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Children of Dune

By: Frank Herbert
Narrated by: Scott Brick,Simon Vance
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The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy. Leto and Ghanima, Paul Atreides's twin children and his heirs, can see possible solutions - but fanatics begin to challenge the rule of the all-powerful Atreides empire, and more than economic disaster threatens.
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Critic Reviews

"Ranging from palace intrigue and desert chases to religious speculation and confrontations with the supreme intelligence of the universe, there is something here for all science fiction fans." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A major event." ( Los Angeles Times)

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A solid instalment

Children of Dune finishes off the first part of the Dune series. As well composed as the second instalment, the political intrigue is just as fascinating though I felt it wasn’t as overt as Dune Messiah. To that and the usual considerations of the dangers of fanaticism and the like, Children of Dune adds discussion on the rippling effects of our choices and personal agency.

The narration is, again, inconsistent. This is largely a product of multiple narrators rather than poor work on the part of those narrators. As always I think the production could be strengthened by either committing to unique voice actors for each, or at least the main, characters, or sticking to a single narrator.

All in all, a good end to the first part of the series. If you want to see what the Dune series is all about, I would recommend the first three books.

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Return to glory

Children of Dune is a very well-written, satisfying story. I found the previous book very slow, and fairly boring, so I’m really glad this book captured and improved on the original Dune atmosphere.

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big disappointment

1st book: 5 stars. 2nd:4. 3rd: 3 stars. not much going on in this book

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Story evolves

This third book in the series is an excellent read which builds on the first two books without undue repetition. It introduces new threads which allows the story to truly expand providing a captivating read.

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so so... cryptic

found it hard to engage with... confusing at parts... definitely needs a reread to absorb properlly.. nowhere near as thrilling as thr orginal novel.. the again what novels are?!

Better than Dune Messiah (book 2).

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Great story

I loved it so much and I can't wait to hear the next in the series.

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Never got this far in the series

I liked the development of the twins and their story! Looking forward to more sand stories

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Loved all three

An unpredictable tale following the first 2 Dune novels. Incredible how futuristic it still seems almost 40 years after being written

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Solid

Confused by the bit where the 9 year old had a "beefswelling in his loins"

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Great read

Can be quite slow and convoluted, but imports a lot of wisdom. Persevere with it.

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