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The last survivors of humanity have just been deposited on Pandora, a horrific, poisonous planet rife with deadly nerve-runners, hooded dashers, airborne jellyfish, and intelligent kelp. The determined colonists attempt to establish a bridgehead on the deadly, inhospitable planet, but more trouble arises. Their sentient ship - backed up by an impressive array of armaments - has decided it is God and is insisting the colonists find appropriate ways to worship it.
In an attempt to help the people pass its test, Ship awakens chaplain-psychiatrist Raja Flattery from hibernation. Either the humans pass the test - or the human race could be destroyed.
©1979, 2011 Herbert Properties, LLC, and Bill Ransom (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By ErikI on 04-15-16

So what's happening here?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'm 17 chapters in and have no idea what's happening. I just spent some time on Wikipedia and that helped a lot. If you haven't read Destination:Void (which is the REAL book one here) you might want to start there or at least read the Wiki. Herbert makes lots of assumptions that you're going to know what an eclone is, what Pandora is and who Flattery is right off the bat. Lots of poetry and riddles don't help. I think if you read the book twice you'll get a lot more out of it the second time.

What do you think your next listen will be?


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not. Not interesting enough so far. Ship, a jealous scientist, a psychiatrist trying to do something that we dont know anything about (yet), a lady that was never introduced. Nah.

Any additional comments?

Going to give this a few more chapters then give up on it.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Milton Carl on 03-04-17


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Oboy, does it need different narration. The ladies seem like idiots. I listened to the whole thing, but if I had known I could return an audible book, I'd have grabbed a different one as soon as the first woman was voiced.

Has The Jesus Incident turned you off from other books in this genre?

I like Frank Herbert even when the concepts are retreads of better books. I might buy a Bill Ransom just to see how they dovetail. Not the most inspired ending. Seeing how the ideas work through was marginally interesting, if you've any of Herbert's other stuff. Would rather have been able to skim a physical copy. There would have been a LOT of skimming.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By M. J. Cocks on 04-20-15


liked this book alot. The film Avatar appears to be based on this book it seems. the ideas in this story a intriguing

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dr Guy Davenport on 01-31-15

Frank herbert never dissapoints

Would you consider the audio edition of The Jesus Incident to be better than the print version?

They complement each other. It is a new experience to be able to listen to a well loved and many times read book.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. Very good performance.

Any additional comments?

Intelligent science fiction. I wouldn't be surprised if this was Cameron's inspiration for his film Avatar. However this is a far superior story.

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