©1976 Frank Herbert; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"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)
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.
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.
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.
I liked how Dune was narrated. Different voices and sound effects kept the story moving. Especially with the way the author writes. He is very descriptive and his way of explaining cultural nuances can be very mind numbing. Don't get me erring. I love the Dune series. I just found myself nodding off in both Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.
Although I have read (and re-read) the entire Dune Saga several times, this is an entirely new way to experience it. I think that the continuity of performance is quite good among the books I have listened to. I am gaining a whole new appreciation for this series by listening.
The continuity of performance among the Dune books is quite good.
The story is very pedantic, dragging out and repeating story lines. Not near as good as the original Dune.
This is the 3rd book in the series and if you've made it this far then you are almost half way through the series. I've watched the Dune movie and the Sci-Fi Channel and neither do the books justice. Here we meet Paul's kids 9 yrs after their fathers death. They are being pulled in several directions as each faction wants them as their claim to power. We do see where they fight against it just to find out that it was more than anyone thought. No *SPOILERS* from here on.
The narrators do a great job of bring the story to life and following it completely.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
I begin with a caveat: I do not like Simon Vance's narration. I find his pseudo-Middle Eastern accent on nearly every character annoying and it is difficult to tell his characters apart as they all have very nearly the same voice. Additionally, the first two books in the series were performed as more of an ensemble production while this was not. The narration quality detracts quite a bit from what is actually a good story. More's the pity.
The Dune series takes place in the far future (tens of thousands of years) and is an interesting treatise on politics and economics in a far-flung feudal star empire. This is the third (and final) book in the Paul Atreides story. This one focuses on his children and their rise to claim the empire built for them by their father and left in trust to their aunt. It is a good story and well worth the read, which makes Mr. Vance's narration that much worse to hear. The book is definitely worth the read, but listening to Simon Vance makes it a difficult one.
The author keeps the twists and turns coming. The character development of the children is fantastic. The twins are so interesting in their own right, yet the continuing of Paul's situation. The plotting of the different clans to keep themselves above the fray and in the for front of importance shows how low they will stoop to do so. The twin's countering of every move ahead of the moves keep you wondering why the clans even try. They have know clue.
The narration is a marvel. The range of characters that have to be done you forget that men are handling the reins of this trip.
Herbert continues to paint a wonderful read visual of the different worlds so well you can see them on your minds eye with all the glory and marvel he has painted.
Ghanima is my favorite character. Many will say that there are more detailed and deeper characters in the story, which is very true but the innocence and playfulness of the little female twin is capturing. You think she is in the background most of the time only to realize she is very much a strong part of the plot. You get the felling of a little elf. One little child that if angered will turn into a protective lioness especially when it come to Leto. When she at the end is triggered which I won't explain so not to ruin your journey you get the full feeling of what she is capable of. There is so much strong passion in such a little being.
I think that the portrayal of ALia captures the complexity of this women and her total insecurities and confusions.
The world of Arrakis may change but the story continues with strength and wonderment.
Personally I believe that this installment in the Dune series is better than the 2nd but not as good as the original Dune. The lore will immerse you and the characters are dramatic. My only complaint with this one is that the ending is somewhat anti-climatic. There's significant build up and suspense only to be left a little bit disappointed by the ending. What happens with the Farad'n character is especially anti-climatic. All in all though, it's an excellent listen.
"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.
"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.
"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.
Dune is THE classic SciFi novel and is therefore a difficult act to follow. In this third part of the series we follow the exploits of the third generation orf Atreides: the Ducal family that has risen to Imperial power. Yet in many ways this is a disturbing novel, rather as the Electra of Sophocles is a worrying sequels to the Iliad of Homer.
I have mixed feeling about this book, mainly because I like endings to be final. However, I suppose life does not have a final ending and goes in circles. So in this sense, the way this book undoes the work of the last is actually true. The ending, however, I found stretched my imagination and for this reason I give it only three stars instead of four.
"Children of Dune who cannot sleep should....."
Listen to this audio version. It surpasses self-hypnosis tapes, it is SO tedious and lured in this greedy member who thought length of recording meant better value. Truly boring and pretentious, a travesty.
"Hard hard work"
Dune was amazing. Genuinely amazing. Dune Messiah was slow but had a couple of good ideas. Children of Dune is beginning to taint the original memory of Dune a little. The audiobook is read by two of the same narrators as the previous books but does not have the same full cast. There are a number of female characters for example but these are voiced by men doing "squeeky voices"! This is 17 hours long and although some parts are quite good it probably isn't worth the download.
"Kids not really"
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