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  • Dune: House Atreides: House Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (407)

    Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago.

    Robert says: "Maybe better than original Audible production."
    "Cheap feeling, poorly narrated."
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    First of all, the William Shatner (early Star Trek years) of narrators butchered this book in my opinion. He bloats every sentence with sickening amounts of emotion it does not merit, and every word has a quaver in it like the character is always on the verge of sobbing. It was so overdone I could hardly pay attention to what was happening and when I could follow the story, it felt cheap. Nothing is left to the imagination, he bluntly mentions everything in a way that can't let the reader figure anything out. This kind of writing is drudgery to listen to. I could not get attached to any characters, feel anything for them or even guess how they might react to situations. A lot of what happens as far as how people react is implausible at best, and downright silly and an obvious attempt to throw the reader off balance at worst. The trick (to me at least) is to do that without the reader noticing. With this book you will notice everything your not supposed to and miss the fun and excitement of figuring something out for yourself, which is impossible when it's all just given to you ahead of time. After finishing this book, it made me feel like the writer weakly tried to explain and fill in back story without much creativity from the REAL Dune books, which are miles better than this.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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