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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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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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  • Shukhrat
  • Martinez, GA, United States
  • 01-24-11

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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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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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.

9 of 16 people found this review helpful

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One hell of a SCIFI, one hell of reading

thank you Scott brick, thank you very much. I would love to read all of the next foundation serries

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Awesome series' 3rd installment is great!

Got the first book in the Foundation series to listen to on a cross-country trip with my 16 yr old son. He loved it so much we bought and listened to this second book as well. Then we bought this 3rd book (still on the same road trip). He loved it so much we bought the next book to listen to on our various other road trips this summer. He really does just loves this series! This book (like the last 2) was also narrated by Scott Brick who is awesome!. So again, truly worth the credit!

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Brilliant

A brilliant conclusion to the trilogy. The reading is suberb as well by Scott Brick. Highly recommended.

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WOW!

Never saw it coming who the first speaker was. The book is so detestably written and makes for a mind bending story,

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A Classic

I have no need for a prequel or sequel. This ends the trilogy just right.

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My favorite series by my favorite author

This Is at least the fourth or fifth time I've encountered this series in one form or another, and I enjoy it every time. Do yourself a favor and read all the Asimov series in order, it will be time well spent.

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  • Peter
  • 04-05-11

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

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  • Chefoir
  • 07-10-17

A solid conclusion to the trilogy

This book brings the events and questions from the second book together in a neat ending, whilst still leaving the options open for the universe to be explored in other works (which they are).

Brick brings continuity to those exploring the entire trilogy on audio book and his performance is excellent as always. His pacing and tone makes the book easy to listen to and there is enough diversity in his voicing to understand where the conversation has shifted between characters and narrative.

A recommended listen and a solid close to the trilogy.

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  • Dini Pantheacraft
  • 04-24-17

good read

pretty good book enjoyed it. gives lots to think about and I look forward to reading more in the extended universe

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  • Shiraazi
  • 02-21-17

incredible end to a timeless trilogy

what a journey. full of twists and intrigue. keeps you constantly hooked and guides you masterfully. Don't hesitate and get it.

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  • Oliver
  • 11-21-16

Another great sci fi classic,

it's a classic Asimov tale, if you're hoping it will be as good as the first and second foundation books you are in luck

Scott Brick is an excellent reader particularly suited to the grandiose style of Asimov's. His delivery is varied and interesting.

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  • Matt Carter
  • 10-08-16

Loved it.

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.

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  • Mr. J. Forsyth
  • 09-15-16

A different story?

Felt less like a continuation of the first 2 books or even closure and more of its own story and rushed

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  • S. Paget
  • 07-15-16

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.

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  • Joe
  • 12-02-15

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.

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  • Ioannis
  • 07-21-15

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-17

There is a singular error at the end

There is a singular error at the end where Scott Brick says "Trantor" instead of "Terminus"

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  • Becca
  • 04-14-17

awesome

awesome as usual. Asimov is amazing. Scott brick does a great job too. more of the series please

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  • Peter
  • 01-18-17

Classic Completed..

Whatever I say could add nothing to the praise already bestowed on this work, no - my words would not do justice..

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  • J. Mercan
  • 10-02-16

my favorite one of the storyline

I loved the end and how it lays down soooo many thoughts. Best written book of this series.

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  • Andy Crawford
  • 06-06-16

Fantastic. A fitting end to the series.

Have loved every moment of the Foundation Trilogy and found this book to be a fitting end to the series. All the intricacy, intelligence, foresight, and fantastically written characters which you've come to expect from Asimov. You will absolutely not be disappointed by this.

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  • P. Joseph
  • 05-05-16

A must read trilogy.

The Foundation books are a towering master work of Sci Fi from a master of the genre. You owe it to yourself to read them. Very enjoyable and very clever.

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  • Sturt
  • 12-16-15

Blah

G h h b h g g g g g f f f g g g g g g g audible. Why the mandatory reviews? Go away

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  • Mark
  • 07-14-15

Mesmerising

I can safely say as I listened to this audio book that there was not a moment that I was lost to another world within my imagination. Scott Brick did a wonderful performance on the recording. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys an ageless story, ahead of its time.

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  • Adm TeKnoMan
  • 03-19-15

The picture he paints from 70 years ago is amazing

The picture he paints of technology and the future from 70 years ago is amazing. Fantastic story, be sure to read the prequels.

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