The last survivors of humanity have just been deposited on Pandora, a horrific, poisonous planet rife with deadly nerve-runners, hooded dashers, airborne jellyfish, and intelligent kelp. The determined colonists attempt to establish a bridgehead on the deadly, inhospitable planet, but more trouble arises. Their sentient ship - backed up by an impressive array of armaments - has decided it is God and is insisting the colonists find appropriate ways to worship it.
In an attempt to help the people pass its test, Ship awakens chaplain-psychiatrist Raja Flattery from hibernation. Either the humans pass the test - or the human race could be destroyed.
©1979, 2011 Herbert Properties, LLC, and Bill Ransom (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I'm 17 chapters in and have no idea what's happening. I just spent some time on Wikipedia and that helped a lot. If you haven't read Destination:Void (which is the REAL book one here) you might want to start there or at least read the Wiki. Herbert makes lots of assumptions that you're going to know what an eclone is, what Pandora is and who Flattery is right off the bat. Lots of poetry and riddles don't help. I think if you read the book twice you'll get a lot more out of it the second time.
Probably not. Not interesting enough so far. Ship, a jealous scientist, a psychiatrist trying to do something that we dont know anything about (yet), a lady that was never introduced. Nah.
Going to give this a few more chapters then give up on it.
I really love this book. It's elegant literature. It has great sweeping scene changes and different slices of perspectives. It has tons of really really sci-fi concepts mixed with economics, human natures, empathy and Maciavalian agendas crashing together. Great stuff.
A worthy successor to the Dune series. All the piety and complexity of Dune, with a fresh storyline and new characters.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
THINK HOW LONG YOU'LL LIVE IF YOUR ALWAYS WAITING
All of Herbert's writings are deep, full of overly thought out worlds. They include political and religious systems, often very foreign to the known. They are so different, it is difficult for the average person to wrap their head around them. Herbert's books are often long, as the explaining of these worlds is a long torturous path. When I was in my early twenties I picked up Dune, two or three times, but could not figure it out. Than the movie came out and now it is one of my favorites. Dune is a complex rich story, complete in all aspects. This book might be the same, but until I see the movie, I will probably not get my tiny brain around it.
Brick has changed and is now one of the better narrators. It is not BS, SB is good.
It's an interesting story and the ideas are worth it but it's hard to follow. Even after listening the real first book Destination: Void, it was hard to understand what is going on. At the middle of the book I stopped listening and went to the Wikipedia page to read about the story. It help a lot because after that it was easier to recognize the characters and link the acts that they were doing with the story. Again, I think that to enjoy this series, it's better to read a physical copy of the book.
I garden, but I hate knitting.
Oboy, does it need different narration. The ladies seem like idiots. I listened to the whole thing, but if I had known I could return an audible book, I'd have grabbed a different one as soon as the first woman was voiced.
I like Frank Herbert even when the concepts are retreads of better books. I might buy a Bill Ransom just to see how they dovetail. Not the most inspired ending. Seeing how the ideas work through was marginally interesting, if you've any of Herbert's other stuff. Would rather have been able to skim a physical copy. There would have been a LOT of skimming.
The work is irredeemable in my opinion.
I could only make it about 3/4 of the way through the book before I couldn't take it anymore. There is way too much psychobabble, character introspection and political machinations and very little in the way of story or action.
Scott Brick, as always is a good narrator.
Want my credit back.
liked this book alot. The film Avatar appears to be based on this book it seems. the ideas in this story a intriguing
"Frank herbert never dissapoints"
They complement each other. It is a new experience to be able to listen to a well loved and many times read book.
Yes. Very good performance.
Intelligent science fiction. I wouldn't be surprised if this was Cameron's inspiration for his film Avatar. However this is a far superior story.
Very compelling and unusual. Pleased to find it as its not his most popular work.
"dark, intense and close thoughtful"
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if only more authors and publicists bothered to set the bar this high
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