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Second Foundation

Narrated by: William Hope
Series: Foundation, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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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

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

"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)

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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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  • 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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  • SlosshyDolphin
  • 27-02-2020

Great at what it does well but....

The story is sound and well thought out but is seems that there are really big areas where there was little or no thought put in. I know this is probably unpopular but it is true whatever the book achieves, and it achieves a lot, it really falls flat and i was left feeling i had half a good book.

The general story is interesting and engaging the concepts the books covered are far better documented than i can do here but the problem i had was while listening to this great massive galactic tale was how uninspired society was. I have read a lot of "Golden" or classic sci fi call it what you will but no thought had been given to society. Sure over the books we see changing influence of commerce and region and commerce but nothing about people within. Women are still minor beings, so give up now girls because does not look like you have much luck in the future other than crying and looking pretty for the hard working men.

Most of the technology just add the word atomic in front of it atomic car, atomic ash tray etc Although we are shown the inspiration to the Holophonor from Futurama ( a particular well written part of the book)

I would still recommend reading this book and it is better than the first in the series and i will complete the rest of the series and i said the story is sound and engaging.

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-10-2019

Awesome

Absolutely brilliant and satisfying conclusion to the fabulous foundation trilogy. A circle has no end.