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)
God Emperor of Dune compares well with the original Dune, better than the previous two sequels (Dune Messiah and Children of Dune). It doesn't quite measure up to the standard of the first book, but few books, anywhere, do.
Warning: God Emperor of Dune is the third sequel to Dune. Ignore this book until you are familiar with Dune and the first 2 sequels.
It is 3500 years since Leto II Atreides donned his living sandtrout armor. Leto is now a living deity as well as galactic emperor...prescient, super-intelligent, supremely strong, vengeful...and more sandworm than man. Arrakis is now lush and green; the sandworms (except for Leto) are all but extinct. There is no more spice, excepting centuries-old stockpiles.
This is Leto's Golden Path...the future for humanity that he foresaw and planned 3500 years ago.
Like most of Herbert's Dune books, this book has an operatic feel...it moves slowly and most of the book is taken up with dialogue. The story really is the people, their motives and their schemes. This book revolves almost entirely around the title character (more so than the prior books), but, then, the God Emperor is the dominant story of this time and place.
The narration is very well done; Simon Vance narrates most of the book, with Katherine Kellgren reading the occasional female-dominated chapter and Scott Brick delivering the epigraphs at the start of each chapter. Three excellent readers who did a great job.
Frank Herbert's Dune series are among my all time favorite books. God Emperor is by far my favorite of the series. I have been waiting anxiously for the release of this production. I have not been disappointed. The story is at least as compelling in audio as it is in print. This production does the job excellently.
There is little need of me further commending the Dune series. My main purpose here is to praise Simon Vance's reading of this extremely long book - as it is perhaps most natural to think of all six of them as one book. He manages to balance an extremely clear enunciation with the right sense of emotion and complex character composition required. I'm eagerly waiting for Audible's publication of "Chapterhouse Dune" , and I certainly expect that Simon Vance will be entrusted with the whole project. He's given new life to a book which is already very alive.
Im working my way through all of the Dune books. While there is a significant amount of time passed between Children of Dune and this book the plot continues well with out the sense that a significant amount of the story is lost. This book is a little long in the tooth and IMO could have been a few hours shorter and not have lost the overall story. This book defiantly leaves me wanting to listen to the next part of the saga.
I'm a big fan of Frank Herbert's original works in this series. After the first book (Dune), this one ranks highest in my opinion, but it's true that you have to appreciate Herbert and the world he created in order to 'get' this book. I suspect most people who are fans of this book identify strongly with Duncan Idaho, who bridges the world of the first three books with God Emperor of Dune. Leto Atreides II is such a fascinating character - love him or hate him. The reading is very well done, especially Simon Vance and Katherine Kellgren. Fortunately Scott Brick only reads the chapter introductions... very much over the top as usual, but you can tune those out.
When asked my favorite book, I answer Dune. I understand that it is not everyone's cup of tea.
Of the series, God Emperor is my favorite and this audiobook brought forth other aspects to consider. I enjoy contemplating Frank Herbert's writings.
If you have interest, please be sure to have checked out the others prior to this in the series: Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune.
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
They are doing a great job with the production on these books, The readers are fantastic!
Of course they are the Dune books by Herbert so they are great. This one was as good as the rest.
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.
The dyed-in-the-wool Dune fans give God Emperor of Dune very high marks. While I still enjoyed Frank Herbert's writing somewhat in this fourth book in the Dune series, I found the story unwieldy and too pseudo-clever its own good.
Much of the plot seemed implausible or even pointless. The characters felt shallow and impossible to empathise with. The endless philosophising was unconvincing and tiresome. And I was also mystified by the seemingly random switching of narrators. (That said, they were excellent narrators.)
For my part, I'm either done with the Dune series for good or at least taking a loooong hiatus before considering giving it another go.
If you're a hard core Dune fan you will like this book --judging by other reviews-- and probably anything else Frank Herbert wrote. If you're not, I can't recommend this book to you.
I LOVED the first Dune book. All aspects of it drew me in and pushed me forward. The political, the mystical, the planet and it's ecology. Most of all, the characters and their struggles were truly enthralling. The first two sequels kept me going just as well, expanding on many of these matters.
This title I found hard to get invested in. By the nature of it's progression, so much has changed. If you are not already deep into the background minutia of all that this series has to offer, you will not find an enjoyable story here. For the hardcore fans, this will certainly be the next great step
"The saga contrinues"
If you loved the three precceding books this serves up another dose of spice for you, while less of a hero story than Dune and chilren of Dune there are certainly enough moments to keep you hooked, oh and it sets up the story for herctics and chapter house nicely. Enjoy
"Good narration, shame about the story."
Yes I would. The Dune series is immense and a joy overall to immerse in. There are some brilliant characters and you want to know what will happen to them; how they will evolve.
It was a chore at times to continue listening. Whilst the performances were fine, the plot itself was laborious in places. I found myself wishing for the end once i'd guessed what was going to happen, about 2/3 of the way in.
Duncan Idaho; good accent and inflections. He really helped bring the character to life and understand his predicament.
I know there are many, many sequels that greatly expand on the dune universe which i will hopefully enjoy listening to, but i only say this as i know they are already written. The way the story ended and the slow nature and (sometimes necessary) tediousness of much of the plot would not make me want to pick up the next book if no other books had yet been published.
Dune was such an dazzling brilliant work that even though the sequels have failed to live up to the original I have nevertheless persevered with them. Really though, unless you area masochist I wouldn't bother!
This is a very very slow book. Not much happens and there is a lot of psycho babble about women soldiers stagnating society because women fighters don't rape and pillage - and this goes on and on.
Dune is epic - this is poor.
"Close,but no cigar"
I liked it but it lacked the pace and enthralling approach of the preceding books.
"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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