Summary

The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin. The scene then moves forward a further 20 years, as Mayor Hardin faces down the domination of the nearby and most powerful Kingdom, Anacreon.
The Merchant Princes
One-hundred-fifty years after the Foundation was established, the now powerful trading nation faces its greatest threat to date, guided by master trader Hober Mallow.
The General
Two hundred years after its creation, the Foundation battles Bel Riose, the last powerful General of the dying Galactic Empire.
The Mule
A further hundred years have passed, and the Foundation is challenged by an unexpected threat named The Mule.
Flight from the Mule
During the war against The Mule, with things going badly for the Foundation, some key figures under the leadership of the Foundation's greatest scientist, Ebling Mis, flee Terminus in search of the Second Foundation, to warn it of the danger from The Mule.
The Mule Finds
The Mule attempts to find and overthrow the Second Foundation.
Star's End
Sixty years later, and a teenage girl is at the center of the Foundation's renewed search for the Second Foundation.
Changes from the written Trilogy: The conflict between The Foundation and Anacreon takes place 70 years into the Foundation era; in the novels it occurs at 80 F.E. A small segment in Foundation titled "Traders" has been removed entirely. General editing for time has been done throughout. A large, rather comedic section on farming on Rossem has been added to "The Mule Finds".
Please note: This is an historical broadcast recording, produced by the BBC in 1973. The audio quality represents the technology of the time when it was produced.
©2011 ABN (P)2011 ABN
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2 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 28-04-11

A Muffled Foundation

This recording originates from 1973 as a BBC radio 4 dramatization and is contemporary with the John Pertwee era of Doctor Who. Not unsurprisingly the sound effects are of their time, with an additional nod to Forbidden Planet. Its effects and music comes from the same stable, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, as the Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy. When I originally listened to both of these programmes, in the late Seventies, the sound effects sounded really exciting through a little transistor radio and sometimes through the single earphone that came with it.
I own a tape version that I bought many years ago. The ?hardcopy? version is superior, in quality, to this copy, which from playing the sample sounds muffled as if it had been recorded out of a speaker, from an old LP recording, I?m sure I heard a pop or crackle here or there. I?ve just compared (played through the same speakers) my copy against the Audible sample and while there are passages that have a resonant ambience ? the narrative Encyclopedia Galactica, Court scenes etc. ? the dialogue is clear and crisp (on the hardcopy), as one would expect from the BBC.
This is another example of older recordings needing re-mastering for modern media. I have downloaded a copy of Bill Bryson?s Notes from a Small Island (Unabridged) and it too suffers from this muffled sound quality. I understand Audible are not the originators of the material on their site but they should exercise better quality control before they offer this sort of thing for sale, or perhaps offer a discount for damaged goods.
For the time being I'm sticking to the hardcopy.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 18-03-11

Great story, awful music

The story as expected is excellent and the abridging has been done well. The voices are good and the timing works. However, the music/sound effects are like Pertwee Dr Who at it's most intrusive and the actors sound like they were recorded in a toilet. In a car you can hardly make out some of the quieter (in the distance) speakers as they boom with too much bass (I turned my bass right down). The musical interludes and intermittent backgrounds on the other hand are too loud, too jarring and just make you wince - they are simply unbearable on headphones - this would be better if the music was cleaned off completely. I'm guessing it was recorded in the 70's.

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1 out of 5 stars
By James on 06-03-11

How can you go wrong with a must read book for $2

Well they found a way! This is so over produced with music effects and poor control of the sound volume, the book in unlistenable.

You get a couple of lines of dialogue then some weird loud music. It is also very hard to follow a conversation because they have one person talking so softly with a low volume and the other one set high. So if you set your volume so you can hear the lows you get blasted when the other guy talks or the music kicks in.

Someone took this in post production and ruined it!!!!! Luckily Audible has an excellent rendition of Foundation it will cost you quite a bit more but it is worth it; just click on Isaac Asimov’s name above.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 08-03-11

My Ears, My Ears!!

James totally got it right, the post-production sound is awful. You have to crank up the volume to hear anybody, but then in between scenes or chapters in the book, they have awful '50's and 60's sci-fi electronica that is played at TOP VOLUME! The first time this happened it nearly blew my eardrums in.

I gave is two stars because it is Asimov, but this audiobook is one of the worst I've bought from Audible. There's a reason it's only $2.

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