevant even in 2020, but smoking on space ships, really? What a weird times we used to live in :)
Sometimes Mr Brick is too dramatic, and skips in epigraph sections are way too abrupt. Some narrated punctuation would be nicer there.

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  • Au global
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Great voice for one classic an amazing scifi story

I've read it many times, and now I can listen to it. what a great novel.

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A Classic (though a little dated)

I wasn't expecting a collection of short stories! That's not a bad thing, it's just not something I would normally read. Due to the format of short stories, characters are given little time to develop, so you're really reading for the plot and themes of the book.

It's a short, easy read, but well crafted. This is a very dialogue heavy book, and every line of dialogue is used perfectly, no wasted fluff, and every sentence either propels the story, or details a character's intentions.

Unfortunately, this book was written and published in 1951 and it shows. Women are referred to as either wives, or people who will spend lots of money on vanity. That's it. In fact, not a single woman is named in this entire book, which if you think about it, is pretty strange to kind of forget to represent half the world's population even once. Oh well, a sign of the times I suppose, but it did stick out to me as a male reader, female readers might just see it as par for the course at this point sadly.

Representation aside, I do recommend this book to any sci-fi reader. Asimov is a staple of the community for a very good reason. His diction is tame, but he gets the point across and it's usually a good one. I've already purchased the sequel, hopefully it's just as good!

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Classic Sci Fi, but super annoying narration

I gave Scott Brick 2 stars because there are narrators worse than him. But I could barely finish the book, even though I love the story.

He’s just a bit over the top all the time, and it’s like the effect is cumulative. At the beginning, I hardly noticed it. But, by the end, every over-inflection grated on me. That’s 3 to 5 grates per sentence. To me, his narration comes across as condescending and pretentious.

I’m listening to the last few minutes right now, and his narration just inspired an audible “ugh” from me. I know some ppl love Brick’s performances but I’m definitely NOT one of them.

I’m not sure if I can keep listening to this series, even though I love Asimov.

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Good story

Good story, pretty different than the Apple TV show. Essentially it is the same but plot points are wildly different. And as other comments have pointed out, some details very much date the book... (pretty sexist)

Same narrator as the Dune books, also a story about using autocracy to guide humanity through a golden path. :) So some similarities there

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First book great, second not so

The first book in this series, foundation, is fantastic. A unique style takes you through hundreds of years in a whirlwind.

The second book, Foundation and Empire, breaks from this pattern and is quite pedestrian, a disappointment, and cliché.

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Great Concept with few minor issues

I love the concept here. It still feels original deapite how dated this book is.
The author is good but it was hard to tell which character was speaking at times.
The story takes some jumps.
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I find it hard to believe that in a single generation a religion with zealots willing to die could be formed, or that ancestor worship and complete dissociation from the galactic Empire at large could occur in only three generations, especially from societies still capable of space flight.
but the overall positives largely outweigh these few minor issues of mine.

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  • Leslie Solorzano
  • 2021-12-26

Scott Brick's voice is the best

Mr. Brick is my go to voice for Asimov's stories. Awesome book. Going for the next on the series

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  • Arienrhod
  • 2021-08-29

What is built upon this Foundation ?

While centuries go by, people’s mentality and cultural references stand still, except for an overly simple increase in religious feeling. Only technology develops, and The Market solves everything… hum…
Beats Tolkien in female representation !

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  • Marc Vignal
  • 2021-03-16

My first Asimov

... but certainly not my last. The story is compelling, the writing is clear and engaging, but given the phenomenal leaps in time to describe the rise and fall of humanity over 30000 years, it is tough to start to fall in love with the characters only to leapfrog thousands of years into the future and start the process again... am certain there are worlds of stories in there to enjoy.

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  • Marcos Lima
  • 2019-07-11

Good narrator, but too even in dialogues

I wish Scott Brick would use his dramatic talent to differentiate characters during dialogues to make clearer when there is a transition.

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  • Antonio Esteve
  • 2019-01-02

Very good performance and excellent book

The book is a very good one, the only thing that could improve the performance is to find a way to make more obvious the character that is currently speaking in a conversation, I would sometimes(1-2 times during the entire book) get confused and misunderstand the plot. Thanks Scott Brick.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-04-27

Very simple unimpressive story

Maybe I'm too picky but this was a rather dull book. I still finished it easily because it kept me interested but I was disappointed at the end because I did not really felt like getting somewhere.

I was expecting to be amazed by this classic. I think the hype is due to the popularity at the time it was published but not for it's value today.

Not bad but not good either.

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  • Roger Lee
  • 2013-04-07

An unabridged classic but "Psychologist?!!"

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed listening to this. It was one of the first major works of SciFi that I ever read.

Any additional comments?

Why on earth did the word "psychohistory" (and all derivatives thereof) become "psychology?" Where in the book they talk about psychohistorians, they talk about psychologists in the audiobook. What happened? Did the word get globally replaced by a spellchecker in the final copy of the script?

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  • chip worden
  • 2021-09-24

Changed the version back

I don't want the TV show tie-in version! I want the version written by the the author!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-09-08

not the edition I ordered

what a shady way to advertise Apple+
in place of one I previously paid for, i found this edition swapped into my library after-the-fact

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  • Sandy McMahon
  • 2010-08-17

The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic

Asimov is superb, particularly when one considers that he started writing this series in the early 1950s. As a result it reads and sounds like the period. For all that, this is a great classic and Scott Brick is an excellent reader. The story and cast of characters is much more complex than the average novel. I found that a 2nd listen not only made everything clearer, but was even more enjoyable than the first.

A few reviewers comment on dropped sentences. It helps to have access to the printed version. Chapters are frequently introduced with excerpts of the fictitious Encyclopedia Galactica, and these excerpts are - in both the print and Audible version - often dropped mid-sentence. This is Asimov.

Highly recommended for any SciFi fan.

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  • J. Scotty Parker
  • 2011-11-29

An old friend revisited

I first read Asimov's original Foundation Triology Back in the early 60's. Later, as he added volumes to the Foundation series, I would grab up every Foundation book as they came out, ending with Foundation and Earth in 1986. I have always recommended Asimov to friends and acquaintances as a "classic" to be be read by all Sci-Fi fans.
A few months ago, I noticed "Prelude to Foundation" when browsing through Audible to find my next "listen." I also decided to download the rest of the series so I could go through it all again in sequential order.
Quite obviously, I had no doubt about Asimov as I've have been a reader of his for over 50 years now. I was quite impressed with the reader and also very impressed that he seems to be the reader for all books in the series so we gain the continuity of the presentation.
I just cannot recommend the Foundation stories highly enough. Again, a classic and so very well performed by Scott Brick.
One word of caution to readers/listeners to Asimove's style. There are times it seems, in all his writing that he begins to edge into a tangent of over description whether it be a personality, an event, or just a segment of the story. DO NOT let this cause dismay and do not allow yourself to drift, waiting for the dialog to pick up. It is all so important to end up with a genuine undersstanding of the story. All will come true to your expectations.
I know this review is on the first book written (Foundation) but I cannot help but speak of the entire works. Asimov is timeless. The reader, superb. Do yourself a favor and commit to the entire works of Foundation. When you're done, you'll want to pursue the Robot books as well as the Empire books. Asimove wrote much and in the end you'll wish he wrote more.

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  • Rob Hahn
  • 2012-01-29

Great story - terrible and distracting narration

What made the experience of listening to Foundation the most enjoyable?

Fast plotting, lots of twists, and cool use of

How could the performance have been better?

For the first time in years I had to turn off the ipod and buy a hard copy of the book so I could finish this great story. The narrator, Scott Brick, voiced all the characters with such a snarky, arrogant persona that it highly distracted from the plot. Sometimes I couldn't even follow the dialog because I was wondering why two characters would be talking to each other in such condescending tones.

I can't understand why this guy is such a popular narrator. I won't buy another audible title if he's doing the reading!

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  • Phil
  • 2020-08-08

Don’t bother unless you’re a sci-fi history buff

This was my first Isaac Asimov. It seemed to be one of his most acclaimed works which is why I wanted to hear it. Listened at 1.6x speed.

I guess that it’s generally true most sci-fi ages badly and this is a good example. Set 12000 years in the future where civilization has spread throughout the galaxy yet they are writing a book on paper and the kind of money most people care about is gold coins.

They’re supposed to be writing an encyclopedia about the entire history of mankind but they’ve forgotten the human race started on earth. They have atomic power plants that explode like atomic bombs, atomic spaceships, atomic shields and atomic ray guns. Technology has not advanced much since the 1950s.

The plot about a collapsing empire is nothing extraordinary nor even interesting in 2020, given current world events. Time in the book passes so fast that new characters appear and then die of old age a couple of chapters later. You don’t even have a chance to get emotionally attached to them.

Maybe this was the first of its kind when it first came out, but unless you have some special appreciation for this fact, there’s nothing for you in this book if you’ve read any modern sci-fi.

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  • Jerry D. Miller
  • 2013-03-17

Not unabridged

What did you love best about Foundation?

It is a story that has many elements we could learn from today.

What did you like best about this story?

The Characters

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

no comment

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

no

Any additional comments?

the background music was distracting, the narrative was ABRIDGED as I have read the book itself many times and a lot was left out of the narrative.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Jeffrey Ochoa
  • 2018-11-05

Couldn't get through the narration.

Could not stand the narrator. Unfortunate - I've heard good things about this book, but I couldn't get through it.

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  • Zuniga
  • 2011-08-25

Wanted to like it more

The Book

Having heard so much about Asimov, I was expecting to thoroughly enjoy Foundation. Having finished the book, I wouldn’t say that I hated the book or even really disliked it so much as I simply wasn’t impressed. I don’t plan to listen to the rest of the series. Over and over again as I was listening, I thought that the book simply has not stood up to the test of time. It just felt dated and old, like watching a classic movie comedy that never makes you smile, even though you know that it was really funny back when it first came out.

The writing style was not very engaging to the modern reader. Two quick examples:

1) Almost zero character development. Foundation actually functions like 4 mini-books within the larger book and I never found myself caring for any of the characters. You are with each for a short amount of time and then you can forget about them entirely. The plot is the only thing that matters.

2) Very little action. I realize I’m from the Nintendo generation and that might mean my attention span is lacking. But seriously, can’t we get a chase scene or a fight or something? There was a military coup that we actually didn’t get to see and even a hostage situation on a hostile planet never got my blood racing.

The Narration

The narration was adequate but nothing about it made Scott Brick seem particularly noteworthy. Perhaps this is not the best book on which to to judge Brick since Foundation is such a marathon dialogue session. You won’t like the book any less because of Brick’s narration, but I suppose you won’t like it any more either.

The Verdict

If you enjoy science fiction and are interested in reading a classic work, by all means, dive right in. Also, if you are the kind of person that enjoys old things and are able to appreciate them for what they are without being distracted by the additional flaws that come with age, you might also enjoy Foundation. Otherwise, you are likely to be disappointed with this read.

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