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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (52,607 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isaac Asimov Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Foundation Series Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307749727
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Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets...? Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Johnson | 2/17/2014

    " This is the second book in the Foundation series. The Foundation successfully survived several crises and they continue the march towards establishing a 2nd Galatic Empire. However, a potentially unforseen force has come to bear--A alian mutant called the Mule. Will Hari Seldon's plan of a 2nd Empire falter to the will of the Mule? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R. Michael Litchfield | 2/17/2014

    " Good continuation of the foundation trilogy, didn't like it as much as the first as it lacked the historical sweep and was more of a space opera "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramez | 2/17/2014

    " Asimov's second novel in the foundation series is enjoyable. The first book spanned over 2 centuries, this one spans over much more less time, which gives Asimov the chance to introduce a hero for at least this part of the series, unfortunately he didn't do a fantastic job as he does writing about sci-fi. The ending of the book was supposed to be surprising, but it was easy to figure out the plot half way through the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 2/8/2014

    " Second in the series, which, except for the story Nightfall, is the best stuff that Asimov ever did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 1/26/2014

    " Compared to the first book in the original series there is a lot more character development and intriguing more constant story line. It is still choppy and each chapter read like a short story introducing characters that don't exist too long. I've been disappointed a little by this original trilogy so far and am hoping that the third book will do some justice. The two prequels to this trilogy were fantastic and super good and had character development and connection. I'm hoping the books past the original trilogy will be the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Holzer | 1/20/2014

    " A much better read than "Foundation", this book followed a set of characters throughout and, now that everything had been set up in the previous book, was easy to enjoy. Asimov had a good understanding of how technology and science can impact society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik Nygren | 1/20/2014

    " A nice sequel to the Foundation series. As it was written several years after the first, the style is a bit different. All in all it is gripping, surprising and filled with more compelling characters. Like the others, it is also a very quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 1/5/2014

    " Isaac Asimov is a genius! This book was amazing great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 1/4/2014

    " Much better than the first book in the series. Obviously written as a whole piece instead of crammed together shorts. This book tends to treat the timeline and other abstractions as the main character, so I didn't feel as "into it" as i'd hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 11/9/2013

    " Finally read the Foundation trilogy series this summer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Lehmann | 10/5/2013

    " I thought this was a truly wonderful book. While not as "sciency" as some of my favorites of Asimov, I think it was a good continuation of the series (and idea) of the foundation. And holy crap did I like how the mule situation was resolved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Connolly | 6/9/2013

    " I kept getting distracted while reading the second Foundation book, so I'm not sure at this point I'll continue with the series. I found the ending all too predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacey | 5/14/2013

    " not quite as good as the first but still smashing! I was happy to see a female character introduced, really, what's an empire without women? a sad empire, that's what. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 4/5/2013

    " Less of a vignette style for this second in the series. It felt like the author didn't try as hard to make the characters vibrant since he had longer to do so. Still, it was a good story with excellent prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ratnesh Neema | 8/20/2012

    " And now of suspense too "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 7/4/2012

    " Journey to Trantor at the center of the galaxy and meet the mule, a mutant whose aberrant nature throws psychohistory and Seldon's Plan into a whirlwind. I think this is my favorite of the three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valeria | 3/20/2012

    " El mejor de la saga, lejos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Berg | 3/14/2012

    " A little predictable, but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pablo Paz | 2/23/2012

    " mendigo mulo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M4rc0 | 11/27/2011

    " Maintains the quality of the first book and adds some new ideas and interesting developments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 10/11/2011

    " I like the analogues to Roman history, a subject I know not at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Beary | 9/5/2011

    " I did not like this book as much as the 1st and it showed in the length of time it took me to complete it. It is still a good story and series and I look forward to second foundation which I will be starting after a few overdue non-fiction reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 5/18/2011

    " Asimov is a big thinker but a mediocre novelist. This book is boring. The writing is perfunctory, and the characters remain entirely undeveloped. The terrific concept is all but wasted. Meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/9/2011

    " "The best in the trilogy, in my opinion. This book introduces a serious threat to the First Foundation: the Mule. Asimov gets a little more gutsy in his writing, if you ask me. Loved it." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/27/2011

    " I enjoyed this one slightly more than Foundation #1, though I had a big gap in the middle of reading it. It had more of a single, continuous story line than Foundation #1, which I enjoyed more. Sets up well for Foundation #3 - it has made me want to keep reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/26/2011

    " Great Science fiction, worth reading for great escapism . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/22/2011

    " Not as impressive as the first as Asimov's writing style does not lend well to a longer narrative. Parts of this are exhilarating and much else is overly tedious. All told, still an amazing creation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ezhil | 4/13/2011

    " The second book of the Foundation Trilogy is as good as any of the books Asimov has written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caleb J. | 3/23/2011

    " There were a lot of neat ideas, I guess, but the entire book felt pointless. Everything was preordained, or undefeatable. There was no sense that anything was at stake because of that. "

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About the Author
Author Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) was born in the Soviet Union and came to the United States in 1923. He earned his PhD in chemistry in 1948, and in 1958 became a full-time writer. His writings include the Foundation Trilogy; I, Robot; Tomorrow’s Children; and numerous works of nonfiction touching on a range of scientific topics. Among his accolades are six Hugo awards, a SFWA Grand Master Award, and high praise from such luminaries as Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Roddenberry.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.