On the edge of a war-weary and devastated galaxy, charismatic Lewis Orne has landed on Hamal. His assignment: To detect any signs of latent aggression in this planet's population. To his astonishment, he finds that his own latent extrasensory powers have suddenly blossomed, and he is invited to join the company of "gods" on this planet - and the people here place certain expectations on their gods.
The Godmakers is an expansion of four short stories written from 1958 - 1960. It is an exploration of the concepts of war and peace, government and religion.
©2013 Frank Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Scott Brick could read me the dictionary."
Herbert wraps this one up with some pretty open ended questions. I was hoping to get more into his interpretation of the day-to-day of a god, but the ride there was fun all the same.
Readers hoping for something approaching the richness and excellence of Frank Herbert's Dune masterpiece will find The Godmakers disappointing. The Godmakers consists of four closely connected short stories concerning Lewis Orne, an agent of the Investigative Adjustment (AI) organization. Similar to the Bene Gesserit in the Dune Universe, the AI employs made-up religious doctrine and applied sociology to neutralize threats posed by potentially warlike planetary societies. Also like the Bene Gesserit, AI agents possess extrasensory psychic powers and prescience which they employ to manipulate individuals and societies to their ends. Unfortunately, the stories in this book are not that interesting. The characters are one dimensional and spend entirely too much of their time pontificating at each other. One cannot fault the generally excellent narrator Scott Brick, who does the best he can with what he has to work with, for the failure of this book to engage the reader.
"Lewis Orne = Hari Seldon"
WHEN THINGS DON'T FIT, THERE ARE MISSING PIECES
I like Dune and The Heaven Makers. I was hoping since this was a shorter work, that it might be similar to The Heaven Makers, but it was not. NOTHING IS TRULY SIMPLE. Even though lots of big words are used, lots of descriptive language, the story and the characters are not engaging. It seemed at first that this was going to be Herbert's Hari Seldon, than we got this Psi stuff. This was not for me.
THE GALAXY MEDAL
Brick did a fine job.
YOU HAVEN'T EXPLAINED ANYTING, WORDS, JUST WORDS.
This reader is one of the worst. I have heard many of his books, and they all put me to sleep with his sing-song reading that has zero bearing to the action. The character might be yelling, crying, singing, whispering -- the narration stays the same regardless. No idea how anyone can call this a good performance. :(
The opening was boring. The middle was OK, but pretty thin on character development. Then the end went on and on and on, with a nonsense finish.In a phrase... short book, but too long for what it had to say...
"Started good, but....."
Took a big turn for the worse. A good foray into thinking about war and religion and "gods", but for me it just missed the mark. The main character was built up nicely in the first half of the book, and his interactions with other civilizations were extremely interesting.
IMO, there are better options out there....
"The Little Dune - Just wish it was longer..."
Definitely, whether they had read Dune or not already it doesn't matter.
I don't want to be a spoiler. But about halfway in... A whole new dimension arose...very cool! Though there were many such moments, but that one in particular.
Scott Brick did an excellent job in this book. However I don't feel like he should have narrated everything written by Frank Herbert as I made note in another review. But here, I have no qualms, he was awesome and he is an awesome narrator (I just don't like the idea of having the same author for multitudinous works by the same author because it starts to make the books seem too similar, when they aren't in fact, its just the authors voice that is well, almost identical. Though in this, Dune, and especially the Santaroga Barrier where he really shined, he was excellent.
Yes and no. There is a lot to take in. Also, I didn't want to finish what little there was so quickly because it was so good.
I only wish it were longer. I think a couple more books could have been made by splitting the book up if he had wanted to or had the time. Then again it stands on its own just fine, it is just my personal preference for more Frank Herbert material to read that causes me to wish this. People who don't like 27 hour books however will find this book perfect. It is like a little Dune. But it is different of course. Herbert the Elder has the Midas touch, everything he writes has been good without exception. Some are better than others however and this, along with Dune, Children of Dune, The Santaroga Barrier, and Destination: Void were all masterpieces, golden with diamond crowns. The others were all golden still, just no diamond crowns, but that may be because I hold him to the high standards of his other works.
I wish I could say the same about his son. I haven't liked anything by his son and feel like it is a waste of potential to let his son have all the rights to the Dune Universe. Brian failed miserably and in my opinion should be shut down lest he ruin the Dune Universe. He might as well go paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa while he's at it. Sorry for this rant but it really upsets me how far a son could be from his father, if only he were the Paul of Leto, but no he is worse than an Alia. I feel like I could write better than his son, especially if I were given all those notes but anywho!
If only they could clone Frank Herbert and bring him back like in Destination: Void or make a golem Mentat out of him like in Children of Dune (or was it Messiah? I can't remember). I just wish there were more authors like Frank Herbert these days for I've only left 2 more books to still read by Herbert the Elder (bless his soul!).
"Good oldie from Frank Herbert"
I just discovered that Audible has most of Frank Herbert's older, non-Dune books. Because his Dune series is SO famous, and has been extended by his son, some of his other work fades into the background. Most, if not all, of his older work deserves the same fame that the Dune books do. I'm glad I discovered that Audible has them in audiobook form. The narration is excellent, as well.
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