This is the best of the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson Dune continuation collaborations. Unfortunately, you'd have to read/listen to several of the other books to understand the setting and the story, not to mention the characters. Your listening time and money would be better spent on the original Dune books written by Frank Herbert.
This book isn't quite up to the standard of other books from the Ender universe. The early chapters contain a lot of repetitious description. How many times/ways can/need you say that the character Sargent is a bully? After Card finally puts the bully issue to rest, the book gets much more interesting. The performance was definitely up to the standard of the other Ender books. Short book but worth the time to listen.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a fabulous job of narration (as usual). Brandon Sanderson has given new life to a story that seemed to have become somewhat stale. The plot is moving again as is character development (finally). If you've been engaged by the Wheel of Time over the past 19 years, as I have, but had grown tired of so much "world building" (minute descriptions of every Aes Sedai's hairdo and the threads in her dress), Sanderson's seamless and more character/plot-focused continuation of Jordan's story is welcome. Come back all you lovers of the WOT; our story has new life.
Jonathan Davis and the author, Robert Sawyer do an excellent job of reading. All three books in the Neanderthal Parallax (also by Sawyer) are far better than this one. Calculating God", in short, is science fiction for creation "scientists," although I doubt very much that any believer in the biblical account of the creation of the universe would relate to the version of god presented in this novel. My main problem with the book with respect to its vision of a created universe, is that Sawyer employs all of the standard arguments of the creationist camp and fails to employ the strongest arguments against the existence of a creator. If you really want to learn something about the subject of this novel, listen to and then read Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion." You'll need to at least read Dawkins' book although the reading performance is worth hearing. Then, if you're feeling up to it, listen to this one. It's well written but weak in the respects noted above.
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