After reading all of the negative reviews for this title I was skeptical. But like most things the worse the reviews the more I like it. I honestly don't know what all of those people are talking about. This is a very good sci-fi story that filled in many blank spots.
I rarely leave a written review for any audiobook. I do it this time to urge you to give it a chance and make up your own mind.
If you *REALLY* like the Dune universe then this book will likely be enjoyable albeit maddeningly predictable at times. There are too many nudges at what the characters are foreshadowing.
Tio Holtzman and Xavier Harkonnen were interesting enough origins.
Ajax the Cymek and Iblis Ginjo climatic scene.
Iblis Ginjo, Serena Butler, and Erasmus' climatic scene.
If you aren't already well versed in Dune lore then I suggest skipping to the original Dune hexalogy.
Ich heisse Bernd, gar nicht 'Brernd'. Das iss genook
From early on (even in this book), I could tell that the saga were entrusted to the correct minds, imaginations, hands.
I loved the evil of Erasmus. He's up there w Darth Vader in my opinion. Bravo, Gentlemen!
NO. Yet the idiotic Windows Audible "Manager" tried to force this on me, with no control of chapters.
I am a huge Frank Herbert fan. I reluctantly picked up the House Series thinking it wouldn't be as good. Boy was I wrong. I believe Brian is actually a better writer than his father. His style is much more "internal". By which I mean...he has a gift for expressing the minute nuances of the characters personality. I gobbled up the House Series and turned to the Prequels. And I am IMPRESSED! I cant get enough of these books. With the original 3 Dune books...amazing concepts etc....but the House series and prequels have opened such an intimate door to the characters and what led up to the Dune books events.
The House Series. Brian has such a talent for intimately exposing the characters personality traits.
Hard one...probably Erasmus. I was so intrigued by the Cymexs and Titans and Brian just did an amazing job with their personalities. The whole back story of Tio Holtzman was great too. I love that he wasnt the hero that everyone believed him to be in the original Dune series.
Wow so many! SPOILER ALERT. I cried when the baby died (I will be vague to not give it away too much), I cried when the Sorceresses of Rossak became basically suicide bombers. I cried when Serena arrived back at Salusa Secundus. It was such an amazing book...I couldn't stop listening.
These prequel books are better than the original Dune books. And before I would have said that was sacrilege...because I am a HUGE Dune fan...but I love the prequel books.
Dune series is so fantastic. I read the first four written by Frank Herbert and have been going through the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson works. This is the seventh Audible book of the joint effort for me. The storytelling and narration are again top notch. This work has been unfortunately damaged by the introduction of seemingly random music apparently intended to enhance the drama. Poorly timed and poorly executed. For Dune fans, you should "read" this one.
Good story but not great, as were the original dune books. The audio production also could have been better...specifically the music played at scene changes seemed out of place.
I read this book twice and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. My goal for 2015 is to listen to the entire Dune saga.