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Children of Dune Audiobook

Children of Dune

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The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy. Leto and Ghanima, Paul Atreides's twin children and his heirs, can see possible solutions - but fanatics begin to challenge the rule of the all-powerful Atreides empire, and more than economic disaster threatens.

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©1976 Frank Herbert; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Ranging from palace intrigue and desert chases to religious speculation and confrontations with the supreme intelligence of the universe, there is something here for all science fiction fans." (Publishers Weekly)
"A major event." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Ziya San Anselmo, CA, USA 04-22-08
    Ziya San Anselmo, CA, USA 04-22-08
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    "great story, more production problems"

    So the producers seem to have completely given up on the entire dramatization thing that they were doing in the first book of this series, Dune (see my review there). Simon Vance does a good job of narrating this story, but towards the end of the book it becomes very clear that he wasn't available to do some re-dos and missed text. So they end up getting some random guy to finish the project. Its actually the case that sometimes one word in a sentence is dubbed in by this other narrator. Bothersome.
    The story in and of itself is good, not as good as Dune, but certainly worth listening to or reading. My only critique is that Herbert sometimes goes on far too long about relatively minor issues or expanding upon points that were made well enough earlier in the text.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Joel D Offenberg 11-25-09
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    "Good but operatic in flavor"

    As I run through Frank Herbert's original Dune stories, I think the best adjective for the flavor and pace is "operatic"...a good story with great color and flavor, but paced slowly. Much of the book is spent with people talking about what will before much of anything does happen. That doesn't mean it's boring...understanding the motives and machinations of the principals really are the story, but it's an unusual flavor for sci-fi.

    For those who are not familiar with the previous works, this won't make sense. You need to do them in order.

    This story centers around Leto II and Ghanima Atriedes (the children of Paul Muad'Dib and imperial heirs presumptive, now aged 9), Alia (their aunt and imperial regent) and the Lady Jessica (mother of Alia and Paul). Alia is struggling against the inner voices from her ancestral memory, while Leto and Ghanima try to avoid the same fate. The mysterious, blind Preacher only adds to the mystery.

    Part of the vast Duniverse tapestry, Children of Dune doesn't live up to the high standard of the original Dune (few books by any author do), but improves on Dune Messiah.

    Excellently narrated by Simon Vance with an assist from Scott Brick.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Upset and Walking 02-17-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Continued Good Work"

    Scott Brick and Simon Vance do a remarkable job bringing the characters and places to life in the Dune series. It has been a while since I have read "Children" and I am impressed with the layers of the Dune world that Herbert describes. I hope Audible continues to translate the original series into the audible format. My second favorite book after "Dune" is the "God Emperor," so I hope the trend continues. "Children" is an enjoyable listen for fans of Herbert.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    William 09-10-12
    William 09-10-12
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    "Storyline drags"
    What did you like best about Children of Dune? What did you like least?

    The story is very pedantic, dragging out and repeating story lines. Not near as good as the original Dune.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-16-16
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    "Brilliant story, brilliant narration"

    If you're a big fan of Dune, don't hesitate to get the audiobooks. It really adds a whole new level of understanding to the storyline and paints a picture that reading a paper copy alone won't do. I've read the physical copies of the entire series and now listened to the first three. It's truly the best way to solidify the incredible experience that is Frank Herbert's masterpiece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randall James Andrews 09-12-15
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    "A good sequel"

    I was not as impressed with this book, where as I was with Dune. I'm taking a break from this series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 02-18-15
    Stephen 02-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The 5th time"

    I love love love this series. I have them all and have listened to them many many times. I have my daughter listening to them now and she loves them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-27-14
    Robert 03-27-14
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    "I was suprised."

    I was surprised to find this book to fit so well with the previous two. Even though you are following a new main character, I found the transition was natural and the story flowed very well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-12-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Children of Bizarro World"

    This third installment of the Dune series started out promisingly. Early on I had high hopes. But by the end it seemed to me the story got more complicated and bizarre than it really had to be. I know it’s science fiction and science fiction is expected to take weirdness to new heights. Still, the Dune series seems headed somewhere I’m not interested in going.

    I really wanted to like it. I even purchased the next book, Dune Messiah, in advance. I’m undecided at this point whether to return both Children of Dune and Dune Messiah, or to soldier on and hope things improve. My online research indicates the sailing may only get choppier.

    On the brighter side, I’m glad I took the time to find out how things wind up for the various surviving characters. I just wished I’d liked those outcomes better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Knut 09-26-16
    Knut 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An OK follow-up"

    The performances are great in this production, just like the previous two, but the story itself is a bit of a let-down.

    Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to like about Children of Dune, but it falls short of the two previous books in the series.
    While Dune Messiah wasn't as good as the original Dune., it still did a good job of fleshing out the world and it's characters.
    Alas Children of Dune does not do any such things.
    Neither does it try to innovate, or move the story into unfamiliar areas or themes unexplored in the first two books. It just keeps the story going, and it REALLY takes its time.
    It's not a bad story really, it's just more of the same.

    Children of Dune traces familiar footsteps at a snails pace.
    And, while those sandy paths are still enchanting, they are to well trodden to give you a real sense of adventure.

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  • Richard
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    6/19/12
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    "A different experience"

    Dune is possibly my favourite book of all time and opened my eyes to many things completely unexpectedly. The Dune saga is something I have read over and over. Listening to Children of Dune was actually a completely new experience of the text for me and I think I absorbed so much more than reading it by hand that I feel I've almost read a different book with a different thrust and am happy to have done so as some side characters seemed to jump into the limelight when before I had almost glossed over them and the following novel has a new gravitas for me that it didn't before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Herts, United Kingdom
    2/19/12
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    "Another great read"

    I have all the books in this series and have had them for many years, if your in to sci-fi then you can't go wrong.
    I must have read this book 10 or more times over the years and never get board of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    6/10/09
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    "Slightly Bizarre but will read #4."

    I loved the first two books, but this one made me wonder if Frank had lost the plot a little. It has the usual great machinations of state and family along with some decent action, but in what must have been the last hundred pages, the plot takes a turn, which I will not spoil here, that reveals to some part the destiny of Leto, the child of Paul Atreides. For me, the revelation seemed slightly ridiculous and not in keeping with the previous two books universe. Despite this, it is as well read as ever and the story kept me interested enough to move on to the fourth in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chinknits
    9/13/16
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    "Children of Dune"

    Third book in the series. Slightly confusing and dark story line which resolved itself by the end. Lots of killing off of the main cast. Good performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr S Harrison
    8/8/16
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    "Painful!!!"

    I liked the first book, the second book was challenging but I couldn't bring myself to waste time to finish listening to this utter bollocks!!!! Avoid this unless you enjoy wasting time listening to intricately worded cyclical drivel, the dialogue is certainly 'of the time' in which it was written and it has aged badly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marwan Imam
    7/18/16
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    "Fantastic"

    I was a bit let down by the second book in the series but this one just blew me out the water. The story is great and I love how the world is evolving more and more.

    The audio book performance is on point as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Nothing
    6/8/16
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    "Rambling at times but a worthwhile listen"

    The series continues its downward trend with this book. Definitely interesting, with some fascinating chapters but the narrative is rambling at times and hard to follow. Not as engrossing as the first two books and I'm not happy with all the character paths. Feels like all the characters are only capable of two emotions: fear and anger. Strangely, though I would definitely recommend it as a read as it closes off the story. Good that it has the same narrater as the first two books too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Mansfield
    scotland uk
    5/27/16
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    "ace"

    really enjoyed the book as it wraps up many storylines from the original book. also makes me tempted to try another from the samr series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
    12/1/15
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    "Not on the level of the first, but a strong plot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend, who had read the first two Dune books. If only to find out what happens to some of the key characters. It's also acted out beautifully, if a little disjointed in parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how the story ties certain elements from the previous books up.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick and Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    I think the preacher was my favourite, very mysterious.


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

    One of the twins has to make a sacrifice quite early on, that was quite a moving scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. It's strange (and uncomfortable) at times following the young twins stories, given their nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    6/7/15
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    "The True Dune Sequel"

    Whereas Dune Messiah felt as though a bridge between works, there is no doubting that Children of Dune is the fully fledged continuation of the story that made the original Dune so mesmerising.

    That is not to say that you can skip Dune Messiah, as important plot points are first revealed in that ever so short effort, and a read worth its time. No, instead Children of Dune expands and envelopes in ways I would not have predicted.

    I will not spoil any of the plot as the twists and turns are what make the story so great. Only that it involves certain Fremen children of Arrakis and their plots to create a Golden Path for all humanity.

    The book is excellently written. Feeling, as with the original, as just a small glimpse of a perfectly realised universe. The complexities however never get too foreboding as the story tends to focus on the important and the specific allowing the reader to enjoy the myriad, rather than sit and ponder who is who.

    If this had been the final book in the Dune series it would have been a fitting conclusion, and if you wish it to be, it could easily be the end of your journey. It does however set the next trilogy up beautifully and I can't wait to begin.

    Unlike Dune Messiah the voice acting is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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