Im working my way through all of the Dune books. While there is a significant amount of time passed between Children of Dune and this book the plot continues well with out the sense that a significant amount of the story is lost. This book is a little long in the tooth and IMO could have been a few hours shorter and not have lost the overall story. This book defiantly leaves me wanting to listen to the next part of the saga.
Overall this book introduces many new characters to the book but there are some returning faces but I have to say their voices do not return. I know by looking at this book's audible listing there where several years between the productions of the first three books in the series and this book but for some reason it does not appear that Mr Dotrice went back and listened to the previous books as he flat out pronounces some names totally different in this production as well as different voices. This is why I gave the performance only 3 of 5 stars.
This book could benefit from being reproduced paying more attention to how the returning characters names where pronounced in the first three books as well as the voice's used for those characters.
I have listened to all of the books in this series and have enjoyed them very much up to this point but even with the book before this one the story line is getting a bit long in the tooth for me. Each book seems to now be just more of the same except now there are multiple grounds to keep track of.
Coonts and Keith do it again with the latest edition of the Deep Black series with this book. The narrator does a great job pulling the listener into the action such that you just don't want to turn the book off.
As nother reviewer has commented due to the time lapse between book 4 and 5 that the continuation of the story is difficult. I enjoyed the first four books as I was able to follow persons from the pervious books. With this book it seems that Duncan was tossed in for good measure. I never really understood why he was included in this book.
I found myself acutally wanting this book to end. The only reason I finished it was because of the investment I had made in the other four books I figured I should continue the series to its end.
I have grown to enjoy this series and look forward to the next. This book the third of the series picks up a short time after the second book ends. I enjoyed the various plot lines and seeing them develop into one final outcome.
I was unsure after the first book if I would like to read the entire series. I enjoyed the story lines and how they interleaved with each other in the first book. I decided to give this book a try and I really enjoyed it. The story line continues with the two main characters from the first book and its interesting how the two get together to work on a common issue but in the end the book just stops. I was very curious how in the last 90 minutes the author was going to wrap everything up. 30 minutes left in the book and it still seemed like there was alot to wrap up. Finally in the last 15 minutes both plots in the book suddenly come to an end. Would like to have had more of a developed ending to the overall story.
Usually I got for the longer books but I liked the author so I figured I would give it a try. Really enjoyed the story. While listening to the story all I could think of was a comedy of errors.
A significant portion of this book where back stories of young Paul usually consisting of events that occurred prior to Dune. As others have said there is very little that adds to the story that skipping this book will make you miss. This book was written as an insert between Dune and Dune Messiah and it is clear in that respect. I think of this book as Dune 1.5 if Dune Messiah is Dune 2.
I see this book as a summer extension of a TV series. Missing this book will not cause those who follow the real seasons (Dune) and (Dune Messiah) will miss.
Like other Herbert books I was a bit confused for the first hour or so. I rated this book a five because toward the last few hours of the book I found myself looking for times to listen more of the story beyond my normal work commute listen. Overall an excellent story with great imagination. The book seems to just stop with about as loose ended ending as one could come up with. Herbert was either looking to write another book or was rushed to publish the book. I really wish it would have ended differently.
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