This is a continuation of Frank Herbert's Dune universe.
I have immersed myself in the Herbert's universe since Dune first came on the scene and have enjoyed most of the subsequent volumes that expand his vision. The House novels were particularly welcome as they gave more substance to characters met in Herbert's original work.
Unfortunately, Sandworms of Dune seems to have been written by the word. I found it tedious and redundant. I cannot imagine where the franchise will go next, now that we have a godlike ultimate Kwisatz Haderach.
The narrator was presented so many characters, it was impossible to distinguish between them with variations in voice. He read the book well and wisely did not try to be all things to all people. I found nothing wrong with the narrator. He did the best he could with what he was given.
I am a great fan of Frank Herbert, but my first try of his son's and Anderson's work failed absolutely to impress me. I had avowed myself not to try again to read the books of these guys, but learning that this one was based on a script by Frank Herbert himself, and that it gave a sort of closure to the series, I decided to give it a chance, against my previous impression.
Wrong. Wasted credit. I really wanted to like this, but I could not stand more than a few chapters before my attention faded and I just dropped it. Maybe these guys are not bad, but the quality standard set by the father makes for an abysmal difference in the storytelling.
On the sideline, Scott Brick is a great reader, and I have greatly enjoyed other books by him.
I had not read any of Frank Herbert's novels but I had seen the Dune movies. I could understand the gist of what was going on in this book so I don't think first time listeners would have a problem just jumping in. I hate Scott Brick as a narrator and had they chosen someone else I would have given this book 5 stars. I have heard from hard core fans of the Dune saga that Frank Herbert's tyle of writing was much better than his son's so if you too are a huge fan of Frank I would not recommend listening to this one, might just disappoint you.
I love physics and science fiction. Just finished Hyperion series by Dan Simmons...
As a completely addicted Dunaholic, I believe that Frank Herbert would highly approve of each of the books that Brian and Kevin have provided we readers who started the journey years ago. Sandworms of Dune brings the grand saga to it's final conclusion. I am sad there will be no more Dune stories, but I'm happy to have had the opportunity to participate...
The story needs to be listened to a couple of times at least just to absorb the content. There are details that become clearer after listening again.
If you have made it this far in the series, you have enjoyed Herbert and Andersons writing; great ending to a great epic. I think Scott Brick brought it all to life whit his narration.
The performance was good, yet it could have an improved emotional richness to the reading. The story did provide a closing tomb to the saga. It lacked some of the personnel detail that the originals had. It was a good factual story.
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.