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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,035 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isaac Asimov Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Foundation Series Release Date:
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It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Claire | 2/19/2014

    " I love how fast the story moves, but one point in particular had me feeling quite strange. Hari Seldon gets a 'print book', which is more like an ereader, and Dors says its positively Stone Age. I was reading on my ereader at the moment and it seemed a bit surreal, since when it was written, there were no ereaders. I'm amazed at Asimov's conceptualizations of robots and ereaders and who knows what else that I haven't' read yet that has come true already. The story moves quickly and as a behavioral science person, I love how the hero is a 'psychologist/historian/mathematician'. It reads like interrelated short stories - which makes sense as Asimov was a great short story writer - but there are threads throughout the story attached to longer threads that span the entire Foundation series. Never a dull moment in these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/13/2014

    " An adventure novel desguised as Science Fiction and a fun one at that. Hari Seldon delivers a paper at a math conference on the central planet of Trandor and finds that some very powerful players want his therotical ideas to be made possible so that it can help them politically. The rest of the book has him avoiding the Imperial government while trying to figure out if it he could take a theory and make it inot a useful reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Juusi | 2/13/2014

    " For some reason this has always been my very favourite Foundation book or at least a close tie with Foundation and Earth. I seem to like beginnings and endings. The structure of the book is that of a "road-movie" and while developing the plot Asimow let's us get to know the planet of Trantor. And I'm always fascinated with the concept of psychohistory which basically is just a sociology model stretched trough time. I think many sociologists would have loved to have a tool to put their ideas into use for 30 000 years at least. I wonder how much Asimow was really influenced by Communism and meritocracy as an answer to that threat? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Taffnerd | 2/11/2014

    " Very engaging intro to one of the classic scifi series. "

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