Chapterhouse Dune is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death and a stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever.
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©1985 Frank Herbert; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
"Compelling...A worthy addition to this durable and deservedly popular series." (The New York Times)
I listen to Audible on my drive to work so I can't always give my full concentration to the book. When I finished this book I was upset that nothing had really happened. It was only once I went online to complain about it that I realised it had a rich yet subtle story.
Frank Herbert had a drawn out way of writing that can be hard to listen to, couple that with the monotonous voice acting (which isn't necessarily bad, it fits the tone and style). Unless you scored 'above average' in those listening comprehension tests in school, I wouldn't recommend listening to this one but maybe worth reading in a book form if you've come this far and want to see the Bene Gesserit deal with these no good Honored Matres.
"Unchallenged Series Finale"
Have read this book many times along with the rest of the Dune Series. First time listen on the audio format and all of the books were great. Could have done with out the female narrator of Chapterhouse however. She needs some serious work on tonality and timing. Other than that small irritation all was splendid!
"Great Story! Horrible way to compile a narration."
I love the story. I been reading all the dune series that Frank Herbert wrote and been doing the audio books too. The worst narration was Dune Messiah. This narration has the same problems as Dune Messiah. Instead of using differ narrators for differ characters they just had them all narrate random chapters. Like they are all practicing narrating and not taking this one seriously. A message to whoever produces this audio book: We do not want random narrations that are disjointed. We want a male narrator doing male voices and a female one doing the female voices. Quit messing up our audio books. These narrators are great but who ever produced this is dumb as all can be.
"…..Bucket list complete....."
Back in the day I read the original DUNE and then followed with DUNE MESSIAH and CHILDREN OF DUNE, but then I stopped because I didn't like the direction the series was going. Over the intervening years I kept hearing high praise for the rest of the series. I just wasn't motivated enough to undertake reading all six books. But now that they are available on Audio I thought I would give it a try. After all I had been richly rewarded in a similar situation involving the works of Neal Stephenson. (I had avoided The Baroque Cycle after loving Snowcrash but disliking The Diamond Age) So, in the case of the Dune novels I felt compelled to check off this nagging omission from my bucket list. I was hopefully expecting a buried treasure. Sadly, my original estimation was confirmed. The original DUNE is wonderful and inventive, fresh and new. The balance of the Dune novels are slow plodding—focused too much on fanciful, imagined philosophy. The second book, DUNE MESSIAH, reads like an outline—just advancing the plot so the third, CHILDREN OF DUNE can be told. This third book has some mildly interesting characters and promises a Space Opera scale expansion of the story for the remaining novels. The fourth, GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE, documents the tyrannical reign of human-turned-worm Leto II but does not make good use of the vast scale of a multiple-planet empire. The creepy giant larvae-like emperor, and his entire dialog, seems less then majestic or oppressive, as later recollections will portray his reign. The idea is there but the execution is lacking. The next, HERETICS OF DUNE, advances the plot but leaves much to be desired when it comes to holding my interest; which it could have done with more interesting people or with witty dialog (Again the reader is referred to The Baroque Cycle). And this last novel is no improvement. Mercifully, Frank Herbert ended his series with CHAPTERHOUSE DUNE. This last novel has the same feel as the previous two books. I did not like it. And unless someone can convince me that the other Dune books, written by Frank Herbert’s son are of a completely different quality, my exploration of Dune is at an end.
As a public service I can say that if you enjoy exploring the outlining of a future society based on treachery and long range planning—but without fleshing out the characters or establishing an engaging storyline, then the last five Dune novels may be for you. My chief complaint is that the new characters which necessarily populate the later novels are just not very interesting. I was never made to care about them and so had a hard time following their concerns.
I sympathize with the plight of the narrators. The dissertation-like nature of the text as a sociological treatise demands a slow monotone reading, and the narrators faithfully comply.
"Excellent way to end an excellent series."
Those that complained about there being multiple readers were kind of unfounded. Each actor did a really good job (I especially enjoyed Katherine Kellgren) and it's mostly read by Euan Morton who has an enchanting British accent and only changes when there are chapters from a different characters point of view.
"Next book please.... Oops. The end."
Third times a charm. I have made through the whole series 3 times. This one leaves you wanting the whole story... Another 10,000 years please.
"This is the ONLY series Scott Brick should do"
I have been a Frank Herbert fan since he first hit the bookstores. I have a first edition of the first three of his published books and really enjoy his style, characters and worlds. This is the where I was first introduced to Audiobooks and Scott Brick. He does a very good job making the stories believable, but he is predictable and after listening to all of the Dune series I can honestly say I can predict his tone and voicing for any part of the book BEFORE he has recorded it.
Scott Brick has really made it so I won't buy many books, not because I don't like Scott Brick but because of the way he performs every book in the same manner as he has with Dune. Somehow Red Rabbit and Atlas Shrugged don't seem right when he reads them.
"Did the narrators talk to each other?"
The book would only make sense to someone who has read the other books in the series.
The narrators used different accents for some of the characters; for example, one narrator gave Murbella a generic Eastern European accent, while the others used their own accents. The character Scytale was pronounced as "Skytale" by one narrator and "Sigh-tale" by another. It was distracting.
I love all of the Dune books.
"Exciting all the way to the end."
Suspenseful, Engaging, Thrilling
I found the moment when O'drade took to the failing sea for one last swim to be the emotional low of the book.
Duncan Idaho is the character who is most interesting as a person. His unwavering morals make him my favorite.
No. I use audio books to get through long sessions such as those in a work environment which involves repetitive labor.
Chapterhouse Dune ends the Dune Chronicles nicely and gives the reader a sense of completing a great epic journey through humanity's common history in the universe.
not as good as the first four but still a good read. very good narration as well
This is a great ending to a fantastic series. A little issue with pronunciation continuity, but amazing job.
"Compelling Socio-Political fantasy drama"
Dune was a magnificent book; but it pales in comparison with the final two books in the Frank Herbert timeline - Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune.
These two books stand together and follow on one from the other. The story focuses around the struggle of the Bene Gesserit (post Dune), the race to establish a supply of melange and a new threat that has merged from the scattering.
The best part about these books is the ingenious social insight that Frank Herbert displayed as he explored principles of power, control, and minority rule. He teaches through the story also - principles of a supply and demand economy, different political and social structures, ecology....
The Saga could not have finished in a finer way. The Author's family should be very proud of this accomplishment because it is far more than a compelling story.
"Worth a revisit"
Having read the Dune series years ago I wanted to re-visit my favorite book, Chapterhouse. This installment focuses on the Bene Gesserit with all their political scheming. The multiple narrators really helps make this audio book version come to life. Overall I was not disappointed.
"Great finish "
Really great story that kept me interested throughout. My only gripe is that the narrators pronounce things so differently. At times I thought they were introducing a new character but then realised that it was Morton and Kellgren interpreting the names entirely differently. I have to say the ending 2 chapters left so many questions. I'm happy though
I just wish the readers could agree on using the same pronunciations.
Other than that I have loved them all from start to finish. Great story.
"Great Story, Great Performance"
Story is awesome, the readers are great at their performances and bringing the story to life. It's very long, but at no point did I feel it to much. I was sad when I'd finished the "book"
"Excellent, as usual."
Fabulous continuation of the epic Saga, and tragically Frank Herbert's last book in the series. After listening to other books in the Dune series continued by his son, Brian Herbert, it's only now I truly appreciate the beauty of Frank Herbert's writing style.
Simon Vance is a perfect narrator, and I find his portrayal of the characters and his conveyance of complex concepts to be fantastic
I enjoyed this last instalment of the Dune books and am sorry there are no more. I really didn't want it to end. This, and the original Dune are by far the best two books in the series.
The story and sub plots are engaging and the characters interesting.
Ultimately there is an age old struggle between good and evil. The book ends with questions hanging in the air, and had the author lived there was scope for more. However, I can live with the ending, imagine the possible outcomes and didn't feel dissatisfied or cheated as I sometimes do. Get it, but listen to the series first.
"a great book"
I found this to be as engaging as the original dune book. Really kept me enthralled the whole way through
I generally followed all the lead characters, a strong cast made it difficult to pick any single character out
The final twist was a perk, was it all going just a bit too well
Not massively, I was hooked from beginning to end
A great listen
"a great read"
I have all the books in this series and have had them for many years, if your in to sci-fi then you can't go wrong.
I must have read this book 10 or more times over the years and never get board of it.
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