Like many readers, I bought this book to find out how the series ends. I listened to this twice (once when it was releases, and again more recently) and I would like my time back.
1) Scott Brick + Bad Writing = Painful
He has a talent for ruining good writing with his overblown narration, and he makes the mediocre writing in this book downright painful. My husband had to ask me to stop groaning while I was listening to this book.
2) No interesting characters.
One of Frank Herbert's talents was making his characters very real and very human, even when you didn't like them. The characters in the sequels were one dimensional, so that even the sympathetic characters were incredibly annoying. I honestly didn't care what happened to them.
3) "Hey, look what we did there!"
The constant references to the prequels drove me crazy. They didn't advance the plot in any way; they just served to justify the existence of the prequels.
The final resolution would probably have worked if Frank Herbert had been the one executing it, but in less skilled hands, it came out trite and unsatisfying.
After my second listen, I wrote up a summary of the plot points in "Hunters" and "Sandworms", so that next time I listen to the original series, I can stop with Chapterhouse.
Not the best finale to the series, but definitely not the worst. Had some great moments, but the climax was a bit strange. If you've made it this far I doubt you'd stop anyways.
The chapters were spliced a little strange. Instead of the slight pause I'm used to it jumped in right away.
The oracle of time was a bit of an unearned deus ex machina
I've read almost every Dune book but this one is a poor excuse for a Frank Herbert book I have tried to finish it I keep coming back hoping I could but this one I just can't. Read or listen at your own peril.
Not boldly original, but very enjoyable for Dune fans. Effectively serves as a tool to provide closure to those that have found the series a favorite for so many years.
Ends up feeling like a pulpy fanfic which doesn't at all capture the atmosphere of the original, that it took till this book for me to realize how sub-par these new sequels are has left me bitter even months after the fact.
It doesn't even qualify as a guilty pleasure.
This book could only have been made better if someone else entirely had written it.
Everything! The characterization was all wrong. I'm not convinced the authors had even read the original books. It's like (which they say far too often) they used spark notes and then wrote a book for a bunch of third graders.
There was a ridiculous amount of filler and useless plot lines that led nowhere. The authors not only repeated stories from the previous books, but would also repeat parts of this book! They brought back gholas for no reason other than to add useless side stories to the already drawn out plot. This has to be the worst book I have had the displeasure to experience. Brian should be ashamed of himself for this terrible book and his efforts to capitalize off of his father's amazing series.
He did a fine job in the previous books, but characters suddenly gained new accents in this book. Why?
No - I only made it through because I wanted to know how they ended this awful story.
I wish I could give this zero stars
Overall it was a good story, it lacked in the Frank Herbert writing that I loved. Would have rather seen the machines all destroyed, but ending was still pleasant.
Good story, but it felt like the ending was too drawn out. I understand the need to tie up all the loose ends, but it took nearly 3 hours to do.
I loved every minute of this book. i usually only listen in the car or gym. I couldn't get enough of this story. I listened while I cooked, in between clients at work & while I was getting dressed in the morning. Tied up the dozens of loose ends of this story in a way that was utterly satisfying.