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.
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.
After four hours of listening, I finally gave up. I guess the author will eventually pull together all these character descriptions and subplots, but this drones on forever. At least a dozen times, I had to rewind because my mind drifted off...but I usually found out I hadn't missed a thing. The editors for this book needed to cut about 50% of the verbage.
Needless to say, I certainly would not recommend this book to anyone. I listen to 3 audiobooks a month, on average, for the last 3 years. This is my first negative review (actually, my first review, but this one deserves my warning to other audible customers.)
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.