Foundation and Empire Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 33 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 September 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,021 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
16 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
21 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
24 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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I decided it was time to revisit the Foundation series and ordered the trilogy and looked forward to being enthralled by the writings of Asimov once again.
Oh dear! This is definitely not how I remembered it at all, the story seems so very silly now, planets that had lost nuclear power are taught to treat it as a religion, run by the Priesthood of the First Foundation when they reintroduce it. How very unlikely. Simply because they had lost the skilled workforce and knowledge necessary to build nuclear power plants and atomic devices certainly does not mean they will regard it in awe as a mysterious religious force of some weird priesthood when reintroduced. No, not even remotely plausible, even when trying to go along with it for the sake of the story.
The wonderful power of Seldon’s psychohistory in predicting the future path the Foundation would take over the next thousand years, while so believable at the time, now doesn’t make sense at all, just not realistic, Chaos Theory changed all that!
I should have left Foundation where I found it, back in the past, it has come as a great disappointment to discover it isn’t the wonderful masterpiece I once believed it was. I really regret reading it again as an older, and perhaps wiser, but definitely more cynical, grumpy old grandfather.
Never go back, things are never as you remembered them in your youth.
And do be aware that the new TV series from Apple is very different from the books. Happily, this second book of the original "Foundation" series does not (unlike "Foundation") use of an image from the series on the cover, so that should avoid giving the impression the book will reflect what's on screen. (From what I've seen so far, the books are much better.)
It's dated a little with the amount of smoking especially cigars in the dialogue!