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Second Foundation | [Isaac Asimov]

Second Foundation

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to all of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, including (in chronological order):

Prelude to Foundation
Forward the Foundation
Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation's Edge
Foundation and Earth

©1991 Isaac Asimov (P)2010 Random House

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    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 01-24-11
    Shukhrat Martinez, GA, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    rudy 02-19-13
    rudy 02-19-13

    for the love of 'purpose and reason'!

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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Y. 05-21-10
    Joseph Y. 05-21-10 Member Since 2006
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    "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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joel D Offenberg 07-17-10 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 05-01-15
    Jeff PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 05-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great end to the first trilogy"

    I enjoyed this novel the most of the first three. The intrigue and mystery was fun to explore and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I am already looking forward to the next novel

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    Sarah 04-14-15
    Sarah 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible must read sci-if"

    If you're a sci-fi person, then The Foundation Trilogy is a must-read. It's really just classic. I'd definitely recommend going in order through, so if you're looking at Second Foundation, then you've probably already read/listened to the first two and don't need me to tell you that...

    The reader is great and has a wonderful voice, though for some reason the recording sometimes gets a little quieter, which is a tad annoying. Overall though, I'd say it's a fantastic reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Boling Lynden, WA USA 03-17-15
    Bill Boling Lynden, WA USA 03-17-15 Member Since 2014

    iamanerd in Lynden

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    "best book series, Issac was a visionaire"

    not much more to say other just do not read the first three foundation books. you need to read all of the robot series and the additional foundation books as well.

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    Andre 03-07-15
    Andre 03-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Twist after twist after twist"

    Amazing Amazing amazing the narration and sorry are both so brilliant. Get this audiobook now

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    Dave Davis Illinois USA 01-27-15
    Dave Davis Illinois USA 01-27-15 Member Since 2010

    Anybody Listening?

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    "It's out there..."

    Loved this book! Scott Brick is the best! I wish that he read all the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX 01-12-15
    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX 01-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enthralled"

    Asimov is the king of SF. Hearing the unabridged book is wonderful. Scott Brick does a great job with the voices of the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
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    "Superb conclusion to trilogy"

    For me this trilogy peaked in the middle with 'Foundation and Empire', but this book is still great and well worth listening to if you have listened/read the others. The conclusion of this original Foundation trilogy is satisfactory, although it is clear that the story can continue and does in the form of the Extended Foundation series which are unfortunately not available on Audible and which do not seem to have been produced by Random House.

    Excellently narrated by Scott Brick.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sonia
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    "DATED BUT INTERESTING"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    OH YES - I was intrigued and enjoyed most of it. The difficulty was with the span of time so many characters. After a while it became a bit repetitive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Questions concerning the nature of religious practice used as a method of control set against so called science. I don't mean to be dismissive but the scientists did not convince me.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

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    Could you see Second Foundation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Definitely plenty of material for a TV drama.


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  • Andre
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    "Wonderful"

    Wonderful to hear one of my all time favorites read aloud. Perfect for a long journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joachim Bjerke Jentoft
    London, W8 5SR, United Kingdom
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    "Outdated?"

    Repetitive and uninteresting. The forstå book had some novelty and was a good read, the Two latter books could have been merged and shortened. It might just be outdated...

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