But to achieve his final victory, Leto Atreides must also bring about his own downfall.
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"A fourth visit to Arrakis that is every bit as fascinating as the other three - every bit as timely." (Time)
"Rich fare...Heady stuff." (Los Angeles Times)
Narration was absolutely PEREFECT -- so many different voices, timbres & asides, but always, ALWAYS clear and didn't require repeating... I hadn't read this book of the series, although I had lovingly read the covers off my first 2 paperbacked copies of "Dune".....I found it majestic, awe-inspiring, comprehensive, suprising in depth & details of characterizations. Just WONDERMOUS!
A deeply disappointing finale, though not unexpected. Every book after Dune gets further and further from the original's greatness. This particular book takes itself so seriously that it borders on the ridiculous. The narration is over-wrought and ultimately interferes with the story itself. I do not recommend reading past the first book. None of the rest, least of all this one, can even come close.
It was exciting to see how Lato II's long term vision would play out... part of it anyway. But this chapter in the saga was full of so many missed opportunities. Just teases you with what seems like the start of engaging subplots and deep characters. But then it falls short of delivering. Probably my least favorite book in the series out of the handful I've experienced.
Leto II, son of Paul Atraides made the ultimate sacrifice of a normal life in order to pull humanity into the direction the needed to grow. The story is complex, deep and well told. Gholas of his family friend, Duncan Idaho are held in front of him as way to keep his ire from retaliating against the ones who stole Duncan's genetic material to develop clones for Leto. The Atraides genetics are tweaked over thousands of years to ultimate expression. The Bene Geserit still scheme. Enjoy the story. I listen to the entire series on occasion.
Compared to Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune and Paul of Dune I was very disappointed in God Emperor of Dune. Audible's performance/production is excellent as always.
Narration was great except for Scott Brick's small sections. The story was great, and I would listen to it again.
Terribly boring. One of the main points is that the God emperor is a tyrant, but we aren't really even given any examples. So it's hard to identify with the characters that dislike him. The narration is awful. The character voices are grating on the nerves. As a long time fan of Dune, I wish I would have skipped this book entirely and just got on with great stories that Brian Herbert and Kevin Andersen have been writing. But, I'm so OCD about making sure to read every book and in the correct order. That'll teach me not to bother. I wish I had my many hours back of slogging through this. Not sure I can even face Heretics and Chapterhouse after this stroll down boredom lane.
"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.
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