Not as compelling as the original. I'll listen to the rest of this prequel trilogy, and I'll enjoy it, I'm sure. It just lacks the magic of the original Dune. Scott Brick is an oak, as always.
Great job by Brian and Kevin. Engaging, intelligent, suspenseful, with noble characters fighting insidious plots. There's not as much political and philosophical insight, but as a trade-off the pacing makes for much less effort in reading. overall, EXCELLENT.
I had avoided the off shoot series created by Frank Herbert's son and Kevin J. Anderson for quite some years because I really enjoyed the original series and I was concerned that the image would tarnish if these works were executed poorly. Oh man, was I pleasantly surprised.
Old Duke Paulson Atreides is a fine figure of an honorable leader who has learned his life lessons, not just read them in a book. His maxim 'Never marry for love as it will surely be the downfall of our house' is something young Leto Atreides will learn from example.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Imperium, an Emperor schemes to bring down a great house in order to get an edge on spice riches; A sadistic bastard hunts little children through archology tunnels then forests in order to feel...bigger; a planetologist dreams of reforming the planet Dune; The Bene Gesirit and the Bene Tleilax follow their own plans and machinations to shape the Universe. Yep, DUNE lives!
The character building of Leto Atreides going from teenager to inheriting the mantle of Duke of Atreides is artfully crafted. Definitely a set up for Dune. How the Baron becomes the extremely heinous character he is in Frank Herbert's original Dune is really entertaining. Brian and Kevin may have painted Raban with slightly too much brains in this one but it is easy to see how his depravity kills that edge.
One thing that was lacking in other works of this franchise that I really enjoyed here was the ship to ship combat. I don't want to spoil it for the reader or listener but this is a good addition.
Alright guys, I'm sold. Going to consume the rest of them in due course now. This was a audible product with excellent narration which I'm coming to expect from Random House Audio. Five entertainment points out of five is the best I can do for you here, Sorry!
Crafted with the utmost care and respect for the original saga, Dune: House Atreides takes you back into the Dune universe showing the events leading up to Dune. Full of suspense, and intrigue, the story is excellently written and performed. Best of all, for the reader who desperately wants to re-enter the world of Dune, this novel will feel like returning home after a long trip.
This prequel series has a wonderful narrator who allows you to focus on his words versus getting distracted by voice changes. The series itself is amazing, yet detailed. be prepared to pay attention. this is not a throwaway read.
Awesome book and excellent background stories to set up the original Dune book. Loved the detailed histories of the great houses and explanations of how they got to each position of the original.
At last a series of primer stories set in the decades before Dune. A definite read for any sci-fi fan, especially the Dune fans out there.