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    The starship Earthling, filled with thousands of hibernating colonists en route to a new world at Tau Ceti, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship's three organic mental cores - disembodied human brains that control the vessel's functions - go insane. The emergency skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: build an artificial consciousness in the Earthling's primary computer that can guide them to their destination - and hope it doesn't destroy the human race.

    Don't miss Frank Herbert's classic novel that begins the epic Pandora Sequence.

    ©1966 Frank Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    • John Strange
    • 25/07/2015

    For Devotees Mostly

    The author explores the nature of consciousness, intelligence, and the consequences of creating an artificial intelligence that is self-aware.

    Destination Void's a fairly difficult read and an even tougher "listen." Herbert's writing is dense with techno-babble and conceptual exposition. I had to, at many points, go back several paragraphs and re-read. Listening to the audiobook demanded extreme attention - and even then it was difficult to 'follow' the story in anything but a superficial way.

    I cannot recommend the audiobook despite Scott Brick's excellent narration. This is a book that must be read to be understood. If then ...

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 10/05/2018

    Wait until the end

    Just the last hour of the Audible make it worth the listening, not an easy listen, and this comes from a tech/engineering aficionado. Recommended, though.

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    • Matthew
    • 18/07/2015

    At turns intriguing and frustrating

    I first heard of this book in a Modern Scholar audiobook on Science Fiction (also available on Audible). I later came across a paperback copy of this book for a long time, but flipping through it I could tell this would be a book I would have a hard time wading through. The audiobook version proved me right!

    On the one hand, this book has intriguing concepts about artificial intelligence and the dangers in creating it. The characters are basically forced into a situation in which they have to create a functional AI under duress. The ways they are manipulated, and their efforts to produce a mechanical analog to the human brain using their ship did create many neat and thought-provoking moments.

    On the other hand, the book is filled with technical details that went right over my head. Herbert seems to have done quite a bit of work to make this a piece of Hard SF, but the problem is that the kinds of machinery he bases his work on (huge computers with magnetic tape readers, tons of plugs and relays, and a fraction of the computing power of my laptop) make the book quite dated. I'm not a luddite, but I wonder if someone more steeped in the technology of the time would have an easier time following the logic of the character's building process.

    Also, the characters at times seem more less like round characters and more like vehicles to have a discussion about AI. Much of the book is spent with them chucking scientific revelations at one another followed by philosophical introspection. It felt too contrived.

    Scott Brick's superb narration made this audiobook readable (or listen-able, I guess). It's a difficult text to begin with, but his efforts brought out the drama and its nuances. If he wasn't the narrator on this one I am uncertain as to whether or not I would have downloaded it.

    I knew this would be a difficult book going in, and since I plan on listening to the next book in the series, The Jesus Incident (which from the reviews I have read is much more readable for a contemporary audience), I am glad I picked up this one.

    I would recommend this book to die-hard Herbert fans looking to branch out from Dune and Hard SF geeks interested in how AI was discussed before the digital revolution. Casual science fiction listeners will be put off by all of the technical discussions of dated technology.

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    • Jim Proctor
    • 04/02/2020

    Not Herbert's best work

    The story required continuous suspension of disbelief. Very little of the story was credible. Many times I was tempted to stop, but I went on. Having finished it, I can say I wouldn't have missed anything by stopping.

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    • tyrone
    • 26/02/2017

    A mental exercise

    A very deep and complex book. I found too much of it to technical jargon to enjoy. The story itself is explained very simply in the first chapter of the second book.

    Scott Brick's reading was what I found interesting in this book. The way he read chapter after chapter of electrical hook ups and definitions of consciousness.... I applaud his masterful skill.

    I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as an introduction to Herbert's writing.

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    • Brutis
    • 03/05/2021

    Boring

    I couldn’t get through more than a couple of hours because it was so boring the narrator is one of the best.

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    • Waltswife
    • 31/03/2021

    Yawn...not worth the time or money.

    Took me awhile to get through this because it was sooo boring! It’s one redeeming factor was the narration by Scott Brick!
    For someone talking about consciousness it amazed me that he keeps referring to individuals doing things “unconsciously”...when they are actually doing them subconsciously! Thankfully this was included in my membership, I will NOT be wasting anymore time or money on this author.

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    • J2 Lehman
    • 08/03/2021

    interesting story

    the story is really interesting, however other really bogged down and hard to understand at times because of the lack of explanation for a lot of the concepts and philosophical questions this story posses. it's really hard to grasp what the characters are trying to say at times. which is weird for me to say because I went to college for philosophy and theology so I am well versed in the mental acrobatics of these kinds of questions but I still really struggled to understand what frank was trying to convey.

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    • Seth
    • 24/02/2021

    A bit draining.

    I’ve liked this narrator before. But this book I just couldn’t get into. I listened the whole way and was just underwhelmed. It kept me from going crazy from
    Boredom but I did drift off a few times and think well I won’t go back and re listen I don’t think I missed anything.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 15/02/2021

    Herbert is a master

    He tackles the biggest issues about humanity. Performance is fabulous as well. A bit of a confusing start, but settled down and ends well worth it.

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    • N. Raduenz
    • 14/08/2020

    A few dry bits

    but worth a listen ! and essential for the rest of the series, which is amazing btw