I just finished this book and once again I’m amazed by this writing team. Herbert & Anderson breathe life into their characters and cleverly reveal the origins of the many concepts we adored in the original Dune series. Ever wonder how the cute navigators in the Spacing Guild originated? Curious about the conditions that prompted the formation of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood? Listen and find out!
The narrator Scott Brick is a one-man ensemble. I’ve listened to several of his readings and I’m continually astounded he can create such a wide range of diverse characters. He makes the reader truly believe in the characters. I only wish the story was much, much longer; I didn’t want it to end. I suggest you read all the Dune prequels in order, then conclude with this one. It’s one of the best purchases you’ll ever make.
At the risk of committing sci-fi sacrilege, I’d say Herbert & Anderson’s works are even better than Frank Herbert’s original Dune series. They’re THAT good.
I was shocked and outraged to hear a different narrator after getting used to Todd McLaren’s performance in the first two books, but then I decided to stop being petty and enjoy the remainder of the story, which I liked so much that I would have listened to Donald Duck narrate it.
After just a few minutes I could tell that William Dufris, the new narrator, was capable - and then I learned just how good he is. Dufris expresses the protagonist’s (Kovacs’) depth of emotion exquisitely, particularly his world-weariness after centuries of existence and several lifetimes worth of disappointments. This allows Dufris to present a Kovacs that’s a bit closer to his slum upbringing than McLaren’s version. This is ideal for the final book because it shows that Kovacs hasn’t completely left his past behind him, which I believe is essential to really appreciating this book. I believe Mr. Dufris’ version of Kovacs was the best choice for this book’s up-close-and-personal look at the background that made Kovacs who he is.
Here’s how I suggest you read the series: Enjoy McLaren’s narration of the first two books, then take a moment and prepare yourself for a change in Kovac’s voice and demeanor. His street gang past will be more apparent than before, but you’ll soon see that it allows you to relate to the character much better.
Be warned: This recording is replete with repetitions and even a few seconds of scratching that made me stop and check if my iPod's headphones had suddenly died.
Just so you know...
The friend who turned me onto this series was amazed I almost quit in the middle of this first book. After beginning the fifth book I realized two narrators are used throughout the series: George Guidall and Frank Muller. Muller does a brilliant job of narrating the second, third, and fourth books; I only wish I could say the same for Guidall.
In retrospect I don’t think the first book developed slowly, but rather Guidall’s narration was dull and uninspired. It’s worth slogging though this book however, because the next three books are narrated by Muller and are incredibly fun and exciting. Now that I’m 10 minutes into the fifth book I’m listening to Guidall again and I’ve lost all desire to continue the story.
This series has opened my eyes to the fact that no story is so well written that it cannot be ruined by a mediocre narrator. Still, if you can overlook Guidall’s performance you’ll be treated to a very well-written and engaging tale.
I found this book appealing because it made me question many things I took for granted without realizing it. It spurred me to do a lot of research into those topics to find the truth behind them.
Despite all the controversy that has risen concerning it, this book isn't anti-Church. While it does make a startling central postulation, it presents balanced arguments throughout the book. Hopefully Christians will use this book as a great opportunity to deeply examine the basis of their faith.
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Oh, did I mention that I love this performance?
The narrator is very fitting and doesn't become boring or dull, and the supporting cast adds just the right flavor to the story.
Without giving too much away, I was most pleased when Pee Wee appeared on the scene. Her character is cast PERFECTLY! Pee Wee springs to life as you listen to her, and her successful casting helps make the story heartwarming and engrossing. I want to say more, but I'll let you be surprised.
I've spent many fun hours doing things around the house while enjoying this book, and while I usually never read (or listen to) books twice, I actually look forward to enjoying this one again.
If you have the time, read the books. If not, this audiobook is a decent approximation of them.
It sounds as if there were two narrators throughout the recording. I almost stopped listening to it because the first narrator I heard droned on so despondently.
The characters are only mediocre and unengaging (Owen is not all that bad, though). If I had been able to listen to a sample of this audiobook I'm sure I wouldn't have bought it.
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