Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in a safe-deposit box for a decade, Hunters of Dune will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.
At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. Hunters of Dune is the exotic odyssey of the crew as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy. To strengthen their forces, the fugitives have used genetic technology to revive key figures from Dune's past, including Paul Muad'Dib and Lady Jessica, so their special talents will challenge those thrown at them.
Failure is unthinkable. Not only is their survival at stake, but they hold the fate of the entire human race in their hands.
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"One of the monuments of modern science fiction." (Chicago Tribune)
"Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction." (Louisville Times)
The book is worth reading solely to glean some idea of what Herbert might have intended for the rest of his brilliant series.
But the reader is so bad that, if I had the time, I'd go back to reading it myself. He reads with emphasis not only melodramatic, but constantly chosen incorrectly. He often picks words to emphasize that are not the ones the meaning and context of the phrase require.
But the most important flaw is the former...every sentence is over-enunciated, read with the emphasis of a catastrophic emergency, a climactic emotion, as if it were terribly important, even if it's trivial.
The reader might imagine this makes the story exciting, but it does the opposite. The listener becomes desensitized to the anticlimactic melodrama. The constant urgency leaves one not feeling which parts actually should have carried what emotion. It's painfully awkward, eventually unpleasantly boring.
I had read one of Brian Herbert's other Dune books years ago, so I knew to not expect the intelligent characters and plot of his father's books. My hope was that I could look past the weaker writing to understand the notes that Frank Herbert left behind for his final Dune book (that Brian supposedly based this on).
If you have a similar hope going into his book, I would recommend not bothering. It was much worse than I was expecting. It's simply not Dune. Quite painful for someone who loves the real books so much.
Some of the other reviews here go into detail about the flaws, and they are spot on. I'm going to read what others have speculated about Frank's notes and avoid Brian's second sequel.
I thought this audio book was awesome. You know, I don't know why people complain about Scott Brick. I think he's brilliant. He brings back the voices he created throughout the series. From the Butlerian Jihad to this book, he is awesome!
Other than Chaperhouse, there is no other book to compare it too.
Great voice over characters. Memorable. He takes me away from the cares of driving in traffic around Chicago for a 90 minute commute each way and I feel like I'm watching a movie in my mind.
There were a couple of moments of extreme laughter. :) I won't ruin the fun.
I love these Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson books. Yeah, they don't write like good ole Dad, but they do a pretty damn good job finishing the story and expanding the universe. :)
Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have really outdone themselves with this book. They followed the time line Frank Herbert laid out so many years ago, but also incorporated their own imagination. They didn't attempt to recreate Frank Herbert's style, but combined their own styles to create something new. Their brilliance allowed them to continue the story not just from Chapterhouse Dune, but from their prequels as well (the Butlerian Jihad trilogy). I really look forward to listening to Sandworms of Dune.
Scott Brick, the narrator, was an excellent reader and didn't distract you from the actual book, which I have found to be a problem with many audio books. Really well done.
I actually like the Herbert/Anderson versions of Dune a little better than the originals. Starting with God Emperor of Dune, the story got a little too weird. I don't really like the whole Ghola thing, but we seem to be stuck with it. At least we have more Gholas than just the know-it-all Duncan Idaho ghola.
I like all of Scott Brick's readings and look for books he has read. His interpretation usually makes the story better.
The Dune series for me is similar to the Foundation trilogy. The subsequent prequels and sequels made the original trilogy make more sense and be more readable.
Looking forward to the final book in the series. Hopefully the bad guys will be beaten once and for all.
This is a pickup on the Dune story line after Chapter House. You can read this story without going through and reading all the books written Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. In the other books they go through the history of all the houses and past characters. I enjoyed finding out what was left out of the other books. The authors do incorporate information from the other stories, and they explain them in this book, so again reading them is not required. Do remember that this book was suppose to be combined with the next book into one, so it will leave you hanging and wanting more.
I've read and listened to some books from the Dune series by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson before.
I know they say I shouldn't compare their books to the Dune books by Frank Herbert, but I can't help to.
The story is exciting and their recapitulation of what happened in the prequels helped me to understand the prequels a little better actually. Some exiting things happen in Hunters of Dune, which I won't spoil.
But what I miss is depth of the characters. They are often too rational and humans aren't that rational all that often. I know I'm not. That's why the characters are less interesting. And I think the writers don't seem to grasp that.
That was a long time for a cliff-hanger (Chapterhouse Dune). Hunters is wonderful, and I've enjoyed the prequels. I'm glad the Dune saga can continue.
As it tied into the series, yes. It helps to understand what happened in some of the other books
It held my interest thru out.
Read the whole series, from the first one, to really understand and enjoy Dune.
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