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Foundation and Empire

Narrated by: William Hope
Series: Foundation, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 33 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 First Foundation survived two centuries of barbarism as the once-mighty Galactic Empire descended into chaos. Now it must prepare for war against the remnants of the Empire as the Imperial fleet advances on their planet, Terminus.

Hari Seldon predicted this war; he even prepared his Foundation for it. But he couldn’t foresee the birth of the mutant Mule. In possession of a power which reduces fearsome opposition to devoted slaves, the Mule poses a terrible threat to Seldon’s Foundation.

©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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not as good as first installment

I tired of narrators style this time round, I was okay with it during Foundation. will listen to third installment though

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brilliant

a brilliant book from 1952 which feels like it could have been written in 2020

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Excellent

I have really enjoyed this version of th trilogy more than others I have previously listened to

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great book well performed.

There are an awful lot of voices for one guy to have to do in this book, he did very well but I wonder if sometimes it's just better to speak normally for incidental characters. The story is a classic. some of the dialogue is as little ripe and Asimov generally struggles with the concept of female characters but it's very enjoyable and all the better for being a true novel as opposed to the first book, which is more a collection of short stories.

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Change of pace from the first but still enjoyable. A fantastic psychological world worth exploring.

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Great sci-fi book

The narrator turns from initially being a bit annoying, to a totally addictive and irreplaceable. Looking forward to listening to the third part.