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.
e is for Erich
Don't expect Frank Herbert, expect a really good story set in the world he created... Really enjoyed reading about the beginning of the great schools and houses.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
Scott brick rocks. I like the story line. It's not the best thing yet but it's really good
I like the titans
It's worth it. It's a mix of transformers dune and religion books all In one
I should have said it resembles tea.
I've always heard bad things about this series, and it was pretty much as expected. I have been a fan of the entire Dune series for years, and have put off reading this particular trilogy until the end (I've read all of Frank Herberts, and all of the others written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson - notably, Brian and Kevin's abilities improve drastically). Of course, reviewing the Butlerian Jihad, I have not read the next two in the trilogy, and cannot say I'm particularly enthusiastic to do so. I am glad to finally be getting to know the story of the Jihad against the Thinking Machines, and may have to go back and re-read Hunters of Dune / Sandworms of Dune again after finishing this trilogy. However, the pace is slow, the writing repetitive.
I would encourage those who are a true fan of the Dune universe to read the Butlerian Jihad, but I don't feel that I have missed out by having put this series off to the end.
The story, plain and simple.
Asimov's foundation trilogy is probably close in comparison, although Dune has a great more scope.
Possibly experimented a bit more with character voices. Especially in differentiating human from thinking machine, or titan voices.
Butlerian Jihad: The Birth of Dune
The first book in a epic series is an amazing listen which sends you to the past of the Dune universe and shines a light on the beginning of the saga we all love.
Since I watched the movie Dune before I read any of the books I will always remember the scene where Paul Atreides overcomes the pain amplifier test given by the mother superior. Just a great scene where he overcomes his human nature. The origins of the pain amplifiers and the other important things it spawned were great to hear about in this series.
Seleme Worm Rider
Twists, origins, action.
The explanations of Dune's technology and politics.
Haven't heard his other performances.
Was my first book on tape and it was a great experience.
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.