It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind. The war hero Vorian Atreides has turned his back on politics and Salusa Secundus. The descendants of Abulurd Harkonnen Griffen and Valya have sworn vengeance against Vor, blaming him for the downfall of their fortunes. Raquella Berto-Anirul has formed the Bene Gesserit School on the jungle planet Rossak as the first Reverend Mother.
The descendants of Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva have built Venport Holdings, using mutated, spice-saturated Navigators who fly precursors of Heighliners. Gilbertus Albans, the ward of the hated Erasmus, is teaching humans to become Mentats… and hiding an unbelievable secret. The Butlerian movement, rabidly opposed to all forms of “dangerous technology,” is led by Manford Torondo and his devoted Swordmaster, Anari Idaho. And it is this group, so many decades after the defeat of the thinking machines, which begins to sweep across the known universe in mobs, millions strong, destroying everything in its path.
In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Sisterhood of Dune, every one of these characters, and all of these groups, will become enmeshed in the contest between Reason and Faith. All of them will be forced to choose sides in the inevitable crusade that could destroy humankind forever.
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I love the continuation with the Dune series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Yes, it is not Frank Herbert, but it is as close as you are going to get, and it is Wonderful.
The authors have done a great job telling the back story, although for me, I had already read what is called the Legends of Dune series, which includes the Butlerian Jihad, the Machine Crusade and Dune:the Battle of Corrin. You don't need to read these books to enjoy this book, but I enjoy the series and it is impossible for me view this with fresh eyes, the back story is told very well, so you don't need to read the other books.
Although I read an ARC of the book I could not wait to get the audiobook so I can hear Scott Brick add his voice to this book. For me he is the voice of the Dune series.
It is a great telling of the background of Bene Gesserit School and how the Mentats developed.
For me it closed the loop on a lot of things just mentioned in the original Dune series.
More believable in the Dune context
Stick with the original premise of the Dune Universe
I have been a Dune fan since the early 1970s and loved all of Frank Herberts Dune Novels and was excited when it was announced that the series would continue in 1999 with Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson in the helm. The novels were all entertaining and many I enjoyed as audio books during by long commutes. However, there the spirit of the orignal Herbert novels was missing in the new books. Frank Herbert was the master of suspension of dis-belief. I fully beleived that a society could evolve without computers and yet still have some technology elements like star ships and force fields. This was accomplished by maximizing the capabilities of human beings thorugh special training or forced evolution that created Mentats, Sisters, Suk Doctors, and celestial navigators who all excell at their craft witout technology. Where the new novels missed the boat is there is too much technology and it actually negates Frank Herberts original conception. For example, in the House Atreides to House Corrino novel we, the Suk Doctor, Wellington Yueh, rebuilds one of the characters into a cyborg; this made no sense and the Frank Herbert novels that were supposed to be the sequels of these novels, make absolutely no reference to cyborg-like being and they would in fact be forbidden as
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If you compare this to Frank Herberts work you will of course be dissappointed. Frank Herbert was one of those once a generation authors and basically the Tolkien of sci-fi. Brian Herbert is not his father. He writes good solid fiction but Brian's writing obviously does not have the character development or depth of his father's work. Does this make the book bad? No, it doesn't. Taken On it's own it is a decently written interesting book.It won't wow you, but it is a solid read and it is cool to get more back story on the Dune universe. if you love Dune and want to learn more aout the universe you will like this. If you are expecting Frank Herbert level writing you will be dissappointed. Still, all in all it's a good read and worth a credit in my opinion.
Yes, this is the bad apple out of the bunch that I have seen. Most of the are quite good.
None of my issues with the book are with Scott Brick's performance, he is as solid as I have come to expect from it.
Yes, to stop listening to it.
I love the Dune Saga, but this addition was painful to listen to. it's like they where grasping for straws on what to write next. I sincerely hope they are done and move onto other projects. This book shows to me that they have exhausted their good ideas for working with the setting.
Only if they had followed tHe entire series up till now.
No. But I'm disappointed.
Lower my expectations.
I look forward for years for a new Dune novel. I guess I have to wait years for the end of this one.
Just too many story threads unresolved.
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
I’m just not real crazy about Scott Brick reading the book. That may be because he read a few other books I just hated. His emotional expression sounds so forced. This story is a bit tedious at first but I eventually got into it.
I have either read or listened to every Dune book by both Frank Herbert and Brian Herbert. It has been a while so when it started naming characters and giving background right off, I had to strain my memory. Truthfully, the set of books that precede this one, turns out was just not so memorable.
I am trying to decide if it is Brian Herbert or Kevin Anderson who brings the element of bubblegum sci-fi to these books. I read Anderson’s Star Wars trilogy years ago but that is supposed to be bubble gum so I can’t tell.
Even though I just cannot bring myself to give it a glowing review, I just have to follow this series. I also do other horrible things to myself like binge drinking and going to the gym.
Say something about yourself!
After a rather meandering story and unfocused plot, the book abruptly ends leaving the listener looking for the concluding chapter. While I don't mind books that make you look forward to the next in the sequence, this one is truly "half a book."
The books are obviously set in the same universe, but the similarities end there. The main difference is in the characters.
In Frank Herbert's books, the characters are complicated, different, intelligent, has motives that only become clear over time. I've read all the books of the new series up to Battle of Corrin, skipped over a few, then came to this one. The characters are simple, they don't think through what they do, their motives are blatant, and the things they do seem to be only to add drama to the book. There is not a single character I like. I had hoped that the character development has improved between Battle of Corrin and this book, but I was disappointed.
The story itself is not bad, entertaining, and the narration performance is good. I bought this audiobook because I had hoped for more interesting stories in the Dune universe, but halfway through the book, I really want to go back and re-read Dune to remind myself why I like it so much.
The Battle of Corrin is long over, and the Imperium is still in recovery mode. It's been 83 years since the last thinking machine was destroyed, and the Emperor is now Salvatore Corrino. The descents of Harkonnen are still seeking vengeance against the Atreides, as they live exiled and in disgrace. The schools of the Imperium are trying to make headway: the Mentats school, the Sisterhood and the Suks. With Manford Torondo leading the charge of the Butlerians and trying to find (and destroy) any last remains of technology, its a very fragile Imperium. A Imperium trying to recover and forge a new way for the future.
I want to start this review with a little disclaimer. I'm a fan of the original six Dune novels, but I was introduced to Dune, as an adult, with House Atreides. I devoured that trilogy and moved onto the original six novels and have loved the Duneverse ever since. That was 14 years ago and every year I either re-read several Dune novels or catch up on the latest release. I'm thankful for Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert carrying on this legacy. The additional novels will never be like the originals, but I appreciate them for what they are - a delightful continuation of the Dune saga.
I'm part of #TeamAtredies and #TeamSisterhood. Ever since House Atreides I've been fascinated by the history behind both of these parts of Imperium. In the trilogy set around the thinking machines we learn about how the feud between the Atreides and the Harkonnens began, and it is still in full force in Sisterhood of Dune. Griffen Harkonnen goes to find Vorian Atreides and to avenge his family. Meanwhile his sister, Valya, attends the Sisterhood to become a sister and discovers a very ailing school.
In Sisterhood of Dune I quickly got swept up in the action across the Imperium. I was fascinated by how many industries, that we take for granted in the later books, made their start in the recovering Imperium. Norma Cenva, who developed the fold space technology, is still alive and the Venport Holdings is trying to take over all of the space travel.
I listened to Sisterhood of Dune on audio and I enjoyed Scott Brick's interpretation of all the characters. While there is more of a full cast on the originals, Scott Brick does a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the troubling Imperium and it was a enjoyable listen.
Sisterhood of Dune was a re-read for me (first time listening on audio) and it was the perfect way to catch up before I start Mentats of Dune (which was released today). If you are new to the Duneverse, I recommend starting with the classic Dune.
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Yes, Scott Brick does a superior job.
yes, all the Dune Saga is a must read.
the entire Dune saga.
the battle quick battle between the sorceresses and the imperial guards.
My problem with this book it had skimmed little bits of everyone's story. It felt like they had told all they needed to in the past books and wanted to try to give history that led up to the original novel. Brian and Kevin did a fantastic job on all of the others, however this one book didn't seem like it was going any where. I have high hopes for the next two books.
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