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 must admit that I found this book good overall, certain parts more than others. I enjoyed the sequences involving the first Wormrider -- something that HAD to have occurred sometime. However there were many parts that were a little bit premature for this era, at least how I would tend to interpret it. But in the end, the flaws are excusable as the Dune universe returns for one more pass.
The narrator does a good job, although not as well versed in multiple voices as Tim Curry who did the other 3 prequel House books. In some depicted conversations one must listen closely to maintain character seperation. But as a lot of this book is solitary characters, conversations don't happen as often as one might think.
Certain tech is focused on - glow globes, suspensor fields, personal shields, etc. Ususally in the development thereof. I would have liked to hear more about the pre-Guild space ships. It was unclear if they were using just near light speed travel or some other variation of FTL. Whatever, it was slow buy comparison.
Certain character placement is weird -- a Harkonnen as a hero? An Attreides as a villian? Unexpected and added to the enjoyment of the book in a most unusual manner.
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.