Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy


(4.2 stars; 915 reviews)

The Foundation Trilogy concists of: 1. Foundations 2. Foundation and Empire 3. Second Foundation The Foundation Trilogy is an epic science fiction series written over a span of forty-four years by Isaac Asimov. It consists of seven volumes that are closely linked to each other, although they can be read separately. The series is highly acclaimed, winning the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. The premise of the series is that mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept devised by Asimov and his editor John W. Campbell. Using the law of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale; it is error-prone for anything smaller than a planet or an empire. It works on the principle that the behavior of a mass of people is predictable if the quantity of this mass is very large (equal to the population of the galaxy). The larger the mass, the more predictable is the future. Using these techniques, Seldon foresees the fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting thirty thousand years before a second great empire arises. To shorten the period of barbarism, he creates two Foundations, small, secluded havens of art, science, and other advanced knowledge, on opposite ends of the galaxy. The focus of the trilogy is on the Foundation of the planet Terminus. The people living there are working on an all-encompassing Encyclopedia, and are unaware of Seldon's real intentions (for if they were, the variables would become too uncontrolled). The Encyclopedia serves to preserve knowledge of the physical sciences after the collapse. The Foundation's location is chosen so that it acts as the focal point for the next empire in another thousand years (rather than the projected thirty thousand). Audio has 8 parts

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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60's BBC radio adaptation

(5 stars)

I have not read the books, but may after listening to this 60's BBC radio adaptation. It is exactly what you would expect for a 60's BBC radio play. Great acting and brilliant sound effects....for the 60's. Unfortunately they seem old hat now. Also the mix leaves a lot to be desired. A digital remix would be cool, but LibriVox doesn't do them. I still think it deserve five stars.

A product of its recording era

(2.5 stars)

This would get more points of it weren't for the background noises. Unfortunately this was recorded around the era when the BBC science fiction community was in love with jarring, grating experimental synth. Were it not for that this reviewer would put it closer to 4-5 stars. some parts of the music being significantly louder than the dialogue I would recommend headphones if you don't want to annoy the neighbors and still want to hear what is being said. if you are of a nervous disposition and don't like sudden loud noises I would avoid it all together.

Sounds like the 60s

(4 stars)

In the 60s people sat next to their radios right? Now we walk around with ear buds and listen to audiobooks while driving. The sound effects are seriously dated and damn annoying; it would help to upload this audio file and reduce them because they play between every chapter and section break. Still, Asimov is captivating and I was hooked, I was hooked; now, my ear drums are taking revenge.

anachronistic and simple

(2.5 stars)

The treatment although a dramatic rendering somehow failed to achieve any drama similar to what was accomplished by the book l read 20 years ago. The inclusion of a bazaar Doctor Who like sound effect between every subchapter was not only annoying but completely prevented me from remembering what happened - maybe that was the point - erase your memory in a mule-like fashion. The story goes by quick and does provide some diversion but I can't say that was particularly exciting or enjoyable.

(5 stars)

Very cool! Tackling Future History head on. Asimov does an excellent job of taking the long view. Considering how most humans have a hard time comprehending time beyond 5 years in the past or future, this story deals with time scales in hundreds and thousands of years. This is an adaptation not a direct read of the books. The sci fi synth effects are a nice score and give it a somewhat dated vibe but in a good way. Asimov could not foresee concepts like the Internet or instant communication but this gives the story an alternate history kind of vibe. I never heard this when it originally aired so I'm not sure how it ends, but the story seems incomplete. Still, very cool.

Very good adaptation.

(5 stars)

As expected of a BBC show, the production is marvelous. The audio effects are a bit too loud for today's standards, and the voices are spoken too low sometimes, creating a somewhat hard to understand atmosphere. But, other than that, it's marvelous. The voice acting is quite good, the story is, as advertised, absolutely amazing and well written, with a very nice ending. I'll recommending it forever more, be here on at star's end....

absolute genius!!!

(4 stars)

although the sound recording was totally erratic (you constanly need to keep your hand on the volume button so -1 for that), the music was fittingly (retro)sci-fi..the actors brilliant and the story deceivingly..very deceivingly simple..thats the genius of issac asimov..after spinnig the web of complicated plots and utterly complex theories..the ending always comes out to be unexpected and yet oh so how-could-i-have-missed-that...because not evrybody is Asimov and it becomes pretty apparent why it took decades to write something this ambitious!!

Foundation by Asimov

(0.5 stars)

Not an actual review of book. Could not get past the 1st 20mins due to poor sound/production quality. 1.volume so low that even w/ earbuds the audio is drowned out by driving w/ the windows down. 2 .it is read like a combo BBC play/Calvin Klein commercial. 3.the beyond cheesy sound effects, R beyond annoying. I may have trudged through it, had #1 been adequate. Review of the 20 minutes : A seemingly perfect galactic society faces destruction by the common reasons; societal degeneration due to minute, yet compounded, moral lapses by moronic &/or egocentric despots of the moment wanting their own little way. Looking to exert their authority, they fail to recognize their actions R immoral precursors leading the skew towards societal decay/ ultimate destruction. However, at the crux of this tale, R the portents of impending doom via a supposedly scientific calculation that isn't specific enough to point out the cause of utopia becoming dystopia, & thereby making the calculation supplant & mask said cause