The last survivors of humanity have just been deposited on Pandora, a horrific, poisonous planet rife with deadly nerve-runners, hooded dashers, airborne jellyfish, and intelligent kelp. The determined colonists attempt to establish a bridgehead on the deadly, inhospitable planet, but more trouble arises. Their sentient ship - backed up by an impressive array of armaments - has decided it is God and is insisting the colonists find appropriate ways to worship it.
In an attempt to help the people pass its test, Ship awakens chaplain-psychiatrist Raja Flattery from hibernation. Either the humans pass the test - or the human race could be destroyed.
©1979, 2011 Herbert Properties, LLC, and Bill Ransom (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
They complement each other. It is a new experience to be able to listen to a well loved and many times read book.
Yes. Very good performance.
Intelligent science fiction. I wouldn't be surprised if this was Cameron's inspiration for his film Avatar. However this is a far superior story.
"So what's happening here?"
I'm 17 chapters in and have no idea what's happening. I just spent some time on Wikipedia and that helped a lot. If you haven't read Destination:Void (which is the REAL book one here) you might want to start there or at least read the Wiki. Herbert makes lots of assumptions that you're going to know what an eclone is, what Pandora is and who Flattery is right off the bat. Lots of poetry and riddles don't help. I think if you read the book twice you'll get a lot more out of it the second time.
Probably not. Not interesting enough so far. Ship, a jealous scientist, a psychiatrist trying to do something that we dont know anything about (yet), a lady that was never introduced. Nah.
Going to give this a few more chapters then give up on it.
A worthy successor to the Dune series. All the piety and complexity of Dune, with a fresh storyline and new characters.
"BLUE ITSELF, TEACHES US BLUE"
THINK HOW LONG YOU'LL LIVE IF YOUR ALWAYS WAITING
All of Herbert's writings are deep, full of overly thought out worlds. They include political and religious systems, often very foreign to the known. They are so different, it is difficult for the average person to wrap their head around them. Herbert's books are often long, as the explaining of these worlds is a long torturous path. When I was in my early twenties I picked up Dune, two or three times, but could not figure it out. Than the movie came out and now it is one of my favorites. Dune is a complex rich story, complete in all aspects. This book might be the same, but until I see the movie, I will probably not get my tiny brain around it.
Brick has changed and is now one of the better narrators. It is not BS, SB is good.
"Disappointed - Expected better from Frank Herbert"
The work is irredeemable in my opinion.
I could only make it about 3/4 of the way through the book before I couldn't take it anymore. There is way too much psychobabble, character introspection and political machinations and very little in the way of story or action.
Scott Brick, as always is a good narrator.
Want my credit back.
Contains all of the intelligence of a Herbert story. Just as relevant today as it was in the 70's.
I thouht thi book was well written, very engaging, well thought out. I'm definately going to read the next book.
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