Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Navigators of Dune is the climactic finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert's classic Dune.
The story line tells the origins of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood and its breeding program, the human-computer Mentats, and the Navigators (the Spacing Guild), as well as a crucial battle for the future of the human race, in which reason faces off against fanaticism. These events have far-reaching consequences that will set the stage for Dune, millennia later.
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Navigators of Dune was one of my top audiobook experiences, partly because this book is an amazing conclusion to the previous two books (Sisterhood of Dune and Mentats of Dune) and partly because I waited so long after multiple cliffhangers and so many storyline threads left unknown until this book! I finished Navigators of Dune which is 18 hours long in less than two days. The way Brian and Kevin wrote this story was masterful and I'm thankful to them for not leaving this trilogy within Dune unwritten!
Scott Brick did a wonderful narration as always, he really brings out the depth of character - of the characters through his voice. Thank you Scott!
Some may be put off by reading prequels in general because it's history but even knowing some general things from the subsequent books, I found the prequels very suspenseful. If you've never read a book from the Dune universe, you're really missing out. Start with the first prequel Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and go in order or start with Dune itself and then read the prequels after. The Dune saga has enriched my life. Thank you Brian and Kevin for continuing where Frank left off from his vaulted notes. Thank you!
Dune is my favorite book. The 1984 movie is my favorite movie. I have to be honest. At times, this book was actually annoying to listen to. First of all, someone please explain to me how exactly every planet in the Landsraad is irrelevant. During the machine war, all of these planets were responsible for defending themselves to a certain extent so they have their own military capabilities which makes them pretty significant. The book simply ignores them which is patently ridiculous.
Secondly, there would have been a civil war between the Butlerians and the Imperium in any alternative universe where humans are still humans. I get Manfred Tarando and the Butlerians. Salvador and Roderick, however, act in ways no real human being would ever act and this is my primary issue with the book.The book portrays House Corrino as being incredibly powerful(refer back to nonexistent Landsraad). The authors set up Venport and the Butlerians to act as a counter balance to the Corrinos, but Venport isn't actually doing anything to check the Corrinos while the Butlerians are constantly threatening the Corrinos with threats of mob violence. Meanwhile, Venport and the Butlerians are openly hostile towards each other. Gee, I wonder how the Corrinos would act in such a scenario? Apparently the authors don't realize that, 10,000 times out of 10,000, the Corrinos would ally themselves with Venport and friendly members of the Landsraad to either defang, or decapitate the Butlerians.In no realistic universe, would the Corrinos act against Venport.
Well, you might say the Corrinos are worried about the power wielded by Venport. Okay, but when the Corrinos start to act hostilely towards Venport, they're not even aware that Venport owns planetary banks and Combined Mercantile. Furthermore, the book doesn't even make mention of Salvador being worried about Venport being a threat to his power. Salvador just whines about what a pain he is for actually wanting to defend himself against the Butlerians. In fact, Salvador acts to confiscate Venport's spice production on Arrakis without even caring how Venport would react.
As far as the actual conflict goes, it's also a joke. None of the combatants has any intelligence on enemy activites whatsoever. Seriously, no one knows anything, They take their forces and blindly wade into the unknown. Umm, first of all, sans information, no one would risk so much. Second, they would have agents gathering info. In this story, however, ignorance actually drives the plot forward.In other words, the plot is non-sensical and it's purposefully non-sensical for the purpose of creating a plot. In other words, The plot is forced to the point of ludicrousness. The authors and the publisher wanted to make money, so they wrote a sub-par book that seriously needs to be re-written in order to fix the travesty that is this backstory to one of the greatest stories ever told.
unbalanced. evil too powerful. ending is very unsatisfactory. very disappointing end of this trilogy. lots of repetition explaining character history. unbelievable character's sudden conscience. weakest of all the dune books.
I have always loved and cherished the dune universe since reading dune for the first time. Is wonderful to have a bit more insight into the people, events, and forces that shaped it
The conclusion to this trilogy was a great end to this epic section of the mega saga that is Dune. If you love a huge, character driven story then this is for you. It is interesting to see both extreme factions come to blows in this book. In many cases I really did not know which side I was rooting for...sometimes neither and sometimes both. The performance makes you want to continue to listen for hours. I could not recommend this book more.
A good continuation of the legends stories we already love. Too long winded in many parts and some easily predictable story lines that were dragged out too much.
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