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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series

The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov’s iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon’s two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today.

The First Foundation has been defeated, crushed by the formidable mental powers of the Mule. But whispers of the mysterious Second Foundation, the only hope of defeating the Mule, are beginning to spread....

Surviving members of the First Foundation also fear the secret powers of the Second Foundation, vowing to find and destroy it. However, the location of the Second Foundation remains shrouded in mystery. Finding it will lead the Foundation to the opposite end of the Galaxy, where the fate of Seldon’s two Foundations awaits.

©2019 Isaac Asimov (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"One of the most staggering achievements in modern SF." (The Times)

"Isaac Asimov was one of the great explainers of the age. It will never be known how many practising scientists today, in how many countries, owe their initial inspiration to a book, article, or short story by Isaac Asimov." (Carl Sagan)

"Asimov displayed one of the most dynamic imaginations in science fiction." (Daily Telegraph

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A masterpiece by Asimov!

Was listening in anticipation all the way until the end of the third book. The narrator did an excellent job with voicing the various accents and personalities.

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Second Foundation: Asimov finds his stride

Second Foundation is the third book, and final for a planned trilogy of books in the foundation series. As the title suggests, I believe that during the production of this work Asimov truly polished his writing style, and in some ways so has William Hope. Asimov has moved away from his short story construction of the first book, and perfected a style that was developed in the second.

William Hope delivers a great performance, clearly his best of the trilogy. He encapsulates the character's mannerisms far better than in the previous books, and again I feel like Hope somewhat perfected his art in the third. His performance this time overcame all criticisms I have had of his performance in the other works, and I think it perhaps shows a maturation of his acting ability. Though it's unclear to me the complete history of his other VA roles, mostly non fiction from what I could see. To that end, I'm my mind, it appears as though perhaps before his role was that of narrator, but now has keenly developed his acting ability. Which is fantastic! I hope more of the Foundation series is recorded with him as the VA, and if they are, I will greedily gobble them up too.

The plot of Second Foundation follows on fairly directly from Empire and Foundation. The main focus being that of the Second Foundation, are they real? Where are they? Are they a threat? The far more intriguing plot of this book actually leads to questions being answered, as is Asimov's style. Yet it also, for the first time I might add, left me with a sense of uncertainty that seems to presage future events. The ten year gap between the third and fourth books of the series leads me to believe that Asimov was leaving himself open to writing more, even though there was a sense of conclusion in the final moments of this book.

Second Foundation is easily the best of the Foundation Trilogy.

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  • Daniel A.
  • 26-08-2020

Another great installment

Part 1 definitely stronger than Part 2, but a good end to Part 2 brought it up to standard. Good narration as ever.

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  • MR RONALD A MACQUARRIE
  • 05-09-2020

A classic

I first read this trilogy some 50 years ago. Although scifi has grown in scope since then, Asimov deserves to be recognised as one of those who created the genre. Listening to this was a great pleasure.

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  • Ricollinb
  • 20-05-2020

Equally good as the first two

Compelling story that has been excellently related by William Hope. I have listened to all the audio versions of foundation and this is the best in my view (although I loved the BBC radio one from the 80s too)

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  • Paramananda
  • 10-05-2020

superb rendition of a superb book.

Fantastic. Made the whole storyline memorable without any loss in the details. The myriad voices and characters were very well chosen.

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  • David Connor
  • 07-01-2020

Star's and Story's end.

Excellent finish to the trilogy couple of twists but nothing mind wracking. As enjoyable as the first two.

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  • Andy
  • 24-02-2021

an old favorite

Always loved this book from when I first read it - many years ago. For my money this is where the Foundation saga really took off. Extremely well read - with the voices just as I imagined.
I hope Audible brings out more in this series.

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  • 匿名
  • 07-02-2021

Phenomenal story, narration takes getting used to

Absolutely riveted after finishing the first book and adjusting to Hope’s accent. I found the way that Asimov had focused on the evolution of the plot and the plan to be fantastic. Character development is unnecessary and that found it refreshing. That’s not to say that there weren’t memorable characters...

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  • john jackson
  • 25-01-2021

Outstanding

As this is my 3rd audible book and I have listened to them in 4 days and they have been the Foundation books. since they have all been read by the outstanding reading of William Hope, I'm now worried that the next book is going to go down hill.
I love reading the series years ago and when I first started listening to them I was at the start worried that they would be a great let down.
But after hearing the 3 books, I must admit that they got the right person to read them and they were worth every penny.
I hope that if you read the books years ago, or if your new to the series that you give it a try as I'm very sure that you will love them just as much as me.
And if they do the later books William Hope will read them as I would definitely like to hear them

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  • ALK
  • 16-01-2021

A satisfying conclusion to the original trilogy

The third book of Asimov's seminal Foundation trilogy follows the format of Foundation and Empire with two novellas linked this time by the mysterious Second Foundation. It flows far easier than books 1 and 2, and the strong characters within it (notably Arcadia, a precocious teen girl) help drive the surprisingly modern narrative forward. Bar a few misfires at future technology (it was written in the late 1940s), it has a refreshing contemporary tone which made it an easy and enjoyable read, albeit with deep themes.
There's entire study guides written on the series, but suffice it to say the themes of predestination, societal control, individualism, decline of institutions, and the political powers of religion feature between the three books.
the narration was great, and engaging.
I don't think I'll go onto the sequels and prequels of Asimov's latter years, but rather appreciate the work that originally made his reputation.

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  • Corin
  • 27-12-2020

Classic sci-fi

This trilogy is a classic of sci-fi, finished in 1947.
Covers a period of over 400 years and many interwoven time lines. The range, scope and detail are very impressive - the story absorbing and interesting.

Isaac Asimov did not pick up on the communications revolution which has occurred over the last 70 years,

So a novel covering hundreds of years, great; complex story with interesting threads and surprises.

A recommended trilogy.
The only down side is the American accent in the performance.

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