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Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. As unsurpassed blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women dedicated to preserving humanity's light in a galaxy plunged into a nightmare of ignorance and violence thirty thousand years long.

After years of struggle, the Foundation lies in ruins, destroyed by the mutant mind power of the Mule. But it is rumored that there is a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established to preserve the knowledge of mankind through the long centuries of barbarism. The Mule failed to find it the first timebut now he is certain he knows where it lies.

The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only 14 years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed, before it destroys them.

©1991 Isaac Asimov (P)2010 Random House

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  • Global
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  • Joseph Y.
  • 21/05/2010

Distractions

Great to re read this classic but I have to say that the background music and additional audio tracks are a great distraction. I have listened to hundreds of audio books...some good...some great in their presentation and reading. This is one of the most difficult to listen too and stay focussed on the story. Unfortunate since this is a timeless classic from Asimov.

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  • rudy
  • 19/02/2013

epic classic sci fi wonderment

Where does Second Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Isaac Asimov's "Second Foundation", for the sci fi fan i am, floats near the top of my list for all audiobooks thus far, it is intriguing, intelligent, believable, spoke with excellence by Scott Brick and exceeded expectations.

What other book might you compare Second Foundation to and why?

Second Foundation, as all of Asimov's, in this collection, almost stands alone in this genre; but, if had to compare a book of such vast fictional intelligence i could easily put this in the same shelf as "star wars" and "star trek"...i only wish they would do a current day mini-series to show off the brilliance of the author.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Although lacking an enormous pool to choose from, Scott Brick, at this point, is....by far...my favorite! He is astronomically brilliant in his disposition of ALL characters, he is grammatically perfect in all facets of speech, punctuations, poetic pauses and character purpose and appeal. It is difficult to imagine any other doing a novel as well. I often filter for Scott Brick read books to find new! He is excellent!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

No idea what a "tag line" is!? :)

Any additional comments?

Sci fi fans are doing a disservice to themselves if they have not read this epic classic....I highly recommend the series!

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  • Anurag
  • 08/02/2018

Truly wonderful

This is an amazing story. The best one so far in the series. The plot is a little more complicated than in the previous ones, the characters and the events much more exciting.

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  • Shukhrat
  • 24/01/2011

Culmination point

This is third book of trilogy (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation). Of course, it is culmination point and Issaac Asimov is a master of suspense and unbelievable twists. I loved this book in childhood and I still love it.

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  • Joel D Offenberg
  • 17/07/2010

Classic, but flawed...part 3

Asimov's Foundation series, based on the ideas from the "Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire," starts with a 12,000 year-old Galactic Empire. The great Hari Selden has mathematically proven that the Empire will soon fall and a 30-millennium Dark Age will follow, but Selden's Foundation can shorten that time by a factor of 30.

In Second Foundation, the Mule has conquered the original Foundation and much of the galaxy, but the secretive Second Foundation---oriented to mental science where the first Foundation is oriented to physical sciences---lurks out there and is interfering with the Mule's plans for a new empire. The Mule attempts to track down the Second Foundation. After the Mule's death, the original Foundation needs the Second Foundation's help in getting the Selden plan back on track.

The Foundation trilogy is a bit dry, and the characters are quite one-dimensional and cartoonish. It may be more enjoyable if you think of it as a history book from the distant future rather than an adventure story. The envisioned technology was typical for the 1940's (computing your course across the galaxy with a slide-rule), but seems rather quaint now. One other complaint: Asimov got pretty wordy in places, to the detriment of the story.

I like Scott Brick as a narrator and he does a pretty good job with this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15/04/2018

More Epic Story

At first it’s like wow, then it’s like dang, then there’s a twist and another twist and at the end your like that made sense.

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  • Nellie
  • 11/04/2018

disappointing narration

the entire trilogy, like most of his works, is an amazing story but the narration does not do it justice. it is worth reading this one.

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  • Palmtreviewer
  • 05/04/2018

Epic and thought provoking series

I was not sure about the Foundation Series at first; book one almost seemed to span too much time and too many characters to really enable me to care about them or their stories. But like a good Dickens novel (albeit with Galactic proportions and Sci Fi themes), the plot builds and the various story lines weave their way together until they join in a startling and satisfying conclusion by the end of this third book. If you’ve never read The Foundation series, be sure you get at least this far. I plan to go on, and Audible is the only place I’ve found them readily available so guess where my next few credits will be (very well) spent? The cerebral writing of Asimov is well suited to the style of Scott Brick.

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  • kbarrier
  • 05/04/2018

well done

Great finish. Ireally enjoy how the technology in the story is used but not focused upon to carry the plot.

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  • David Richardson
  • 30/03/2018

what there was, was good. too bad most missing

Recording stopped in middle of chapter 3. tried to redownload but that copy still stopped in middle of chapter 3. program goes on tp next chapters but they are all silent.