The Road to Dune features newly discovered papers and manuscripts and also "Spice Planet", an original 60,000 word short novel by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, based on a detailed outline left by Frank Herbert. The Road to Dune is a treasure trove of essays, articles, and fiction that every Dune fan will want to add to their collection.
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Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
As a dedicated "Herberts'/Anderson" fan I found this audiobook, to say the least, fascinating and informative. I'm so very gald that "Spiceworld" never made it to publication in novel form, we would never have had "Dune" nor would have Frank Herbert become, at least not at that time, a household name or a very revered SF author. "The Road to Dune" is a great listen and I am pleased to have added it to my collection. I really enjoyed the "Dune" short stories, the possibilities are endless for the imagination, one can visualize any number of volumes based on any give character. Imagine "Erasmus Tales", if you would :)
I have to give this book a reality check rating. If you are a hardcore Dune fan, there is much background information here about the creation of Dune that is interesting. The actual novel and stories, however, are not that good. I actually found the brief commentaries by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson more interesting than any of the actual content. As long as you know this going in and set your expectations accordingly you may enjoy it.
The narrator of these audiobooks is also not one of my favorites, his reading is so earnest in tone it becomes annoying after a while (at least to me).
You get to see how it was reworked with advice from others colleagues writing and rewriting. How an idea crew grew to a novel that is like a college curriculum in socioeco-
Anything that comes from the Herbert's or Mr. Anderson is exelent. This reminds me of the special features disk that seems to come behind every new movie, except better. This book gives insight into the mind of Frank Herbert.
Being a relativly new reader and now listener of Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Keven J Anderson, I was very pleased to listen to this audio book. I have been a fan of Dune for about 3 years now and have read the Dune Saga in print, but this was wonderful to see the beginings of how this wonderful saga began in the increadible mind of Frank Herbert. I also enjoyed how Brian and Keven have been able to continue writing on in Frank's footsteeps. This is refreshing and unexpected.
as a fan of the Dune series, I enjoyed this book as a backgrounder on the creation of the series, and learning a bit about earlier visions Herbert had for various characters and story lines.
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