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  • God Emperor of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good as the original

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-03-09

Less than expected

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I have always been a huge fan of Frank Herbert's first three Dune books. This one, though, moved with a snail's pace. Like the other Dune books, there was plenty of internal monologue, which never bothered me when Paul Atreides was the thinker, and there was external action and some real stakes to the story. In this one, though, the stakes are so low for a nearly immortal Emperor Leto and his thoughts so banal for someone who supposedly has access to nearly all human memories and 3000 years of personal experience that the book drags for it's entire length, except for the introductory action. Beyond that, the technology that Leto uses (not even getting into the lack of drama involved in an immortal emperor defying the proscription on thinking machines) has in many cases already been surpassed on Earth in the early 21st century, and all the cool action stuff from the first book - Duncan Idaho as a character with agency, knife fights, etc., are boring.

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