The second of two prequel novels in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series
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As Hari Seldon struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory and ensure a place for humanity among the stars, the great Galactic Empire totters on the brink of apocalyptic collapse. Caught in the maelstrom are Seldon and all he holds dear, pawns in the struggle for dominance. Whoever can control Seldon will control psychohistory—and with it the future of the Galaxy.
Among those seeking to turn psychohistory into the greatest weapon known to man are a populist political demagogue, the weak-willed Emperor Cleon I, and a ruthless militaristic general. In his last act of service to humankind, Hari Seldon must somehow save his life’s work from their grasp as he searches for its true heirs—a search that begins with his own granddaughter and the dream of a new Foundation.
Asimov’s subtle dialogue is completely destroyed by this narrator
It serves me right for making a late night impulse buy in the audiobooks section. There's a different narrator for this book and has been for the rest of the series, and sometimes that's good, but in this case it's horrible. The narrator is over enunciating words as if he were reading Webster’s Dictionary to a child. A child from another country. The book is being read as a task rather than as a performance.
The foundation series is almost entirely delivered by way of dialogue between the characters. Being hard science fiction, the emotion in Asimov’s dialogue is subtle enough to pick up on without any artificial interference. If that dialogue is poorly delivered by the narrator, the book falls apart by no fault of the author. This book was made to fall apart just ten minutes in.