This might have been a slightly better book if it were about 1/3 it's current length. The authors have a tendancy to repeat the exact same thing over and over and over and over again using only slight variations in word choice.
There are huge logic wholes such as the thinking machines being held back by a planetary shield that would fry their gell brains but not those of the cymechs (because just using the term cyborg is so uncool) under their control who had human brains. The cymechs drop through the shield to the planets surface and attempt to disable the shield in a combat where all them apparently stood around doing nothing while the humans ganged up on one after another because that was the only way the puny human weapons could destroy the cymechs. Of course after only destroying a few of the cymechs the remainder flee the planet. Um, since cymechs and human ships and their electronics could go through the sheild why would the thinking machines waste time sending the cymechs through rather than just firing missiles or bombs on the shield generators? Or, since their objective was to destroy the humans anyway, why not just bomb the entire surface of the planet into oblivion -- they had 100 years to prepare for this battle.
The characters seemed like they were drawn up by an illiterate 13 year old and were praised ad nauseum by the authors. For instance an officer is referred to as a military genius because he ordered soldiers to defend the shield generators mentioned above rather than defending a city. I'm sorry, but there's just not a lot of thought necessary to determine that defending the only thing keeping the entire planet alive is probably a better option than protecting a nearby city.
The narrator is also pretty bad. He has a good voice but occasionally speaks for characters in his narrator voice which was distracting enough to snap me out of the story. Some of his character voices are pretty weak too, especially some of the robots.
If you think the "G.I. Joe" movie had a solid level of realism, or the plot of "The Last Airbender" was deep, complex and intriguing, then this may be a very entertaining book for you. If you are a die hard fanatic of the Dune mythos, this might be bearable. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
I only listened to the first 4 or 5 hours before I just couldn't take saying "Oh please, that is so stupid!" anymore.
I found this book to be very good. I am a big Dune fan and had mixed feelings about reading another Dune book not written by the original author of the Dune series. But as the title of this review suggests I was surprised at how entertaining and enthralling this book was. There are many characters introduced in this novel and their plots interweave and build up nice and slowly. You really get a feel for each character. The plot is intricate enough and is not given away early on. Excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the other Dune books by this author.
I'm very much enjoying the way this book is read. There are however silly little music bits that randomly play for effect but they really just distract me. The story is fantastic although it kind of reminds me too much of all the recent Doomsday-Robots-Enslave-Humanity plots that have been cropping up since The Matrix. Still, it has some very original ideas and I really cant wait for the chance to experience the next book in the series.
I found this book to be another exciting adventure in the continuing story of Dune. Very impressed with Brian Herbert's Prequals to his father's Dune series, I had high expectations when starting this new series and was not dissappointed. I look forward to the following two books.
I found this book spellbinding, and completely engrossing. I listen on the drive to and from work, and I find myself trying to stretch the ride out so I can hear more of this incredible saga. It's refreshing to hear about all those ideas that were introduced in Dune, but not explained. Now, instead of wondering why Man rose against the Thinking Machines, as well as the clash between the Atreides and Harkonen Houses, the pieces fit together. I'm very happy to have picked this one up.
I just finished reading the book and have not listened to the audio version. I enjoyed the book a great deal. It was wonderful to learn about the first person who rode a worm, and the origin of the crysknifre. Ditto on the history of the machines who took over and their struggles to learn from their programmers. I was interested to see an earlier encarnation of the Harkonnens when they were brave and noble. I am looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Atredies and Harkonnens go wrong. It was fascinating to see the distant history of the Bene Gesserit and how they developed. Likewise the contrast between the humans as slaves while also being masters was well done. Overall I was very impressed and am looking forward to the Machine Crusade.
Embarrassing ... one of the worst things I've listened to in years. I can't tell if it's the overdone reading style or the overwrought prose, but it was awful. If I wasn't such a Dune addict, and didn't have a an hour commute to get through every day, I wouldn't have listened more than one hour. I didn't even mind when my iPod cut off the ending. Who cares?
This book was amazingly good. I found myself wrapped up in the story even more than Dune itself. I will never give my computer any sort of AI after this story. The rumor is true the writer is as brilliant as his father if not more so. I am not familiar with the co-writer but I will see if he has anything else. Great story, love it. If you took the time to read Dune you will love this also guaranteed. I cheered, I cried, I strategized, I joined the jihad.
It left me hungry for melange and proud to be a human being. - realwirehead listener of Dune: The Butlerian Jihad.
The Butlerian Jihad is a must read for Dune fans. The beginnings of the Dune world are explored. The exciting battles and revelations were so intriging, I couldn't put it down. I would love to see the Titans on the "Big Screen". The narration is superb. Scott Brick does a fanastic job of bringing the story to life. I hope there is a sequel to this storyline.