Sandworms of Dune Audio CD – Unabridged, August 7, 2007
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"[A] sizzling update."--Publishers Weekly on Hunters of Dune
"Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy."--Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Battle of Corrin
"The kind of intricate plotting and philosophical musings that would make the elder Herbert proud."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
About the Author
Brian Herbert, the son of Frank Herbert, is a multiple New York Times bestselling author in his own right. He is the winner of several literary honors and has been nominated for the Nebula award. His critically acclaimed science fiction novels include Sidney's Comet, Sudanna Sudanna, The Race for God, and Man of Two Worlds (written with Frank Herbert). Recently, he completed Dreamer of Dune, a comprehensive biography of his illustrious father.
Kevin J. Anderson has written twenty-nine national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader's Choice Award. His critically acclaimed original novels include Captain Nemo, Hopscotch, and Hidden Empire. He also set the Guiness world record for "Largest Single-Author Book Signing."
Scott Brick 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.
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (August 7, 2007)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1427201129
- ISBN-13 : 978-1427201126
- Item Weight : 0.168 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.7 x 5.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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D the reader of past events that occurs in previous Dune books, as well as the current book. While I understand needing to refresh the reader about characters and events from previous books, doing it over and over was annoying at best, and disrespectful at worst. The same is true for plots and characters from the current book.
Second, the fact that Tegg and Idahoe were unable to detect the two face dancers that were sabatouging the ship was rediculous. They are supposed to be the two greatest Mentats of all time, and they could deduce that the two characters who traveled to a Facedancer planet and narrowly escaped were the most likely suspects. It's just not believable.
Never have I been so enraged by a piece of entertainment that I have been compelled to write a review, until I mistakenly committed to re-read the entire Dune series, this time including Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune. Sure, I've read poorly written books before, but I've never read a series that so thoroughly squandered the original author's vision.
True - taking on the monumental task of completing the (possibly genius) works of Frank Herbert was destined to fail to meet the somewhat impossible expectations of his readers, but this... this was absolute failure on every possible level. There's just so many things wrong with these books, but the most unforgivable sin is this: it is insulting to the reader. The authors seem to think that their readers don't remember what happened in the previous books, nor even remember what happened just paragraphs before, and take it upon themselves to explain EVERYTHING to us. Indeed, there is ENDLESS unnecessary rehashing of various plot points, character motivations, basic concepts of the Dune universe, and even reminders of what the various factions such as the Bene Gesserit and Honored Matres even represent, in the most dull and stilted dialogue possible. Characters are constantly explaining themselves and their situations to each other (and, by proxy, to the reader), a tactic that the elder Herbert never stooped to. Part of the allure of the previous Dune novels was that there were giant leaps of logic and intuition presented to the reader, which still managed to make sense and only increased in richness upon re-reading. Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune dispense with this altogether, and instead we're presented with a writing style that's somewhat akin to micro-managing boss: telling you exactly what's going on at all times, with no room for interpretation nor imagination.
These books' other failings are described in much greater detail in other reviews, so I won't bother with re-hashing those here. I will pile on my hatred in a more general fashion: the writing style, while purposefully (and wisely) different from Frank Herbert's, is a huge drop in sophistication from the previous 6 novels. Hunters and Sandworms seem to be written for an audience of 10 year olds. The characters that were once rich with individual traits are reduced to nothing but names and only the most basic motivations. The good guys are good, the bad guys are evil, and not one of them bothers with a single moment of true introspection. Even the long awaited Enemy, whose identity was only hinted at in the Frank Herbert novels, is a huge let-down in this regard. Worse, the characters that we have come to know in the previous books, who are supposed to be the culmination of the best characteristics of the entire human race - leaders of incomparable genius, some gifted with prescience, some gifted with super-human physical qualities - are reduced to complete and total morons. None of them can figure out even the most obvious situations without having it explained to them in mind-numbing detail. There is no pretense of high art here: word choice is extremely limited, as if a Thesaurus is something B. Herbert and K. Anderson have never heard of, and the writing style is clunky, stilted, and repetitive. Unnecessary (and stupid) plot lines and characters are introduced, given short shrift, and then completely abandoned. It's just really, really bad writing.
I committed to reading these, as I was curious about the 30 page outline that Frank Herbert had left behind, which was to supposedly wrap up a story arc that had run the course of thousands of years and untold manifestations of Duncan Idaho gholas. It was a colossal disappointment, in every possible way. It seems funny (not funny in a "haha" kind of way) that Frank Herbert had supplied an apt metaphor, in that a pearl of his vision lurks beneath the surface of these books, much like how the God Emperor's consciousness lived on in his sandworms. I struggled through these books, trying to read between the lines of horrible prose, unremarkable characters, and idiotic plot in an effort to see what Frank Herbert had originally envisioned for his Golden Path. Sadly, all I found was insult piled upon insult. This was NOT the way to continue Frank Herbert's legacy. This is a disgrace.
Some time ago, I had enjoyed their 6 Prequel DUNE series of books, and the 2 sequels were just as good - if not better!
I can't recommend Sandworms of Dune (and Hunters...) enough. So much inspiring moments, and wonderful action and 'looking deep' into so many great characters that make all the DUNE series so memorable and a joy to read, again & again! All I can say is a heartfelt "Thank-You!" to Brian and Kevin for all their 'Labors of Love' in the DUNE universe... Good Job, guys!!!
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For me however, I loved Dune for its well developed characters, consistent universe and believable and subtle plotting and counter plotting that took place. Unfortunately the authors can't deliver on any of these. They have characters that are all just one dimensional despite having a wealth of material to draw on, internal and external dialogues simplistic and idiotic, and have somehow managed to make a believable universe seem ridiculous where magic things take place. Frank Herbert managed to make you believe that the players were prescient or tactical geniuses and heroes. In this novel they all come across as little ordinary people all be it with some super powers.
Having said that, I would not be so harsh on the first book of the two if it wasn't a Dune sequel. It is better that lots of SF out there and quite readable.
However the real crime is this book, the second sequel which is truly awful and brings Dune to a cringeworthy conclusion. The characters become even more stupid, the plot more silly, the inconsistencies with “proper dune” more unforgivable.
The authors have absolutely no feel for Dune at all. better that they would have left it up to someone else to complete the Dune series. What they have done to the legacy of Dune is a crime.
Great job and worthy successor.
the ending is quite deus ex machina... won't say more so as not to spoil the story, and didn't seem to fit with Herberts ambitious universe. Characters do some really odd a silly things that perhaps another writer would have been able to explain better. I think that is the real disappointment with this book, it doesn't feel like the rest of the dune series.
One of the things I loved most was the little quotes at the beginning of chapters which were so insightful and relevant. those have disappeared, and so has most of the in-depth understanding of the characters and their motivations. I also feel as if the characters of Daniel and Marty were altered in order to fit in with the butlerian jihad books... which is a massive loss in my opinion.
My review is starting to sound bit negative, so I'll wrap it up. This is a good book, that provides a potential resolution to the cliffhanger Herbert left us with in Chapterhouse Dune... however it does tell that it was written by people unfamiliar with the intimate details of the characters and universe. Worth reading, but bear the above in mind