I have listened to this book several times and I always enjoy! This book really brings Dune full circle...enjoy!
The last book from the Dune series "Dune Messiah" was boring as a box of rocks. However this book, "Children of Dune" was a complete 180. It recaptured the adventurous spirit that made the original "Dune" so great.
My favorite character was Alia, and I really felt sorry for her situation. Least favorite character was the same as the last book - Duncan Idaho. Thankfully this book doesn't waste too much time on him.
Narration was top notch. I am looking forward to hearing "God Emperor of Dune".
I love the Dune series but alway got distracted when reading. The audio books allow me to listen to them will easy. The group of narrators is superb.
This next installment makes Dune Messiah worth it. What seemed like a dragging sequel was actually a great prologue to Children of Dune. I love Frank Herbert's writing and his world is so rich!
Side note, a little odd to have patches done by a second narrator but it didnt interrupt my flow for more than a few moments.
Not the Kwisatz Haderach after all.
Simon Vance's narration and vocal control are amazing. As for the book, readers of Plato's dialogues may want to look for points of comparison to the Sophist, Republic, Philebus, and others.
For this third book of the original Dune series by Frank Herbert, Audible delivers on a great story by solid narration. Sticking to basic production, this reading doesn't suffer from distracting and inconsistent voices or distracting music that they've used with some of Dune works. Well done!
I'm really not sure that I can think of another science fiction novel read by so many, named so often a classic, and yet in truth is, in many ways, so incredibly distasteful. Not the whole of it, of course, but large portions of the story leave a bitter, sour taste in the reader's mouth or at least that was the case with me. I think primarily that Herbert made some vital mistakes. First and foremost was the age of the twins. Yes, it's fantastical science fiction but still, making them 9 created a continuous discontinuity. Simply put, it was hard to imagine beings of that physical age doing and saying the things they did, and I know that was part of his intention but it was still, in my mind, the wrong age. 12 or 13 would've been more acceptable. This was just one factor though. Another flaw of the story is that Herbert makes his main protagonists, the twins, often very unlikable characters. Leto is the absolute worst or I should say best example of this point. He's rude, arrogant, and unapologetically manipulative, and not in the kind of way that would enable readers to root for him. Rather he does and says everything in a manner that often leaves the listener wanting to punch him in the face. There's a lot of philosophical debate throughout the book and that makes it worth listening to, just like the previous two, but the actual story, while not quite as "predetermined" as Dune Messiah was still fairly obvious in its ultimate outcome. Disjointed and rambling but still obvious. Leto wins, everyone else loses, the end. Ok. That's enough from me. Listen to it yourself and judge. Excellent narration.