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.
The author keeps the twists and turns coming. The character development of the children is fantastic. The twins are so interesting in their own right, yet the continuing of Paul's situation. The plotting of the different clans to keep themselves above the fray and in the for front of importance shows how low they will stoop to do so. The twin's countering of every move ahead of the moves keep you wondering why the clans even try. They have know clue.
The narration is a marvel. The range of characters that have to be done you forget that men are handling the reins of this trip.
Herbert continues to paint a wonderful read visual of the different worlds so well you can see them on your minds eye with all the glory and marvel he has painted.
Ghanima is my favorite character. Many will say that there are more detailed and deeper characters in the story, which is very true but the innocence and playfulness of the little female twin is capturing. You think she is in the background most of the time only to realize she is very much a strong part of the plot. You get the felling of a little elf. One little child that if angered will turn into a protective lioness especially when it come to Leto. When she at the end is triggered which I won't explain so not to ruin your journey you get the full feeling of what she is capable of. There is so much strong passion in such a little being.
I think that the portrayal of ALia captures the complexity of this women and her total insecurities and confusions.
The world of Arrakis may change but the story continues with strength and wonderment.
Personally I believe that this installment in the Dune series is better than the 2nd but not as good as the original Dune. The lore will immerse you and the characters are dramatic. My only complaint with this one is that the ending is somewhat anti-climatic. There's significant build up and suspense only to be left a little bit disappointed by the ending. What happens with the Farad'n character is especially anti-climatic. All in all though, it's an excellent listen.
My huge enjoyment of the first book lead me to listen to the second in the Dune series. This book did not disapoint that is for sure. I am suprised at the vast and complex universe that the author dreamed up for this Dune universe.