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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Scott
  • 2021-06-30

Again with No Chapters

I do not understand, why is the audio book formatted without chapters?? WTH. Other than that, the performance is fine.

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  • Christy
  • 2021-05-24

Great finish, terrible programming.

The book was not separated by chapters which made it difficult when restarting after a pause.

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  • Or Reuveni
  • 2021-02-24

Disappoind

Struggled to finish the story
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shallow characters and the story itself not interesting at all


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  • Jim C
  • 2020-07-07

A good read. Nearly done w them all.

Only complaint is the book downloaded as a single chapter. Make sure to bookmark often so as jot to lose your place.

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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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