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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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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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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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
    5 out of 5 stars

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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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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Meh!

The first book was pretty boring..
I hope the continuation brings a lot more clarity, and excitement.

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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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highly overrated

I've heard so much and received such eager recommendations for this title, but like iRobot I find Asimov is simple and superficial. Maybe it's the shifting setting which neccisitates the superficial characters but whatever the reason I didn't enjoy this book, at least not as I hoped I might.

Not bad. Not amazing. Glad I read it.

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Lives up to its fame

Terrific storytelling from the perspectives of 3-4 narrators across spans of the world's decades, perfect for sporadic reading/listening. Its age shows in the now retro futurism but the political intrigue broad strokes of sociohistorical perspectives holds up surprisingly well 50+ years later. Wished the orator was more varied accents or tones, as it was a bit tough to tell at times which character was speaking, but overall still a terrific performance.

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Well read, but I just couldn't

Performance was great, and I know it's an important book, but I just couldn't get into this. I really tried. :( I Robot was one of the greatest books I've read, but this was just a bit too dry.

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Early history of foundation

I read the book a long time ago; in 2 or 3 occasions; I feel like a few words are missing or sentences are being skipped. It happens I think early in the book and at the beginning of the Enclypedist era of Terminus.

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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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  • Aaron
  • 2018-02-20

Chauvinist 1950s vision of the far future

This book has not aged well. Isaac Asimov had some interesting ideas about a galactic empire that were probably visionary in his time. However, I found Foundation to be almost unreadable.

In a high-tech future galaxy where humanity numbers in the quintillions, Asimov can’t fathom that half of them might be women. With the exception of one lone woman - the harridan wife of a powerful man - there are no female characters with speaking roles, much less names. The book features a huge cast of characters and spans a thousand years of history, yet Asimov couldn’t imagine that a woman could actually think, speak, or do more than housework.

Additionally, Foundation is entirely composed of droning, stilted conversations between cigarette and cigar-puffing men about politics. Asimov apparently got the “Show, don’t tell” rule of storytelling backward. His characters are flat, completely indistinguishable, and emotionless, except when preaching at each other in pompous, stentorian tones about civics. Asimov spends no time developing the characters themselves, so every one of them seems to simply be a clone or automaton without personality or motivation.

This is further exacerbated by the flat, monotonous narration by Scott Brick, who gives each character the exact same voice. In a book mostly composed of narrative-less dialogues, I found myself perpetually confused about who was saying what.

I doubt I’ll be reading any more Asimov after this.

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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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  • Sarah
  • 2011-07-11

In spite of its flaws, I couldn't put it down.

This is a work of creative genius. The plot is intricate and compelling, breath-taking in its scope, and wildy imaginative. The characters aren't terribly well-developed, and the dialogue is sometimes cheesy, but that almost doesn't matter because my focus was drawn, again and again, to the "big picture". As soon as I think I've lost interest, Asimov drops a bombshell plot twist, and I'm back. Fantastic.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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    5 out of 5 stars
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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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  • 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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  • 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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • James C
  • 2010-07-04

Great book and narration

I'm almost finished with the book and I have found no problems with the narration or editing. I can see what other people mean about it being a bit difficult to keep track of all the characters and figure out who is talking, but keep in mind (for those like myself who are new to the Foundation series) that the book moves from epoch to epoch, with each story having a manageable number of characters. I also agree that the narrator (Scott Brick) doesn't do the best job I've heard him do of distinguishing between characters, but it's really not bad.

On the content side, I'm a fan of many Star Wars books and a few others by authors like Kevin J Anderson and Timothy Zahn but had never read much of Asimov. I'm already hooked and looking forward to the rest of the books in this immense series.

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