Where Paul of Dune picked up the saga directly after the events of Dune, The Winds of Dune begins after the events of Dune Messiah. Paul has walked off into the sand, blind, and is presumed dead. Jessica and Gurney are on Caladan; Alia is trying to hold the Imperial government together with Duncan; Mohiam is dead at the hands of Stilgar; Irulan is imprisoned. Paul's former friend, Bronso of Ix, now seems to be leading opposition to the House of Atreides.
Herbert and Anderson's newest book in this landmark series will concentrate on these characters as well the growing battle between Jessica and her daughter, Alia.
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I have listened to most of the other Dune books and I have enjoyed them immensely. I bought this book hoping it would be just as good., but was a little disappointed. It still was a good book, but it seemed a little contrived. I felt this book tried to fill in some of the history that was left to the readers imagination. It changed my conception of Paul Atreides from being a horrible despot to a do-gooder just stuck in a bad situation. The fun of reading is to use your imagination and I felt my own interpretation of what happened was more realistic than this book portrays. The book still had all the excitement and adventure of the other books and I did enjoy it.
Audible has done a disservice to Dune lovers by repeatedly using Scott Brick as narrator. I bought this book as a sample, but am very disappointed he narrates them all. His voice is repetitive and limited in tone and emotion. I discarded the book after an hour of that torture. Sorry Audible, but I won't be collecting any further Dune books with this narrator.
I have stopped downloading any books narrated by Scott Brick. I would rather read the hard copies than suffer though his stilted and affected version of reading. He seems to have a big following which is not shared by all the reviewers on Audible. His inflections and tonal qualities are very repetitive and annoying, seems to end most sentences with explanation points and is more concerned about the importance of his voice than the actual story line or characters in the stories. Many great authors and stories on Audible have been ruined by having Scott Brick narrate them.
I love Frank Herberts Dune and Ive read ALL of his sons dune books. Frank Herbert was a genius and had profound insight into human nature and esoteric philosophy. His son doesn't write Dune stories, he writes about about Dune but to an 8th grade audience. Characters conversations in his fathers works accentuated the deep essence of human potentials without hammering you over the head, they were subtle like zen koans. His son has to prove to the reader that you are indeed reading a Dune story because he is constantly referencing real literature by his father. Ive wondered what it might be like to walk into a fine china store and smash everything with a baseball bat, well after reading this crap..I know. Oh gurney Halleck was sad.. Ohh Jessica was sad cause Paul walked into the dessert, and he has to remind us that Duncan was drunk in front of her, so what!!! None of his crap moves any new story along and its not even intriguing. These two authors are only writing to the dumbest people in the crowd, they assume that no one can remember anything, literally half their god damn books are review of what just happened with no new insights, just repetitive drivel. Sure they have a few novel ideas in their earlier works, but those dont carry a saga. In any given conversation two characters will be talking about the same thing that that reader already knows, and lord is the dialogue dull. There is nothing interesting said by anyone ever in any their books! These two fools are just making a living by ripping off Frank Herberts legacy. I really cant say enough about how horrible and boring the writing is. There is nothing to make the reader think, they merely describe superficial observations about real insights that were actually experienced in the original Dune books. So if your an idiot and you like being spoon fed mundane repetitive stories completely devoid of thought provocative dialogue then Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson are your authors. Rest in peace Frank Herbert
This book was slow and tedious. I didn't think it would end. The only reason I made it to the end was because I was waiting for next month's credit just to buy something else.
No I liked the original Dune but with will make me think more carefully before buying another book about Dune
The narration was fine. I think it is the same as the original Dune book. It was not the narrating that was the issue. I think the pace of the book is just to slow.
Just read Julian's review and you have my exact same thoughts. I also have read all the books and this one has none of the brilliance of the original Dune stories. And it is mind numbingly boring... The narrator sounds like he is going to cry at any moment... Maybe he is because he had to read the whole book out loud...
A decent drama. It's sometime difficult to keep track of who's who and what family the belong to and yada yada. But ultimately you catch on and its an exciting story with good characters. I don't get hung up on the fact that Brian Herbert is not Frank Herbert. Too different people with different styles.
I have read all the Dune books by the father and the son. I think that the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson are better than the originals. Unfortunately, this book is just so so. Maybe the authors have exhausted the story line and need to move on to another.
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