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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1976 Frank Herbert (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"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 Slog of Navel-Gazing

75% of this book is drawn-out conversations or thoughts about how weird it is to have knowledge of the past.
In one particular chapter, Leto spews nonsense at his grandmother for several minutes. He then fiercely asserts (correctly) that he has said nothing in particular, and the grandmother admits defeat.
Some actual events take place later in the book, but they are too few and too late to save the sunk plot.

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Better than book 1

Incredible. love it all. everything about the book was fantastic so so so good

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Best out of the three so far

The perspectives and conflicts were the most interesting parts of the story. Really rounds up the Atraites story nicely.

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Enjoying the Dune series

I’ve been listening to the Dune series according to the Dune chronology. It’s a great way to take in the Dune saga. All of the books, including this one, has been well read by the same excellent narrator!

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A Book with a Random Plot

The performances are fine, but I don’t like the story because of the plot. The plot is random and it’s not a sustained plot because on one chapter, something happens, and on the next chapter, something unrelated to the previous chapter happens.

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Very good

This is the making of the God Emperor of Dune. Quite interesting and I enjoyed the whole thing.

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lololololol what beautiful bullsh*t

Herbert likes to, ah, …”revisit themes” ….a ridiculous book that could have been pared down to half its length, but just weirdly compelling enough that I had to finish it. Like a train wreck, I couldn’t look away. 3/5.

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A confusing ride with a satisfying ending

There are so many twists and turns in this book, and the ending is resolved in a way that only Frank Herbert could deliver. Weird and quirky, but logical.

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Not my favourite, suffered through it

Performances were great, but the book itself I did not enjoy. So much fluff and unnecessary content that adds next to nothing. I found nothing interesting actually happened until 2/3s through the book. Too that off with frank Herbert going on rants about prescience that is gibberish over and over, I just really didn’t like it. First book I recommend and that’s it.

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Excellent follow up

This was great! I felt this novel spent the time to really dive into the characters lives. I felt the 1st novel lacked this, and progressed through events too quickly.
In this novel, we really get to spend time with each character to understand their motivations and plights.

It was nice to also see and certain individuals go through their trials and conquer the intense affects of the spice where some past great characters could not.

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  • Ziya
  • 2008-04-22

great story, more production problems

So the producers seem to have completely given up on the entire dramatization thing that they were doing in the first book of this series, Dune (see my review there). Simon Vance does a good job of narrating this story, but towards the end of the book it becomes very clear that he wasn't available to do some re-dos and missed text. So they end up getting some random guy to finish the project. Its actually the case that sometimes one word in a sentence is dubbed in by this other narrator. Bothersome.
The story in and of itself is good, not as good as Dune, but certainly worth listening to or reading. My only critique is that Herbert sometimes goes on far too long about relatively minor issues or expanding upon points that were made well enough earlier in the text.

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  • Joel D Offenberg
  • 2009-11-25

Good but operatic in flavor

As I run through Frank Herbert's original Dune stories, I think the best adjective for the flavor and pace is "operatic"...a good story with great color and flavor, but paced slowly. Much of the book is spent with people talking about what will before much of anything does happen. That doesn't mean it's boring...understanding the motives and machinations of the principals really are the story, but it's an unusual flavor for sci-fi.

For those who are not familiar with the previous works, this won't make sense. You need to do them in order.

This story centers around Leto II and Ghanima Atriedes (the children of Paul Muad'Dib and imperial heirs presumptive, now aged 9), Alia (their aunt and imperial regent) and the Lady Jessica (mother of Alia and Paul). Alia is struggling against the inner voices from her ancestral memory, while Leto and Ghanima try to avoid the same fate. The mysterious, blind Preacher only adds to the mystery.

Part of the vast Duniverse tapestry, Children of Dune doesn't live up to the high standard of the original Dune (few books by any author do), but improves on Dune Messiah.

Excellently narrated by Simon Vance with an assist from Scott Brick.

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  • Upset and Walking
  • 2008-02-17

Continued Good Work

Scott Brick and Simon Vance do a remarkable job bringing the characters and places to life in the Dune series. It has been a while since I have read "Children" and I am impressed with the layers of the Dune world that Herbert describes. I hope Audible continues to translate the original series into the audible format. My second favorite book after "Dune" is the "God Emperor," so I hope the trend continues. "Children" is an enjoyable listen for fans of Herbert.

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  • Jack Williamson
  • 2016-09-15

Back to the good stuff

So, I LOVED Dune, and was really disappointed by Dune Messiah - but Children of Dune gets back to the grand, empire defining space opera I was craving.

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  • NH
  • 2018-09-25

A great job continuing the story of Dune

This is my second favorite of the Dune series. Frank Herbert does an excellent job tying the events in this book to the previous two. He also treats all characters, except a few, with sympathy. The narration of this one is much better than the previous two.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-02-16

Brilliant story, brilliant narration

If you're a big fan of Dune, don't hesitate to get the audiobooks. It really adds a whole new level of understanding to the storyline and paints a picture that reading a paper copy alone won't do. I've read the physical copies of the entire series and now listened to the first three. It's truly the best way to solidify the incredible experience that is Frank Herbert's masterpiece.

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  • Edgar
  • 2014-03-27

I was suprised.

I was surprised to find this book to fit so well with the previous two. Even though you are following a new main character, I found the transition was natural and the story flowed very well.

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  • C. Alexis
  • 2009-02-25

Fabulous readers, compelling story.

As is the case with all of the Dune texts I’ve read, this one stuns in its capacity to tell a compelling story while using challenging language that asks the reader to think. There’s something to be said for simple and imaginative books such as Harry Potter and for series like the Enders Game series, which was compelling and inventive and yet scattered, because of Orson Scott Card’s self-professed carelessness in sketching out his fictive worlds. Yet there is something more profound about Herbert’s works, which hint that the author was a bit of a madman and a genius. His worlds are brilliantly demarcated, consistent, and inventive. In this book—which is fabulously narrated—we see the consequences of some of the actions taken by our favorite characters from Dune. As with all of the books in the series, it is interesting to read Herbert’s philosophical science fiction, which often challenges us to think through murky moral territory and imagine what actions we’d take in a similar universe. It is also fascinating to read about a fictive world with concerns that are so different from our own, while still resonating with our political situation (such as how water and spice is used and consumed, and the parallels in our world of water rights and the sale of drugs and weapons).

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  • William
  • 2012-09-10

Storyline drags

What did you like best about Children of Dune? What did you like least?

The story is very pedantic, dragging out and repeating story lines. Not near as good as the original Dune.

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  • Francis
  • 2008-04-01

A dissapointing follow up of Dune

If you like the original Dune, don't listen to this, it will disspoint you.

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