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Praise for the Dune audiobook—The First Installment in the New Multi-Cast Recordings of the Six Original DUNE novels:
“How does Herbert’s text come off when read aloud? Superbly!...The listener falls under the mellow sway of these talented voices. The production values here are top-notch. The sound is crystalline...But perhaps the most impressive thing about this production is the way all the neologisms and foreign terms sound so natural and flow so easily—and consistently—off the tongues of the performers.” —SciFi Weekly
“Vance imbues each character with a distinctive voice: his Duncan is a truculent Clive Owen sound-alike, while his Leto (suitably) has the stentorian tones of a self-absorbed Shakespearean actor.” – SciFiDimensions
Praise for the Dune series:
“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.”
—Chicago Tribune on Dune
“Brilliant... It is all that Dune was and maybe a little more.”
Posted July 20, 2007
Taking place 3500 years after ther first 3 books and 1500 years before the last 2 books in the series'*', this book requires more thinking and offers a lot less action than the other books but, gives you a look at the 'Golden Path' chosen by Leto II and the sacrifices he made in order to save mankind from itself. At first look it appears Leto II seems to be a tyrant 'the nickname the Bene Geserit give to him in the future' and murderer but later you begin to realize he is only acting like a concerned parent towards the rest of the universe. This book gives you an idea of what life under the guidance of a living omniscent god might be like and how unpleaseat life might be like in a utopian society. WHile doing the peviously stated the story makes it possible to understand the evolution of man through the 5000 year period the series takes place in. * 'As written by Frank Herbert his son Brian and Kevin Anderson have witten 6 prequals and 2 sequals to the original series produced by Frank Herbert, the total time included with these new books brings the timeline up to 15,000 years long. All the new books are very good but written in a different style than the original with a less subtle, more 'action packed' style.'
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Posted May 13, 2011
Fantastic read. The continuing adventures of the ghola Duncan Idaho bring him to the edges of loyalty and beyond. fans of Dune should not find themselves disapointed. fans of Clancy or Grisham might find themselves hopelessly unable to process the contents of this book.
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Posted August 12, 2013
This one is the best Dune yet!
I've had a love/hate relationship with this series since I finally managed to finish the first instalment last year. Some of the books have bored me silly, but the ending has been just enough to make me want to read the next one.
God Emperor of Dune, however, had me hooked from the very first page, and didn't stop! It's the story of Leto Atreides II, some 3000 years after the ending of the previous book. Leto's transformation to sandworm is almost complete, and the book is full of his philosophies on politics, systems of governments and religions, formulated by him over the past few thousand years.
I found God Emperor of Dune to be a gripping read, with characters that sucked me in and made me really care about what happened to them. I lost the plot somewhere in the middle, but picked it up again really quickly. If you're struggling through the Dune series, I urge you to stick it out until you've read book 4!
Posted January 11, 2013
First, I absolutely loved the Herbert's original Dune trilogy, and never moved on because a good friend of mine didn't like this book. I guess it took a while for his warning to wear off, and I am glad it did.
Admittedly, I love Herbert's writing because of the interesting ideas he weaves throughout his narratives, ideas about religion and belief, politics, what makes a person human, fanaticism and plenty of other things. While I was originally concerned because of the book's distance from the earlier storyline, a few millennia having passed, this was soon abated as I found the new characters very compelling.
I recommend this book highly. This is still my favourite series when if comes to cerebral writing.
Posted September 16, 2012
This book is good and will satisfy you. I would however venture to say that it reads much longer than what it is. I love herbert but this book makes you think a whole lot more than the other ones. takes time to really dive into what this book is and understand its complex ideas and themes. Over all i loved itWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2012
Posted October 7, 2011
I read this book for the first time twenty-five years ago and picked it up again last month for my nascent NOOK library. In particular, I was looking for clear indications of seeds of the social trends that started with the Butler Jihad and continues with the fall of this empire and the return of populations from the distant hidden or lost colonies.
Both experiences were disappointing. The latest reading reconfirmed my suspicions of a decline in the quality of his work after the original Dune novel.
G-d Emperor of Dune represents the start of Herbert's second Dune trilogy. Frank Herbert concentrates on a single setting - Arakis (sp) or Dune if you will - and a handful of characters. His main character spends way too much time being introspective or playing word games with his closest advisors and servants. He has reduced and even reversed consumer technologies and human talents to recreate serf-like societies for most of his people. Not enough effort was made to cover the machinations of Leto's adversaries within his empire - people and cultures that are both beholden to him by tight controls on the diminishing spice supply and struggling to undermine his rule or to end his life.
If you treat G-d Emperor of Dune as a supporting or tributary story-line instead of a part of Herbert's ambitious mainstream plot, you may enjoy this novel to some degree. Otherwise, move directly to the next two books in the second trilogy.
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Posted September 23, 2011
I would like to copy what author said about this series, because it's true: "It was to be a story exploring the myth of the Messiah. It was to produce another view of a human-occupied planet as an energy machine. It was to penetrate the interlocked workings of politics and economics. It was to be an examination of absolute prediction and its pitfalls. It was to have an awareness drug in it and tell what could happen through dependence on such a substance. Potable water was to be an analog for oil and for water itself, a substance whose supply diminishes each day. It was to be an ecological novel, then, with many overtones, as well as a story about people and their human concerns with human values, and I had to monitor each of these levels at every stage in the book." I love these kinds of books - great psychology, storyline, philosophy - all is in there. I saved dozens of quotes from this book for myself, there's a lot of true in there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2011
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The story picks up 3,500 years later, when Leto II is reaching the end of his metamorphysis. He is the God Emperor of the universe. He hands out spice allotments to the Bene Gesserit and the other groups, at His discresion. He has transformed Arakis into a paradise planet of rivers, forests and plenty. With rebel groups tired of his tyrannical reign, the Ixians plant Hwi, but it is not her that will bring down the Great Worm. The God Emperor is not able to let go of Idaho. Over the course of these thousands of years, the ghola has been continuously provided to Leto II. Siona's test is coming. She is a new Atriedes for a new Rakis.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2006
This book takes place 3000 years into the future when Paul Atreides was killed by his son Leto Atreides II. In the beginning 3 people are running throgh the forbidden forest. They were running with the stolen journals from the D-Wolfs which Leto II had made for the guarding of his journals. The runners start with 12 people and only one person survives. She starts to threaten Leto II but Leto II does not care because once he had chosen the golden path he started to see into the future and past so he knew what would happen. Then a battle and only one woman come into his life. In the battle Leto II became soaked with blood and almost died. People start to rebel and Leto starts to control them with all his many soldiers. One day they are on a parade and many solders attacked them in an assassination attempt. Leto survives with to no casualties. Then Sonia goes in to desert with Leto to see if she can lead the scattering. She survives and she and Duncan go to the town were Leto is going to marry. They plan an assassination attempt on Leto when he comes. The final strike with Leto is on his bridge with his bride. The bride falls and Duncan screams because he is in love with her. Then Leto falls and every one sees the mutated sand trout leave his body and swim away to make a new generation of sand worms. This book was the most exciting book in the Science Fiction category that I have read. The action was amazing and the romance was stupendous. The characters in this book were very realistic to me as if I was their brother sitting next to them. This book did not have just one main conflict, it was a number of conflicts but they did all interest me. This ending of the book was so unexpected and I just loved the twist. The author¿s voice was very serious and very grown up. The vocabulary was very complex because it had grown out of the vocabulary of the world today. I thought that the way the author could keep track of every character in this book was amazing. One example is when Frank Herbert would finish one chapter talking about Leto then he would go to talk about Duncan Idaho. The way Frank Herbert writes is a lot different then the other authors I have read because of the science fiction compared to a realistic fiction or a short story. I would give this book a 10 out of a 10 because it was a fun read and interesting. I would recommend this book to everyone who has the time to sit down and read a great novel. Also to any science fiction lover who likes shield generators or laser guns because this book has all that stuff. I like the last part of the book because of its great action and the descriptiveness of how tall the wall was and how tall the bridge was from the river below them. This was a fantastic read and I could not put this book down. Sometimes I would stay up till 3 in the morning reading on a school day. In this book the romance was great between the characters. For example I could feel the love when Leto talked with his bride. Overall this is high on my list of great books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2003
Few books deliver their titles as written-this one does many times over. It is the must-read book of the entire series, that forms all that comes after it, and makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about the Dune series books before it. Of all the Dune books, it is the one that all others point to and go forth from. A fable, a mythology, a history all in one, it is this book which pushes the Dune series into the realm of 'Greatest Science Fiction series ever, regardless of medium'. Sit back and reflect on literary genius here-you will return to it again and again....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2002
Frank Herbert was a literary genius. This book is a reflection of his talent and a tribute to all visionaries. Once you open your mind to look past the science fiction you begin to see his views on the mystery of humanity and the lessons of life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2002
This is by far the most difficult read of the original Dune series, as there is not as much 'action' as one normally expects from a science fiction novel. However GOD EMPEROR contains the seeds of most of the social and political commentary found in the later books, and it will be very difficult to understand the messages found in HERETICS OF DUNE and CHAPTERHOUSE: DUNE without thoroughly reading GOD EMPEROR. Outside the futuristic and supernatural abilities of the characters, I found that many of the political intrigues and conflicts in the DUNE series are reminiscent of the conflicts we have on earth today. I highly reccomend the entire DUNE series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2000
After reading the original trilogy, i wanted to know what became of LetoII, Paul's son .This book awnsers many questions and raises new ones.I found it to be very enjoyable.It is also an important peace of an even larger puzzle...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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