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Children of Dune | [Frank Herbert]

Children of Dune

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.
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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.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Joel D Offenberg 11-25-09 Member Since 2015
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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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Olympia, WA, United States 03-27-14
    Robert Olympia, WA, United States 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.

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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.


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    Herman 05-26-15
    Herman 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read for dune fans"

    The book is a worthy addition to the dune series. Follows up on old characters while laying down the foundation for future stories.

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    pokoj118 05-14-15
    pokoj118 05-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Tiny Hang-up"

    The switching of voices for narration makes keeping up a bit difficult... otherwise: perfect reading!

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    Charles Schneider 05-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Audible at its best"

    For this third book of the original Dune series by Frank Herbert, Audible delivers on a great story by solid narration. Sticking to basic production, this reading doesn't suffer from distracting and inconsistent voices or distracting music that they've used with some of Dune works. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Columbia, MS, United States 05-06-15
    Craig Columbia, MS, United States 05-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "WTF Herbert."

    I'm really not sure that I can think of another science fiction novel read by so many, named so often a classic, and yet in truth is, in many ways, so incredibly distasteful. Not the whole of it, of course, but large portions of the story leave a bitter, sour taste in the reader's mouth or at least that was the case with me. I think primarily that Herbert made some vital mistakes. First and foremost was the age of the twins. Yes, it's fantastical science fiction but still, making them 9 created a continuous discontinuity. Simply put, it was hard to imagine beings of that physical age doing and saying the things they did, and I know that was part of his intention but it was still, in my mind, the wrong age. 12 or 13 would've been more acceptable. This was just one factor though. Another flaw of the story is that Herbert makes his main protagonists, the twins, often very unlikable characters. Leto is the absolute worst or I should say best example of this point. He's rude, arrogant, and unapologetically manipulative, and not in the kind of way that would enable readers to root for him. Rather he does and says everything in a manner that often leaves the listener wanting to punch him in the face. There's a lot of philosophical debate throughout the book and that makes it worth listening to, just like the previous two, but the actual story, while not quite as "predetermined" as Dune Messiah was still fairly obvious in its ultimate outcome. Disjointed and rambling but still obvious. Leto wins, everyone else loses, the end. Ok. That's enough from me. Listen to it yourself and judge. Excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Romrell 04-26-15
    Jim Romrell 04-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit too philosophic"

    I listen while I run, and while I enjoyed this story, I found myself spacing out during some of the more philosophic parts. It was the last Dune book I will read.

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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.

    1 of 1 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
  • Jarreck Dilynda
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    "The awkward midway poin"
    If you could sum up Children of Dune in three words, what would they be?

    Very trying indeed


    Would you be willing to try another book from Frank Herbert? Why or why not?

    Yes I am continuing with the series


    Any additional comments?

    The first two books in the series flew by but this one was a struggle and like 'Empire Strikes Back' sets the scene for 'Return of The Jedi', - 'Children of Dune' sets the scene for the following instalments. I found it very hard going in places (although I understand the story needs to be spun and background need to be founded so from that viewpoint an excellent work)

    For me this was an obstacle that needed to be hurdled in order to get to the finish line. Not a bad book by any means but after the frantic pace of the previous ones this becomes much more about laying foundations, political alliances, old loyalties, new possibilities and new threads - I wouldn't recommend reading it as a stand alone book as this would probably confuse the living daylights out of you, you really need to have read the previous ones for this one.

    Don't be put off at all, the 'Dune' series is wonderful as a whole but please read the previous ones before diving into this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angularebelle
    4/24/15
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    "brilliant audio book "

    I missed the other actors voicing the other characters but overall it was well read and I enjoyed this very much, definitely a good buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mariusz Borowiak
    3/6/15
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    "Brilliant experience!!"

    Great book. A very interesting listen.
    Go vegan. As this is the only sustainable and true way in line with our evolutionary adaptations. Respect the planet that gave you life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. G. Gilbert
    UK
    1/24/12
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    "A tragedy?"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    11/21/09
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    "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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roy
    derbyUnited Kingdom
    1/30/09
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    "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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lance
    11/7/08
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    "Kids not really"

    Hard work

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
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