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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So many books, so little time...
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
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’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."
For anyone who loves the Dune world this is a great addition to your collection. I enjoy the back stories and background to the elements that have made this world so rich.
I have been a Dune fan since I was old enough to read. So much so all four of my children (6 yrs to 16 yrs old) can quote from the series. I am a VERY big fan.
I have read reviews before of how Kevin and Brian have mucked up the series and that they need to stop. I do not agree that they should stop. I do however feel that they should reevaluate the direction that they're taking us.
I have no idea what I should take from this book. Can some one PLEASE tell me WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED!!
Can we get a do over!? Come on Brian and Kevin ... get it together!
I waited all that time for this book to come out and this is what I get ... Seriously.
PLEASE! DO O V E R!
As always Scott Brick is Amazing!
Scott can make anything sound good. And he proves it with this book. I wonder how he felt and what was he thinking when he did this performance.
Yes. But I was constantly distracted by my thoughts of what the HELL is going on!
No. I think I have said enough.
Read: "The Butlerian Jihad, The Machine Crusade, The Battle of Corrin" . first and you should love this one almost as much. It Starts 90Years or so after "The Battle of Corrin"
I did not re-read them before i read this one and i picked up all the plot lines pretty fast, but it couldn't hurt to re-read or listen to the 3 books at take place prior to "Sisterhood of Dune". However id also Suggest to anyone new to the dune universe to read at least the original "Dune" before reading any of the new ones.
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