Frank Herbert's last published novel is a charming and witty science fiction adventure coauthored with his son Brian.
What if the entire universe were the creation of alien minds? After an unfortunate spaceship accident, the hedonistic human Lutt Hansen, Jr., finds himself sharing his body and mind with a naïve alien dreamer. Together the two must survive dangers, schemes, and assassination attempts - but can they survive each other?
©1986 Frank Herbert and Brian Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The premise was original and had a lot of promise. Even the story itself was quite engaging. I thought that the writing had a good flow and the style and narration was great.
Unfortunately, not a single character in the book is even remotely likable. They're not even deeply flawed enough to be interesting as character studies. They're just superficial, self-centered and mildly sociopathic. I thought that there would be some deep self-discovery leading to transformations, but that never came.
Good writing should invoke something in the reader and, in that, this was successful. However, I'm just not sure that deep apathy towards the characters was what the author was going for.
If it had been slightly tighter, faster paced. With warmer more accessible characters.
Yes I love Frank Herbert
Mr. Brick is the voice of Herbert for me
Too boring, the thought of 12 more hours of this pains me. The narration was a bit awkward to follow when multiple characters were talking back and forth.
I did like the premise for this book but I didn't get what I was hoping for..
I didn't like the characters. They were petty and selfish or dumb and naive. The book is pretty much a politic and corporate intrigue in a futuristic setting. They were such extremes to the personalities I had a hard time identifying with anyone. The Dreans could have been so cool, but they were mostly boring.
If I hadn't goten the book on sale i would have return it.
It was a great premise but by the 7 hour matk, I hated the main character Lot so much, I quit listening and returned the book. I couldn't stick it out anymore. He's in an alien's body and yet he's in control. I found it completely unbelievable that a scion of a race who imaged humanity couldn’t kick a narcissistic journalist out of his head. Even half trained, that should have been child's play. There was no attempt to make it believable either. The story would have been more believable if the Dreen was in control and had to ape human. The reverse is a trite tale of one jerk getting what he wants at the expense of a naive kid. Not an enjoyable read.
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