The breathtaking vision and incomparable storytelling of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, a prequel to Frank Herbert's classic Dune, propelled it to the ranks of speculative fiction's classics in its own right. Now, with all the color, scope, and fascination of the prior novel, comes Dune: The Machine Crusade.
More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.
The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius, as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history: a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy.
And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.
Here is the unrivaled imaginative power that has put Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson on best seller lists everywhere and earned them the high regard of readers around the globe. The fantastic saga of Dune continues in Dune: The Machine Crusade.
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It is hard for me to understand the gushing in most of the other reviews or the overall rating of this piece of junk. The son's work (the author) is pitiful in comparison to his father's (the author of the original series). Or perhaps it is the second author who is the problem. At any rate don't expect very much, and if you can listen to the parts about the Cymeks inner thoughts without wanting to vomit (because they are so silly), we are on different planets.
However, this really would have made a good comic book, but those don't translate very well to audible products.
It is a good deal on a cost per word basis (apparently there was no editor), but you can get an even better deal by recording your self saying your own favorite word and playing the thing back endlessly.
However, I am embarassed to say that I did listed to the whole thing, but I took it off my ipod right afterwards in case someone else actually saw that I did.
The writing is still nowhere near as good as the real Dune books, and the phrasing is annoyingly repetitive. Still, Dune is a wonderful thing, and even a so-so Dune book is worth listening to while stuck in a subway.
To elaborate on the repetition: once the author hits on a phrase for a thing, he uses that same phrase mechanically for hundreds of pages. For example, this book is about the war between humanity and the AI's, which are referred to hundreds of times as "Thinking Machines" -- it would have read much more naturally if the author had put a little more effort into his writing.
To be fair, the book has a lot of interesting things going for it. The humans aren't the generic "good guys" that they could have been -- in the midst of a war to save humanity from being crushed by the "Thinking Machines" the humans are corrupt, greedy, cruel and self-destructive and also clever, dedicated, and noble. So it's not as two-dimensional as the earlier faux-Dune books.
Having read all Dune related books since Frank Hebert's original,many more than once,I sadly conclude that the series should end rather than expose readers to more pages of drivel such as filled a good portion of the latest installment. While there are rich story lines to pursue, the authors repeatedly get bogged down in just filling pages with words.
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if you can get into the first book of thus series the jihad and learn all the pieces you will be hookd
machines that think vs the jihad
scott is the man
when someone special was burned alived for the cause
Only because of the length of the book, it becomes much easier to listen than take the time to read the words.
I don't think there is anything to do to make the story more enjoyable. This is basically a history lesson on the past 10000 years.
Brick brings familiarity to the story.
There was no way I could listen to this book in one sitting. I wouldn't even consider trying it.
really, skip it. I listened to all three, so poorly written, and so focused on crud no one cares about...
Scott Brick is awesome.
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
What an action packed book this was. So many plots intertwining. Such calamities and twists of fate. Excellent.
I'm massive lore nut: I love the background information in the Dune universe. The machine crusade is loaded with political intrigue, horrible crimes, and unremitting war. The best part is the multiple story lines. The original 6 dune books have a very narrow scope, just one or two interlocking stories.
There's a moment in that last few chapters that really resonates with me. After Sabrina Butler throws away her life, Xavier Harkonnen burns up with Iblis Ginjo, Zufa Cenva needlessly gives her life to kill Hecate' (and her ex-husband in collateral), and Hecate's asteroid wipes out the Ginaz archipelago, that several characters find they are all that's left of their associates and dearest friends. Chirox was the most striking. The image of him standing on the island stripped bare, holding the broken body of his long time student and friend; contemplating how the core of the mercenary order happen been exterminated, and that he'd rebuild it. That's a powerful image, and I'm moved by the horror and desolation of that moment.
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