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Foundation

Narrated by: William Hope
Series: Foundation, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series

The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov’s iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon’s two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today.

The Galactic Empire has prospered for 12,000 years. Nobody suspects that the heart of the thriving Empire is rotten, until psychohistorian Hari Seldon uses his new science to foresee its terrible fate.

Exiled to the desolate planet Terminus, Seldon establishes a colony of the greatest minds in the Empire, a Foundation which holds the key to changing the fate of the galaxy.

However, the death throes of the Empire breed hostile new enemies, and the young Foundation’s fate will be threatened first.

©2019 Isaac Asimov (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"One of the most staggering achievements in modern SF." (The Times)

"Isaac Asimov was one of the great explainers of the age...It will never be known how many practising scientists today, in how many countries, owe their initial inspiration to a book, article, or short story by Isaac Asimov." (Carl Sagan)

"Asimov displayed one of the most dynamic imaginations in science fiction." (Daily Telegraph)

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  • john COZ WE CAN
  • COZ WE CAN,Blue Water Marina, South end, Thorne, South Yorkshire,DN8 5QR
  • 27-10-19

foundation. classic golden age sci fi

a great timeless read by one of the greatest sci fi writers.I read the whole trilogy when I was 15 years old and I am now 75 years old and it still has the magic it had then.

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engaging and gripping

mystery with an objective, very satisfying and a tremendous performance from the narrator. will be reading more

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Still fantastic.

Read the whole series 20 years ago, loses nothing of the original. Brings the Asimov reply to life

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  • Alain Craven
  • 13-10-19

Good Story - Terrible Production

The story is good - I read this almost 40 years ago, and now listening to it again.

However, the production is very low quality - the narration cuts out weirdly and some parts are not there (so a sentence will end midway etc). That makes it hard to tell if the narrator just stops randomly, or if the narration is missing a sentence or even an entire chapter.

Very disappointing production of a seminal work of Science Fiction by a master of the genre.