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Second Foundation Audiobook

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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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 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 01-17-16
    Robert Long Island City, New York, United States 01-17-16 Member Since 2014

    SciFi crazy! Geek! Love my dog, Dylan! Was never a good reader, then I discovered Audible and topics that interested me. Generally SciFi, b

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    "Foundatin Continues."

    I'm still hooked on the series.

    The narration continues to be good.

    By book 3, I think I want the story to wine down at this point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kiwi Gee New Zealand 10-19-15
    Kiwi Gee New Zealand 10-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Don't bother"

    The story could have fit in one book. Lots of fluff in this one. If you were not enthralled by the first then methinks not much point in the rest. The second was disappointingly short on story. This one continues the trend. I place it up there somewhere around second rate police mystery TV shows. Find something more meaningful to do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted W 09-27-15
    Ted W 09-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow."

    Wow. I have no idea how I missed this most epic, ORIGINAL story. Everything since has references to this tale.

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    Deep Reader 08-02-15
    Deep Reader 08-02-15

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "The other guys"

    This third book in the series is less memorable than the previous two, and seems to introduce new elements that left me a little disgruntled and confused. If the aim was to have the reader feel like an old man facing new technologies, I think it succeeds in its task.

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    Alan Mellerick 07-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series"

    This was the third book in the series I've listened too; all read by Scot Brick who is a very engaging narrator. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Evans 05-28-15
    Steve Evans 05-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great ending!"

    Always keeps me guessing in this one. Can you figure it out before the reveal?

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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
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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
  • Joe
    12/2/15
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    "Classic"
    Where does Second Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the list


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

    Others in the series


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ioannis
    Kuopio, Finland
    7/21/15
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    "The Seinfeld of SF - book 3"

    A very enjoyable book. A Science Fiction classic. A must read that has influenced innumerable subsequent SF works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flossie16
    RYE, United Kingdom
    4/8/15
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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?

    ?


    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    4/2/15
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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
    2/10/15
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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...

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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