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.
I LOVE science fiction, Thats my botyom line. It's my escape from the hubbub. What a wonderful escape this story was! I enjoyed every second of it, and I want MORE! A truly well done story, I am waiting (not so) patiently for the next one. There will be a next one I hope!
I'm not a huge Dune buff. I've only read the first two of FH's orginals, and House A by BH. None-the-less, this book was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it, and finished off the book in record time. I found myself seeking out extra time to listen so I could find out what happened next. My only complaint is that it left me hanging at the end. Is there more? Is this the first of a series?
Anyways, it was great, and filled in lots of historical tidbits about the Dune world. Bravo.
I enjoyed this book more than any SF I have downloaded from Audible yet. It is the best since the first DUNE book. The action is well paced the charactars are are well developed and most events in the book don't fit the formula you expect. I can't wait for the sequal
The premise is not a bad one--a prequel that provides chronological foundation for many of the references, and even the prejudices, that set the stage for Frank Herbert's Dune. The problem is that the genius of Dune lay in Frank Herbert's storytelling and plot creation. The "wheels within wheels" setup of Dune is weakly re-created here, and the authors do far too much telling rather than showing. The characters are badly drawn stereotypes that fail to draw in the reader. So much of this book is simply rehashed sci-fi from earlier novels that "The Butlerian Jihad" will only appeal to diehard Dune fans who love the plotlines so much that they will forgive the poor writing (and even they may be disappointed). When I think of the Dune series and Frank Herbert's masterwork, I prefer to exclude this piece. Also, the narrator, while adequate to the task, sounds maddeningly the same all the time. There is little true modulation or creation of mood, and he does not have a true grasp of character (or the voice differences that different motivation should create). Read this if you must, but balance out this piece of fluff with some Niven, Asimov, Clarke, Card, or other more substantial writers.
Goes back to the spirit of the first book. The chronology of this book is a prequel to all of the original series, and to the more recent series.. House Harkoness, Atreides, and Corrila.
I love science fiction but this story while it has a few neat ideas, is very boring and had poor character creation. The narrator is one of the biggest issues, while he can do differn't voices for the characters his standard narration of the story is drolling. i have tried to listen to this book twice and only get halfway through it before i want to punture my ears.