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Jonathan

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  • Sandworms of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (292)

    Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'll buy it anyway"
    "I want my time back."
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    Like many readers, I bought this book to find out how the series ends. I listened to this twice (once when it was releases, and again more recently) and I would like my time back.

    1) Scott Brick + Bad Writing = Painful

    He has a talent for ruining good writing with his overblown narration, and he makes the mediocre writing in this book downright painful. My husband had to ask me to stop groaning while I was listening to this book.

    2) No interesting characters.

    One of Frank Herbert's talents was making his characters very real and very human, even when you didn't like them. The characters in the sequels were one dimensional, so that even the sympathetic characters were incredibly annoying. I honestly didn't care what happened to them.

    3) "Hey, look what we did there!"

    The constant references to the prequels drove me crazy. They didn't advance the plot in any way; they just served to justify the existence of the prequels.

    4) Trite

    The final resolution would probably have worked if Frank Herbert had been the one executing it, but in less skilled hands, it came out trite and unsatisfying.


    After my second listen, I wrote up a summary of the plot points in "Hunters" and "Sandworms", so that next time I listen to the original series, I can stop with Chapterhouse.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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