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Navigators of Dune Audiobook

Navigators of Dune

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Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Navigators of Dune is the climactic finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert's classic Dune.

The story line tells the origins of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood and its breeding program, the human-computer Mentats, and the Navigators (the Spacing Guild), as well as a crucial battle for the future of the human race, in which reason faces off against fanaticism. These events have far-reaching consequences that will set the stage for Dune, millennia later.

©2016 Herbert Properties LLC (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Charles 09-16-16
    Charles 09-16-16
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    "Amazing conclusion to the Great Schools of Dune"
    Where does Navigators of Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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 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!


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick did a wonderful narration as always, he really brings out the depth of character - of the characters through his voice. Thank you Scott!


    Any additional comments?

    Some may be put off by reading prequels in general because it's history but even knowing some general things from the subsequent books, I found the prequels very suspenseful. If you've never read a book from the Dune universe, you're really missing out. Start with the first prequel Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and go in order or start with Dune itself and then read the prequels after. The Dune saga has enriched my life. Thank you Brian and Kevin for continuing where Frank left off from his vaulted notes. Thank you!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg Dieckhaus 09-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I didn't want it to end..."

    Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert deliver again. I hope we can see more in this early period of the dune universe

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm done with these guys "

    If you enjoy yelling to yourself they would never do that! This makes no sense?
    This is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alien Eureka, CA United States 02-21-17
    Alien Eureka, CA United States 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Story is too Forced (Spoilers)"
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    Dune is my favorite book. The 1984 movie is my favorite movie. I have to be honest. At times, this book was actually annoying to listen to. First of all, someone please explain to me how exactly every planet in the Landsraad is irrelevant. During the machine war, all of these planets were responsible for defending themselves to a certain extent so they have their own military capabilities which makes them pretty significant. The book simply ignores them which is patently ridiculous.

    Secondly, there would have been a civil war between the Butlerians and the Imperium in any alternative universe where humans are still humans. I get Manfred Tarando and the Butlerians. Salvador and Roderick, however, act in ways no real human being would ever act and this is my primary issue with the book.The book portrays House Corrino as being incredibly powerful(refer back to nonexistent Landsraad). The authors set up Venport and the Butlerians to act as a counter balance to the Corrinos, but Venport isn't actually doing anything to check the Corrinos while the Butlerians are constantly threatening the Corrinos with threats of mob violence. Meanwhile, Venport and the Butlerians are openly hostile towards each other. Gee, I wonder how the Corrinos would act in such a scenario? Apparently the authors don't realize that, 10,000 times out of 10,000, the Corrinos would ally themselves with Venport and friendly members of the Landsraad to either defang, or decapitate the Butlerians.In no realistic universe, would the Corrinos act against Venport.

    Well, you might say the Corrinos are worried about the power wielded by Venport. Okay, but when the Corrinos start to act hostilely towards Venport, they're not even aware that Venport owns planetary banks and Combined Mercantile. Furthermore, the book doesn't even make mention of Salvador being worried about Venport being a threat to his power. Salvador just whines about what a pain he is for actually wanting to defend himself against the Butlerians. In fact, Salvador acts to confiscate Venport's spice production on Arrakis without even caring how Venport would react.

    As far as the actual conflict goes, it's also a joke. None of the combatants has any intelligence on enemy activites whatsoever. Seriously, no one knows anything, They take their forces and blindly wade into the unknown. Umm, first of all, sans information, no one would risk so much. Second, they would have agents gathering info. In this story, however, ignorance actually drives the plot forward.In other words, the plot is non-sensical and it's purposefully non-sensical for the purpose of creating a plot. In other words, The plot is forced to the point of ludicrousness. The authors and the publisher wanted to make money, so they wrote a sub-par book that seriously needs to be re-written in order to fix the travesty that is this backstory to one of the greatest stories ever told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reggie 09-28-16
    Reggie 09-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "unbalanced"

    unbalanced. evil too powerful. ending is very unsatisfactory. very disappointing end of this trilogy. lots of repetition explaining character history. unbelievable character's sudden conscience. weakest of all the dune books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elmore 09-18-16
    Elmore 09-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow!"

    This may be my favorite Dune book of all time! Action packed and although I knew where things were going I was riveted.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jazam-djinn 09-16-16
    Jazam-djinn 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love the entire dune universe."

    I have always loved and cherished the dune universe since reading dune for the first time. Is wonderful to have a bit more insight into the people, events, and forces that shaped it

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy everton, AR, United States 11-07-17
    Tommy everton, AR, United States 11-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "As expected"

    I assume that if you are listening to this book that you have already listened to at least a few of the previous books in this series written by Brian and Kevin. Like most of the previous books I found that the story is basically solid, but much is built on obvious plot devices to take the story in the predetermined direction. A decent story, but I have not felt that any of the Dune stories by Brian and Kevin have had the same flow and mental intricacies of Frank's original books. Like all of the books in Brian's and Kevin's version of Dune, I can't help but to feel that they are placed in an alternate Dune universe.
    The audio performance is good and flows smoothly. If, like me, you have followed this rabbit all the way from the beginning of Brian and Kevin's story telling then you should continue down the rabbit hole and get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Kearns Madison, WI 11-03-17
    Jesse Kearns Madison, WI 11-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The "Yoda Origin Story" of Dune."

    There are many people that see the books beyond those that Frank Herbert himself wrote as being "garbage" or somehow beneath the epic sci-fi series that is DUNE. I find this to be the words of lazy readers and purists, who refuse to see the merits that fresh minds can bring to a universe as immense as the one Frank Herbert created. As I read the final books that Frank Herbert himself wrote, I found myself thinking that he appeared to have written himself into a corner that he, himself, would not live long enough to carve out.

    In the prequels written after Frank Herbert's death, his son Brian Herbert and long time admirer Kevin J. Anderson start off slowly and methodically, as they attempt to tell tales that were strongly hinted at, but never fully explained in the novels written by Frank. As they come to their most recent final product in this lineage of previous story lines, I found that they managed to work their way out of the corner the series was painted into by giving us the evolution of the most cryptic creatures the chronologically later story treats as shadowy god-like figures, the Spacing Guild's Navigators. The ties to the Spice Trade and CHOAM that remain cryptic, while the origin of the time-space folders themselves is finally enunciated and leaves room for just how the future that we have all come to know will solidify.

    From "Sisterhood of Dune," "Mentats of Dune," and finally "Navigators of Dune," anyone who can say these books are not worth your time to read, wouldn't appreciate the magnitude of a Yoda origin story in the Star Wars cannon. Even if you haven't read ANY of the Dune books outside of these three, you would find yourself foaming at the mouth to do so after having read the part series this masterpiece from the Dune universe represents.

    "The eyes of common perception do not see far. Too often we make the most important decisions based only on superficial information." - Norma Cenva, First Navigator of Dune Universe

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    Trevahr Hughes-EntheoRadio 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    excellent tie in and finale for the schools series. this book has been more surprising than the last few in the prequel series

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