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The Winds of Dune

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Heroes Of Dune, Book 2, Dune Saga, Book 11
Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (718 ratings)

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With their usual skill, Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have taken ideas left behind by Frank Herbert and filled them with living characters and a true sense of wonder.

Where Paul of Dune picked up the saga directly after the events of Dune, The Winds of Dune begins after the events of Dune Messiah. Paul has walked off into the sand, blind, and is presumed dead. Jessica and Gurney are on Caladan; Alia is trying to hold the Imperial government together with Duncan; Mohiam is dead at the hands of Stilgar; Irulan is imprisoned. Paul's former friend, Bronso of Ix, now seems to be leading opposition to the House of Atreides.

Herbert and Anderson's newest book in this landmark series will concentrate on these characters as well the growing battle between Jessica and her daughter, Alia.

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good, but with reservations

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 little 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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Julian
  • yakima, WA, USA
  • 08-11-09

Dune for Dummies

I love Frank Herberts Dune and Ive read ALL of his sons dune books. Frank Herbert was a genius and had profound insight into human nature and esoteric philosophy. His son doesn't write Dune stories, he writes about about Dune but to an 8th grade audience. Characters conversations in his fathers works accentuated the deep essence of human potentials without hammering you over the head, they were subtle like zen koans. His son has to prove to the reader that you are indeed reading a Dune story because he is constantly referencing real literature by his father. Ive wondered what it might be like to walk into a fine china store and smash everything with a baseball bat, well after reading this crap..I know. Oh gurney Halleck was sad.. Ohh Jessica was sad cause Paul walked into the dessert, and he has to remind us that Duncan was drunk in front of her, so what!!! None of his crap moves any new story along and its not even intriguing. These two authors are only writing to the dumbest people in the crowd, they assume that no one can remember anything, literally half their god damn books are review of what just happened with no new insights, just repetitive drivel. Sure they have a few novel ideas in their earlier works, but those dont carry a saga. In any given conversation two characters will be talking about the same thing that that reader already knows, and lord is the dialogue dull. There is nothing interesting said by anyone ever in any their books! These two fools are just making a living by ripping off Frank Herberts legacy. I really cant say enough about how horrible and boring the writing is. There is nothing to make the reader think, they merely describe superficial observations about real insights that were actually experienced in the original Dune books. So if your an idiot and you like being spoon fed mundane repetitive stories completely devoid of thought provocative dialogue then Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson are your authors. Rest in peace Frank Herbert

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Great Book, Great Writers - The Worst Narrator

I have stopped downloading any books narrated by Scott Brick. I would rather read the hard copies than suffer though his stilted and affected version of reading. He seems to have a big following which is not shared by all the reviewers on Audible. His inflections and tonal qualities are very repetitive and annoying, seems to end most sentences with explanation points and is more concerned about the importance of his voice than the actual story line or characters in the stories. Many great authors and stories on Audible have been ruined by having Scott Brick narrate them.

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This is an epic story.

Really enjoyed this one. Lots of great twist. Loved the roof top fight scene. The ending was very touching too.

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A must read

I enjoyed reading this book and it companion book because it provided a detailed background about the life of Paul. While both books revealed
details about *Dune” and “Dune Messiah” not enough to spoil the listen. I started listening at the very beginning with jihad war against the machines and so far very, very pleased with the books

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I hope the Dune universe never stops expanding!

the more I learn about Paul, Jessica, Gurney, dear Duncan, the more I love and respect them. May Atraides honor never die.

Really enjoyed the part about the guilt casters and how... you'll have to read it yourself!

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Not exactly what I thought it was going to be.

I will say that I did finish listening to this book but it is probably my least favorite of all the books so far. Awesome narrator, don't think I could listen to a Dune book not read by Scott Brick, he is the voice of Arrakis.

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Average

About average for the series. many missed opportunities for development and broadening of the plot. it didn't really get going until 2/3rds through.

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Solid entry for Dune fans

I am new to the series and listening in an order I found online. I would agree the non Frank Herbert books are not as great, but I appreciate the depth and context they add in between his entries.

This one did not disappoint! I felt it was a bit slow and off early on, but it really came together in a great way, and I thought the depth was very solid. It also built well on the other books from the series that I have completed.

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Be aware of dates

Overall a good read, but can be confusing. Perspective and time switch again and again - and the only notice you get is the number of the year at the start of the chapter.