Although I acknowledge this book is not particularly great literature and that there is nothing terribly original in it, it is a really entertaining fantasy book. There are elements of it that are contrived and other parts which make you roll your eyes, but on the whole it is fine and keeps going at a great pace and compels one to read it to the end. If you take your fantasy seriously (to me 'Serious Fantasy' is an oxymoron) then you will probably be able to quote lots of better books and authors, but if you want an easy listening experience without taking it all too seriously, then this is as good as the next.
In a nutshell, if you are a 3rd Dan 'Dungeons and Dragons' Master who has memorised everything that Terry Brookes ever wrote and go to LOTR conventions dressed as an Orc, this is probably not the book for you. For everyone else who has realistic expectations (look at the cover illustration, for goodness sake!) of what this book is going to deliver, give it a try.
I for one am looking forward to the sequel.
A magnificent book that surpasses the first in the series, although both books are superb. The Foundation is in trouble and Hari Seldon's prophecies are at risk from a mutant intelligence he could not have predicted. Hope is turned towards the revelation of a second foundation but discovering its location could prove its downfall as dark forces are also interested in it.
This book is different from the first in that it is not so split up into shorter stories (five in the first book) that cover hundreds of years of history. This book consists of two stories ('The General' and 'The Mule') and as such I enjoyed it more since I could get better involved in the characters and longer plot than the fragmented structure of the first book. Both of these books are sci-fi at its best, though.
This book was a real pleasure to listen to, all the more enjoyable for the great narration by Scott Brick.
I recommend this book very highly. As someone who watched the BBC series back in 1981 when I was 10, the audiobook brought back all the scenes with my minds eye, seeing John Duttine who portrayed the protagonist so well, doing battle with the new order.
The book, by Wyndham's own admission, is strongly influenced by War of the Worlds, and it is evident in the style of description of the English countryside and the various travels that the main characters undertake in finding a place in the new world, pursued by Triffids.
The narrator does a great job and the recording is high quality.