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  • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Now Herbert's son, Brian, working with Kevin J. Anderson and using Frank Herbert's own notes, reveals a pivotal epoch in the history of the Dune universe: the Butlerian Jihad, the war that was fought ten thousand years before the events of Dune - the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines."

    Brian says: "enoyed premise but not execution"
    "Dune this is not."

    This might have been a slightly better book if it were about 1/3 it's current length. The authors have a tendancy to repeat the exact same thing over and over and over and over again using only slight variations in word choice.

    There are huge logic wholes such as the thinking machines being held back by a planetary shield that would fry their gell brains but not those of the cymechs (because just using the term cyborg is so uncool) under their control who had human brains. The cymechs drop through the shield to the planets surface and attempt to disable the shield in a combat where all them apparently stood around doing nothing while the humans ganged up on one after another because that was the only way the puny human weapons could destroy the cymechs. Of course after only destroying a few of the cymechs the remainder flee the planet. Um, since cymechs and human ships and their electronics could go through the sheild why would the thinking machines waste time sending the cymechs through rather than just firing missiles or bombs on the shield generators? Or, since their objective was to destroy the humans anyway, why not just bomb the entire surface of the planet into oblivion -- they had 100 years to prepare for this battle.

    The characters seemed like they were drawn up by an illiterate 13 year old and were praised ad nauseum by the authors. For instance an officer is referred to as a military genius because he ordered soldiers to defend the shield generators mentioned above rather than defending a city. I'm sorry, but there's just not a lot of thought necessary to determine that defending the only thing keeping the entire planet alive is probably a better option than protecting a nearby city.

    The narrator is also pretty bad. He has a good voice but occasionally speaks for characters in his narrator voice which was distracting enough to snap me out of the story. Some of his character voices are pretty weak too, especially some of the robots.

    If you think the "G.I. Joe" movie had a solid level of realism, or the plot of "The Last Airbender" was deep, complex and intriguing, then this may be a very entertaining book for you. If you are a die hard fanatic of the Dune mythos, this might be bearable. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

    I only listened to the first 4 or 5 hours before I just couldn't take saying "Oh please, that is so stupid!" anymore.

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