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Navigators of Dune

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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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  • 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!

Any additional comments?

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Daniel
  • United States
  • 2019-06-06

Another awesome Dune story

I really appreciate how Scott Brick tells the story. He gives the Dune stories the appropriate feeling and depth.

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  • Kim Stocker
  • 2019-06-05

Another great addition to the series.

'Navigators of Dune' not only succeeds in delivering an entertaining plotline, but also provides an original commentary on human fanaticism. I highly recommend it.

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  • Nicholas
  • 2019-04-13

tedious. i wish i'd just read the wiki.

ugh. ruined a good plot with too many perspective characters & ridiculously, tediously, repetitively overblown emotion. scott brick is excellent, but damn, it almost hurts hearing him have to lay it on so thick. i'll listen to the frank herbert books again, but not these. you could strip the trilogy to a single book if all the repetitive emotional justification was removed. i'm not stupid, or a fan of high school drama.

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  • sigurdur hannesson
  • 2019-03-28

last book

last book in the Dune series, I loved this one.. tried to listen to it slowly knowing it was the last... could not..

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  • Tony
  • 2019-03-25

TLDR: skip this book at a minimum and read the cliff notes version

I don’t normally review books but this is ridiculous. if it weren’t for the fact that I want to get to frank Herbert’s part of this universe I would already have dropped this specific book a few times.

In previous books there has been a bit much “oh look how this just happened to turn out to be FAR in someone’s favor oh how random” but in this one it reaches a whole new level that absolutely destroyed the suspension of disbelief for me


SPOILERS (but few as possible)

In this book venhold starts off as a political, financial, and military super power. then way too many things don’t work, work counter to previously established rules, or “randomly” align in just such a way as to unrealistically tear him down. Here’s a few examples when the saboteur suddenly grows a conscience and the assassination is exposed, or Norma Senva with her prescience exposing the extent of the spice stock pile for no reason, or the attack just happening to line up with the siege, then again even with prescience leaving the best place she could possibly be, or the butlarians suddenly knowing about the shield weakness when it wasn’t used against the planetary shields, the seriously badly planned ground assault..... I could go on and on. At this point with hours still left to painfully force myself through it just makes me mad that this is a part of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • Arcata, California United States
  • 2019-01-12

We need Editors of Dune

Seems like 30% of the book was repetition, the audio makes it more apparent. Its as if both authors wrote independent stories (that followed an identical outline) and folded them together without an editor. We do not need to be reminded of each character's motivations every 2 minutes, nor mini-recaps of what was just stated less than 3 minutes previously.

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  • Mat Brown
  • 2018-05-09

Put this on TV

These prequel series would make for excellent TV. A sci-fi version of Game of Thrones.