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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.
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.
At first, I thought there was a big hole in the story. Machines would have little interest in all the blood and gore. Then author shows how people treat each other, and I realize, the machines were programed to emulate human minds.
....not very flattering.
I really wanted to like this book. I'm a big fan of the original 3 Dune books, both in print and as audio books. And I realize that measuring this prequel, by another author, etc, by those classics would be an unfair measure.
But there was just nothing to like, and much to dislike. Great stories can rise above weak narrators, but here there was lousy narration of a boring story.
The book begins with what sounded (initially) like the pre-narration of a detailed story: a summary to catch you up with relevant details. But then it continued, on and on and on, until I painfully realized that it wasn't a summary, but the book itself. The whole thing reads like this, immersing the hapless listener in endless explanation rather than story-telling.
I am a patient listener. I know it takes some stories awhile to catch fire and get going. But after hours of appalling bad narration of this dull, two-dimensional, inconsistently voiced and absurdly written fourth class space opera, it was either turn it off or submit to impending road rage.
I really wanted to like this book, but I'd rather submit to a root canal without novocain than listen for another minute.
Avoid this recording. Trust me on this. Ugh.
Good story. Simple and moves a bit slower and has less of a complex weave than expected. However, worth such if one desires to complete the entire "Dune" experience.