• Second Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Series: Foundation, Book 3
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 20-04-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (357 ratings)


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.
©1991 Isaac Asimov (P)2010 Random House
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4 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 05-04-11

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Sibic on 19-04-18

Great book. Very good reader.

Fantastic series. I initially thought that most of the ideas would be outdated by now, but I was wrong. The story is kept on such a high level that it becomes timeless. Dealing with ideals, intrigue and also showing the mindset of its time. I was positively surprised to see a strong female character in one of the chapters (again considering time period when the books where written).

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joseph Y. on 21-05-10


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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13 of 16 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By rudy on 19-02-13

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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