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.
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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.
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.
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!
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Sci fi fans are doing a disservice to themselves if they have not read this epic classic....I highly recommend the series!
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.
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.
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.
It's hard to say that I'd recommend this for someone else read. But I'm very glad I did read it. It was long winded (as most logical discussions tend to be), but there were very interesting ideas and concepts brought up. I will still be continuing the Foundation series, but I have to give my "thinking cap" a little break for now.
I have been reading and rereading this series for about 50 years. I never get tired of the story. Isaac Asimov got me into science-fiction, and hooked me for good. I recommend this story to anyone who likes to hear about the development of the universe. At least from a science-fiction viewpoint. I have a lot of windshield time available to me these days. Therefore, it was very convenient for me to have this book available on Audible.
The first two books in the series are much better. This whole book could be condensed it half its current length, and nothing of importance would be lost. Not bad, but it's made me hesitant to continue the series.
"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.
By the time you have travelled this far through the Foundation you have to see it through to Stars End. Great story, beautifully read and no production editing problems.
"A different story?"
Felt less like a continuation of the first 2 books or even closure and more of its own story and rushed
"Not as gripping as the others"
I didn't enjoy this as much as the previous books. I didn't really find the motivations convincing or identify with the characters.
Middle of the list
Others in the series
Asimov, enjoyed greatly reading as a youth, now rediscovering through the toil of the daily commute. A bit dated but still worth the listen. As an ex-smoker the constant references to smoking as a social experience was a bit of a flash back, instead of the flash forward one would normally expect from a science fiction story.
"An excellent conclusion of an excellent trilogy"
The last book of the trilogy, it managed to provide a conclusion that answered just enough to satisfy the reader but didn't remove the wonder of the Foundation universe Asimov created. A must read.
"DATED BUT INTERESTING"
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.
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.
Definitely plenty of material for a TV drama.
Wonderful to hear one of my all time favorites read aloud. Perfect for a long journey.
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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