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Dune: House Atreides: House Trilogy, Book 1 | [Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson]

Dune: House Atreides: House Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2001 Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Dune: House Atreides chronicles the early life of Leto Atreides, prince of a minor House in the galactic Imperium. Leto comes to confront the realities of power when House Vernius is betrayed in an imperial plot involving a quest for an artificial substitute to melange, a substance vital to interstellar trade that is found only on the planet Dune. Meanwhile, House Harkonnen schemes to bring Leto into conflict with the Tleilax, and the Bene Gesserit manipulate Baron Harkonnen as part of a plan stretching back 100 generations. In the Imperial palace, treason is afoot, and on Dune itself, planetologist Pardot Kynes embarks on a secret project to transform the desert world into a paradise." (Amazon.com review)
"Though the plot here is intricate, even readers new to the saga will be able to follow it easily (minute repetitions of important points help immensely), as the narrative weaves among the many interconnected tales. The attendant excitement and myriad revelations not only make this novel a terrific read in its own right but will inspire readers to turn, or return, to its great predecessor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tazanna USA 03-28-13
    Tazanna USA 03-28-13
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    "DUNE, House Atreides"
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    First, I have read the series several times. This is one of my favorite books, so it onky made sense to get aan audio version to relive the adventure while on the road. It never let me down and made the long drives so much easier. The hard part was having to stop and put it down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    When Paul steps into his power- the sleeper is awakened and assumes his responsibility for the good of all, this is my most memorable moment.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Animation, intonation that brings it alive. He gives more for my imagination to play on and visualize.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did, with a few necessary intermissions.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend highly as a travel companion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johanna 03-11-13
    Johanna 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great back story details"
    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Solid audio book and good story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I have always loved Duncan Idaho!


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Jessica - wanted to hear more from her.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really glad I finally broke down my resistance to Non-Frank Dune stories. B. Herbert and K Anderson are different, but very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marquita Martin Tucson, AZ United States 12-19-12
    Marquita Martin Tucson, AZ United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2000

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    "The Dune series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I would tell them to read the series in sequence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearin' what goes on in the different houses and how they relate to each other and the other houses.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I kept listenin' til the battery needed rechargin' again several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Find the series and start with the first, then do them all in sequence. I under stood it lots better than I did the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 06-07-12
    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sets up the original series great."
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Not this book, but it wets my interests for other Dune books by Brian Herbert and Anderson.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Filling questions about the Dune mythology.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    None


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JSH 05-28-12
    JSH 05-28-12

    Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science

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    "Enjoyable."

    Another hit by these two. I have enjoyed every one. I grew up reading Dune, and was influenced by Herberts ideas. I was awed by Herbert, and these books are a fantastic listen. I have often searched under Scott Brick to help pick books. He is a fantastic narrator. The Dune Purists may have been popular on 1 or 2 of the infinite timelines.

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    Morris 03-26-12
    Morris 03-26-12
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    "For Dune Fanatics"

    I loved Frank Herbert's original Dune trilogy, and I have read it multiple times in the last 30 years. This book, however, just does not make me want to finish it, much less read the rest of the trilogy. The Harkonnens are evil, power hungry monsters. The Atreides are good, altruistic, defenders of humanity. I get it. Unfortunately, the characters in this book are more like 2 dimensional graphic novel evil bad guys and heroic good guys than the complex, thinking, conflicted characters that populate the original Dune. I listened to about 3 hours, and when even Scott Brick, whom I have liked multiple other books, couldn't seem to find any enthusiasm for reading it, I turned it off. I doubt seriously that I will ever listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Kyle, Tx, United States 02-26-12
    Daniel Kyle, Tx, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ultimately a disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story with more believable characters


    What was most disappointing about Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson ’s story?

    The authors take a universe that's already rich in potential and squander it in predictable, unsatisfying storytelling. Their over reliance on shock value does little to hide lack-luster plots and two-dimensional characters.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    These authors fall far short of paying homage to the original series (and the original author)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-04-10
    David 10-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful"

    Great book cant wait to read the next one, almost as Dune. Kevin J and Brain Herbert have out done themselves. These books have so much background material, its as vast a world as Star Wars or Lord of The Rings.

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    Chad Grand Island, NE, United States 01-07-14
    Chad Grand Island, NE, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Return to Dune"
    Would you listen to Dune again? Why?

    Yes, it was an excellent return to the original. I enjoyed it as much as Dune.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the writing style.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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