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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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Before his time

I'm left wanting more... truly Isaac Asimov could see into our future. very cool book

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  • 15-08-2021

Superb series from start to finish.

What a mind Asimov had! To be able to think of all those plot intricacies and subtleties - dude was too smart!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-2021

Good conclusion to the trilogy

Clever, kept me interested and nice conclusion to the foundation trilogy.

Equal measures psychological science fiction as it is space science fiction.

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  • Mr. C. Bennett
  • 19-09-2021

A great story

A fantastic story. I loved every minute of it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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  • michael harrop
  • 15-09-2021

exceptional sci-fi

the influence of Asimov on modern sci-fi is total and this trilogy was a joy to experience. William hope delivered a surprising versatile performance throughout 555

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-2022

meh.

Not my cup of tea. Narrator is excellent! I just did not find the story to be that interesting.

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