Hunters of Dune : Dune 7

  • by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Dune 7
  • 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in a safe-deposit box for a decade, Hunters of Dune will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.
At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. Hunters of Dune is the exotic odyssey of the crew as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy. To strengthen their forces, the fugitives have used genetic technology to revive key figures from Dune's past, including Paul Muad'Dib and Lady Jessica, so their special talents will challenge those thrown at them.
Failure is unthinkable. Not only is their survival at stake, but they hold the fate of the entire human race in their hands.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the monuments of modern science fiction." (Chicago Tribune)
"Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction." (Louisville Times)



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If only I liked Dune a little less...

Hunters of Dune feels like a continuation of the Legends of Dune series rather than the original six Dune novels. The general story is fairly interesting, but the individual subplots and characters lack the important subtleties of Frank's original series. For fanatics of Dune, this is a must-read glimpse into Frank's vision for the direction of the series.

Unfortunately, even the authors admit in the introduction they could never match his writing abilities. Personally, I wish Brian Herbert would simply publish the all of the notes and outlines that Frank and quit writing Dune books.

There were several issues that kept me from giving this more stars. Among them include:

* Scott Brick reads this book with a melodramatic tone (think William Shatner parody).

* Each chapter was too short; just as the plot picked up, the authors changed to a different plot.

* Many of the characters were underdeveloped and lacked the subtle details that really humanized the characters.

* Too much time was spent reviewing all of the "prequels". In the first 4 hours, at least 2 hours was spent repeating material from prior books.

* Authors go out of their way to include material from their spin-off books, even at the expense of logical or common sense.

* The book is written to a 7th grade level. Harry Potter has a more advanced vocabulary and sophisticated plot.

* Some sections feel "padded" to stretch the story out to fill two novels. There's a sequel due out next year.

* Authors use bad plot devices and cliched techniques to create suspense and drama: to create a misguided sense of danger, they use a vague third-person reference like "the pit boss" or "the Reverend Mother"; that's a dead give-away that it's not who you think it is.

* Bad analogies and too much flair in descriptions.

* Authors lack subtleties. Compare Frank Herbert's style of refering to about axolotl tanks with Brian/Kevin's style. I feel no disgust or revulsion when listening to B/K.
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- James

The lost dialog of Dune

Although an interesting listen (I give it about 3.5 stars), I found Hunters of Dune to be more a description of what has occured than a re-enactment. I fealt removed rather than immersed in the story. For Dune fans, I expect it will be worth the listen. If you are new to Dune, this is not a good place to start. I miss dialog and interaction.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2006
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio