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Mentats of Dune: Book Two of the Schools of Dune Trilogy (Dune, 9) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 11, 2014
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In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity's future continues.
Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School on Wallach IX, with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen, who also has another goal―to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family's downfall.
Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce thanks to the superior mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he places a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo's anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. But fanatics rarely surrender easily . . .
The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race, but each group knows that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity's future―whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.
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Kevin J. Anderson has written dozens of national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers' Choice Award. His critically acclaimed original novels include the ambitious space opera series The Saga of Seven Suns, including The Dark Between the Stars, as well as Wake the Dragon epic fantasy trilogy, the Terra Incognita fantasy epic with its two accompanying rock CDs. He also set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing, and was recently inducted into the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame.
Scott Brick first began narrating audiobooks in 2000, and after recording almost 400 titles in five years, AudioFile magazine named Brick a Golden Voice and “one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy.” He has read a number of titles in Frank Herbert’s bestselling Dune series, and he won the 2003 Science Fiction Audie Award for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. Brick has narrated for many popular authors, including Michael Pollan, Joseph Finder, Tom Clancy, and Ayn Rand. He has also won over 40 AudioFile Earphones Awards and the AudioFile award for Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense 2011. In 2007, Brick was named Publishers Weekly’s Narrator of the Year.
Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He appeared on stage throughout the United States in productions of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth and other plays. In addition to his acting work, Brick choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films including Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He has also been hired by Morgan Freeman to write the screenplay adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama.
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (March 11, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 142723633X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1427236333
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.72 x 6.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Mentats" continues the back-story to Dune. In my opinion, it gets much darker than it needs to. The worst side of humanity seems to be the unifying factor in this trilogy. Again, it does not concentrate on the story of the Mentats, rather it jumps around through multiple agencies and institutions, setting up the ancient history for Dune itself.
I rated this a 4 because there are too many obvious turns and sub-plots. I found myself thinking "I know where this is going", and being right, far too often. The newer books also tend to develop a lot of clumsily concocted names for the actors. This trilogy also has a few inconsistencies that conflict with the original Dune story. That said, the imagery of the writing is beyond compare. The authors come very close to capturing the genius of Frank Herbert and create stories that grab your mind and take it into the future.
I've enjoyed the books and would strongly urge anyone reading the series to start at the story-line (not publish date) beginning and follow it from that perspective.
(1) There are far to many plot lines, and so the narrative just moves ahead by fits and starts and never coheres, and things get very difficult to follow. Just when things start to move and acquire some energy, the authors jump to another one of the plot lines.
(2) The amount repetition in this book is mind-numbing. Herbert and Anderson apparently are unable to just start in on a narrative without a lot of redundant background information we've already had many times before. Really, if all the repetitive background crap were deleted, the book would be half the size that it is. Just one example. Using my Kindle search, I can report that the reader is informed that Dr. Ptolemy is haunted by the sounds of Dr. Elchan's screams on nine separate occasions. Like we didn't get it the first time or second time. This sort of thing is persistent throughout the book. Apparently, Herbert and Anderson think their readers are attention-deficit morons who can't retain important information from chapter to chapter without being prompted.
Oh, by the way, did I mention that Dr. Ptolemy is haunted by the memory of Dr. Elchan's screams? Just wanted to be sure you remembered...
No, really. Dr. Elchan was screaming and Dr. Ptolemy heard the screams and he is haunted by them.
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who is, to my mind the less intersting players in the story.
This feel like more of an installement than a stand alone book but does set thing up nicely for the conclusion in Navigators of Dune.