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A library planet: The greatest treasure, the deadliest weapon.

Earth has become a library planet over the last several thousand years, a bastion of both useful and useless knowledge - esoterica of all types: History, science, politics - gathered by teams of "pack rats" who scour the galaxy for any scrap of information. Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon. As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, the cadre of dedicated librarians is sworn to obey the lawful government - and use their wits to protect the treasure trove of knowledge they have collected over the millennia.

©1980 Frank Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Therese
  • 03/03/2021

strident performance wore me out.

There's no doubt that Scott Brick is a talented performer. It's his strident performances that wear me out. Seldom in this performance does one hear a conversational speaking voice. I'd stopped listening to other books performed in the same manner. It's like listening to a forceful chiding for hours. This wears me out.

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 28/06/2021

Asimov Did It Better

I am a highly plot driven reader, remembering the plot of just about every book I’ve ever read with very little difficulty. So it says a lot when I write, despite having read this book two times before (once in college and once a few years ago) I couldn’t remember the plot of the story. Perhaps the reason for that is that it feels so derivative. Direct Descent is two stories about a mammoth thousands-year-old library that really feels like it was written after Herbert read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation (written three years before this work was published in serial form). The whole thing really reads like an Asimov story instead of a Herbert one. Both stories in this collection have the same basic plot. The new galactic government has decided to shut down the library in their attempt to stop knowledge from being disseminated. In each case, the evil government operatives are outwitted by brilliant librarians. Asimov did it better.

Perhaps it is actually a good thing that this plot is so forgettable. Frank Herbert is one of my favorite authors of all time. His great books like The Godmakers and Whipping Star, and yes, of course, Dune, all deserve to be read a dozen or more times. But his “lesser” works like The Santaroga Barrier, The Heaven Makers, and the Green Brain (to name only three) both entertain me and make me think every time I reread them. I’d honestly rather forget a rare misfire like Direct Descent.

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  • Generale
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  • Benjamen Hansen
  • 13/02/2021

Frank Herbert, one of his

it's a Frank Herbert novel, short, intricate and well adorned. Worth your time so just sit back and let it roll.