I am a huge fan of the original Dune series by Frank Herbert. They were intricately written and exciting to read.
This book has only a t..Show More »ouch of the original spark the Frank Herbert books did. I did enjoy, though, reading of the origin of a few of the concepts, people and history that were put forth in the original series. The plot held me for most of the book nearing the completion of the book I was simply waiting for it to be over.
What I thought took away from the novel most of all was the poor narration. Audible and other sources of 'audio books' have usually never failed to impress me with the actors who read from the book. Jim Dale comes to mind as an actor made to read books. The narrator for this book, while having a good voice and being able to properly hear all the words, did not have the same acting abiliities as I have become to expect from audio books. It was the odd time to hear a character have a different voice which made it seem inconsistent to even have any character voices at all.
Overall, this audible would be only for the true die-hard Dune fans who wish to have a glimpse at Frank Herberts ideas prequeling the original series.
Brian Herbert would make his father proud. In collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson, he has 'fleshed out' the vast universe centered around the planet ..Show More »Arrakis. This book, like its predecessor "The Butlerian Jihad", expounds on the events surrounding the war with the Thinking Machines only hinted about in the original novels.
With sweeping strokes, the authors take you on a breathtaking journey through the known galaxy. Their characters are 'real' in the sense that you care deeply about their fates - even the obviously 'evil' ones. No small feat, this. Many large scifi books center around technology and 'gee-whiz" what-ifs without truly giving you characters that you can get emotionally tied to. Strongly framed characters are essential for my suspension of disbelief.
The story takes place some 24 years following the events of the Butlerian Jihad. Both Xavier Harkonnen and Vorien Atreides are now "Premeros" of the Army of the Jihad and the best of friends. Serena Butler serves as an almost Deity-like leader who keeps pushing the multitude of free humans into battle after battle with the Thinking Machines.
You can start to see the beginnings of the staples of the original story - the CHOAM Company, the Spacing Guild, Spice Distribution, the Fremen, etc.
While this installment has a satifactory ending, you are definitely left yearning for more even after 26 or so hours of rapt attention.
The authors, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson along with the fantastic narrator, Scott Brick, are deserving of great accolades for such incomparable effort on the behalf of we Dune fans - A Dukedom in the League of Nobles, perhaps?
Brian Herbert and Anderson have done Frank proud. This last installment of the fascinating prequel to Dune is as rich and detailed as the previous wor..Show More »ks. The complexity of characters and development of simultaneous plots provides an exciting read. These authors truly make the Universe of Dune come alive for the reader in a way unparelled since the original series. I cant wait for another chapter of this series.
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 goin..Show More »g 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.
Overall, this is a decent book but is in no way is up to the level of Frank Herbert. The novel is entertaining and it was worth reading to see how the..Show More » story plays out. Especially since the previous novel was left on a complete cliff hanger and nothing was resolved. It's worth a listen if you are a hardcore dune fan, but be prepared for a long slog (23 hours). If you aren't a major Dune fan or seriously invested after the previous novel pass on this one.
Not to nerd out, but I did have some problems with factual inconsistancies in the story, for example, Dortea finds out information about herself from genetic memory despite the fact that it occurred after a point at which it would have been in her genetic memory from mom or grandma.
Plus, the level of cunning and intelligence just isn't there for the characters. The story is chock full of points where you go , man that is just stupid. I could give quite a few examples but I don't want to spoil anything. Still I am invested enough from the previous book to carry on. This is defintiely a step backward from the quality of books in the machine crusade series.
The pacing is slow.. Glacier slow.. I've had to put this one down and come back several times. The novel is also very repetative, repeating the same facts about the characters over and over again almost like the authors were padding the book to make it longer. It is decently written but I don't know if I will be willing to continue on with the series after this one. Still if you liked the first novel you will get closure on most major issues.
Navigators of Dune was one of my top audiobook experiences, partly because this book is an amazing conclusion to the previous two books (Sisterhood of..Show More » Dune and Mentats of Dune) and partly because I waited so long after multiple cliffhangers and so many storyline threads left unknown until this book! I finished Navigators of Dune which is 18 hours long in less than two days. The way Brian and Kevin wrote this story was masterful and I'm thankful to them for not leaving this trilogy within Dune unwritten!
This is an excellent book, excellent, series, excellent prequel. If you loved Dune, you will love this series. If you tried to read Dune, but found it..Show More » too complicated, than start here. The entire complex worlds and societies, created by Frank Herbert, are made easy to understand through these stories. The people, the worlds, the politics are deeply described in exciting detail. I normally hate politics of made up worlds, but this is so interesting, exciting and even possible, that I get got up in the intrigue, back stabbing, plans within plans, and brutality.
It would take pages and pages to describe all the unique characteristics of this universe, let's just glance over it slightly. First, atomics and thinking machines have been banned in the universe, due to the destruction they caused in the past. This has caused mankind too to come up with ways to accomplished things by mutating man. The Bene Gesserits are a sisterhood of women disguised as a religious order, who have developed telepathy, and have increased their power through a strict breeding program. The Mentats are humans who have developed their brains to be complex computers. The Navigators have mutated their bodies to be unrecognizable as human, but through their minds they fold space and make space travel possible. All of these sects relay on spice or mélange in order to achieve these changes. Melange can only be found on one planet, Dune or Arrakis. an inhospitable planet where it never rains. Dune is populated by a hard group of people called the Freeman. Then there are the planets, besides Dune, there is a planet where everyone lives underground, an industrial planet that is covered with so much smog it is always dark and more.
I just can't explain it all here, you have to read it yourself. I will also mention that I am not a fan of Brick, but even he can not ruin this book.
This review is the same for all three books of the “House Trilogy.”
The author of the Dune [Chronicles] Saga, Frank Herbert, died in 1986 bef..Show More »ore completing the final installment, Dune 7. According to his son, Brian Herbert, a couple of years after the passing of his father, a safety deposit box was found with copious notes about the saga’s past and outlines for its future completion. His son collaborated with Kevin J. Anderson on the final book but also several prequels including a Prelude to Dune trilogy about the three prominently featured houses or families of the saga: Atreides, Harkonnen and Corrino.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of the original Dune years ago. And, after just finishing the entire “House” trilogy, I reread the original to more freshly compare them. I must say, I think that I enjoyed the prequels more. However, I don’t know that I would have had I not read the original first. Before going on about the “House” series, because one cannot edit a review on Audible once it’s posted, a comment here about Book 1 might be helpful. The original Dune is narrated by Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance and a cast of others. At first it seemed like a good idea to have each character in the book have a unique voice. Unfortunately, from the way the book sounds, each narrator performs in a different studio setting. How do I know? Because it sounds that way. The dialogue sounds stilted, jerky and downright amateurish. Everyone of the characters in the prequels is played by Scott Brick. And they are far superior recordings. Scott Brick’s character dialogues are fluid, of the same ambience and just don’t sound dated like the original.
To continue about the prequels, they have an added depth to them. The characters are more fully fleshed out. The separate and familial relationships among all the characters are more fully explored. I realize this in not in accord with some other reviewers who sometimes seemed to find conflict with the original material. On the contrary, I found mostly only continuity that added to and enriched the original.
In the prequels we learn how Paul Atreides becomes the product of the generations of genetic “engineering” (selective breeding) of the Bene Gesserit to obtain the Kwisatz Haderach. And we learn of the backgrounds of all the other major players: Baron Harkonnen and his maniacal family, Emperor Shaddam and his, Jessica, Rev Mother Mohiam and a whole lot of background on the other Bene Gesserit “witches.” There was a mystical context in the original chronicles but these prequels greatly amplify on that.
The Guild Navigators and their relationship to the spice is mentioned only tangentially in the Original but plays a significant part in the prequels. All the female characters of Dune Prelude play a much more significant role and that too is much to the credit of these authors. It’s always nice to have that balance. We could just go on and on but why spoil it. Hopefully, I’m communicating my sense of excitement about the Prelude to Dune Trilogy. I think that each “House” installment was just excellent and the old man would have been proud of his son and his coauthor. If you’re a fan of the Dune Chronicles, you owe it to yourself to read the “House Trilogy.”
Young Herbert and Anderson did a nice job tying up alot of information absent from the original Dune works. The additional background knowledge makes..Show More » me want to listen to the original trilogy again. This was the culminating book of the Houses trilogy and did wrap up quite nicely. IMHO along with the Machine War trilogy, this trilogy could stand on its own even without father Herbert's series of novels.
A significant portion of this book where back stories of young Paul usually consisting of events that occurred prior to Dune. As others have said the..Show More »re is very little that adds to the story that skipping this book will make you miss. This book was written as an insert between Dune and Dune Messiah and it is clear in that respect. I think of this book as Dune 1.5 if Dune Messiah is Dune 2.
I see this book as a summer extension of a TV series. Missing this book will not cause those who follow the real seasons (Dune) and (Dune Messiah) will miss.
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 lit..Show More »tle 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.
I first read this book in 1980 in the back seat as my family did a two week camping road trip, and I loved this story. I must have read Dune over 20 t..Show More »imes, it was that good to me. When I heard about the audio book I was a bit hesistant that they might ruin one of my favorite stories (like they did with the movie!!).
But the narration and characterization of the actors, were wonderful, giving the story a richness and fullness, a 3D immersive experience.
It made a great story that much better.
I really did love the first title in the series, and plan to continue through the rest. There are 2 parts to any review of an audio book, the story a..Show More »nd the narration, so let's break this into two.
1. The story. It was slow to get into, especially for a short book. It starts as a series of meetings, and slowly start pulling the story together. By about 3/4 of the way through you start to get back to what you excepted from Dune. It does a nice job telling the story of Paul, and over all was an enjoyable story. 3.5 stars.
2. The narration. I found it more than acceptable, and much better than many books. I was a little hesitant after reading some reviews, but it was no where near as bad as I had feared. It wasn't fantastic like the first book which truely is stellar. So I can understand how this would be a led down compared to that book. Over all it worked well and was an enjoyable listen, and it did not get in the way of the book, and may have even helped. When compared to other books 4/5 stars.
So the producers seem to have completely given up on the entire dramatization thing that they were doing in the first book of this series, Dune (s..Show More »ee my review there). Simon Vance does a good job of narrating this story, but towards the end of the book it becomes very clear that he wasn't available to do some re-dos and missed text. So they end up getting some random guy to finish the project. Its actually the case that sometimes one word in a sentence is dubbed in by this other narrator. Bothersome.
The story in and of itself is good, not as good as Dune, but certainly worth listening to or reading. My only critique is that Herbert sometimes goes on far too long about relatively minor issues or expanding upon points that were made well enough earlier in the text.
God Emperor of Dune compares well with the original Dune, better than the previous two sequels (Dune Messiah and Children of Dune). It doesn'..Show More »t quite measure up to the standard of the first book, but few books, anywhere, do.
Warning: God Emperor of Dune is the third sequel to Dune. Ignore this book until you are familiar with Dune and the first 2 sequels.
It is 3500 years since Leto II Atreides donned his living sandtrout armor. Leto is now a living deity as well as galactic emperor...prescient, super-intelligent, supremely strong, vengeful...and more sandworm than man. Arrakis is now lush and green; the sandworms (except for Leto) are all but extinct. There is no more spice, excepting centuries-old stockpiles.
This is Leto's Golden Path...the future for humanity that he foresaw and planned 3500 years ago.
Like most of Herbert's Dune books, this book has an operatic feel...it moves slowly and most of the book is taken up with dialogue. The story really is the people, their motives and their schemes. This book revolves almost entirely around the title character (more so than the prior books), but, then, the God Emperor is the dominant story of this time and place.
The narration is very well done; Simon Vance narrates most of the book, with Katherine Kellgren reading the occasional female-dominated chapter and Scott Brick delivering the epigraphs at the start of each chapter. Three excellent readers who did a great job.
And a great reader. This was my least favorite of the Dune books when i read them and I listened to an audio version I got from the library a few year..Show More »s ago. But this reader drew me in to this story like never before and I caught more of it than i ever did before. I look forward to hear Chapterhouse.
Have read this book many times along with the rest of the Dune Series. First time listen on the audio format and all of the books were great. Could ..Show More »have done with out the female narrator of Chapterhouse however. She needs some serious work on tonality and timing. Other than that small irritation all was splendid!
Hunters of Dune feels like a continuation of the Legends of Dune series rather than the original six Dune novels. The general story is fairly interest..Show More »ing, but the individual subplots and characters lack the important subtleties of Frank's original series. For fanatics of Dune, this is a must-read glimpse into Frank's vision for the direction of the series.
Unfortunately, even the authors admit in the introduction they could never match his writing abilities. Personally, I wish Brian Herbert would simply publish the all of the notes and outlines that Frank and quit writing Dune books.
There were several issues that kept me from giving this more stars. Among them include:
* Scott Brick reads this book with a melodramatic tone (think William Shatner parody).
* Each chapter was too short; just as the plot picked up, the authors changed to a different plot.
* Many of the characters were underdeveloped and lacked the subtle details that really humanized the characters.
* Too much time was spent reviewing all of the "prequels". In the first 4 hours, at least 2 hours was spent repeating material from prior books.
* Authors go out of their way to include material from their spin-off books, even at the expense of logical or common sense.
* The book is written to a 7th grade level. Harry Potter has a more advanced vocabulary and sophisticated plot.
* Some sections feel "padded" to stretch the story out to fill two novels. There's a sequel due out next year.
* Authors use bad plot devices and cliched techniques to create suspense and drama: to create a misguided sense of danger, they use a vague third-person reference like "the pit boss" or "the Reverend Mother"; that's a dead give-away that it's not who you think it is.
* Bad analogies and too much flair in descriptions.
* Authors lack subtleties. Compare Frank Herbert's style of refering to about axolotl tanks with Brian/Kevin's style. I feel no disgust or revulsion when listening to B/K.
I have never been enthralled with the authors' 'new' Dune books (although I respect their other works), but I have bought them all to hear how the sto..Show More »ry ends (and began). I would rate this book better than some of the others in the authors' series, although none of them approach the original works (in my opinion). I actually do not mind the content of this book so much as the style of writing, which is so different from Frank Herbert's (though some may prefer it as more 'readable'). I assume the majority of the plot points were outlined by F. Herbert, but I felt the execution was clumsy and drawn out. The ending resolution felt derivative of several sci-fi movies to me, you'll know which when you read it. Mostly though, I find that I cannot listen to Scott Brick's narration - this is entirely personal preference, but I find his narrations overly dramatic and entirely too earnest.
As a dedicated "Herberts'/Anderson" fan I found this audiobook, to say the least, fascinating and informative. I'm so very gald that "Spiceworld" nev..Show More »er 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 :)