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Dune: The Machine Crusade Audiobook

Dune: The Machine Crusade

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The breathtaking vision and incomparable storytelling of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, a prequel to Frank Herbert's classic Dune, propelled it to the ranks of speculative fiction's classics in its own right. Now, with all the color, scope, and fascination of the prior novel, comes Dune: The Machine Crusade.

More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.

The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius, as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history: a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy.

And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.

Here is the unrivaled imaginative power that has put Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson on best seller lists everywhere and earned them the high regard of readers around the globe. The fantastic saga of Dune continues in Dune: The Machine Crusade.

©2003 Herbert Properties LLC (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC and Books on Tape, Inc.

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    Vikram valley stream, NY, USA 12-21-03
    Vikram valley stream, NY, USA 12-21-03
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    "Beyond amazing"

    I listened to the first book on CD then got the audible version of this second book. I highly recommend the biggest format audible file for clearer listening.

    Overall Id have to say that this was one of the best books ever as far as man vs machine goes. Amazingly well written and well read. Of course there is the "dune" story here but this takes place 10,000 years before the original Dune book. This is an amazing story of human success and failure and sticks to the reality of war and human frailty. It was amazing to hear some of the familiar family names of the Dune series even though this is 10k years prior to the story. This book makes Terminator 3 and Matrix look like childrens stories. Great battle stories, great sci-fi possibilities and virtually no fake fantasy stories like you see on tv.

    Im extremely depressed that the 3rd book isnt out yet. The ending left me silent. An added bonus is Herbert and Anderson explaining how they came to write this story and how the Dune series came to be.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 12-04-03
    Louise Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 12-04-03
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    "Cool!"

    An excellent Sci Fi read with some really exciting chapters. A must for Dune fans.

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    Robert Crystal Lake, IL, USA 11-26-03
    Robert Crystal Lake, IL, USA 11-26-03 Member Since 2008
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    "Good but not Great"

    If you read the other books in the series--or listened to them--then you have to pick this one up. While I did like this book overall, I found parts of it to be pointless. It's ok to have characters that hide their motivations from each other, but shouldn't the reader eventually understand why they acted in a certain way? Also, the "heroes" in the book were not very sympathetic. Serena Butler expects everyone to bow down to her because her son died 40 YEARS AGO, and yet she has no human sensitivity to the suffering and atrocities that occur. She is also weak and easily manipulated.
    Other characters, like Hecate, are developed in great detail and then don't seam to serve any real purpose.
    It is a good listen to get you ready for the next book and to liven up your commute, but it isn't as good as the other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read 11-21-03
    Luv2Read 11-21-03 Member Since 2015

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    "Grand epic, depressing view of mankind"

    The reader certainly gets his money's worth with this book. The editors of the New Jedi Order could have turned this much material into a dozen books. I enjoyed the Butlerian Jihad, but I found this tome to be depressing and discouraging. It is a given that to enjoy this series one must suspend all knowledge of science and physics and treat the series as fantasy instead of science fiction.
    An even larger obstacle to enjoying this series is the character development. They are all TOO human. The billions of humanity are oppressed insignificant slaves. The hand full of key characters in the universe are all either evil incarnate or dupes and victims of the evil manipulators of history. All of mankind is being duped and manipulated by Serena Butler who is still emotionally crippled by the death of her son 40 years ago and is in the midst of a 40-year pity-party. If children are that important to you, get married, have more children and move on! What about the millions of others in her universe who lost children in the slave pens? She in turn is being manipulated by the evil Grand Patriarch Iblis Gingo. Almost all of the heros are neatly killed off to clean the slate for the next novel. I have finally OD'd on this series

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    Patrick 10-28-03
    Patrick 10-28-03
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    "Wonderful"

    Wonderfully written, wonderfully read. Can't wait for the next book to come out. The commentary by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson at the end was amazing. Get it and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 10-27-03
    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 10-27-03 Member Since 2004

    Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.

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    "Not bad but no Frank Herbert"

    The story moves along and is interesting, but it doesn't have the depth of the original Dune books, especially the first three.
    The characters seem to have less depth and I find the writing to be a bit trite. Perhaps it's the style of the authors, but I much prefer the writing in Dune.

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    Laird new york, NY, USA 12-23-03
    Laird new york, NY, USA 12-23-03
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    "Much less bad than Butlerian Jihad"

    The writing is still nowhere near as good as the real Dune books, and the phrasing is annoyingly repetitive. Still, Dune is a wonderful thing, and even a so-so Dune book is worth listening to while stuck in a subway.

    To elaborate on the repetition: once the author hits on a phrase for a thing, he uses that same phrase mechanically for hundreds of pages. For example, this book is about the war between humanity and the AI's, which are referred to hundreds of times as "Thinking Machines" -- it would have read much more naturally if the author had put a little more effort into his writing.

    To be fair, the book has a lot of interesting things going for it. The humans aren't the generic "good guys" that they could have been -- in the midst of a war to save humanity from being crushed by the "Thinking Machines" the humans are corrupt, greedy, cruel and self-destructive and also clever, dedicated, and noble. So it's not as two-dimensional as the earlier faux-Dune books.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 12-04-03
    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 12-04-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Dune Series Should End"

    Having read all Dune related books since Frank Hebert's original,many more than once,I sadly conclude that the series should end rather than expose readers to more pages of drivel such as filled a good portion of the latest installment. While there are rich story lines to pursue, the authors repeatedly get bogged down in just filling pages with words.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Rath 02-12-10
    Karen Rath 02-12-10
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    "Frank Herbert must be rolling over in his grave"

    I was so excited when I saw that the Dune series was going to continue on, but the series written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson is very disappointing. The characters are flat and act in entirely predictable and stereotyped ways. These stories read like the worst of the 50s sci fi with bug-eyed monsters and screaming damsels in distress. I'd rather read the original books.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    G. Griffin 01-23-05
    G. Griffin 01-23-05 Member Since 2016
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    "An Object Lesson in Bad Writing"

    It is hard for me to understand the gushing in most of the other reviews or the overall rating of this piece of junk. The son's work (the author) is pitiful in comparison to his father's (the author of the original series). Or perhaps it is the second author who is the problem. At any rate don't expect very much, and if you can listen to the parts about the Cymeks inner thoughts without wanting to vomit (because they are so silly), we are on different planets.

    However, this really would have made a good comic book, but those don't translate very well to audible products.

    It is a good deal on a cost per word basis (apparently there was no editor), but you can get an even better deal by recording your self saying your own favorite word and playing the thing back endlessly.

    However, I am embarassed to say that I did listed to the whole thing, but I took it off my ipod right afterwards in case someone else actually saw that I did.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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