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.
I really enjoyed some of the connections that are begin drawn from the Legend of Dunes series. I have really enjoyed the Classic Dune series and I really like the ideas that Herbert and Anderson have pulled from Frank Herberts notes. The chracters are interesting and the twist took me a while to see where Atredes and Harkones could end up where they end up. If you want a nice good story this is a good one that sets the history of Dune, but if you are intrigued by the deep policitcal underwritings of the original Dune series (I mean the illusions to our current times in politics here) you will not find it in this book.
The book does a good job of its primary purpose, which is to entertain. I enjoyed the character development, and was left waiting for the next part.
Excellent read. If you like the Dune series, you will enjoy this one most definetely. This story answers a lot of questions in a very convincing fashion like every good prequel should. Guarantee you will like it.
I wish I had read the "Full of sound and fury..." review before getting this book. I was so disgusted with the general lack of creativity and constantly regurgitated token phrases that I quit listening. I think Frank Herbert is rolling over in his grave at such a mockery of his masterpiece.
This is the best science fiction I have listen to in years. I couldn't put it down. Scott Brick is the best book reader in the world.