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Working from recently discovered files left by his father, Brian Herbert and best-selling novelist Kevin J. Anderson bring us Dune: House Atreides, the prequel, which captures all the complexity and grand themes of the original work while weaving a new tapestry of great passion and momentous destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago.

It is the year 10,154 of the Imperial Calendar, and for four decades the planet Arrakis - called Dune by its inhabitants - has been ruled by the Harkonnen family. But the seeds of change have been sown. On Arrakis, an idealistic young planetologist, Pardot Kynes, goes out into the desert to learn the secrets of its giant sandworms and the priceless Spice they create. And on another planet, Caledon, young Leto Atreides is nearly ready to become duke. The blood feud between House Atreides and House Harkonnen is about to begin. 

Drawing on notes, outlines and correspondence Frank Herbert left behind at his death, House Atreides is a breathtaking story of war, treachery, decadence and steadfastness in the face of overwhelming odds.

©2011 Brian Herbert (P)2020 W F Howes

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Gripping story. Detailed plots. Excellent characterisation. Epic narration.

This novel is a great addition to the DUNiVERSE!

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Amazing! As good as any of the other dune books, with great stories. Well done 😀

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  • Karl
  • 27-03-2021

Didn’t want it to end

Enjoyed this immensely. I hope they will be brave enough to go it alone as there is so much more exploration of the characters and storylines brought up that need to be concluded before getting to the first Dune novel.

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  • S. Carlin
  • 21-07-2021

Epic

I was a bit nervous about this as it was the first book I have experienced which was not written by the great Frank Herbert himself, but my nervousness ended very early on. True to the form, this is an epic tale which crosses houses and fills in some of the back story behind Dune. Well worth a read or a listen, or both.

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  • Dr Steve Mc
  • 13-04-2021

filled in a few gaps,

A good effort, moderately entertaining, and a useful filling out of backstories, but ultimately a little lightweight. Scott Brick had to work hard to give the book a bit of life. that said, one credit well spent.

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  • England fan 1
  • 01-05-2021

Amazing

Amazing first chapter a brilliant job by all involved. It is so good finally knowing the origin of some of the characters from Dune. Any fans won't be disappointed.

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  • 03-01-2022

Great Story and Characters

I really enjoyed this audio book. Having read the paperback years ago, I wanted to revisit the prequel stories particularly in the wake of the Dune part 1 film. While many of the purists in the Dune fandom dislike many of the entries in the series post Frank Herbert I really enjoy these prequels. Although I agree that they are less cerebral and philosophical than Frank's books they still tell a good story and are arguably more accessible to a new audience unfamiliar with the original Dune novels.

For people unfamiliar with the Dune saga, if you enjoyed the action and political intrigue of Game of Thrones you will like this prequel series.

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  • James Abernethy
  • 26-12-2021

Lacking subtlety.

Firstly I want to say about the narration, even though I have listened to better narration I don't have any issues with him. The main reason I am giving him 5 stars is that his voice suits the book and creates a great mood for the piece.

I have only experienced this and Frank Herbert's first Dune book. The worldbuilding in the Dune series is great, but it is the people building that I find is lacking. Although there is intrigue, plans, scheming and action, because people and Organisations / Houses are boiled down to 1 aim, 1 personality trait it can make the journey through an amazing landscape quite bland.

It's actually quite a good story but it's the execution that lets it down. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson don't have the flare that Frank Herbert did. As my headline says there's no subtlety it's all explained by the numbers, you don't need to figure out the schemes or the people, it's all on the surface. It will be a long time..if ever, before I return to Brian Herbert's part of the Dune series. Sorry.

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  • austin duffield
  • 16-11-2021

Very good prequel

I enjoyed this. Many say the prequel novels not written by Frank are sub par but I disagree. This is well written and sets up the events in Dune nicely. Very nice addition to the Dune universe.

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  • David Aylesbury
  • 12-11-2021

Masterful

The ghost of Frank H rides again on the crest of a giant worm. Magnificent effort, lovingly and reverently written. Wheels suitably within wheels. If you love Dune this is a must.

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  • M Preston
  • 24-04-2022

After an hour I was hooked

I've listened to the original dune. While this isn't as good as that in either story or performance it is still very good.

I read the original dune books years ago. Recently with the new film coming out I decided to listen to that and then have gone to this after a break.

It goes back in time but features characters you know from dune. I'm yet to go back to the even older ones, will see how I go after house harkonnen and house corrino!

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  • Peter Michael Bryce
  • 09-03-2022

Gripping

A tapestry of love,intrigue and betrayal woven over many families and countless unique worlds

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