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

    SOON TO BE AN APPLE TV+ SERIES, COMING 9/24/21 • 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.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    • chip worden
    • 24/09/2021

    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
    • 08/09/2021

    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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    • Phil
    • 08/08/2020

    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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    • Jeffrey Ochoa
    • 05/11/2018

    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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    • Kristopher
    • 28/01/2020

    Audio Skips Mid-Sentence

    Like a couple others reviews, I noticed two distinct mid-sentence skips in the first two minutes of the book. I was really looking forward to this series but guess I'll have to find it elsewhere since Audible only has this one version available and I'm not OK with all the skipping.

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    • J. Scotty Parker
    • 29/11/2011

    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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    • Sarah
    • 11/07/2011

    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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    • Sandy McMahon
    • 17/08/2010

    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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    • Jerry D. Miller
    • 17/03/2013

    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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    • Roger Lee
    • 07/04/2013

    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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    • Karl-Heinz Brunner
    • 01/12/2018

    Immer wieder großartig

    Eines meiner Lieblingsbücher seit meiner Jugend. Mehrfach gelesen und auch als Hörbuch klasse.
    Eines der Bücher, die jeder SF-Fan kennen sollte und auch für geschichtlich Interessierte empfehlenswert (Aufstieg und Fall des Römischen Reiches).

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    • Eric B
    • 24/09/2018

    etwas veraltet

    Dieses Buch ist schon etwas veraltet, die Zukunft hier ist lustig, ohne Rechner, mit Bandaufnahmen und atomischen handwaffen und kaum eine weibliche Figur. Jedoch gibts da viele interessanten Ideen und Konzepte von Politik, Religion, Psychologie, Wirtschaft und weiter, und ist erzählt in einer sehr ehrgeizigen Art und Weise.

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    • Global
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    • baldurslayer
    • 04/12/2010

    ordentlicher Auftakt zu einem Scifi Juwel

    ordentlich gesprochen - manchmal sind aber die verschiedenen Personen von Scott Brick nicht unterschiedlich genug herausgearbeitet.

    Die Geschichte an sich ist ein absoluter Klassiker des Genres, wer aber eine actionreiche Geschichte sucht wird hier nicht fündig

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 12/08/2021

    Great book and speaker!

    I really like the speaker, already listener to him read some George r r Martin on Youtube. Book is great.

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    • IMHO
    • 27/03/2019

    I was entertained

    Good enough story, entertaining, not overloaded, captures attention. Pleasant narration.
    I can recommend this audiobook.

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    • M.T.
    • 29/01/2019

    Written 1951 and still not old

    Impressive work - still not outdated.
    this is what many sci-fi books and movies aspire to be, but few can manage (I'm looking at you, George Lukas).
    The only small downside to the Foundation series, which I also wrote after the second book (writing this review after also finishing that one) is that the conversations between the characters when they argue tend to be slightly pretentious and overly 'academic', therefore less realistic than the "science" covered in the books :)

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    • Kindle-Kunde
    • 13/10/2016

    Another peer deep into Humankind

    No wonder this has been deemed as (one of) his masterpiece. Once again Asimov's insight on humans gives rise to pure bewilderment.

    ... do not expect much from the side of gender equality, though. It was written in the 50s.

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    • Paul
    • 09/03/2013

    All politics?

    This is my first Asimov and I was expecting science fiction. But after 5 hours of only politics I gave up. Perhaps it was the wrong Asimov to start with judging by all the fans he has. However, I can hear the geek/nerd all the way through trying to create imaginary worlds. Politicians making lofty speeches are not very entertaining. It's also interesting with today's Internet that people are still using pens and writing encyclopedias in the future.

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