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Summary

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson return to the vivid universe of Frank Herbert’s Dune, bringing a vast array of rich and complex characters into conflict to shape the destiny of worlds....

As Shaddam sits at last on the Golden Lion Throne, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen plots against the new emperor and House Atreides - and against the mysterious Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit. For Leto Atreides, grown complacent and comfortable as ruler of his House, it is a time of momentous choice: between friendship and duty, safety and destiny. But for the survival of House Atreides, there is just one choice - strive for greatness or be crushed.

©2011 Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (P)2020 W F Howes

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  • 29-09-21

Sadistic, repetitive, over egged, plot armor

If you want to hear 26 hours of the bad guys constantly winning in brutal, evil, repetitive, and sadistic ways this is the book for you.

Details are sadistic and unnecessary. Frank Herbert would never have gone into such descriptions of rape and torture. Such things would have been inferred. It is distasteful to have to listen to these things occur over and over and over again without seeming letup. Yes we get the Harkonnens are evil, but this is really over egged.

The story is tired. Many of the exact same storylines repeated from the first book for different characters.

Destroys the fourth wall by repeatedly making the good characters seeming idiots who can't ever see anything coming, while the evil characters relentlessly come out victorious with no recompense. How the Atreides mentat, supposed master of assassins, an utter genius of security, cannot deduce an obvious plot over many years is laughable plot armour. In fact there is so much plot armour it could be part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

Repeats internal monologues from characters over and over. It is not necessary to review how a character feels about something every time the story comes back round to them. I can only liken it to being subjected to episode recaps multiple times every chapter. It’s frustrating, tedious, and slows down the story.

The horrible tedious slow pacing and repeated sections, plot recaps, and monologues also make the narration nearly unbearable. Scott Brick’s tendency to slowly and emphasise develop emotive passages can be a strength, but in a book that repeats so often, this becomes irritating in the extreme. In the end I had to listen in double speed.

I found the first book in the series reasonable, but this is very disappointing. Could have been a quarter of the length and been a much better book.

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History of important characters comes to life

Having read and listened to the Frank Herbert Dune saga this was an excellent prequel, catching the spirit, pace and atmosphere of the earlier works. A joy to listen to and I admit I'm a fab of Scott Brick from the original series and Helter Skelter.

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Audible equivalent of a page turner

Brilliant, couldn’t stop listening. The characters are intriguing and I cared about them as if they were real.
Excellent… on to the next.

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Excellent

I’ve loved every minute of this and look forward to the next one I’m confident it will be just as good

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Just excellent!!

What a wonderful book. This is a must for Dune fans, and as always, the narrator is brilliant.

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good science fiction

excellent science fiction ..only rivaled by 2001..
superbly read ..we can only hope the new film lives up to expectations..though the changing of the character Dr Keynes..a key character ..for the usual pc reasons was a big mistake..

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Great Background Story to the Dune Opera

Great performance by Scott Brick. Thoroughly enjoyed the story, was sorry that there wasn't more.

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A truly wonderful second prequel to Dune which leaves the listener completely informed of the intrigues, plots and politics leading up to the novel itself.
Magnificently narrated by Scott Brick...