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The Godmakers | [Frank Herbert]

The Godmakers

On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne has landed on Hamal. His assignment: To detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population. To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet - and the people here place certain expectations on their gods.
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Publisher's Summary

On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne has landed on Hamal. His assignment: To detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population. To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet - and the people here place certain expectations on their gods.

The Godmakers is an expansion of four short stories written from 1958 - 1960. It is an exploration of the concepts of war and peace, government and religion.

©2013 Frank Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    FSM1010 05-19-15
    FSM1010 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Scott Brick could read me the dictionary."

    Herbert wraps this one up with some pretty open ended questions. I was hoping to get more into his interpretation of the day-to-day of a god, but the ride there was fun all the same.

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    philly 03-06-15
    philly 03-06-15

    Eternal Student

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    "The Little Dune - Just wish it was longer..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, whether they had read Dune or not already it doesn't matter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godmakers?

    I don't want to be a spoiler. But about halfway in... A whole new dimension arose...very cool! Though there were many such moments, but that one in particular.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick did an excellent job in this book. However I don't feel like he should have narrated everything written by Frank Herbert as I made note in another review. But here, I have no qualms, he was awesome and he is an awesome narrator (I just don't like the idea of having the same author for multitudinous works by the same author because it starts to make the books seem too similar, when they aren't in fact, its just the authors voice that is well, almost identical. Though in this, Dune, and especially the Santaroga Barrier where he really shined, he was excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. There is a lot to take in. Also, I didn't want to finish what little there was so quickly because it was so good.


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish it were longer. I think a couple more books could have been made by splitting the book up if he had wanted to or had the time. Then again it stands on its own just fine, it is just my personal preference for more Frank Herbert material to read that causes me to wish this. People who don't like 27 hour books however will find this book perfect. It is like a little Dune. But it is different of course. Herbert the Elder has the Midas touch, everything he writes has been good without exception. Some are better than others however and this, along with Dune, Children of Dune, The Santaroga Barrier, and Destination: Void were all masterpieces, golden with diamond crowns. The others were all golden still, just no diamond crowns, but that may be because I hold him to the high standards of his other works.

    I wish I could say the same about his son. I haven't liked anything by his son and feel like it is a waste of potential to let his son have all the rights to the Dune Universe. Brian failed miserably and in my opinion should be shut down lest he ruin the Dune Universe. He might as well go paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa while he's at it. Sorry for this rant but it really upsets me how far a son could be from his father, if only he were the Paul of Leto, but no he is worse than an Alia. I feel like I could write better than his son, especially if I were given all those notes but anywho!

    If only they could clone Frank Herbert and bring him back like in Destination: Void or make a golem Mentat out of him like in Children of Dune (or was it Messiah? I can't remember). I just wish there were more authors like Frank Herbert these days for I've only left 2 more books to still read by Herbert the Elder (bless his soul!).

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    S. Burrows 05-25-14
    S. Burrows 05-25-14 Member Since 2015

    Namaste

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    "Good oldie from Frank Herbert"

    I just discovered that Audible has most of Frank Herbert's older, non-Dune books. Because his Dune series is SO famous, and has been extended by his son, some of his other work fades into the background. Most, if not all, of his older work deserves the same fame that the Dune books do. I'm glad I discovered that Audible has them in audiobook form. The narration is excellent, as well.

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    Richard L. Rubin Oakland, CA United States 06-14-14
    Richard L. Rubin Oakland, CA United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Somewhat Disappointing"

    Readers hoping for something approaching the richness and excellence of Frank Herbert's Dune masterpiece will find The Godmakers disappointing. The Godmakers consists of four closely connected short stories concerning Lewis Orne, an agent of the Investigative Adjustment (AI) organization. Similar to the Bene Gesserit in the Dune Universe, the AI employs made-up religious doctrine and applied sociology to neutralize threats posed by potentially warlike planetary societies. Also like the Bene Gesserit, AI agents possess extrasensory psychic powers and prescience which they employ to manipulate individuals and societies to their ends. Unfortunately, the stories in this book are not that interesting. The characters are one dimensional and spend entirely too much of their time pontificating at each other. One cannot fault the generally excellent narrator Scott Brick, who does the best he can with what he has to work with, for the failure of this book to engage the reader.

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