I was skeptical of this series at first and debated listening to one. Dune was one of the best books I've ever read but the subsequent volumes lost something. Paul of Dune comes very close to the original Dune. Perhaps its the characters and the connection to the first book, but regardless I was more enthralled in this story than most of the original series.
I actually didn't finish this book the first time I tried. I made it through on my second attempt in part because I wanted to finish the book before seeing the movies. I thought the author spent way too much time hammering home the philosophical points she wanted to make rather than showing us through the story - especially the two hour radio speech by one of the characters. (I'll admit I fast forwarded through part of that! Who wouldn't?) Some of the ideas on work ethics and the way modern cultures tax the producers to give to those too lazy to work rang very true, but others on the nature of sacrifice and generosity really turned me off because I come from a Christian world view where sacrifice and generosity to those truly in need is very important and worthwhile.
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