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The starship Earthling, filled with thousands of hibernating colonists en route to a new world at Tau Ceti, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship's three organic mental cores - disembodied human brains that control the vessel's functions - go insane. The emergency skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: build an artificial consciousness in the Earthling's primary computer that can guide them to their destination - and hope it doesn't destroy the human race.

Don't miss Frank Herbert's classic novel that begins the epic Pandora Sequence.

©1966 Frank Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Heavy reading but a digestible story... There is much philosophical discussion by characters with personal biases who complicate the reading as academic discussion tends to do...

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Story consept is good, but level of tech is old.

Like most soft sci-fi, there is a level of acceptance in the tech used where it is part of the fantasy. But the amount of mental juggling between old tech that we now know can't do what the story tries to say, and fantasy future tech is way too heavy to maintain over the entire story. I tried to follow it from the beginning twice and found it just too boring to enjoy. A rewrite with current tech and from a less blow by blow monologue would make this a great story.

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disappointing

after loving the Dune series I had high expectations and the premise of this story is clever. but it basically has a group to discussing what is consciousness again and again with little action. 2001 space odyssey does it way better, even terminator does it better. heck even Saturn 3 probably does it better. the fadt it is a prequel to a series gives me no interest in reading or listening to more. a chore to get through.

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Too philosophical

Looking forward to sci-fi but too philosophical for me, couldn’t get into it . Shame.

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  • John Strange
  • 25-07-2015

For Devotees Mostly

The author explores the nature of consciousness, intelligence, and the consequences of creating an artificial intelligence that is self-aware.

Destination Void's a fairly difficult read and an even tougher "listen." Herbert's writing is dense with techno-babble and conceptual exposition. I had to, at many points, go back several paragraphs and re-read. Listening to the audiobook demanded extreme attention - and even then it was difficult to 'follow' the story in anything but a superficial way.

I cannot recommend the audiobook despite Scott Brick's excellent narration. This is a book that must be read to be understood. If then ...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2018

Wait until the end

Just the last hour of the Audible make it worth the listening, not an easy listen, and this comes from a tech/engineering aficionado. Recommended, though.

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  • Matthew
  • 18-07-2015

At turns intriguing and frustrating

I first heard of this book in a Modern Scholar audiobook on Science Fiction (also available on Audible). I later came across a paperback copy of this book for a long time, but flipping through it I could tell this would be a book I would have a hard time wading through. The audiobook version proved me right!

On the one hand, this book has intriguing concepts about artificial intelligence and the dangers in creating it. The characters are basically forced into a situation in which they have to create a functional AI under duress. The ways they are manipulated, and their efforts to produce a mechanical analog to the human brain using their ship did create many neat and thought-provoking moments.

On the other hand, the book is filled with technical details that went right over my head. Herbert seems to have done quite a bit of work to make this a piece of Hard SF, but the problem is that the kinds of machinery he bases his work on (huge computers with magnetic tape readers, tons of plugs and relays, and a fraction of the computing power of my laptop) make the book quite dated. I'm not a luddite, but I wonder if someone more steeped in the technology of the time would have an easier time following the logic of the character's building process.

Also, the characters at times seem more less like round characters and more like vehicles to have a discussion about AI. Much of the book is spent with them chucking scientific revelations at one another followed by philosophical introspection. It felt too contrived.

Scott Brick's superb narration made this audiobook readable (or listen-able, I guess). It's a difficult text to begin with, but his efforts brought out the drama and its nuances. If he wasn't the narrator on this one I am uncertain as to whether or not I would have downloaded it.

I knew this would be a difficult book going in, and since I plan on listening to the next book in the series, The Jesus Incident (which from the reviews I have read is much more readable for a contemporary audience), I am glad I picked up this one.

I would recommend this book to die-hard Herbert fans looking to branch out from Dune and Hard SF geeks interested in how AI was discussed before the digital revolution. Casual science fiction listeners will be put off by all of the technical discussions of dated technology.

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  • Kristy Espoito
  • 13-06-2021

dated but engaging hard sci fi

thought provoking and profound concepts. spaceship/computer jargon that doesn't age well. still glad I read it.

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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 02-11-2021

Thought Provoking

This is one of Frank Herbert’s most thought-provoking novels—and that’s saying a lot. Four clones on an interstellar space flight designed to fail, attempt to create an artificial intelligence to steer their craft safely between the stars. Their entire lives, and this completely manufactured crisis, are part of an experiment being run by humans to try and achieve artificial intelligence. Herbert’s plot unfolds with a series of crises intended to force the clones to succeed in their task or die—exciting on its own level. But at the same time, Herbert consciously models his story on the big questions raised by Mary Shelley in her novel Frankenstein. He questions what life and consciousness truly are and brings the crew to what was to me a totally unexpected fate at the end of the story. I’ve read this book five or six times and always get something new out of it.

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  • H. Metz
  • 24-05-2021

“Theoretical Discussions Regarding the Nature of Consciousness”

…would have been a much more fitting title for this book.

While not uninteresting, and maybe a welcome respite from sci-fi saturated with meaningless action and senseless violence, this may just go a tad bit overboard in the other direction. Imagine the last 30min of 2001 Space Odyssey written out in book form.

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  • Jim Proctor
  • 04-02-2020

Not Herbert's best work

The story required continuous suspension of disbelief. Very little of the story was credible. Many times I was tempted to stop, but I went on. Having finished it, I can say I wouldn't have missed anything by stopping.

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  • tyrone
  • 26-02-2017

A mental exercise

A very deep and complex book. I found too much of it to technical jargon to enjoy. The story itself is explained very simply in the first chapter of the second book.

Scott Brick's reading was what I found interesting in this book. The way he read chapter after chapter of electrical hook ups and definitions of consciousness.... I applaud his masterful skill.

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as an introduction to Herbert's writing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-2022

Angry Angry people

Voice actor was good but made everyone sound so angry all the time. I would love to hear him narrate a pack of zombies.
The story almost got interesting by discussing what consciousness is. The team was just so focused on nothing but their own internal thoughts that it took away from making progress in their mission.
Again the actor was good and I think did what he could with the story. He also voiced a female very well.

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  • Malcolm E Davis
  • 20-07-2022

If you enjoy techno-babble...

Not much of a story. Primarily a lot of hippie techno-babble about consciousness. Strikingly there is a passage of intentional babble that isn't that much less meaningful than much of the other text.

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  • Jay
  • 16-05-2018

bit trivial and predictable but consider..

when it was written !!
would have been fairly groundbreaking at the time!!

impressive really...
lots of parallels to other works of same authors.

well read.

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  • Call me Bob
  • 06-04-2021

It did not age well

I remember the series from when I was younger and wanted to revisit it.
Started with this one and I am considering dropping it.

The main idea is very interesting but the story itself is so full of quasi-technical mambo-jumbo that I just want to skip to the end.
It's like the pre-80's SciFi movies with everything atomic this and protonic that.

And the narrator is one of the worst parts. He manages to exaggerate the bombastic and presumptuous stile to such a measure that i really had to struggle to finish this book.

Just skip this one and read a summary.

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  • Andrew Theobald
  • 09-08-2022

Just Okay

Need to concentrate, not one for background listening. This is a very technical book, not the usual character development that we're used to seeing with Frank Herbert.

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  • J. Cheale
  • 15-07-2022

Prescient, complex

Some of the dated technology references give a hint, but I was astonished to find exactly how long ago this was written. However, references to "tapes" and "relays" do not distract from the narrative at all, in fact the entire thing is a long technobabble prose poem. This is not a criticism. In the hands of Scott Brick it flows beautifully. (Probably would have found it a tough read though).

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  • Nicholas Smith
  • 22-05-2022

Good but tricky

An interesting and compelling story that I enjoyed, with sometimes hard to follow and confusing prose. I'd recommend it but only if you have the stomach for some almost philosophical level discourse.

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  • Eddy Bulgore
  • 20-05-2022

better than dune

I'm a huge fan of the Dune series, gone through all books several times.
This one is better.

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  • Frederic Bonnet
  • 24-10-2021

Not the best Herbert

A long, way too long, discourse on artificially created consciousness...I did not buy it. The narrator's voice has a tendency to whine,... Sorry, but I am a disappointed fan of the sci-fi Master.

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  • nick
  • 28-09-2021

Decent but not Herbert's best work

As the title says, it was decent but not a scratch on other works by Frank. however it was well read by Scott Brickk as always.

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