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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,482 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isaac Asimov Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Galactic Empire Series Release Date:
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One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he’s a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire.

Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other two hundred million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it’s the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil—so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty.

Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two.

This is young Isaac Asimov’s first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series.

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  • “An entertaining and interesting science fiction story, it will keep you reading. A great first novel.”


  • “Fass successfully juggles a range of colorful characters by establishing distinct speaking patterns for the different groups of human[s]. His matter-of-fact narration helps acclimate listeners to an Earth that is both familiar and alien.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 2/20/2014

    " Solid conclusion to the Empire Series. Really well paced book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Drew Cauthorn | 2/17/2014

    " A fine read. As a result of an error in the laboratory, a man taking a walk is flung into a distant time where millions of stars in the universe are inhabited by humans. Earth is a radioactive planet thinly inhabited and earthlings are definitely second class citizens. Social commentary is handled deftly and the science fiction is well done. Assimov is a master story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Arithmomaniac | 2/12/2014

    " Asimov's first novel is possibly his strongest - big ideas, a gripping plot with a surprise ending, a fascinating, fleshed-out future Earth - all without his normally over-dry writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 1/29/2014

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. "

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