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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 survived two centuries of barbarism as the once-mighty Galactic Empire descended into chaos. Now it must prepare for war against the remnants of the Empire as the Imperial fleet advances on their planet, Terminus.

Hari Seldon predicted this war; he even prepared his Foundation for it. But he couldn’t foresee the birth of the mutant Mule. In possession of a power which reduces fearsome opposition to devoted slaves, the Mule poses a terrible threat to Seldon’s Foundation.

©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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not as good as first installment

I tired of narrators style this time round, I was okay with it during Foundation.

will listen to third installment though

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brilliant

a brilliant book from 1952 which feels like it could have been written in 2020

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Amazing story!

Not the most avid listener/reader, but I do enjoy sci-fi stories and this one here along with the first book have been probably the best I’ve heard/read ever!

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outstanding

this second book in the foundation series is pure class just as enthralling and captivating as the first book with surprises and suspense throughout. Asimov was a master of his craft and the performance of William hope through the series is impeccable. I highly recommend this series to any sci fi or political thriller fan

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Brilliant

Once again William Hope gives an outstanding rendering of another foundation book.
I listened to the book in one day, which I can't believe. But after hearing his rendition of the first foundation book, I just had to buy the second, just to hear if it was as good as the first. But I have to say, I think that it was even better.
I must admit I read the books years ago when I was younger and I loved reading them then.
I didn't think that I would like listening to books rather than read them, and I must admit this is only my second book.
But if the other books are just as good, then I'm sold on them as I can listen to books will doing other things as well

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Classic Sci-Fi epic Surprisingly Enjoyable

second in the original trilogy of books by Asimov, this book was an improvement on the first (which I enjoyed the immediacy of). It comprises of two novellas linked by the continuing story arc of the Foundation, and the predictions of Hari Selden from the first book. Of the two novellas I found the second more interesting, with the amusing twist at the end and the set-up (I hope) for book three. Asimov's writing is surprisingly fresh and engaging for a book written when my father was but a boy. The underlying themes are interesting yet not overly heavy, and so much sci-fi that was to follow took inspiration from this book I can see why it earned its status.
for the Audio book, the narration was great. definitely one of the better narrators I've listened to.

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I have really enjoyed this version of th trilogy more than others I have previously listened to

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great book well performed.

There are an awful lot of voices for one guy to have to do in this book, he did very well but I wonder if sometimes it's just better to speak normally for incidental characters.

The story is a classic. some of the dialogue is as little ripe and Asimov generally struggles with the concept of female characters but it's very enjoyable and all the better for being a true novel as opposed to the first book, which is more a collection of short stories.

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Change of pace from the first but still enjoyable. A fantastic psychological world worth exploring.

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Great sci-fi book

The narrator turns from initially being a bit annoying, to a totally addictive and irreplaceable. Looking forward to listening to the third part.