• The Dosadi Experiment

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (308 ratings)

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The Dosadi Experiment

By: Frank Herbert
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Generations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war - this is the Dosadi Experiment, and it has succeeded too well. For the Dosadi have bred for vengeance as well as cunning, and they have learned how to pass through the shimmering God Wall to exact their dreadful revenge on the Universe that created them....

©2002 Frank Herbert (P)2010 Tantor

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The wrong narrator...again....

The narrator, Scott Brick, has the unique ability to combine an irritating mannered narrative style with an exaggerated emotional shading to make everything in the story sound false---this is the second out of two audio books I'd like to get a refund on...stories that I would like, otherwise.

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Interesting, but too many leaps.

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I think the story was conceptually extremely interesting, but there are many points where you're forced to make large leaps— plot points happen without explanation. It feels as if you're supposed to accept the super powers of a character, that just appear over the course of a week, without ever delineating what those powers are (really). Different things happen that are just explained away as obviously within the purview of the new powers. It just felt a little forced at points.

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Great read of a lesser known novel

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dosadi Experiment to be better than the print version?

No. Analog beats digital every time. Sorry.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dosadi Experiment?

The Gowachin Trial. Lots of elaborate legal maneuvering through an alien legal system by a canny human in a crazy, multi-layered society that spans a galaxy.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Jorj X. McKie, the main character, Keela Jedric as well. Scott Brick is kinda my audio book hero. He could read ramen ingredients and make it sound interesting.

Any additional comments?

If you like Dune, you may well like the Jorj McKie novels. Herbert's overarching themes of interdependence, ecology, feints-within-feints and real science are all on display in The Dosadi Experiment. Moreover, it is a great premise and a great page-turner of a novel. Somewhere between detective novel and galactic action adventure, The Dosadi Experiment is well suited to audio and this one rocks.

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intersting story, excellent presentation

Frank Herbert is an excellent story teller and this is another example. The story is deep enough to keep your interest and flows at an even pace. Scott Brick does another wonderful job of bringing the book to life.

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If you liked Dune, you will like this one also.

Awesomeness, I love Frank Herbert's style. Reminds me of Dune so much. The plot, the depth, the intrigue.

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Maybe the Rats Are Conducting Tests on You . . .

What did you like best about this story?

While SciFi, this book plays out a lot like a spy novel. It is very heady and psychological with all the intrigue of undercover plants and double agents. Characters believe they are fully in control, only to find out that they've been played and all of their actions anticipated.

Not everyone will enjoy the ambiguous way the story unfolds or the lack of direct explanation of what is happening, but for those that do, this novel is quite remarkable. The court room scenes where the attorneys have to believe enough in there clients to put there life on the line with their clients are especially entertaining.

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Sorry Frank

This is the only Frank Herbert book I have ever been disappointed in. The plot was decent but not explored all that well and the characters weren’t written in a way that made me care about them

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excellent material

Well done..thoroughly enjoyed ! in my opinion, one of Frank Herbert's best. Great story and characters.

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superb Intrigue

Loved it. twist and turns, unexpected situations, excellent science fiction.. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Terrific!

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one of his best

never not on point, Hebert's wisdom shines in this book from the first page to the last.

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