I listen while I run, and while I enjoyed this story, I found myself spacing out during some of the more philosophic parts. It was the last Dune book I will read.
Muad'dibs family continues the metamorphosis of Arrakis and the Fremen religion. Abomination, plots within plots, Frank Herberts consciousness expanding series enters the crux of its arc.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Here Herbert expands the scope of the story to make this a true Space Opera. This is a somewhat satisfying follow-up to the classic Dune. Here it becomes plain that he has an epic planned. He begins to lay down the political foundations for the balance of the series.
Simon Vance handles the great majority of the narration. He is a fine reader. I find that his voices for young children do not have a youthful energy. This sometimes gets in the way when I was trying to visualize a scene in my mind.
I liked how Dune was narrated. Different voices and sound effects kept the story moving. Especially with the way the author writes. He is very descriptive and his way of explaining cultural nuances can be very mind numbing. Don't get me erring. I love the Dune series. I just found myself nodding off in both Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.
Although I have read (and re-read) the entire Dune Saga several times, this is an entirely new way to experience it. I think that the continuity of performance is quite good among the books I have listened to. I am gaining a whole new appreciation for this series by listening.
The continuity of performance among the Dune books is quite good.
This is the 3rd book in the series and if you've made it this far then you are almost half way through the series. I've watched the Dune movie and the Sci-Fi Channel and neither do the books justice. Here we meet Paul's kids 9 yrs after their fathers death. They are being pulled in several directions as each faction wants them as their claim to power. We do see where they fight against it just to find out that it was more than anyone thought. No *SPOILERS* from here on.
The narrators do a great job of bring the story to life and following it completely.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
I begin with a caveat: I do not like Simon Vance's narration. I find his pseudo-Middle Eastern accent on nearly every character annoying and it is difficult to tell his characters apart as they all have very nearly the same voice. Additionally, the first two books in the series were performed as more of an ensemble production while this was not. The narration quality detracts quite a bit from what is actually a good story. More's the pity.
The Dune series takes place in the far future (tens of thousands of years) and is an interesting treatise on politics and economics in a far-flung feudal star empire. This is the third (and final) book in the Paul Atreides story. This one focuses on his children and their rise to claim the empire built for them by their father and left in trust to their aunt. It is a good story and well worth the read, which makes Mr. Vance's narration that much worse to hear. The book is definitely worth the read, but listening to Simon Vance makes it a difficult one.