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Publisher's Summary

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Navigators of Dune is the climactic finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert's classic Dune.

The story line tells the origins of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood and its breeding program, the human-computer Mentats, and the Navigators (the Spacing Guild), as well as a crucial battle for the future of the human race, in which reason faces off against fanaticism. These events have far-reaching consequences that will set the stage for Dune, millennia later.

©2016 Herbert Properties LLC (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Great story, frustrating characters

Does a good job wrapping up this branch of the series while presenting a few surprises as well. Would be 5 stars if it were not for the feeling that some of the characters are forced to act out of character in order to fulfill plot points. Still a good sci-fi read and an excellent narrator too.

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only one chapter so don't lose your place

it's good but only having one super long chapter causes alot of problems. its like these no quality control on

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Great characters

I found myself quickly immersed in all the various characters and their struggles, often "taking sides" with those I felt akin to as fleshed out in the story.

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Very Good

Ive listened to 8 Brian Herbert/KJA books now and can say that I actually enjoyed this one. I found the previous novel incredibly boring and slow paced. (and the ones before that not overly exciting either) It seems like the actual "meat and potatoes" of the story that they're telling could be summed up in one or two books each rather than 2 series of 3 books each.

That being said I'm actually looking forward to starting the Great Houses series (maybe because I'm one book closer to rereading Frank's series) and as usual Scott Brick does a fantastic job narrating this book.

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  • Charles
  • 2016-09-16

Amazing conclusion to the Great Schools of Dune

Where does Navigators of Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Navigators of Dune was one of my top audiobook experiences, partly because this book is an amazing conclusion to the previous two books (Sisterhood of Dune and Mentats of Dune) and partly because I waited so long after multiple cliffhangers and so many storyline threads left unknown until this book! I finished Navigators of Dune which is 18 hours long in less than two days. The way Brian and Kevin wrote this story was masterful and I'm thankful to them for not leaving this trilogy within Dune unwritten!

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Scott Brick did a wonderful narration as always, he really brings out the depth of character - of the characters through his voice. Thank you Scott!

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Some may be put off by reading prequels in general because it's history but even knowing some general things from the subsequent books, I found the prequels very suspenseful. If you've never read a book from the Dune universe, you're really missing out. Start with the first prequel Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and go in order or start with Dune itself and then read the prequels after. The Dune saga has enriched my life. Thank you Brian and Kevin for continuing where Frank left off from his vaulted notes. Thank you!

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  • Gregg Dieckhaus
  • 2016-09-17

I didn't want it to end...

Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert deliver again. I hope we can see more in this early period of the dune universe

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  • Reggie
  • 2016-09-28

unbalanced

unbalanced. evil too powerful. ending is very unsatisfactory. very disappointing end of this trilogy. lots of repetition explaining character history. unbelievable character's sudden conscience. weakest of all the dune books.

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  • Lasse Jensen
  • 2020-04-11

These authors show no respect for the original

I feel scammed. Brian Herbert and KJA have no respect for Frank Herbert's great art.

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  • Or Reuveni
  • 2021-02-24

Disappoind

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  • S. Whitwam
  • 2019-07-06

Disappointing

I am starting to realize that there are no heroes in these stories, just irrational charactures of psuedo pop psychology stereotypes. Great performance but dismal story.

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  • Ansu
  • 2019-06-27

Excruciatingly naive characters.

I love the Frank Herbert book even though they can be a bit complicated. The Brian Herbert books are Much esiern to ”read”. Normally they are ok, this one was just aweful... they made the characters annoyingly naive to the point it angers you to listen many times. It
Could have been a stellar book with Everything lined up perfectly but they just made everybody stupidly naive and ending up killing the whole thing.
I asked for my money back from Audible!

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  • Alien
  • 2017-02-21

Story is too Forced (Spoilers)

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Dune is my favorite book. The 1984 movie is my favorite movie. I have to be honest. At times, this book was actually annoying to listen to. First of all, someone please explain to me how exactly every planet in the Landsraad is irrelevant. During the machine war, all of these planets were responsible for defending themselves to a certain extent so they have their own military capabilities which makes them pretty significant. The book simply ignores them which is patently ridiculous.

Secondly, there would have been a civil war between the Butlerians and the Imperium in any alternative universe where humans are still humans. I get Manfred Tarando and the Butlerians. Salvador and Roderick, however, act in ways no real human being would ever act and this is my primary issue with the book.The book portrays House Corrino as being incredibly powerful(refer back to nonexistent Landsraad). The authors set up Venport and the Butlerians to act as a counter balance to the Corrinos, but Venport isn't actually doing anything to check the Corrinos while the Butlerians are constantly threatening the Corrinos with threats of mob violence. Meanwhile, Venport and the Butlerians are openly hostile towards each other. Gee, I wonder how the Corrinos would act in such a scenario? Apparently the authors don't realize that, 10,000 times out of 10,000, the Corrinos would ally themselves with Venport and friendly members of the Landsraad to either defang, or decapitate the Butlerians.In no realistic universe, would the Corrinos act against Venport.

Well, you might say the Corrinos are worried about the power wielded by Venport. Okay, but when the Corrinos start to act hostilely towards Venport, they're not even aware that Venport owns planetary banks and Combined Mercantile. Furthermore, the book doesn't even make mention of Salvador being worried about Venport being a threat to his power. Salvador just whines about what a pain he is for actually wanting to defend himself against the Butlerians. In fact, Salvador acts to confiscate Venport's spice production on Arrakis without even caring how Venport would react.

As far as the actual conflict goes, it's also a joke. None of the combatants has any intelligence on enemy activites whatsoever. Seriously, no one knows anything, They take their forces and blindly wade into the unknown. Umm, first of all, sans information, no one would risk so much. Second, they would have agents gathering info. In this story, however, ignorance actually drives the plot forward.In other words, the plot is non-sensical and it's purposefully non-sensical for the purpose of creating a plot. In other words, The plot is forced to the point of ludicrousness. The authors and the publisher wanted to make money, so they wrote a sub-par book that seriously needs to be re-written in order to fix the travesty that is this backstory to one of the greatest stories ever told.

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  • Elmore
  • 2016-09-18

Wow!

This may be my favorite Dune book of all time! Action packed and although I knew where things were going I was riveted.

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  • Jazam-djinn
  • 2016-09-16

love the entire dune universe.

I have always loved and cherished the dune universe since reading dune for the first time. Is wonderful to have a bit more insight into the people, events, and forces that shaped it

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