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)
This is a great story - in my opinion, only the original Dune novel was better. Simon Vance was, as always, excellent. There weren't really that many parts read by Katherine Kellgren, which was a shame, but my major narration revelation was...
Scott Brick is the narrator equivalent of William Shatner as an actor. Melodrama? I think yes.
Most of the 13 hour plus long chapters are like listening to a professor expounding cententiously and argueing with other far more sympathetic characters about religion, sociology, political science,, phylosophy, and human asexuality, etc. But if you are fascinated by those subjects or can just manage to get through it, there's some "gold" in the end that sets up a "golden path" of stories to follow.
The dune series is a bastion of sci-fi and this book lives up to standard set by it's predecessors. With that said I found it challenging at times to sit down and listen, I just didn't get hooked like I did with the others. I'm glad I listened to it and I would recommend it if you're a fan of the series but if you're mixed, save your money for something new.
The narration was excellent, made the book feel as though it were a series of journal entries from different points of view. However, unlike the other dune stories there was no victory or great betrayal. The golden path felt as though it was pointless and the god emperor seemed somewhat petty and foolish. You would think someone with 3000 years to plan and the combined knowledge of ever ancestor back to the beginning of time he would have found a better way.
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.
"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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