Despite it's age "The God Emperor" rings true in this time of 2012.
The Lord Leto with his dedication to the survival of the human race has not been seen since Jesus. Although he did it with less grace.
The prologue narratives.
The death of the God Emperor.
If only we could learn from our mistakes and work together in the world without selfish pride getting in the way we would have a far better place to live in. The book looks back and uses mistakes from the past to build a bridge to the future where things are apparently the same as today only with more technology. A bit of a scary thought.
Here was see Leto after 3,500 years of rule. For those that dream of immortality they should read this book and the Lord of the Rings. Leto has been working on the same premise that Paul was working with 67 billion deaths to save all of humanity later is worth it. Leto knows not to fall into the trap that ultimately got his father. We see how he desperately wants love and companionship. Yet he can't have it. Ultimately he achieves his goal he set out for and then morphs into someone else.
I was pleasantly surprised by this audiobook production. The narration is excellent, and a good job has been done to distinguish the voices of the various characters appearing in the novel. Even though there are not a whole lot of different people doing the voices for this production, the book focuses on so few characters that confusion as to who is actually speaking never becomes a problem.
As for the content of the novel itself, it has to be said that God Emperor of Dune has more dialogue and less action than any of Herbert’s earlier Dune releases. I am sure some will find some of the dialogue slightly pretentious at times, and the storyline might get a bit long in the tooth compared to some of the more action-filled Dune novels. Also note that most of the central characters in this novel have not appeared in any earlier Dune novel.
If the Dune universe itself intrigues you however, God Emperor of Dune is right up your alley.
Over the road Truck Driver. I enjoy audiobooks as they help the miles roll by.....Especially unabridged History and good Fiction.
You can't sum this up in three words!
Duncan Idaho. He is the epitome of the word 'Maverick'.
Any of the Frank Herbert-written Dune Chronicles are milestones of Sci-Fi and Fantasy writing. This is only the fourth of his six Dune books and it's an excellent read.
This was and still is one of the great science fiction stories of all time. The audiobook brings it to life! From beginning to end the story holds your attention and stretches the imagination. Easily one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
An excellent performance by Simon Vance, whose narrations I seek after no matter the book, now, this fourth installment of the Dune series continues the Dune saga several thousand years into the future.
Frank Herbert, the author, has a habit of getting his exposition across through the use of meetings and discussions, and this book is not only replete with them; it is bogged down with them. The entire book seems like a series of connected meetings, with Emperor Leto constantly and annoyingly trying to be as shocking as possible with his statements. After a while, it just gets old.
I enjoyed the book, however, but found it tedious at times and wishing some action would occur.
Dune and Children of Dune
Wonderful tone and presentation.
Yes, the "bad guy" is good. The "good guys" are bad and in the end, we are all human. Deep and inpiring. The word play is fantastic. I would say erotic, but not in a sexual way. Sensational.
I would not recommend this book as the story was quite a let down after Dune.
I don't believe I will continue listening to the Dune series as the last few books have been a disappointment.
I thought Dune was outstanding. The next two were good, but not outstanding. This last installment i just didn't get. I would skip multiple chapters just to get through it until i finally just listened to the last hour to know what happened. This is just one mans opinion, but I thought I should post it since all the other opinions seem to be contrary to mine.
I'd also like to say that Brian's prequels are all outstanding reads/listens.