I keep hoping that these later written books are worth the read. They are not. Often they aren't even really on the topic of the title. This one was just a rambling "history" without any real plot. Even when one of the characters looses their life mate, no emotional response & she was human.
This guy can write! This is a story that's based on things that could really come to pass in the future! It's real, yet unreal! Plenty of action and lots of room for thought! Gee, what if? The story is filled with believable people with real lives in a world that come be in our future! Get this one for sure if you like si-fi stories!
It is hard for me to understand the gushing in most of the other reviews or the overall rating of this piece of junk. The son's work (the author) is pitiful in comparison to his father's (the author of the original series). Or perhaps it is the second author who is the problem. At any rate don't expect very much, and if you can listen to the parts about the Cymeks inner thoughts without wanting to vomit (because they are so silly), we are on different planets.
However, this really would have made a good comic book, but those don't translate very well to audible products.
It is a good deal on a cost per word basis (apparently there was no editor), but you can get an even better deal by recording your self saying your own favorite word and playing the thing back endlessly.
However, I am embarassed to say that I did listed to the whole thing, but I took it off my ipod right afterwards in case someone else actually saw that I did.
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