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Brendan

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  • Dune: House Corrino: House Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (253)

    Continuing the events leading up to Frank Herbert's immortal Dune saga, the exciting conclusion to this trilogy finds the cruel Tleilaxu overlords on Ix manufacturing a synthetic form of amal to supplant the spice from Dune. If amal is accepted, Emperor Shaddam IV will gain absolute power. But if the plot of the Imperial House Corrino succeeds, the result may be the end of civilization itself.

    Robert says: "At least as good as the original Audible prodn."
    "Enriches the Whole Dune Saga"
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    If you could sum up Dune: House Corrino in three words, what would they be?

    Culmination, Beginning, Unfinished


    What did you like best about this story?

    It provides clarifying detail for the original Dune books, while also wrapping up it's own internal trilogy well.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is the best multi-character narrator I have ever heard. He is like a full cast recording in one man.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    1,000 years of wealth and peace...that inward break


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin J. Anderson's writing style and the Herbert family's imagination are a magic combination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alistair Horne
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused the fall of six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict, and as many European settlers were driven into exile. From the perspective of half a century, it looks less like the last colonial war than the first postmodern one.

    Judith says: "A fascinating book"
    "Template for 21st Century Warfare"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This book is a detailed primer on the urban, counter-insurgency warfare that we as U.S. citizens will face in the post Cold War era. If you want to understand the dynamics of our occupation of Iraq, this book will help you see that our experience was part of a long standing pattern,


    What other book might you compare A Savage War of Peace to and why?

    Chris Hedges: War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. They both help the U.S. citizen, who is not part of our professional army, wrap his or her head around the consequences of modern war.


    Which character – as performed by James Adams – was your favorite?

    This book is not about interesting characters. It's about how the 90% of people who end up as spectators of a war are affected by it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    General Charl's decision to join the coup. He seemed like a good man, knowing he was doing the wrong thing, but he was overcome by the sense of responsibility to the thousands of Algerians soldiers he promised he would never abandon to the FLN.


    Any additional comments?

    Only my thanks to Alistair Horne for writing such an enlightening book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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