Good story. A nice second book in the series. The reader was very good and the pace was excellent. This is a good book to read if you like Sci Fi and are a fan of the Dune series.
All I can say is I hope that the authors are busy writing the next sequel. Even though we know the ultimate outcome of the story it has been really great to learn all the details behind the history of the original Dune.
If you read the other books in the series--or listened to them--then you have to pick this one up. While I did like this book overall, I found parts of it to be pointless. It's ok to have characters that hide their motivations from each other, but shouldn't the reader eventually understand why they acted in a certain way? Also, the "heroes" in the book were not very sympathetic. Serena Butler expects everyone to bow down to her because her son died 40 YEARS AGO, and yet she has no human sensitivity to the suffering and atrocities that occur. She is also weak and easily manipulated.
Other characters, like Hecate, are developed in great detail and then don't seam to serve any real purpose.
It is a good listen to get you ready for the next book and to liven up your commute, but it isn't as good as the other books in the series.
The reader certainly gets his money's worth with this book. The editors of the New Jedi Order could have turned this much material into a dozen books. I enjoyed the Butlerian Jihad, but I found this tome to be depressing and discouraging. It is a given that to enjoy this series one must suspend all knowledge of science and physics and treat the series as fantasy instead of science fiction.
An even larger obstacle to enjoying this series is the character development. They are all TOO human. The billions of humanity are oppressed insignificant slaves. The hand full of key characters in the universe are all either evil incarnate or dupes and victims of the evil manipulators of history. All of mankind is being duped and manipulated by Serena Butler who is still emotionally crippled by the death of her son 40 years ago and is in the midst of a 40-year pity-party. If children are that important to you, get married, have more children and move on! What about the millions of others in her universe who lost children in the slave pens? She in turn is being manipulated by the evil Grand Patriarch Iblis Gingo. Almost all of the heros are neatly killed off to clean the slate for the next novel. I have finally OD'd on this series
Wonderfully written, wonderfully read. Can't wait for the next book to come out. The commentary by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson at the end was amazing. Get it and enjoy!
The story moves along and is interesting, but it doesn't have the depth of the original Dune books, especially the first three.
The characters seem to have less depth and I find the writing to be a bit trite. Perhaps it's the style of the authors, but I much prefer the writing in Dune.
What a terrible disappointment. While the first volume of the Butlerian Jihad was interesting in establishing the back story to the world of Dune, this volume falls into the realm of trite and poorly written. Much of the story line was agonizingly predictable and there was little 'science' to the science fiction. Where Dune was able to impress us with personal shields, stillsuits, and long term genetic engineering projects, this book has computers communicating with each other through speech, robots operating spaceships with hand controls (why not just interface with the systems?), and other inconsistencies. I must say I would rather have just read the summary in Wikipedia than suffered through the story.
How can any Dune fan resist? Dune's saga by Frank Herbert is an all time classic one can read over and over. So many questions where unanswered that Dune fans want answers to, and with Frank's twists and complexity of plot and people, with each answer more questions are raised.
I was hesitant when Brian continued the story as usually an authors work is not something easily continued by another. In written form, Brian pulled it off. But audio form has been a HUGE disappointment. The narrator fails. On principle I am against abridged form, but with this narrator I might be able to get through the whole book if it's abridged. I'll stick with the printed form until another narrator takes up the story.