As a Dune junkie, I have read the "House" series from Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. So I knew what to expect with the audible version of Butlerian Jihad. A light, plot-dependent read with just enough respect to the original series to satisy my need for more info on the world of Dune. I knew it wouldn't have the depth, subtlety and richness of the original series, and it didn't. It is entertaining enough for a listen, but you'll be left wanting more.
This is a very enjoyable book that will keep you coming back for more. Provides a good foundation for the Dune series. I hope to see a sequel, I would love to hear the rest of the story.
I am amazed how close Brian Herbert is to his father in writing style. It is somewhat different, only to be expected, but very much in keeping with the Dune series. Excellent.
I really wanted to like this book, being a huge Dune fan (I've read Dune at least four times now, and I'm sure I'll read it again) but this book was painful. Still, despite the amaturish writing and obvious plotting, it's still good to learn more about the universe of Dune.
A few bits stood out -- the writing appears not to be able to think of alternative phrasing, so the book is extremely repetitive. This might not be as annoying in written form, but after you hear the phrase "thinking machines" fifty times in an audio book, you want to scream at the author to exert a few neurons. There's no reason that the cyborgs would make their single most vulnerable component easily externally accessible in combat -- they're suppose to be smart, not suicidal. And the number of "coincidences" that occur is absurd -- most of the important inventions of the next 10,000 years occur during a few years, because the author wanted to be able to write about the origin of various interesting plot devices. To me, it looked like the editor decided that it didn't matter what they printed -- if it said "Dune" and "Herbert" on it, people would buy it.
And, damn them, it worked on me.
I found this novel to be throughly enjoyable. Don't nitpick. Just relax and enjoy the story and the characters.
I've been reading this series since the first "Dune" was an exciting new concept. I listened to this one and didn't realize the new author until I had finished enjoying the book. Definately recommended!
This is the second book of this series. It is great, the type of book you don't want to end. It lays the groundwork for much of the Dune series. The presentation was well done. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
The story, plain and simple.
Asimov's foundation trilogy is probably close in comparison, although Dune has a great more scope.
Possibly experimented a bit more with character voices. Especially in differentiating human from thinking machine, or titan voices.
Butlerian Jihad: The Birth of Dune
The first book in a epic series is an amazing listen which sends you to the past of the Dune universe and shines a light on the beginning of the saga we all love.
Since I watched the movie Dune before I read any of the books I will always remember the scene where Paul Atreides overcomes the pain amplifier test given by the mother superior. Just a great scene where he overcomes his human nature. The origins of the pain amplifiers and the other important things it spawned were great to hear about in this series.
Seleme Worm Rider
Twists, origins, action.
The explanations of Dune's technology and politics.
Haven't heard his other performances.
Was my first book on tape and it was a great experience.